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  1. Mir Mir says:

    This installment of the Phryne Fisher mysteries takes asensationalist turn yes, even in light of the incest, blackmail, drug dealing, rape, and child trafficking in earlier volumes Hermaphrodites Dripping pools of blood Multiple and varied sexual assaults Raving alcoholics Bar brawls Gang wars Escapes from prison People rendered unconscious by gunshots, stabbings, blows to the head, and simple exhaustion Sex with clowns Sex without clowns Lions, tigers elephants and bears When This installment of the Phryne Fisher mysteries takes asensationalist turn yes, even in light of the incest, blackmail, drug dealing, rape, and child trafficking in earlier volumes Hermaphrodites Dripping pools of blood Multiple and varied sexual assaults Raving alcoholics Bar brawls Gang wars Escapes from prison People rendered unconscious by gunshots, stabbings, blows to the head, and simple exhaustion Sex with clowns Sex without clowns Lions, tigers elephants and bears When too many things go inexplicably wrong at the traveling circus, old friend she has about a million old friends Alan Lee asks Miss Fisher to go under cover as a trick rider to investigate Feeling stuck in a rut of luxury and wealth, such a sob story , she agrees to leave home and servants behind for a few days of grime and greasepaint Mostly clown greasepaint rubbing off on her during sex, but still After all, she doesn t have Dot to do her laundry this time It was nice to see Phryne a little less than supremely confident and stylish, even if the circumstances were entirely voluntary and thus not particularly rousing of my sympathy And the mystery aspect was stronger than in the previous volume


  2. Leah Leah says:

    By FAR the worst Phryne Fisher I ve read so far, and one I almost didn t make it through Phryne goes undercover in the circus to help some people she didn t really want to help, because she d slept with one of them once She immediately gets massive doubts about how she ll be able to cope without her creature comforts, including Dot to help her get dressed and her own bathroom and cook Interesting considering how often she rubs in people s faces that she was born poor and grew up without any c By FAR the worst Phryne Fisher I ve read so far, and one I almost didn t make it through Phryne goes undercover in the circus to help some people she didn t really want to help, because she d slept with one of them once She immediately gets massive doubts about how she ll be able to cope without her creature comforts, including Dot to help her get dressed and her own bathroom and cook Interesting considering how often she rubs in people s faces that she was born poor and grew up without any creature comforts at allOnce she gets to the circus she sheds her old self and becomes Fern, the little sprite who used to do gymnastics and wants to learn to stand up on a horse She learns that life is hard when you can t put The Honourable before your name, that people are mean to her, and that when she can t be allowed to express the full extent of her just unbelievably individual and unique and beautiful personality read buy expensive things and have a bath every day , she feels like she is losing herself and nearly has a breakdown Several times.For me, the premise of this book was a terrible mistake on Greenwood s part To take Phryne away from her nice clothes, her pretty house, her excellent cook and butler and maid and Commie friends, only to have her whine constantly about how those things make her who she is and how she is losing herself because she has to spend a week or so undercover earning her way, only shows the reader how Phryne is a romantic construction, nothan the sum of her parts Without the descriptions of beautiful clothes, glittering parties, things that scream 1928, she is nothing at all While she could have been given a new aspect in this scenario, all we are subjected to is endless pathetic whinging, to which I imagine most readers without a Lord for a father and rather a lot of money are extraordinarily unsympathetic I certainly was I don t remember the plot It was convoluted, boring and completely overshadowed by our one dimensional heroine Oh, there was a lesbian encounter a new one for Phryne and a hermaphrodite Also, the ending, where Phryne is nearly raped and instead left to die in a lion cage, read almost like a bit of pornographic fiction And then, when she was finally thank God revealed to be the Hon Phryne Fisher and bathed in asses milk and honey or what have you, and left to sleep the sleep of the just and right and rich, the two men she has slept with in this one both sleep next to her, in a bizarre I don t know you but we ve both slept with her and she needs us right now set up Because she just really needed some male attention after only having one sexually satisfying and femininity reinforcing encounter in the last two weeks.I really, really disliked this book and everything Greenwood said about her character in it.EDIT Here to report in the year of our lord twenty sixteen that this was indeed the book that put me off Phryne permanently I kept my I think complete set of books gathered from secondhand shops and op shops and booksales for a while longer, but every time I thought about reading the next one I remembered this GODAWFUL book and chose something else So eventually I admitted that I was never going to be interested in picking her up again, and sold them all I felt so free ALSO the tv series is PURE GARBAGE and I hated itthan I hated this book, which is saying something


  3. David Monroe David Monroe says:

    I can tell what happened here Blood and Circuses, the 6th Phryne Fisher mystery, is so far, the least satisfying, and I think I know why Kerry Greenwood has written the character for 6 books and five years at this point I can almost hear her inner monologue Am I in a rut Are all of the books going to follow a pattern Do I want to switch things up a bit She did that This is essentially supposed to be a fish out of water story, with Phryne playing the fish Specifically a play on a subtrop I can tell what happened here Blood and Circuses, the 6th Phryne Fisher mystery, is so far, the least satisfying, and I think I know why Kerry Greenwood has written the character for 6 books and five years at this point I can almost hear her inner monologue Am I in a rut Are all of the books going to follow a pattern Do I want to switch things up a bit She did that This is essentially supposed to be a fish out of water story, with Phryne playing the fish Specifically a play on a subtrope of FOW City Mouse Phryne is stripped of her wealth, privilege, house, car and family How will she survive Except Ms Greenwood seems to forget what she has told us in each of the other five books in the series Phryne can take care of herself, that is her superpower She grew up poor She didn t gain wealth until she was a teen and even then, didn t take it seriously She was always Rose in first class finding a poor bloke as a lover and dancing with the rabble in steerage So now we re to believe that going into the countryside and living for a few weeks with a traveling tent circus will bring her nearly to the breaking point That she will be so weakened she will take a lover not out of libidinous desire, but for protection Um, no For much of the book there are two story lines Phrynie s circus investigation and Lt Robinson s Melbourne murder Obviously they were linked and it took until the last act of the book to bring them together Some of the plot details were sketchy and there were also a few jarring perspective shifts in this one The period and circus vs freaks research was flawless I think Ms Greenwood was so busy showing off her talents at meticulous detail, story and structure suffered Basically, Phryne lost her agency, just enough, and in such an unbelievably trivial for her way, it lost me I get why Ms Greenwood did it, but the reason Phryne broke was just too little Phryne is a superhero She s Bond She s Nero Wolfe She s flawed, but she doesn t break easily I just didn t buy it and to be honest, I don t think Ms Greenwood did either


  4. Alice Lippart Alice Lippart says:

    Not the strongest book in this series, and I missed some of Phryne s passion and spark, but I still enjoyed it.


  5. Nicky Nicky says:

    This is a nice change of pace for Phryne, taking her out of her element and putting her in the circus, where she isn t automatically great at everything and people don t automatically like her some of her privilege of being a rich person gets stripped away, leaving the tough kid who grew up in poverty to deal with things There s a good bit of drama towards the end, which got a bit too much for my tastes in a cosy mystery attempted rape, protagonist is left naked in a cage with large predator This is a nice change of pace for Phryne, taking her out of her element and putting her in the circus, where she isn t automatically great at everything and people don t automatically like her some of her privilege of being a rich person gets stripped away, leaving the tough kid who grew up in poverty to deal with things There s a good bit of drama towards the end, which got a bit too much for my tastes in a cosy mystery attempted rape, protagonist is left naked in a cage with large predator animals I did like Jack s involvement and trust in Phryne s work, though, and the way he corrected the other policeman who was calling an intersex person it.Also, Phryne s men made me laugh this time when they both got in bed with her to cuddle her after her shock They really didn t protest very much The series remains easy to read and solidly entertaining I m getting through it at speed.Originally posted here


  6. Jammin Jenny Jammin Jenny says:

    I love Phryne Fisher and all her escapades In this story, she joins a circus to try and help one of her old lovers figure out why things are going wrong In typical fashion, she uncovers the mystery and gets herself out of her scrape There were a lot of close calls though Love this series.


  7. Nicky Nicky says:

    In this installment, Phryne leaves behind her safe and comfortable house to do some slumming with the circus She s implausibly great at everything, of course, so it s no surprise she learns how to do some trick riding It s also no surprise that her lovers are a clown and a carnie and neither of them mind.I was tempted to drop my rating from four stars to three this time when I think about how dramatic this one gets There s a lot of violence, with a whole gang situation And there s also att In this installment, Phryne leaves behind her safe and comfortable house to do some slumming with the circus She s implausibly great at everything, of course, so it s no surprise she learns how to do some trick riding It s also no surprise that her lovers are a clown and a carnie and neither of them mind.I was tempted to drop my rating from four stars to three this time when I think about how dramatic this one gets There s a lot of violence, with a whole gang situation And there s also attempted rape and personal danger for Phryne herself For a series I normally view as relatively cosy, that felt like a bit much But then, if you think about it, it s not muchover the top than the anarchists of Death at Victoria Dock or some of the later stuff Phryne does for Lin Chung.Also, there s a bit where the clown is almost violent with Phryne, against her will sorry, no, not having had sex for a long time is no excuse for that.On the other hand, I enjoy Jack s half of the story An intersex individual is always a bit of an invitation for an author to mess up Greenwood mostly does not, and Jack is satisfyingly brusque in ordering his subordinates to refer to the individual by their chosen name and pronouns There s also a fun friendship developing between unlikely characters in the form of Lizard Elsie and a former acrobat So a tentative four stars it remains.Originally reviewed on my blog


  8. Jody McGrath Jody McGrath says:

    Phryne is bored with all her riches and comforts so she jumps at the chance to go help an old friend at the circus She goes undercover as a trick rider named Fern Amazingly, this time she is all on her own Phryne doesn t take any of her normal entourage with her and she goes mad trying to cope without them She also learns how mean people are when you are not so rich and powerful This confused me a lot Phryne grew up poor I know her life has been different for quite awhile, but we are alwa Phryne is bored with all her riches and comforts so she jumps at the chance to go help an old friend at the circus She goes undercover as a trick rider named Fern Amazingly, this time she is all on her own Phryne doesn t take any of her normal entourage with her and she goes mad trying to cope without them She also learns how mean people are when you are not so rich and powerful This confused me a lot Phryne grew up poor I know her life has been different for quite awhile, but we are always made to believe she enjoys the coarser things in life also That she is an independent woman who can take care of herself Here, she just floundered like a fish out of water.Of course there was sex clown sex be forewarned , violence, mystery and mayhem The mystery fell a little short for me, but it wasn t bad I just couldn t get over the horrible Phryne Fisher


  9. Ben Boulden Ben Boulden says:

    A slow start as the pieces are place on the board, but it sharpens into a nicely done whodunit with a few twists and surprises The circus setting is beautifully rendered, and Phryne Fisher is a marvelous heroine.


  10. Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) says:

    Gang war threatens the streets of Melbourne, as Jack Robinson and his constables try to figure out who is spiriting crooks away, out of the clutches of the law A locked room killing spices up life in a respectable boarding house Meanwhile, Phryne Fisher is bored with her easy life and easy menso of course, she runs away and joins a small time circus, to find out who is trying to drive it to ruin.True to form, the redoubtable Miss Fisher can already ride, and apparently the skills of haute e Gang war threatens the streets of Melbourne, as Jack Robinson and his constables try to figure out who is spiriting crooks away, out of the clutches of the law A locked room killing spices up life in a respectable boarding house Meanwhile, Phryne Fisher is bored with her easy life and easy menso of course, she runs away and joins a small time circus, to find out who is trying to drive it to ruin.True to form, the redoubtable Miss Fisher can already ride, and apparently the skills of haute ecole circus riding are a doddle for her well, isn t everything , so she becomes a member of the rush She also findsthan one manthan eager to bed her, of course, from the carousel gypsy who wants to spin her world around on its axis to a sad clown worthy of I Pagliacci.Perhaps the authoress was a bit bored with her cosy little formula, too, as she strips Phryne of her usual support group for this mystery No Dot to fetch and carry and clean and press No Bert and Cece to take up the slack when Phryne bungles The adopted daughters don t get even a single mention, as if they had never existed The setting is less jazzy and elegant, and at the same time less convincing, in part because there are quite a few bits of circus lore the authoress assumes the readers know about the clown s faces on eggshells, for example , and in part because some of it s a bit coincidental The business with the letter and the big reveals at the end, for example, was pure Jessica Fletcher I don t know, this one just didn t appeal as much as some others There was a bit too much reference to sexuality and sexual activity for my taste in a light entertainment genre At the same time I was amused that the whole circus story takes, what A week and yet Phryne thinks as she s returning to her own way of life about how her muscles are toned and hardened and she s fitter than she ever was Gee, I almost wish I lived in her particular fairyland Even at her age, I doubt that would work in the real world.ETA This time through I noticedthan a passing resemblance between the plot and the movie Diamonds are Forever, with its circus carnival motif and the funeral home thing I also tripped and fell flat over Mr Burton, who when he appears is described as 45, and a few pages later is said to be 30 That plus the fact that when he reappears in a later novel he is described as elderly , even though all these mysteries take place in a little over one year, set my head spinning 30 or even 45 was not elderly even in 1928, thank you We re down to a star and a half now


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Blood and Circuses ❮EPUB❯ ✻ Blood and Circuses ✶ Author Kerry Greenwood – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk The Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher is feeling dull But is she bored enough to leave her identity, her home and family behind and join Farrell s Circus and Wild Beast Show There have been strange things The Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher is feeling dull But is she bored enough to leave her identity, her home and family behind and join Farrell s Circus and Wild Beast Show There have been strange things happening at the circus And when Phryne is asked by her friends Samson the Strong Man, Alan the Blood and PDF/EPUB or carousel operator and Doreen the Snake Woman to help them, curiosity gets the better of her Peeling off her wealth and privilege, Phryne takes a job as a trickhorse rider, wearing hand me down clothes and a new name Someone seems determined to see the circus fail and Phryne must find out who that might be and why they want it badly enough to resort to poison, assault and murder Diving into the dangerous underworld of s Melbourne and the wild, eccentric life under the big top, Phryne proves her courage and ingenuity yet again, aided only by her quick intelligence, an oddly attractive clown, and a stout and helpful bear.

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  • Hardcover
  • 208 pages
  • Blood and Circuses
  • Kerry Greenwood
  • English
  • 01 January 2019
  • 1590582357

About the Author: Kerry Greenwood

Kerry Greenwood was born in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray and after wandering far and wide, she returned to live there She has a degree in English and Law from Melbourne University and was admitted to the legal profession on the st April , a day which she finds both soothing and significantKerry has Blood and PDF/EPUB or written twenty novels, a number of plays, including The Troubadours with Stephen D Arcy, is an award winning children s writer and has edited and contributed to several anthologies In she published a book of essays on female murderers called Things She Loves Why women KillThe Phryne Fisher series pronounced Fry knee, to rhyme with briny began in with Cocaine Blues which was a great success Kerry has written thirteen books in this series with no sign yet of Miss Fisher hanging up her pearl handled pistol Kerry says that as long as people want to read them, she can keep writing themKerry Greenwood has worked as a folk singer, factory hand, director, producer, translator, costume maker, cook and is currently a solicitor When she is not writing, she works as a locum solicitor for the Victorian Legal Aid She is also the unpaid curator of seven thousand books, three cats Attila, Belladonna and Ashe and a computer called Apple which squeaks She embroiders very well but cannot knit She has flown planes and leapt out of them with a parachute in an attempt to cure her fear of heights she is now terrified of jumping out of planes but can climb ladders without fear She can detect second hand bookshops from blocks away and is often found within themFor fun Kerry reads science fiction fantasy and detective stories She is not married, has no children and lives with a registered wizard When she is not doing any of the above she stares blankly out of the windowtp earthlydelights.


10 thoughts on “Blood and Circuses

  1. Mir Mir says:

    This installment of the Phryne Fisher mysteries takes asensationalist turn yes, even in light of the incest, blackmail, drug dealing, rape, and child trafficking in earlier volumes Hermaphrodites Dripping pools of blood Multiple and varied sexual assaults Raving alcoholics Bar brawls Gang wars Escapes from prison People rendered unconscious by gunshots, stabbings, blows to the head, and simple exhaustion Sex with clowns Sex without clowns Lions, tigers elephants and bears When This installment of the Phryne Fisher mysteries takes asensationalist turn yes, even in light of the incest, blackmail, drug dealing, rape, and child trafficking in earlier volumes Hermaphrodites Dripping pools of blood Multiple and varied sexual assaults Raving alcoholics Bar brawls Gang wars Escapes from prison People rendered unconscious by gunshots, stabbings, blows to the head, and simple exhaustion Sex with clowns Sex without clowns Lions, tigers elephants and bears When too many things go inexplicably wrong at the traveling circus, old friend she has about a million old friends Alan Lee asks Miss Fisher to go under cover as a trick rider to investigate Feeling stuck in a rut of luxury and wealth, such a sob story , she agrees to leave home and servants behind for a few days of grime and greasepaint Mostly clown greasepaint rubbing off on her during sex, but still After all, she doesn t have Dot to do her laundry this time It was nice to see Phryne a little less than supremely confident and stylish, even if the circumstances were entirely voluntary and thus not particularly rousing of my sympathy And the mystery aspect was stronger than in the previous volume

  2. Leah Leah says:

    By FAR the worst Phryne Fisher I ve read so far, and one I almost didn t make it through Phryne goes undercover in the circus to help some people she didn t really want to help, because she d slept with one of them once She immediately gets massive doubts about how she ll be able to cope without her creature comforts, including Dot to help her get dressed and her own bathroom and cook Interesting considering how often she rubs in people s faces that she was born poor and grew up without any c By FAR the worst Phryne Fisher I ve read so far, and one I almost didn t make it through Phryne goes undercover in the circus to help some people she didn t really want to help, because she d slept with one of them once She immediately gets massive doubts about how she ll be able to cope without her creature comforts, including Dot to help her get dressed and her own bathroom and cook Interesting considering how often she rubs in people s faces that she was born poor and grew up without any creature comforts at allOnce she gets to the circus she sheds her old self and becomes Fern, the little sprite who used to do gymnastics and wants to learn to stand up on a horse She learns that life is hard when you can t put The Honourable before your name, that people are mean to her, and that when she can t be allowed to express the full extent of her just unbelievably individual and unique and beautiful personality read buy expensive things and have a bath every day , she feels like she is losing herself and nearly has a breakdown Several times.For me, the premise of this book was a terrible mistake on Greenwood s part To take Phryne away from her nice clothes, her pretty house, her excellent cook and butler and maid and Commie friends, only to have her whine constantly about how those things make her who she is and how she is losing herself because she has to spend a week or so undercover earning her way, only shows the reader how Phryne is a romantic construction, nothan the sum of her parts Without the descriptions of beautiful clothes, glittering parties, things that scream 1928, she is nothing at all While she could have been given a new aspect in this scenario, all we are subjected to is endless pathetic whinging, to which I imagine most readers without a Lord for a father and rather a lot of money are extraordinarily unsympathetic I certainly was I don t remember the plot It was convoluted, boring and completely overshadowed by our one dimensional heroine Oh, there was a lesbian encounter a new one for Phryne and a hermaphrodite Also, the ending, where Phryne is nearly raped and instead left to die in a lion cage, read almost like a bit of pornographic fiction And then, when she was finally thank God revealed to be the Hon Phryne Fisher and bathed in asses milk and honey or what have you, and left to sleep the sleep of the just and right and rich, the two men she has slept with in this one both sleep next to her, in a bizarre I don t know you but we ve both slept with her and she needs us right now set up Because she just really needed some male attention after only having one sexually satisfying and femininity reinforcing encounter in the last two weeks.I really, really disliked this book and everything Greenwood said about her character in it.EDIT Here to report in the year of our lord twenty sixteen that this was indeed the book that put me off Phryne permanently I kept my I think complete set of books gathered from secondhand shops and op shops and booksales for a while longer, but every time I thought about reading the next one I remembered this GODAWFUL book and chose something else So eventually I admitted that I was never going to be interested in picking her up again, and sold them all I felt so free ALSO the tv series is PURE GARBAGE and I hated itthan I hated this book, which is saying something

  3. David Monroe David Monroe says:

    I can tell what happened here Blood and Circuses, the 6th Phryne Fisher mystery, is so far, the least satisfying, and I think I know why Kerry Greenwood has written the character for 6 books and five years at this point I can almost hear her inner monologue Am I in a rut Are all of the books going to follow a pattern Do I want to switch things up a bit She did that This is essentially supposed to be a fish out of water story, with Phryne playing the fish Specifically a play on a subtrop I can tell what happened here Blood and Circuses, the 6th Phryne Fisher mystery, is so far, the least satisfying, and I think I know why Kerry Greenwood has written the character for 6 books and five years at this point I can almost hear her inner monologue Am I in a rut Are all of the books going to follow a pattern Do I want to switch things up a bit She did that This is essentially supposed to be a fish out of water story, with Phryne playing the fish Specifically a play on a subtrope of FOW City Mouse Phryne is stripped of her wealth, privilege, house, car and family How will she survive Except Ms Greenwood seems to forget what she has told us in each of the other five books in the series Phryne can take care of herself, that is her superpower She grew up poor She didn t gain wealth until she was a teen and even then, didn t take it seriously She was always Rose in first class finding a poor bloke as a lover and dancing with the rabble in steerage So now we re to believe that going into the countryside and living for a few weeks with a traveling tent circus will bring her nearly to the breaking point That she will be so weakened she will take a lover not out of libidinous desire, but for protection Um, no For much of the book there are two story lines Phrynie s circus investigation and Lt Robinson s Melbourne murder Obviously they were linked and it took until the last act of the book to bring them together Some of the plot details were sketchy and there were also a few jarring perspective shifts in this one The period and circus vs freaks research was flawless I think Ms Greenwood was so busy showing off her talents at meticulous detail, story and structure suffered Basically, Phryne lost her agency, just enough, and in such an unbelievably trivial for her way, it lost me I get why Ms Greenwood did it, but the reason Phryne broke was just too little Phryne is a superhero She s Bond She s Nero Wolfe She s flawed, but she doesn t break easily I just didn t buy it and to be honest, I don t think Ms Greenwood did either

  4. Alice Lippart Alice Lippart says:

    Not the strongest book in this series, and I missed some of Phryne s passion and spark, but I still enjoyed it.

  5. Nicky Nicky says:

    This is a nice change of pace for Phryne, taking her out of her element and putting her in the circus, where she isn t automatically great at everything and people don t automatically like her some of her privilege of being a rich person gets stripped away, leaving the tough kid who grew up in poverty to deal with things There s a good bit of drama towards the end, which got a bit too much for my tastes in a cosy mystery attempted rape, protagonist is left naked in a cage with large predator This is a nice change of pace for Phryne, taking her out of her element and putting her in the circus, where she isn t automatically great at everything and people don t automatically like her some of her privilege of being a rich person gets stripped away, leaving the tough kid who grew up in poverty to deal with things There s a good bit of drama towards the end, which got a bit too much for my tastes in a cosy mystery attempted rape, protagonist is left naked in a cage with large predator animals I did like Jack s involvement and trust in Phryne s work, though, and the way he corrected the other policeman who was calling an intersex person it.Also, Phryne s men made me laugh this time when they both got in bed with her to cuddle her after her shock They really didn t protest very much The series remains easy to read and solidly entertaining I m getting through it at speed.Originally posted here

  6. Jammin Jenny Jammin Jenny says:

    I love Phryne Fisher and all her escapades In this story, she joins a circus to try and help one of her old lovers figure out why things are going wrong In typical fashion, she uncovers the mystery and gets herself out of her scrape There were a lot of close calls though Love this series.

  7. Nicky Nicky says:

    In this installment, Phryne leaves behind her safe and comfortable house to do some slumming with the circus She s implausibly great at everything, of course, so it s no surprise she learns how to do some trick riding It s also no surprise that her lovers are a clown and a carnie and neither of them mind.I was tempted to drop my rating from four stars to three this time when I think about how dramatic this one gets There s a lot of violence, with a whole gang situation And there s also att In this installment, Phryne leaves behind her safe and comfortable house to do some slumming with the circus She s implausibly great at everything, of course, so it s no surprise she learns how to do some trick riding It s also no surprise that her lovers are a clown and a carnie and neither of them mind.I was tempted to drop my rating from four stars to three this time when I think about how dramatic this one gets There s a lot of violence, with a whole gang situation And there s also attempted rape and personal danger for Phryne herself For a series I normally view as relatively cosy, that felt like a bit much But then, if you think about it, it s not muchover the top than the anarchists of Death at Victoria Dock or some of the later stuff Phryne does for Lin Chung.Also, there s a bit where the clown is almost violent with Phryne, against her will sorry, no, not having had sex for a long time is no excuse for that.On the other hand, I enjoy Jack s half of the story An intersex individual is always a bit of an invitation for an author to mess up Greenwood mostly does not, and Jack is satisfyingly brusque in ordering his subordinates to refer to the individual by their chosen name and pronouns There s also a fun friendship developing between unlikely characters in the form of Lizard Elsie and a former acrobat So a tentative four stars it remains.Originally reviewed on my blog

  8. Jody McGrath Jody McGrath says:

    Phryne is bored with all her riches and comforts so she jumps at the chance to go help an old friend at the circus She goes undercover as a trick rider named Fern Amazingly, this time she is all on her own Phryne doesn t take any of her normal entourage with her and she goes mad trying to cope without them She also learns how mean people are when you are not so rich and powerful This confused me a lot Phryne grew up poor I know her life has been different for quite awhile, but we are alwa Phryne is bored with all her riches and comforts so she jumps at the chance to go help an old friend at the circus She goes undercover as a trick rider named Fern Amazingly, this time she is all on her own Phryne doesn t take any of her normal entourage with her and she goes mad trying to cope without them She also learns how mean people are when you are not so rich and powerful This confused me a lot Phryne grew up poor I know her life has been different for quite awhile, but we are always made to believe she enjoys the coarser things in life also That she is an independent woman who can take care of herself Here, she just floundered like a fish out of water.Of course there was sex clown sex be forewarned , violence, mystery and mayhem The mystery fell a little short for me, but it wasn t bad I just couldn t get over the horrible Phryne Fisher

  9. Ben Boulden Ben Boulden says:

    A slow start as the pieces are place on the board, but it sharpens into a nicely done whodunit with a few twists and surprises The circus setting is beautifully rendered, and Phryne Fisher is a marvelous heroine.

  10. Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) says:

    Gang war threatens the streets of Melbourne, as Jack Robinson and his constables try to figure out who is spiriting crooks away, out of the clutches of the law A locked room killing spices up life in a respectable boarding house Meanwhile, Phryne Fisher is bored with her easy life and easy menso of course, she runs away and joins a small time circus, to find out who is trying to drive it to ruin.True to form, the redoubtable Miss Fisher can already ride, and apparently the skills of haute e Gang war threatens the streets of Melbourne, as Jack Robinson and his constables try to figure out who is spiriting crooks away, out of the clutches of the law A locked room killing spices up life in a respectable boarding house Meanwhile, Phryne Fisher is bored with her easy life and easy menso of course, she runs away and joins a small time circus, to find out who is trying to drive it to ruin.True to form, the redoubtable Miss Fisher can already ride, and apparently the skills of haute ecole circus riding are a doddle for her well, isn t everything , so she becomes a member of the rush She also findsthan one manthan eager to bed her, of course, from the carousel gypsy who wants to spin her world around on its axis to a sad clown worthy of I Pagliacci.Perhaps the authoress was a bit bored with her cosy little formula, too, as she strips Phryne of her usual support group for this mystery No Dot to fetch and carry and clean and press No Bert and Cece to take up the slack when Phryne bungles The adopted daughters don t get even a single mention, as if they had never existed The setting is less jazzy and elegant, and at the same time less convincing, in part because there are quite a few bits of circus lore the authoress assumes the readers know about the clown s faces on eggshells, for example , and in part because some of it s a bit coincidental The business with the letter and the big reveals at the end, for example, was pure Jessica Fletcher I don t know, this one just didn t appeal as much as some others There was a bit too much reference to sexuality and sexual activity for my taste in a light entertainment genre At the same time I was amused that the whole circus story takes, what A week and yet Phryne thinks as she s returning to her own way of life about how her muscles are toned and hardened and she s fitter than she ever was Gee, I almost wish I lived in her particular fairyland Even at her age, I doubt that would work in the real world.ETA This time through I noticedthan a passing resemblance between the plot and the movie Diamonds are Forever, with its circus carnival motif and the funeral home thing I also tripped and fell flat over Mr Burton, who when he appears is described as 45, and a few pages later is said to be 30 That plus the fact that when he reappears in a later novel he is described as elderly , even though all these mysteries take place in a little over one year, set my head spinning 30 or even 45 was not elderly even in 1928, thank you We re down to a star and a half now

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