Away with the Fairies PDF ñ Away with MOBI :Þ

Away with the Fairies PDF ñ Away with MOBI :Þ

Away with the Fairies ➚ [KINDLE] ❄ Away with the Fairies By Kerry Greenwood ➤ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk It s , and the globetrotting, glamorous Phryne rhymes with briny is at home near Melbourne, missing her lover, Lin Chung, who is on a silk buying trip in China When Phryne s detective friend, Jack, as It s , and the globetrotting, glamorous Phryne rhymes with briny is at home near Melbourne, missing her lover, Lin Chung, who is on a silk buying trip in China When Phryne s detective friend, Jack, asks for her help investigating the murder of Miss Lavender, a well known author of fairy stories, Phryne is glad of the distraction The investigation Away with MOBI :Þ leads to a temporary job as a fashion reporter for Women s Choice magazine, Miss Lavender s former employer Phryne s encounters with the various magazine staffers add considerable zest to the adventure, as does Lin Chung s possible abduction by pirates.


10 thoughts on “Away with the Fairies

  1. Nicky Nicky says:

    For all that this one is set in a women s magazine and so obviously brings up echoes of Peter Wimsey s time in advertising Murder Must Advertise , it s still very much its own story I still don t really read these for the mystery, just as I don t really read Sayers for the mystery, but for Phryne Peter being their amazing selves There s also plenty of Dot in this one, and Lin Chung and Li Pen reappear as well.There s actually two stories running in parallel here Somewhat to my surprise, I ve For all that this one is set in a women s magazine and so obviously brings up echoes of Peter Wimsey s time in advertising Murder Must Advertise , it s still very much its own story I still don t really read these for the mystery, just as I don t really read Sayers for the mystery, but for Phryne Peter being their amazing selves There s also plenty of Dot in this one, and Lin Chung and Li Pen reappear as well.There s actually two stories running in parallel here Somewhat to my surprise, I ve discovered a bunch of other readers who hate Lin Chung and his relationship with Phryne I don t get that, because I love the connection between the two, and the fact that despite that, Greenwood doesn t force Phryne to change the way she lives They find their own ways around it I might bebothered if Lin Chung starts feeling possessive about Phryne, or Phryne just stops appreciating pretty young men, but for right now, I can t see a problem.The two plots do contrast quite a lot one is relatively safe, while the other is very high stakes, but I didn t mind It s nice to see Phryne dealing with a case that doesn t result in her being personally attacked, on the one hand, while the other plot ups the danger and means everyone is actually in danger and bad things can actually happen to the characters and do which is necessary to avoid the stories just going dead If it was all high risk but no actual feeling of danger, it d quickly go flat.Originally posted here


  2. Susan Hirtz Susan Hirtz says:

    Kerry Greenwood writes light, witty, entertaining short novels They are the equivalent of sitcoms on television and areenchanting to me What is particularly charming about this kind of read is the mental relief from the heavier drama of most fiction and much nonfiction these days.One is free to imagine the setting, people it with the cast of characters, and color in the scenery within the author s guidelines Ms Greenwood is a past master at plot, characterization, grammar and even resea Kerry Greenwood writes light, witty, entertaining short novels They are the equivalent of sitcoms on television and areenchanting to me What is particularly charming about this kind of read is the mental relief from the heavier drama of most fiction and much nonfiction these days.One is free to imagine the setting, people it with the cast of characters, and color in the scenery within the author s guidelines Ms Greenwood is a past master at plot, characterization, grammar and even researches her timelines thoroughly Her books mostly take place in Australia, and they draw in the reader to her wonderful world of Auz Now I really want to go to Melbourne Note on July 22, 2014 Now that I ve seen most of the Phrynne Fisher series on PBS, I can honestly say it s well done, but not a patch on the entertainment value of the books themselves While the author had plenty of input on the series, much had to be left out due to time and appropriateness for a visual medium Nuance is simply not available and irony is often a casualty, so read the book for real value


  3. Delitealex Delitealex says:

    3.5 starsPhryne gets involved in the investigation of a murdered author She starts working at the magazine the victim was employed to question the staff.I quickly got bored with the main mystery and didn t care much about the characters I did enjoy the secondary mystery of Lin Chang s whereabouts also the loved the familiar characters especially Dot and the doctor Since I m skipping around in the series I was surprised with a few of the additions to Phrynes life but definitely plan to read ea 3.5 starsPhryne gets involved in the investigation of a murdered author She starts working at the magazine the victim was employed to question the staff.I quickly got bored with the main mystery and didn t care much about the characters I did enjoy the secondary mystery of Lin Chang s whereabouts also the loved the familiar characters especially Dot and the doctor Since I m skipping around in the series I was surprised with a few of the additions to Phrynes life but definitely plan to read earlier books to find out .The information on the pirates felt well researched and made me want to learnI also enjoyed the descriptions of the adventuress club and the patrons One of my favorite things about this series is the information and descriptions of Australia during this time I really like reading about how Phryne deals with the problems woman had in society during this time.Overall a good book with great characters but the main mystery could have been better.I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review


  4. Bea Bea says:

    3.5, maybe 4, stars.I liked this so much better than the TV episode inspired by this book This was deeper, richer, andcomplex Away with the Fairies refers to the murder of a writer who specialized in writing and illustrating fairy stories There s quite a cast of people, both at the magazine and in the community where she lived Despite the murder, it s a genteel sort of mystery with little danger but lots of period detail, and quiet investigative work.Then there s the second mystery i 3.5, maybe 4, stars.I liked this so much better than the TV episode inspired by this book This was deeper, richer, andcomplex Away with the Fairies refers to the murder of a writer who specialized in writing and illustrating fairy stories There s quite a cast of people, both at the magazine and in the community where she lived Despite the murder, it s a genteel sort of mystery with little danger but lots of period detail, and quiet investigative work.Then there s the second mystery involving Lin Chung and his family That one was darker,personal, and full of action and adventure, betrayal and greed It made for an interesting contrast with the other story line, which was so quiet and, well, civil Lots of good manners, and the occasional lie,whereas Lin Chung s story line wasdangerous and emotionally volatile It was a good reminder that Phryne is not just some society dame or a flibbertigibbet though anyone who accused Phryne of that would need to have their head examined but a strong, passionate devoted woman who takes what she wants, protects what s hers, and has her own moral code.I enjoyed the contrast between the two storylines, once I got over my initial surprise I have mixed feelings about Phryne and Lin s relationship, as he is taken and Phryne has other lovers, but I have no doubt that they love each other despite their free spirited arrangement I really need to read this series on order to better appreciate their romance and relationship Away with the Fairies is a meandering story about family, love, devotion, and choices amongst other matters It mixes light and dark, philosophy and fashion, a sometimes careless approach to life with a passion for doing the right thing, as determined by Phryne It s history, romance, passion, fairies, war, and frivolity It was engaging if slow at times and a delightful return to Melbourne of the 1920s


  5. Kathryn Kathryn says:

    Another fun read from Kerry Greenwood and narrated by Stephanie Daniels In this one, Phryne takes a job at a women s magazine all in the name of investigating a murder, of course She has to work out which of the magazine s staff are lying in the stories they tell her, and whether they are lying to cover up something personal or to cover up the murder She tracks down letter writers to the magazines s Dear column who were disgruntled with the advice they received and therefore potential murde Another fun read from Kerry Greenwood and narrated by Stephanie Daniels In this one, Phryne takes a job at a women s magazine all in the name of investigating a murder, of course She has to work out which of the magazine s staff are lying in the stories they tell her, and whether they are lying to cover up something personal or to cover up the murder She tracks down letter writers to the magazines s Dear column who were disgruntled with the advice they received and therefore potential murderers and deals with a gang of Chinese pirates all in a day or two s work for Miss Fisher


  6. CatBookMom CatBookMom says:

    I often forget that this is the book in which Phryne saves Lin Chung from the pirates One of the best of the series, even if Mrs Opie is a whining PITA.Slightly longer review at the ebook version I often forget that this is the book in which Phryne saves Lin Chung from the pirates One of the best of the series, even if Mrs Opie is a whining PITA.Slightly longer review at the ebook version


  7. Andrea Andrea says:

    I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review This was another wonderful mystery featuring the ingenious, wonderful Honorable Miss Fisher Phryne, sleep deprived and grumpy, wakes up one day to find a very nervous inspector Robinson in her parlor Visibly shaken, her begs her to take a look at his latest crime scene a scene he can make no sense of, that left him deeply unsettled A nice old lady, a writer for a women s magazine, was found in her apartmen I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review This was another wonderful mystery featuring the ingenious, wonderful Honorable Miss Fisher Phryne, sleep deprived and grumpy, wakes up one day to find a very nervous inspector Robinson in her parlor Visibly shaken, her begs her to take a look at his latest crime scene a scene he can make no sense of, that left him deeply unsettled A nice old lady, a writer for a women s magazine, was found in her apartment, completely blue But it wasn t the sight of the dead body that shook our inspector to his very core Oh no.Turns out the venerable Miss Lavender was obsessed with fairies, and the poor sweet man couldn t stomach staying in the extremely female room D I thought this made for a lovely beginning It was very charming and light, the close knit community of writers and neighbors who are involved in the case made for an eccentric and interesting supporting cast, and even having watched the episode from the TV show Miss Fisher s Murder Mysteries I enjoyed it As always, enough of the plot was altered to make reading the book it was based on enjoyable even if you know a bit of what is about to happen But don t worry, things don t stay too light and pink for long Phryne s lover, Lin Chung, has been kidnapped and is being held for ransom, and Phryne is desperate to get him back safely She will do anything to save him, even take on Chinese pirates I really liked seeing this furious side of her, it made me love her character evenAs always, Kerry Greenwood s extensive research has to be applauded She truly makes the 1920s come alive, and it s a joy to lose yourself in Phryne s world


  8. CatBookMom CatBookMom says:

    When this story begins, Lin Chung and Li Pen have gone on a silk buying trip to China, which is experiencing civil and military unrest But they re overdue Then Li Pen gets back home, after being tortured, with an ominous message about Lin Chung, who has been captured by pirates and is being held for ransom He is in real danger of being killed, while Phryne herself is attacked several times by Chinese men, all of which brings out the full extent of Phryne s temper and taste for revenge While When this story begins, Lin Chung and Li Pen have gone on a silk buying trip to China, which is experiencing civil and military unrest But they re overdue Then Li Pen gets back home, after being tortured, with an ominous message about Lin Chung, who has been captured by pirates and is being held for ransom He is in real danger of being killed, while Phryne herself is attacked several times by Chinese men, all of which brings out the full extent of Phryne s temper and taste for revenge While she is searching for Lin Chung, Phryne is asked to solve the murder of a woman who surrounded herself with fairies, so she does some detecting and fashion consulting at the ladies magazine where the woman worked As a tip of the bonnet to Dorothy Sayers, there is even a mention of Nutrax for Nerves as one of the advertisers at the magazine


  9. Maureen Maureen says:

    This book is set in 1920s Australia and features an independent woman amateur detective Lately I ve been reading the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear 1920s Britain, independent woman detective and this book didn t benefit from the comparison The language was often distractingly sloppy I had a hard time keeping track of the suspects and I think the thin character descriptions played a big part Overall, I was disappointed and happy to finish the book so I could move on to something This book is set in 1920s Australia and features an independent woman amateur detective Lately I ve been reading the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear 1920s Britain, independent woman detective and this book didn t benefit from the comparison The language was often distractingly sloppy I had a hard time keeping track of the suspects and I think the thin character descriptions played a big part Overall, I was disappointed and happy to finish the book so I could move on to something I would enjoy


  10. Marlene Marlene says:

    Originally published at Reading RealityIt feels as if Mr Butler, Phryne Fisher s butler and general factotum particularly as portrayed in the TV series , must be the direct ancestor of Summerset, Roarke s majordomo in the In Death series Or at least that s what got me picking up Away with the Fairies, the next book in my Phryne Fisher series read, as I searched for comfort reading in the anticipation and wake of Hurricane Irma.The murder victims in Secrets in Death and Away with the Fairies Originally published at Reading RealityIt feels as if Mr Butler, Phryne Fisher s butler and general factotum particularly as portrayed in the TV series , must be the direct ancestor of Summerset, Roarke s majordomo in the In Death series Or at least that s what got me picking up Away with the Fairies, the next book in my Phryne Fisher series read, as I searched for comfort reading in the anticipation and wake of Hurricane Irma.The murder victims in Secrets in Death and Away with the Fairies are also surprisingly similar Both are women who operated in the gray areas that surround respectable journalism for their times And both of them had an unhealthy interest in other people s secrets, and the power that came with possessing those secrets and being willing to use that power.And that s what ultimately got both of them killed It also makes neither of them a very sympathetic victim.The victim is so unsympathetic in Away with the Fairies, that the case of Miss Lavender s death isn t even Phryne s primary concern during the story Instead, her sometimes desultory and often parceled out investigation into Miss Lavender s seemingly unremarkable life and slightly puzzling death serves as a distraction to keep Phryne from her growing concern over her missing lover, Lin Chung.His trip to China to purchase silks for his family business has gone on much longer than he planned, and Phryne s dreams of his body being food for rapacious vermin are a disturbing message that something is very, very wrong A message that is confirmed when Phryne receives Lin s severed ear and a request for ransom from the pirates who have captured him Phryne marshalls her best resources, in this case Bert and Cec, to find out everything that can be found about South Sea piracy, and prepares to rescue Lin, even if she must take on the pirates herself.She sthan capable of defeating them, single handed if necessary Just as soon as she knows where to hunt them down.But Miss Lavender s death niggles at her Theshe and her agent, in this case the resourceful Dot, discover, themotives she finds for the woman s death It seems to have been inevitable that someone would finally bump her off, the question is, who managed to do it Escape Rating B This was my second hurricane book I was having no luck concentrating on anythingserious, or anything where I wasn t already intimately familiar with the world within As much as I love to really sink my reading teeth into good and deep worldbuilding, this just wasn t the time.When I m looking for comfort read, I always turn to Phryne, and am swept away if not quite as far away with the fairies as the victim in this case.A bit of the story in Away with the Fairies reminded me fondly of Murder Must Advertise from the Lord Peter Wimsey series Just as Wimsey infiltrates an advertising firm to investigate a murder, Phryne inserts herself into the ladies magazine where the victim and many of her suspects work While Phryne never pretends to be anything other than who she is, she does conceal her profession as a detective until someone else lets that cat out of its bag.Just as in yesterday s Secrets in Death, the victim is a nasty piece of work albeit on a much smaller scale this time around She was always poking her nose into other people s business, and using the knowledge gained to elicit small rewards and small revenges It is amazing that she lived as long as she did, considering that her life was spent in two relatively small worlds where everyone knew her and ended up disliking her at best and fearing her at worst.Her signature eccentricity about drawing and writing about fairies never felt fully explained or fully realized It certainly made her stand out, and it also provided her with a modest living as a writer and illustrator, but it was so excessive that it felt as if it needed a bitexplanation, especially when combined with Phryne s discovery that the profusion of fairy paraphernalia that overwhelmed the public areas of her apartment was not replicated in her private spaces, which were neat, orderly and most of all, uncluttered.Having recently re watched the first season of the TV series, the difference between the TV and literary versions of this story stand out evenclearly The subplot revolving around Phryne s concern for Lin Chung and her subsequent rescue of him are completely scrapped in the TV version for the weaker and much less compelling murder investigation And even though I understand why, the story definitely loses something in translation The story is much stronger in the book Miss Lavender s case was too slight and inconsequential to carry the whole story, and it s better here where it doesn t.But I am always happy to visit with Phryne And I look forward to reading Murder in MontparnasseMurder in Montparnasse, the next time I need a comfortable little murder To read about, that is


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10 thoughts on “Away with the Fairies

  1. Nicky Nicky says:

    For all that this one is set in a women s magazine and so obviously brings up echoes of Peter Wimsey s time in advertising Murder Must Advertise , it s still very much its own story I still don t really read these for the mystery, just as I don t really read Sayers for the mystery, but for Phryne Peter being their amazing selves There s also plenty of Dot in this one, and Lin Chung and Li Pen reappear as well.There s actually two stories running in parallel here Somewhat to my surprise, I ve For all that this one is set in a women s magazine and so obviously brings up echoes of Peter Wimsey s time in advertising Murder Must Advertise , it s still very much its own story I still don t really read these for the mystery, just as I don t really read Sayers for the mystery, but for Phryne Peter being their amazing selves There s also plenty of Dot in this one, and Lin Chung and Li Pen reappear as well.There s actually two stories running in parallel here Somewhat to my surprise, I ve discovered a bunch of other readers who hate Lin Chung and his relationship with Phryne I don t get that, because I love the connection between the two, and the fact that despite that, Greenwood doesn t force Phryne to change the way she lives They find their own ways around it I might bebothered if Lin Chung starts feeling possessive about Phryne, or Phryne just stops appreciating pretty young men, but for right now, I can t see a problem.The two plots do contrast quite a lot one is relatively safe, while the other is very high stakes, but I didn t mind It s nice to see Phryne dealing with a case that doesn t result in her being personally attacked, on the one hand, while the other plot ups the danger and means everyone is actually in danger and bad things can actually happen to the characters and do which is necessary to avoid the stories just going dead If it was all high risk but no actual feeling of danger, it d quickly go flat.Originally posted here

  2. Susan Hirtz Susan Hirtz says:

    Kerry Greenwood writes light, witty, entertaining short novels They are the equivalent of sitcoms on television and areenchanting to me What is particularly charming about this kind of read is the mental relief from the heavier drama of most fiction and much nonfiction these days.One is free to imagine the setting, people it with the cast of characters, and color in the scenery within the author s guidelines Ms Greenwood is a past master at plot, characterization, grammar and even resea Kerry Greenwood writes light, witty, entertaining short novels They are the equivalent of sitcoms on television and areenchanting to me What is particularly charming about this kind of read is the mental relief from the heavier drama of most fiction and much nonfiction these days.One is free to imagine the setting, people it with the cast of characters, and color in the scenery within the author s guidelines Ms Greenwood is a past master at plot, characterization, grammar and even researches her timelines thoroughly Her books mostly take place in Australia, and they draw in the reader to her wonderful world of Auz Now I really want to go to Melbourne Note on July 22, 2014 Now that I ve seen most of the Phrynne Fisher series on PBS, I can honestly say it s well done, but not a patch on the entertainment value of the books themselves While the author had plenty of input on the series, much had to be left out due to time and appropriateness for a visual medium Nuance is simply not available and irony is often a casualty, so read the book for real value

  3. Delitealex Delitealex says:

    3.5 starsPhryne gets involved in the investigation of a murdered author She starts working at the magazine the victim was employed to question the staff.I quickly got bored with the main mystery and didn t care much about the characters I did enjoy the secondary mystery of Lin Chang s whereabouts also the loved the familiar characters especially Dot and the doctor Since I m skipping around in the series I was surprised with a few of the additions to Phrynes life but definitely plan to read ea 3.5 starsPhryne gets involved in the investigation of a murdered author She starts working at the magazine the victim was employed to question the staff.I quickly got bored with the main mystery and didn t care much about the characters I did enjoy the secondary mystery of Lin Chang s whereabouts also the loved the familiar characters especially Dot and the doctor Since I m skipping around in the series I was surprised with a few of the additions to Phrynes life but definitely plan to read earlier books to find out .The information on the pirates felt well researched and made me want to learnI also enjoyed the descriptions of the adventuress club and the patrons One of my favorite things about this series is the information and descriptions of Australia during this time I really like reading about how Phryne deals with the problems woman had in society during this time.Overall a good book with great characters but the main mystery could have been better.I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review

  4. Bea Bea says:

    3.5, maybe 4, stars.I liked this so much better than the TV episode inspired by this book This was deeper, richer, andcomplex Away with the Fairies refers to the murder of a writer who specialized in writing and illustrating fairy stories There s quite a cast of people, both at the magazine and in the community where she lived Despite the murder, it s a genteel sort of mystery with little danger but lots of period detail, and quiet investigative work.Then there s the second mystery i 3.5, maybe 4, stars.I liked this so much better than the TV episode inspired by this book This was deeper, richer, andcomplex Away with the Fairies refers to the murder of a writer who specialized in writing and illustrating fairy stories There s quite a cast of people, both at the magazine and in the community where she lived Despite the murder, it s a genteel sort of mystery with little danger but lots of period detail, and quiet investigative work.Then there s the second mystery involving Lin Chung and his family That one was darker,personal, and full of action and adventure, betrayal and greed It made for an interesting contrast with the other story line, which was so quiet and, well, civil Lots of good manners, and the occasional lie,whereas Lin Chung s story line wasdangerous and emotionally volatile It was a good reminder that Phryne is not just some society dame or a flibbertigibbet though anyone who accused Phryne of that would need to have their head examined but a strong, passionate devoted woman who takes what she wants, protects what s hers, and has her own moral code.I enjoyed the contrast between the two storylines, once I got over my initial surprise I have mixed feelings about Phryne and Lin s relationship, as he is taken and Phryne has other lovers, but I have no doubt that they love each other despite their free spirited arrangement I really need to read this series on order to better appreciate their romance and relationship Away with the Fairies is a meandering story about family, love, devotion, and choices amongst other matters It mixes light and dark, philosophy and fashion, a sometimes careless approach to life with a passion for doing the right thing, as determined by Phryne It s history, romance, passion, fairies, war, and frivolity It was engaging if slow at times and a delightful return to Melbourne of the 1920s

  5. Kathryn Kathryn says:

    Another fun read from Kerry Greenwood and narrated by Stephanie Daniels In this one, Phryne takes a job at a women s magazine all in the name of investigating a murder, of course She has to work out which of the magazine s staff are lying in the stories they tell her, and whether they are lying to cover up something personal or to cover up the murder She tracks down letter writers to the magazines s Dear column who were disgruntled with the advice they received and therefore potential murde Another fun read from Kerry Greenwood and narrated by Stephanie Daniels In this one, Phryne takes a job at a women s magazine all in the name of investigating a murder, of course She has to work out which of the magazine s staff are lying in the stories they tell her, and whether they are lying to cover up something personal or to cover up the murder She tracks down letter writers to the magazines s Dear column who were disgruntled with the advice they received and therefore potential murderers and deals with a gang of Chinese pirates all in a day or two s work for Miss Fisher

  6. CatBookMom CatBookMom says:

    I often forget that this is the book in which Phryne saves Lin Chung from the pirates One of the best of the series, even if Mrs Opie is a whining PITA.Slightly longer review at the ebook version I often forget that this is the book in which Phryne saves Lin Chung from the pirates One of the best of the series, even if Mrs Opie is a whining PITA.Slightly longer review at the ebook version

  7. Andrea Andrea says:

    I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review This was another wonderful mystery featuring the ingenious, wonderful Honorable Miss Fisher Phryne, sleep deprived and grumpy, wakes up one day to find a very nervous inspector Robinson in her parlor Visibly shaken, her begs her to take a look at his latest crime scene a scene he can make no sense of, that left him deeply unsettled A nice old lady, a writer for a women s magazine, was found in her apartmen I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review This was another wonderful mystery featuring the ingenious, wonderful Honorable Miss Fisher Phryne, sleep deprived and grumpy, wakes up one day to find a very nervous inspector Robinson in her parlor Visibly shaken, her begs her to take a look at his latest crime scene a scene he can make no sense of, that left him deeply unsettled A nice old lady, a writer for a women s magazine, was found in her apartment, completely blue But it wasn t the sight of the dead body that shook our inspector to his very core Oh no.Turns out the venerable Miss Lavender was obsessed with fairies, and the poor sweet man couldn t stomach staying in the extremely female room D I thought this made for a lovely beginning It was very charming and light, the close knit community of writers and neighbors who are involved in the case made for an eccentric and interesting supporting cast, and even having watched the episode from the TV show Miss Fisher s Murder Mysteries I enjoyed it As always, enough of the plot was altered to make reading the book it was based on enjoyable even if you know a bit of what is about to happen But don t worry, things don t stay too light and pink for long Phryne s lover, Lin Chung, has been kidnapped and is being held for ransom, and Phryne is desperate to get him back safely She will do anything to save him, even take on Chinese pirates I really liked seeing this furious side of her, it made me love her character evenAs always, Kerry Greenwood s extensive research has to be applauded She truly makes the 1920s come alive, and it s a joy to lose yourself in Phryne s world

  8. CatBookMom CatBookMom says:

    When this story begins, Lin Chung and Li Pen have gone on a silk buying trip to China, which is experiencing civil and military unrest But they re overdue Then Li Pen gets back home, after being tortured, with an ominous message about Lin Chung, who has been captured by pirates and is being held for ransom He is in real danger of being killed, while Phryne herself is attacked several times by Chinese men, all of which brings out the full extent of Phryne s temper and taste for revenge While When this story begins, Lin Chung and Li Pen have gone on a silk buying trip to China, which is experiencing civil and military unrest But they re overdue Then Li Pen gets back home, after being tortured, with an ominous message about Lin Chung, who has been captured by pirates and is being held for ransom He is in real danger of being killed, while Phryne herself is attacked several times by Chinese men, all of which brings out the full extent of Phryne s temper and taste for revenge While she is searching for Lin Chung, Phryne is asked to solve the murder of a woman who surrounded herself with fairies, so she does some detecting and fashion consulting at the ladies magazine where the woman worked As a tip of the bonnet to Dorothy Sayers, there is even a mention of Nutrax for Nerves as one of the advertisers at the magazine

  9. Maureen Maureen says:

    This book is set in 1920s Australia and features an independent woman amateur detective Lately I ve been reading the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear 1920s Britain, independent woman detective and this book didn t benefit from the comparison The language was often distractingly sloppy I had a hard time keeping track of the suspects and I think the thin character descriptions played a big part Overall, I was disappointed and happy to finish the book so I could move on to something This book is set in 1920s Australia and features an independent woman amateur detective Lately I ve been reading the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear 1920s Britain, independent woman detective and this book didn t benefit from the comparison The language was often distractingly sloppy I had a hard time keeping track of the suspects and I think the thin character descriptions played a big part Overall, I was disappointed and happy to finish the book so I could move on to something I would enjoy

  10. Marlene Marlene says:

    Originally published at Reading RealityIt feels as if Mr Butler, Phryne Fisher s butler and general factotum particularly as portrayed in the TV series , must be the direct ancestor of Summerset, Roarke s majordomo in the In Death series Or at least that s what got me picking up Away with the Fairies, the next book in my Phryne Fisher series read, as I searched for comfort reading in the anticipation and wake of Hurricane Irma.The murder victims in Secrets in Death and Away with the Fairies Originally published at Reading RealityIt feels as if Mr Butler, Phryne Fisher s butler and general factotum particularly as portrayed in the TV series , must be the direct ancestor of Summerset, Roarke s majordomo in the In Death series Or at least that s what got me picking up Away with the Fairies, the next book in my Phryne Fisher series read, as I searched for comfort reading in the anticipation and wake of Hurricane Irma.The murder victims in Secrets in Death and Away with the Fairies are also surprisingly similar Both are women who operated in the gray areas that surround respectable journalism for their times And both of them had an unhealthy interest in other people s secrets, and the power that came with possessing those secrets and being willing to use that power.And that s what ultimately got both of them killed It also makes neither of them a very sympathetic victim.The victim is so unsympathetic in Away with the Fairies, that the case of Miss Lavender s death isn t even Phryne s primary concern during the story Instead, her sometimes desultory and often parceled out investigation into Miss Lavender s seemingly unremarkable life and slightly puzzling death serves as a distraction to keep Phryne from her growing concern over her missing lover, Lin Chung.His trip to China to purchase silks for his family business has gone on much longer than he planned, and Phryne s dreams of his body being food for rapacious vermin are a disturbing message that something is very, very wrong A message that is confirmed when Phryne receives Lin s severed ear and a request for ransom from the pirates who have captured him Phryne marshalls her best resources, in this case Bert and Cec, to find out everything that can be found about South Sea piracy, and prepares to rescue Lin, even if she must take on the pirates herself.She sthan capable of defeating them, single handed if necessary Just as soon as she knows where to hunt them down.But Miss Lavender s death niggles at her Theshe and her agent, in this case the resourceful Dot, discover, themotives she finds for the woman s death It seems to have been inevitable that someone would finally bump her off, the question is, who managed to do it Escape Rating B This was my second hurricane book I was having no luck concentrating on anythingserious, or anything where I wasn t already intimately familiar with the world within As much as I love to really sink my reading teeth into good and deep worldbuilding, this just wasn t the time.When I m looking for comfort read, I always turn to Phryne, and am swept away if not quite as far away with the fairies as the victim in this case.A bit of the story in Away with the Fairies reminded me fondly of Murder Must Advertise from the Lord Peter Wimsey series Just as Wimsey infiltrates an advertising firm to investigate a murder, Phryne inserts herself into the ladies magazine where the victim and many of her suspects work While Phryne never pretends to be anything other than who she is, she does conceal her profession as a detective until someone else lets that cat out of its bag.Just as in yesterday s Secrets in Death, the victim is a nasty piece of work albeit on a much smaller scale this time around She was always poking her nose into other people s business, and using the knowledge gained to elicit small rewards and small revenges It is amazing that she lived as long as she did, considering that her life was spent in two relatively small worlds where everyone knew her and ended up disliking her at best and fearing her at worst.Her signature eccentricity about drawing and writing about fairies never felt fully explained or fully realized It certainly made her stand out, and it also provided her with a modest living as a writer and illustrator, but it was so excessive that it felt as if it needed a bitexplanation, especially when combined with Phryne s discovery that the profusion of fairy paraphernalia that overwhelmed the public areas of her apartment was not replicated in her private spaces, which were neat, orderly and most of all, uncluttered.Having recently re watched the first season of the TV series, the difference between the TV and literary versions of this story stand out evenclearly The subplot revolving around Phryne s concern for Lin Chung and her subsequent rescue of him are completely scrapped in the TV version for the weaker and much less compelling murder investigation And even though I understand why, the story definitely loses something in translation The story is much stronger in the book Miss Lavender s case was too slight and inconsequential to carry the whole story, and it s better here where it doesn t.But I am always happy to visit with Phryne And I look forward to reading Murder in MontparnasseMurder in Montparnasse, the next time I need a comfortable little murder To read about, that is

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