Tag: Phryne Fisher

The Green Mill Murder

The Green Mill Murder

by Kerry Greenwood (McPhee Gribble, 1993)

audiobook read by Stephanie Daniel (ABC Audio, 2012)

Book cover: “The Green Mill Murder” by Kerry Greenwood (McPhee Gribble, 1993); audiobook read by Stephanie Daniel (ABC Audio, 2012)

While the mystery in this instance is nigh on non-existent, Phryne and the murderer make their dual entrance on page one and the book proceeds apace, endearing itself to aficionados of early 20th-century Australian culture and showcasing Greenwood’s research of the period.

Death at Victoria Dock

Death at Victoria Dock

by Kerry Greenwood (Poisoned Pen Press, 1992)

audiobook read by Stephanie Daniel (ABC, 2011)

Book cover: “Death at Victoria Dock” by Kerry Greenwood (Poisoned Pen Press, 1992); audiobook read by Stephanie Daniel (ABC, 2011)

Stephanie Daniel’s audiobook reading lends vivid personality to all the characters; Greenwood’s depiction of interbellum Melbourne society suggests considerable research; yet Phryne herself has become more goddess than investigator. She is adored and feared to the extent of encountering too little resistance.

Flying too High

Flying too High

by Kerry Greenwood (Penguin, 1990); audiobook read by Stephanie Daniel (Bolinda, 2011)

Flying Too High by Kerry Greenwood (book cover)

Two fairly straightforward cases (not investigations as such) brought concurrently to heel by the redoubtable Miss Fisher. In prose and plot, this is a simpler novel than Cocaine Blues. Nonetheless it sails along nicely on the strength of its characters and setting.

Murder Under the Mistletoe

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: Murder Under the Mistletoe

(ABC, 2013)

Miss Fisher_Murder Under the Mistletoe

It’s hard to imagine this Christmas special—broadcast only a month after series two ended—warranted a separate DVD release. Though themed around Christmas (in July), its only real point of departure is to embroil Miss Fisher in a closed circle mystery.



Cocaine Blues

Cocaine Blues

by Kerry Greenwood (McPhee Gribble, 1989); audiobook read by Stephanie Daniel (Bolinda, 2010)

Greenwood_Cocaine Blues

Greenwood evinces as no-nonsense an approach to plotting as does the irrepressible Phryne Fisher to solving mysteries and bucking societal norms. The result is a fast-moving romp through 1920s Melbourne, more worldly than Wodehouse but with a similarly delightful turn of phrase.



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