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Flying Too High (Phryne Fisher #2)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  3,713 ratings  ·  328 reviews
1920s Australia. Glamorous flapper Phryne Fisher enlists maid Dot, cabbies Bert and Cec, new house 221B Butlers, Else and Ted, and pilot Bunji Ross. Big blustering Bill McNaughton did not kill his father. Stubborn asthmatic Candida 6 is kidnapped by child molester Sid. Sweet and sharp as a chocolate-covered razor, Phryne seduces Paolo and Dr Fielding with finesse, before s ...more
ebook, 158 pages
Published 2006 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published 1990)
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Phryne Fisher is back in Flying to High, the sequel to Cocaine Blues. In this book, she has to help a man accused of murdering his father, rescue a kidnapped child and of course, seduce some men.

I didn't find this book as good as the first one. I like Phryne Fisher, she's a great character, but the story in this book wasn't as captivating as it was in the first book. I found myself doing other things so even though the book wasn't that thick did it take me a while to finish it. Also, all this se
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 3* of five

Any series needs its "jokes" or established tics and tropes that let dedicated series readers build a sense of friendly familiarity with a character, a place, a group gestalt. This series promises to do that with a vengeance. Phryne's tics and crotchets are consistent...wit, sexual freedom, social conscience unexpected in a rich girl...and the recurring characters around her are given their own lovable ways to a greater extent than is necessarily good for the plot of the series
Olga Godim
At the risk of being called blasphemous by my fellow reading buffs, I announce that this is the rare occasion when a movie is better than a book it’s based on. Or a TV series, as is the case here. I’m a big fan of the Australian mini TV series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. I love everything in it: the characters, the cast, the directing, the screen writing, and the cinematography. It’s one of my all-time favorite series, following the detecting adventures of Phryne Fisher, the glamorous and cu ...more
I am happy to tell yout that Phryne Fisher is still perfect in everything she does!
In this book we learn that she is also a great pilot and a perfect shot!

She also uses her awesome pilot skill to almost scare somebody to death who wasn't nice to her on one occasion but it's OK because he is a jerk and Phryne is of course perfect and nothing she does could ever be morally questionable!

She also has perfect sex! Occasionally with guys that are actually engaged to somebody else but it's OK because t
3.5 Stars

Flying Too High features the delightful Miss Phryne Fisher in her second thrilling adventure. From death defying tricks on an airplane rides, to chasing kidnappers and solving a murder, this novel has it all.

Phryne has been contacted by a woman who is concerned about the fights which keep taking place between her aggressive husband and their son over his business. She is afraid that one day her son Bill will kill his father: little does she know that her husband will be dead by the next
Ruby Rose Scarlett
Very odd mixture of very light and airy situations (no pun intended) and extremely dark elements (pedophilia and rape) which are treated with the same nonchalance. This made me really uncomfortable, especially since the author dwells on the culprit's last wishes at the end in a very nauseating move. She also seems to think that rape and incest is something women can get over if they're coaxed 'out of their shells by the right man'.
I knew I was to expect deep themes (the first book did tackle the
Kinda of a reset of the series. Phryne Fisher moves into a house, gains a couple of house help, Mr et Mrs Butler (which is well cute for 1 second, that's it. It's like naming your dog, dog.). Her spiffy red car is now hers, her doctor/surgeon female friend is gone but replaced by a lawyer female friend.

I like that Greenwood has strong, smart female characters. That's the main reason that keeps me reading. She tackles, not always to my liking, but she tackles touchy subjects: illegal back rooms
FLYING TOO HIGH (Private Invest.-Australia-1920s) – G+
Greenwood, Kerry – 2nd in series
Allen & Unwin, 2005 – Australian Trade paperback
Phryne Fisher has been called to investigate two separate cases; the kidnap of an 11-year-old girl and to prove the innocence of a man accused of murdering his father. What ties them together? Airplanes.
*** I want to be Phryne when I grow up. She's smart, resourceful, talented and independent. She is wealthy, but remembers what it was like to be poor. She care
This is a fun read. I enjoy Phryne Fisher and I thought I would especially like a novel that deals more centrally with her as an aviator. Did I say "more centrally"? Well, flying isn't quite as central as I would hope, but there are some wonderful scenes related to aviation.

There are some great side characters--particularly the artist sister of the flying school owner who is accused of murder. Phryne knows many independent woman professionals and I am always delighted to see them.
Really fun, wittily written book series that are quick easy reads. I really enjoy books with culture from another time and or place and these have both. They are from Melbourne, Australia in the 1920s. Ms. Phryne Fisher, is a socialite who has discovered a talent for amateur investigation. She's an heiress who's rich, has loads of time with little to do and used to be poor so she fits into areas where a person born into the upper class never would.

On the negative side... I think perhaps the tim
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is the second book in the Phryne Fisher series. The story takes place in the 1920s in Australia. Phryne is not the usual Australian woman, she flies, is a "vamp" and has a lot of money. (Not sure where it came from as I did not read the first book). There are several supporting characters which add to the story, Bert, Cec and Dot and assist Phryne in solving her cases. In this book Phyrne has to assist a man wrongfully charged of killing his father as well as save a kidnapped child. There w ...more
BOTTOM LINE: #2 in one of my all-time favorite series, the intrepid Phryne finds herself literally up in the air for this story, as one of her cases leads to some chancy behavior whilst trying to rescue a kidnapped child.

Several cases - and multiple plot-lines - as is usual with the Phryne stories, this time encompassing not only the kidnapping but also a peculiar murder of a nasty husband who definitely deserved to be murdered! Nicely twisted plot-lines, along with wonderful period details, ma
I enjoy Phryne Fisher's company, and recently I've been reading her later adventures, so getting to go back to the second ever book has been entertaining, in that I finally get to see how she settles in to Melbourne and acquires a house and Mr and Mrs Butler. Luckily these are just extras to the standalone stories in each book, or I would have been all at sea for a long time now!

As I felt about the first book, this is clearly very raw in comparison to the later books in the series. A lot of the
Phryne's second outing is solid, if it somewhat lacks some of the charm of the first. Greenwood's tendency to have two mysteries, unconnected, running concurrently, gets a bit bothersome here, especially since I was much more interested in the murder than the kidnapping and the latter takes over the second half of the book. Hell, we even have to read through Phryne's erotic tryst with clumsy Dr. Fielding before we get to the solution to the murder, which was actually extremely clever, especially ...more
Oh, Phyrne, how much do I love you? A lot. From your unabashed sexual prowling to a decor sense that includes nude paintings of yourself, to the consideration that causes you to buy pretty things for your maid, you are a fine person.

It turns out that you also solve mysteries, understand (but dislike) urchins, wing-walk, fly planes, and plot with the best of them.

In this installment, Phyrne participates in a kidnapping rescue not-unlike the Ransom of Red Chief, and she solves the death of a man w
The Honourable Phryne Fisher is settling into Melbourne, Australia very nicely, establishing herself as a detective, in this flapper era mystery. With her unconventional attitude towards sex, her generosity, and skills in observation, she is well able to solve mysteries with originality. These books don't shy away from seamier issues like child molestation, adultery, and incest.

Two mysteries capture her attention. One is the murder of a rich man whose son has been accused. The man is a brute wi
Another Phryne Fisher and I've already started the next one. They are comfortable reading, not full of gore and just enough of a mystery to be mysterious. I like getting to know the characters and seeing that they have been doing other things since the last book I read - like they have a life, other than the bits I'm reading about.
Mar 14, 2014 Glynda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: MYSTERY READERS
Recommended to Glynda by: CHARLES DAVIS
Shelves: mystery
Maybe not quite as good as Cocaine Blues, but still very enjoyable all the same. Flying Too High tackles two mysteries—a murder and a kidnapping that, while not connected, are still able to fit quite nicely into one volume. Phryne is fun and smart and outlandish, and the team of friends she's surrounded herself with provides great backup. A solid book for sure.

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Naomi Young
I'll probably finish this book before going to bed tonight. These are nothing substantial but they are fun. Greenwood has made Phryne quite rich (but with a background in poverty so we know she's no snob) and a renaissance woman (she can fly a plane, knows Apache fighting skills, and has the bedroom skills of courtesan), so she can meet any adversity. And she's so charming, the police and ordinary folks just go along with her mad schemes. A moment's thought would destroy the tissue of disbelief ...more
My only regret is that these books aren't longer. Another delightful read. Looking forward to the next one.
I described the first Phryne Fisher book as being "charmingly ridiculous". This, the second in the series, was just ridiculous. Phryne was even more irritatingly perfect, out-flying everyone at a flying club (and even walking out onto the wing without any kind of safety harness just to prove how amazing she is), sleeping with a client's fiancé without feeling any kind of guilt over it, and solving two mysteries from the comfort of her armchair while sending out her lackeys (two cab drivers who r ...more
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
I am convinced that the author must have read the Modesty Blaise novels/comics at some point...Phryne Fisher is so similar even in her physical appearance. Also the author must have loved Mary Poppins as a child, "practically perfect in every way" and always able to pull just exactly what's needed out of her bottomless carpetbag (or in this case, pockets and pochette!) Instead of the faithful Willy Garvin, Phryne has an entire support group--Dot, Bert, Cec, and the Butlers.

I kept wondering if in
A really entertaining read and an enjoyable double mystery.

Phryne is such a great, feminist character. I love her and all the side characters. I'm trying hard not to compare it to the TV show, but since this book wasn't one of the episodes, it's not so hard now.

There was a double mystery in this book, the murder of a violent, terrible man. And a kidnapping of a child. Even though the story veered back and forth between the two, Greenwood does the transitions masterfully so that I was never distr
3 and 1/2 stars (where the hell is my half-star rating system goodreads?)

Not as impressive as the first installment but still quite good. The second book of the Phryne Fisher series finds our heroine deciding to make Melbourne, Australia her home. And to keep herself occupied, she becomes a private investigator.

Like book one, the reader is following two investigations/mysteries at once. Ms. Greenwood does an excellent job of keeping them separate enough so the reader can keep up. However, I did
Linda Weeks
I picked up this book after enjoying the Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries on the ABC.

While in many ways it was a fun book, I must confess to preferring the TV series. I had to read some sections of dialogue a couple of times to understand who said what, and while I like Phryne's role as an independent career woman, I found her attitudes a little trite at times (which I don't think comes through as coarsely in the TV series).

When dealing with the kidnap of a young child, and a man's murder, it seems
An Odd1
Hard to dislike "vamp" p 148 promiscuous rich daring china-doll 1920s flapper beauty, when she is smart, generous, kind, from London poverty to bright sunny Australia. Many pilots, including her; she even walks the Gypsy Moth wing. Issues disturb on sidelines - incest, prostitution but justice triumphs over law.

"You're supposed to wait till they're dead!" for cat p 125 made no sense until the very end; maybe threads knit clearer in awake day hours. Red convertible Hispano-Suiza delivers exhauste
Bryan Higgs
This is the second book I've read in this series, and it was a fun, frivolous read. I think this series would be considered "cozies".

In this book, Phryne conquers two lovers (not merely one!), and solves several crimes while involved in lots of derring-do.

Nothing like the more in-depth and complex Maisy Dobbs novels, but fun just the same.

On to the next one in the series: Murder on the Ballarat Train.

Note: The TV Series seems to have focused on the odd numbers of the series books. For example, C
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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 1st April 1982, a day which she finds both soothing and significant.

Kerry has written twenty novels, a number of plays, including The Troubadours with Stephen D'Arcy,
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Phryne Fisher (1 - 10 of 20 books)
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  • Murder on the Ballarat Train (Phryne Fisher, #3)
  • Death at Victoria Dock (Phryne Fisher, #4)
  • The Green Mill Murder (Phryne Fisher, #5)
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  • Ruddy Gore (Phryne Fisher, #7)
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