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Death at Victoria Dock (Phryne Fisher #4)

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Driving home late one night, Phryne Fisher is surprised when someone shoots out her windscreen. When she alights she finds a pretty young man with an anarchist tattoo dying on the tarmac just outside the dock gates. He bleeds to death in her arms, and all over her silk shirt.



Enraged by the loss of the clothing, the damage to her car, and this senseless waste of human life
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Hardcover, 164 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published 1992)
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 2.5* of five

Death at Victoria Dock by Kerry Greenwood is the fourth installment in the Phryne Fisher series.

I am seriously irked. This Greenwood moll has something against teenaged girls, and puts them repeatedly in the most heinous jeopardy imaginable and then when they're extricated all is suddenly sweetness and light.

I don't do book reports, because if I want to know what a book's about I read it. I also hate spoilers. But I am about to make a big fat plot-ruining spoiler here, so go
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LJ
DEATH AT VICTORIA DOCK (Private Investigator-Australia- VG
Greenwood, Kerry –4th in series
Allen & Unwin, 1992- Australian paperback
The Honorable Phryne Fisher becomes involved in hunting down anarchists after they shoot out her windscreen, and cause her to hold an attractive young man in her arms as he dies. The trail leads her to a tattoo parlor, spiritualist, a new lover and her “family” being in danger. Simultaneously, she is looking for a young girl who has run away from home wanting to j
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Andrea
Phryne Fisher is back! One night while driving home, Phryne is shocked to find that someone is shooting at her. Not only do they shoot out her windscreen but she also finds that a lovely young fellow with an anarchist tattoo has also been shot and dies in her arms.

Phyrne is enraged by the loss of her clothing due to the dying man's blood, the damage to her car and the horrible loss of such a young life. Promising that she will find who is responsible and make them pay Phryne sets out to identif
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Leah
I have missed Important Plot Points by reading this and not the third in the series - I had no idea Phryne got hooked up with her adoptive daughters so early on in the series. Serves me right for reading out of order I suppose.

Greenwood's writing and comfort with the characters and the era has progressed in leaps and bounds from the second adventure (the last one I read), Flying Too High, and the set pieces are better handled and more fun than they have been yet.

I still get the feeling that all
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Shelly
I have to ask myself would I enjoy reading these if I had not seen the TV series first. The Phryne Fisher who inhabits the books is an interesting character, but she seems rather flat compared to Essie Davis' incarnation of her. (And the costumes...!)

What distinguishes these books from cozies is the extent to which they take on the social issues of their time and place (and ours, too - we haven't made as much progress as we might like). Anarchy, incest, abortion, drugs, and of course the status
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Donna
Phryne takes on anarchists and a side plot involving incest (yuk).

I keep sticking with this series even with its flaws. The setting is Australia but there is so little of Australia in it that for the first third of the book I was thinking they had moved to England. Phryne still hasn't grown on me that much--she's so perfect it's impossible to relate to her.

On the positive side, the books are entertaining and very quick reads. They are also reasonably priced for the Kindle and I do love the beaut
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Naomi Young
Like the other books in this series, it's wildly improbable, yet somehow engaging. Two unrelated mysteries for Miss Fisher to solve. Phryne is something of a female Australian Bond, full of all kinds of arcane knowledge and freer with her affections than Emma Goldman.

Meta note: I recently read a comment from a friend who is discouraged by our social appetite for "fast fiction" -- fluffy and insubstantial stuff. I can only plead that sometimes I do not wish to think or engage deeper issues. Perh
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Renee
Phryne is Phun.
Deanne
Anarchists, murder and kidnapping. Death at Victoria Dock starts with a shooting, which leads Phryne to a dangerous group of Latvians. There's the usual cast of supporting characters, Dot, Jane, Ruth, Bert and Sec, but no Jack Robinson.
In some ways it's fun to spot the difference between the books and the tv series.
Entertaining read.
Anna
Surely someone's come up with a Phryne Fisher drinking game by now: drink when Phryne notices a pretty young man; when Dot runs Phryne a bath (take a shot if the bath salts/oils are named by brand); when Phryne's clothes/car/wallpaper are described; when Cec and Bert go out on reconnaissance; when Mr Butler mixes a drink or Mrs Butler makes tea...

Then again, let's hope nobody's ever played such a drinking game, or alcohol poisoning is sure to have followed.

I mock because I love, of course: part
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Kris
4 STARS

"Driving home late one night, Phryne Fisher is surprised when someone shoots out her windscreen. When she alights she finds a pretty young man with an anarchist tattoo dying on the tarmac just outside the dock gates. He bleeds to death in her arms, and all over her silk shirt.

Enraged by the loss of the clothing, the damage to her car, and this senseless waste of human life, Phryne promises to find out who is responsible. But she doesn't yet know how deeply into the mire she'll have to go:
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Sally
As much as I've loved the frst Phryne Fisher books, I think Death at Victoria Dock is the book in which the series has really hit it's stride.



The characterisations continue to be very well written, the stories are similar; but each is different and exciting and criminally nasty and new. Some of the dialogue in this book was superb. It felt as though it could have come straight out of my head. It takes a very good writer to be able to invoke that feeling in a reader.



The fantastic nature of Phryne
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Dlora
I've read three of these books about Phryne (rhymes with briney) Fisher, a liberated female detective living in Australia in the 1910s after World War I. I really enjoy the writing, the characters are fascinating, the plots are well drawn, and the history is fantastic. Death at Victoria Dock is probably my favorite of the three I read. Phryne is trying to track down two anarchists from Latvia who killed one of their members because of his loose mouth and then shot at her because she happened to ...more
Abbey
BOTTOM LINE: #4 Phrynne Fisher, Investigator, Melbourne, Australia, 1928; gently satirical thriller, historical. A young girl from A Good Family goes missing, a beautiful young man dies (bloodily) in Phrynne’s arms, and Latvian revolutionaries seem to have exported their feuds to Australia, involving Phrynne and Company in bank robberies, kidnaping, seances, several pairs of lovers’ quarrels, and a lot more. Very satisfying, and terrific writing, although IMO the ending is too unrelievedly sweet ...more
Nikki
According to my Goodreads history, I read this book in paper format several years ago. I now wonder whether I just guessed that I had read it, since when I listened to the audiobook, I didn't recall any of the plot points, and they were quite memorable.

Phryne Fisher, the rich and beautiful young woman who is the heroine of this series set in 1920s Melbourne, Australia, is driving her Hispano-Suiza near Victoria Dock when her windscreen is shot out and she observes two men fleeing. Alighting to a
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P.d.r. Lindsay

This is the fourth in that delightful 1920s mystery series by Kerry Greenwood about the Honourable Phryne Fisher. Phryne is the woman we'd all like to be, debonair, independent and brilliant, the Australian private investigator who never turns a hair.

Phyrne is driving home past the Victorian Dock when some blaggard shoots at her smashing her beautiful car's windscreen. The two men continue shooting. Phryne is outraged, more so when she finds that what the men originally shot was a handsome youn
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Vivienne
In addition to the murder of the young anarchist, Phryne also takes on on a case that involves locating a missing teenage girl, who had been upset when her father put his foot down over her desire to join an Anglican convent. The girl attends the same school as Jane and Ruth, Phryne's recently adopted daughters, and so they are able to provide clues that lead Phryne to uncover the disturbing truth linked to the girl's disappearance.

This was another novel that had been adapted for the TV series
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Kimberly
Death At Victoria Dock by Kerry Greenwood (Phryne Fisher #4)

Phryne is driving home one night, when someone opens fire on her. Checking out the damage, Phryne finds the real target a beautiful young man who lies dying in the street. Angry at the loss of such a fine looking young man, Phryne sets out looking for the murders and winds up over her head in political intrigue.


Meanwhile the “respectable” father of a young runaway is referred to Phryne by the police. What she unearths there, makes the
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Ann
I love Phryne. She is a gutsy broad who doesn't take any guff from men or women. She lives her life on her terms and enjoys life at its fullest. She is angered when her car window is shot out as she passes Victoria Dock. A "beautiful" young man is dying on the street and she gets blood on her clothes. She goes after the murderers and car abusers with abandon and soon finds the culprits. She is the kind of woman I wish I could be - beautiful, rich and brazen.
Donna
This was a great book to listen to. Phryne Fisher is an entertaining character and the narrator does a wonderful job with the various voices. This episode has Phryne driving past the docks on her way home and being shot at. She gets out of her car, ready to return fire when she spots a young man mortally wounded and vows to find the people who did this.

When she arrives home, she is hired to find a runaway. Although the two mysteries are not in any way related, Phryne is able to solve both.
Damaskcat
Phryne Fisher is driving her Hispano Suiza towards her home one evening when someone shoots at her as she is driving past Victoria Dock. She stops to remove the shattered glass from her windscreen and her person and sees a body lying on the ground. The young man has been fatally wounded and dies in her arms. Phryne vows to solve the murder because she doesn’t like being shot at and she’s rather partial to beautiful young men.

This is a well written and at times humorous mystery set in 1920s Austr
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Bryan Higgs
The fourth in the Phryne Fisher series. I'm still enjoying them for the context (1930s Melbourne, Australia) and the romp. These are definitely 'cosies'.

Phryne has gained two adopted daughters and one cat.

One lover in this one...

On to the next one: The Green Mill Murder
Sarah
Once again, Detective Phryne Fisher finds herself in trouble. She never asks for it; she never looks for it; but yet she seems to stumble upon it all the time. On the plus side, she has a stream of handsome men always at her heels. In this one, Phryne tries to bust a ring of anarchists who are looking to rob a bank with an automatic machine gun. She also hunts for a girl with a book of secrets who has gone missing.

My favorite moment in this book was when Phryne went into the tattoo parlor to get
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Lynn
I am really falling in love with Phryne. This was another book I saw as part if the ABC (Australia) television production before reading it. The differences were significant, but not enough to destroy the enjoyment of either the book or the episode.

Phryne is a great, strong character with equally well-written supporting characters. I really can't speak as to the stereotypes, as I know very little of the history of the area at the time period, but I can guess that some of supporting players are s
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Llothil
This one was a great deal more tragic than most Miss. Fishers however it was no less enjoyable. With an ending made of a deep quiet sorrow it is another fabulous book. All the characters retrieve their glory and the new additions make themselves quite at home. I find myself looking forward to the next one just as usual.
Sophie
I'm close to giving up on this series. I love the characters. I'm reasonably interested in the plots. But something about the writing style is really difficult to get into, and I find myself skimming without meaning to and missing things. They're relatively short books, but they feel like a struggle to read sometimes.
Siria
Short, breezy, with lightly sketched characters and a flimsy plot, this isn't great literature—but it is great fun. This is the fourth of the Phryne Fisher books, and perfectly comprehensible to me though I hadn't read the previous three. Phryne is newly returned to 1920s Australia after several years spent in Europe—wealthy, independent-minded, smart and practical, she sets herself up as a private detective. This installment has anarchists, nuns, marvellous descriptions of cloche hats, and not ...more
Chara
Not up to the standard of the series. Neither the plot nor the narration. Some scenes were interesting but most was quite predictable. I shall read the next one though, because I like the characters. Hopefully it will improve again.
Nancy
Such a fun series! The 4th one I have read, always entertaining and a quick read. Phyrne is hired for one job to find a missing 12 year old girl, and gets involved in another case revolving around Latvian anarchists. Australia in the late 1920's is always interesting and atmospheric. Miss Fisher is definitely not your ordinary private investigator; gutsy, sexual, bold, and defying female stereotyping of the time and place.
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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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