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Flying Too High (Phryne Fisher #2)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  6,614 Ratings  ·  594 Reviews
Phryne Fisher has her hands full in this, her second adventure. And just when we think she’s merely a brilliant, daring, sexy woman, Phyrne demonstrates other skills, including flying an airplane and doing her own stunts!

Phryne takes on a fresh case at the pleading of a hysterical woman who fears her hot-headed son is about to murder his equally hot-headed father. Phryne,
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Hardcover, First US Hardcover Edition, 156 pages
Published 2006 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published 1990)
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Karl
Mar 15, 2017 Karl rated it liked it
The book "Flying Too High" is the second in the "Fisher" series, and I went ahead and purchased the first three books in the series of twenty. I enjoy the T.V. show (24 February 2012 to an ongoing active 3 seasons as of now) quite a bit due to is subtle humor and subversive sexiness. I guess now I will find out if it's the show's star Essie Davis who portrays Phryne Fisher, as a kind of roaring twenties Emma Peel, and or Kerry Greenwood's writing, In 2016 Essie Davis was interviewed and stated s ...more
Olga Godim
Sep 30, 2013 Olga Godim rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
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
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
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
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Obsidian
I think this book is firmly a three star read. We get introduced to Mr. Butler, though in the book series he has a wife. We have Phryne once again being led by her libido. At least she has good deductive reasoning though. Though I will say that whole last act was unnecessary with Phryne and I found myself bored senseless reading about her clothes and how much food she had eaten. She also makes an agreement with one of the culprits in this book that I found to be gross and offf-putting. I am stil ...more
Mish
Flying Too High is the second book in the Phryne Fisher mysteries. Cocaine Blues gave the reader introduction into sassy, intelligent life of Phryne, who’s just settled into Melbourne, trying to set up her profession as a private detective, with the help of new friends Cecil, Bert and Dot. We know from the first book that she likes fast cars and has a fondness for flying, and we did get a glimpse of that. While Cocaine Blues was a delightful introduction, Flying Too High does really highlights h ...more
Michelle_Mck
Mar 07, 2016 Michelle_Mck rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book, 2016
I'm a bit OCD with reading a series so I am reading Phyrne in order, it took me quite a while to pick up the second book because it wasn't easy to get from the library, finally it was my turn and this book did not disappoint.

Book two starts with Phyrne taking tea with a new client who thinks that her grown son is going to kill her husband. Her husband is a cruel man and her son is hot headed so it does sound like a recipe for disaster. The Son is a pilot so Phyrne heads to the airfield and we so
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Richard Derus
Dec 30, 2011 Richard Derus rated it liked it
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
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Marijan
Mar 17, 2017 Marijan rated it really liked it
Gospođica Fisher leti, vozi, drhti, krvari i zavodi, sve da bi riješila problem(e) nestalog djeteta i mrtvog grubijana. Još jedno zabavno štivo u nizu.
Ok, zavođenje je za osobne potrebe, ali sve drugo je u službi općeg dobra ;)
Aoife
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
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Nikki
I can’t believe I didn’t notice, first time round, that Phryne manages to move into house number 221… and then adds a B. I love the little references to other detectives — like the Megatherium Trust, for example (a reference to Sayers). Phryne, I love your wit. Or is that Greenwood?

Anyway. Flying Too High is another fun instalment, which I enjoyed rereading. I love that Phryne can fly a plane and that it’s a part of several later stories, and I love the women that come into her story being aweso
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Nikki
Pretty much binging on this series at the moment, I have to admit. As I write up this review, I’m already two books ahead. I find the books so readable, and since each one has clocked in under 200 pages so far, they’re not a huge time investment. Phryne is a lovely character: independent, smart, fearless, honest and true to her own principles — and non-judgemental of others.

I don’t really have much to say about the plots: these books remind me of Sayers’ mysteries, where what I care about is mor
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Burgundy Rose
May 07, 2013 Burgundy Rose rated it liked it
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
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Lydia
Oct 07, 2015 Lydia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This was a super fun, casual little read.
I've loved the TV show for a year or so now (thank you to the friends who convinced me to watch it), so it was about time I read some of the books. Phryne Fisher is still my ultimate life goal. And yes, I know her lifestyle is completely unrealistic for the time she was living in. I don't care. That's part of the freaking joy.
It's just light and airy (although deals with pretty horrific themes like incest and child molestation, which are dealt with in th
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Ashleigh
Apr 10, 2017 Ashleigh rated it really liked it
The second in Phryne's adventures. A character who fits into the 1920s but at the same time, steps away from what people expect of her in ways that tend to shock even those that know her.
Michelle
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
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Lil
Feb 21, 2016 Lil rated it it was amazing
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Abbey
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
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Clare
May 07, 2014 Clare rated it it was amazing
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
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Maggie Anton
Jun 01, 2015 Maggie Anton rated it liked it
As usual, I leave it to other reviewers to summarize the plot; what you get here is my opinion.
While I did enjoy this book, it did not live up to the quality of the first volume, Cocaine Blues. I found the two disconnected mysteries - an adult murder and child kidnapping - confusing. Even though I read this novel in less than 2 days, I sometimes had trouble recalling who all the different characters were and which case each was involved in. The characters didn't all seem like real people so I ha
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Leah
Feb 15, 2012 Leah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Writerlibrarian
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
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LJ
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
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Bettie☯
Read by Stephanie Daniel

#2. Flying High (1990). [5 hrs 10 mins]
blurb - In this, the second Phryne Fisher mystery, the 1920s' most talented and glamorous detective flies even higher, handling a murder, a kidnapping and the usual array of beautiful young men with style and consummate ease--and all before it's time to adjourn to the Queenscliff Hotel for breakfast. Whether she's flying planes, clearing a friend of homicide charges or saving a child from kidnapping, she handles everything with the s
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MichelleG
The fabulous Miss Fisher strikes again, these books are so good, its a chore to put them down. I can't wait to delve into more of this Series!

The glamorous and indomitable heroine Phryne Fisher never misses a step, in fact it's all in a days work to uncover a kidnapper plot and foil their plans. Deal with murder threats, hysterical women, hot-headed bad tempered men, and the solve the death of the hot-headed man's father.

All while demonstrating a level of tenacity, brilliance, and daring that on
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Shomeret
Jan 12, 2013 Shomeret rated it liked it
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.
Diabolika
Nov 22, 2016 Diabolika rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mistery
Where is "my" Phryne? And her lovely wit? And Inspector Robinson? Why such dull cases?

I hope the next books will bring back the sparkling atmosphere of the TV series. Otherwise, what a pity! :-(
Marlene
Feb 10, 2017 Marlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Reading Reality

This has been a hell of a week for me, I’ve been both sick and injured, and nothing that I planned to read is holding my interest. But I recognize that it’s not the books’ fault, it’s most likely mine. I’m out of sorts and looking for instant absorption.

So I went back to Phryne, and was instantly absorbed.

As in Cocaine Blues, or the TV series based on these books, the mysteries, both of them, are slight. Not that the consequences aren’t serious in both case
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Susan
I am really enjoying this series. I find that this book is streamlined but at the same time fairly detailed; a perfect balance. I also really enjoy the protagonist Phryne Fisher and her friends and cohorts.

I am looking forward to reading the next of the series.
Annie
Apr 02, 2017 Annie rated it really liked it
Book Phryne and TV Phryne are pretty similar, but there is no Phryne and Jack romance in books. It's just a case of the books are the books, tv show is tv show. Different but equally enjoyable.
Cybercrone
Apr 12, 2017 Cybercrone rated it really liked it
This is turning out to be one of the most entertaining series I've read in a long time.
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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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