The second book in the Phryne Fisher Mysteries (or the "Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries," as PBS calls them). I bought books 1 and 2 for my dad for his bThe second book in the Phryne Fisher Mysteries (or the "Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries," as PBS calls them). I bought books 1 and 2 for my dad for his birthday because he said he wanted "Miss Fisher" for his birthday. I asked "The DVDs, or the books?" and he said "Either." So I bought the first two books, and then a week before his birthday, he decided he wanted something else instead, and that was "the only thing" he wanted for his birthday. So then I had these two books lying around, so I decided to read them myself.
They're not bad. I didn't like the first one that much, but this second one is better. Phryne is a bawdy lady of the 1920s: she likes men and sex (gasp!), she likes to drink, she likes being scandalous; she's a pilot, knows defense techniques, has travelled the world... As I said, this second one struck me as better than the first: Perhaps Kerry Greenwood was just too clumsy with introducing Phryne, her personality, and why she was a British gal in Australia in the first book, but by the second one had found her groove. I only read the second book because I had it, but now based on the second one, I'd be willing to read more in the series. I won't run to the store and buy all of them, but it's a series I'll keep in mind if I ever need a book to read (like I ever don't have books to read!) and want a little period-piece mystery with a kick-ass gal.
If I could only choose one 1920s-era smart-as-a-whip mystery-solving gal, though, I'd pick Maisie Dobbs....more
A good read, but I wasn't so happy with the ending. The way all of the threads were tied together wasn't completely satisfying. Still, up until that eA good read, but I wasn't so happy with the ending. The way all of the threads were tied together wasn't completely satisfying. Still, up until that end, it was a thrilling mystery, but light enough I could read it on the bus as I was partially distracted....more
This is one of those books that I don't really get into at the beginning (wasn't keen on the writing style; it felt like there was backstory I shouldThis is one of those books that I don't really get into at the beginning (wasn't keen on the writing style; it felt like there was backstory I should have known, but didn't, even though this was only book #1 in the series; and I wasn't sure I cared about the stated mystery), but then find that I can't keep down. For me, it's not a page-turner, so it's easy for me to put it down, but once I've put it down, I find myself thinking, "I can't wait to find out how the stated mystery is related to this secondary mystery. Or are they related? Could they be two separate mysteries? No, nothing's ever not-related in books, especially mystery books. Right? Hmm... And was I right about the first mystery? Is my guess what really happened? And how do these dancers fit in?" so then I pick the book back up, not even five minutes after putting it down.
But about halfway through the book (and the book is short, and a quick read, so halfway really isn't like I gave up too much of my life to get there) it started to really pull me in, so now I find that I *can't* put it down.
And the cover art is BEAUTIFUL and striking, so even if I didn't read the rest of the series, part of me wants to own the series (at least the covers done by Beth Norling) just because the line of books would make a beautiful collage :)...more