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Death at Victoria Dock (Phryne Fisher #4)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  4,636 Ratings  ·  342 Reviews
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,
Hardcover, 164 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published 1992)
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Ivonne Rovira
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The fabulous Phryne Fisher returns in the fourth installment of Kerry Greenwood’s delightful series, and she remains as clever, just, and chic as ever. When Phryne alights from her Hispano-Suiza only to have a handsome young anarchist die in her arms, she launches into an investigation at Melbourne’s wharf.

With the help of a new friend, a handsome communist wharfie named Peter Smith, and of her stalwarts — fellow “red-raggers” Cec and Bert, her intrepid maid Dot Williams, and adopted daughters
Enchantress  debbicat ☮
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2017-reads
A short little escapism read. This was my first Phryne book, tho it is number 4 in the series.. I had just started watching the tv series (at the recommendation of a good friend) and thought it was quite fun. I saw this book available for request on NetGalley (a long while back- 2016) and downloaded it, but, didn't get to it til this summer break. I think it's entertaining and I feel I know the characters much better having read one of the books. Phryne is unforgettable and I like her as a sleut ...more
If you were under the impression that Phryne is unfeeling, that her lovers mean nothing to her, this one should thoroughly disabuse you of that notion. I don’t know how you could be under that illusion after the anger she feels about the people hurting Sasha in Cocaine Blues, or the way she protects Jane and Ruth, but still. The story opens with a young man dying in her arms and that injustice drives the story, through Phryne’s anger.

The story itself is a whole world away from what I’m used to/k
Richard Derus
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Oct 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a lady detective in the old days. Miss Marple, Jessica Fletcher, and obviously now, Phryne Fisher. I started watching the TV series first and then moved on to the books. The TV series is great, that is where you get to see The Honorable Miss Phryne Fisher in her old school splendor. On paper her glamour dims a little but she is still a formidable character.

I like the book well enough, this book has been dramatized and if you have seen the episode, you would be familiar with the book. I i
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Phryne Fisher solves the mystery of a missing girl and some chaos-making anarchists.

(I am slightly frustrated with the fact that the television show has cut several characters from the books. Especially when you realize that many of them are ladies: Mrs. Butler, Ruthie, WPC Jones, etc. Yes, many of the male police officers are eliminated too, but it's ... not a pleasing realization.)
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, crime
Another fun outing with Phryne, this one opening with a young man dying in Phryne’s arms. That gives us a driven, cold, angry Phryne. It’s always fun to see Phryne shocked right out of her comfort zone and realising that death can touch those around her, and this book gives us a Phryne who is almost (but not quite) out of her depth, with the kidnap of Dot and… well, everything else that happens.

I did find it a little too dramatic this time around, though. Anarchy! Guns! Seances! It’s all a bit s
Jul 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Death at Victoria Dock by Kerry Greenwood is the 4th book in the Phryne Fisher Mystery series. After witnessing the killing of a young man and being shot at, Phryne becomes mixed up with Latvian anarchists. She has also been hired to find a missing girl who disappeared after she was turned away from a nunnery. Another fast paced mystery where Phryne is ably assisted by her staff. There is never a dull moment with a nice satisfying ending.
Exciting and delightfully downplayed!

I have to say I love Phryne Fisher. I love her spirit of independence and savoie faire, a sleek fashionable woman, whose exterior hides a determined and compsionate heart. And
The epitome of the cool flapper detective and thoroughly modern woman fresh from the horrors of the European war theatre where she drove ambulances. Now she is here in Melbourne flouting convention at every turn, during the time between the wars when lives were recovering from unspoken
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
This was a quick read, just a couple of hours of escapism. My second Greenwood whodunit, and even more far-fetched than the first as Phryne tangles with Anarchists--on the road, at the bank, and in bed! She runs a simultaneous investigation into the unrelated disappearance of an "aristocratic" young woman who wants to be an Anglican nun despite her father's attempts to marry her well. Digging into that family's lovely garden opens a large can of very wiggly worms, but as always Phyrne and her co ...more
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
When Phryne Fisher finds herself in the middle of a murder scene culminating in a beautiful young man with an anarchist tattoo dying in her arms, she is determined to discover who is responsible. At the same time, a young classmate of Phryne’s adopted daughter goes missing and she is hired to find her. The two plots run simultaneously for much of the novel although they are not connected. But they both lead Phryne into some very dark territory, one into a sinister plot to rob a bank and the othe ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I was introduced to the lovely Phryne Fisher book series by the TV series. However, I just must point out that, despite liking the books my heart has been captivated by the TV series and I deeply, very deeply miss Detective Inspector Jack Robinson in this book. Now, he doesn't have a prominent role in the book series that have in the TV series and that is regrettable. At least that's how I feel.

Now, how about this book? I did enjoy reading this cozy mystery series. I quite like Phryne Fisher and
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
Feb 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
OMG, why do I keep reading these? It was available in the library when I unexpectedly finished my book (the last quarter was footnotes and references, dangit), and I thought, hey, why not?

It's uncomfortably like eating a really processed baked good - you anticipate it'll be good, and parts are okay, but mostly it's icky and you feel gross when you're done with it. Such a Mary Sue. And so 80s in its choice of what it emphasizes. Still too much on the clothes, although the anarchist Latvians were
Feb 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2014
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
Ruth Bonetti
Dec 18, 2016 rated it liked it
This is the first book I've read in the Phryne Fisher series, and it was a light holiday read. Greenwood captures the era with good attention to detail. Apart from the heroine Phryne, many characters were lightly sketched. A subplot was flimsy and so quickly resolved that I had to track back, thinking I'd skipped a page. Teenage incest, a choice topic for that era and this genre. Easy read, otherwise.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
I was enchanted to find a particularly nice telling of the Baba Yaga tale, which Peter tells to Jane and Ruth:

Once in Russia there was a witch called Baba Yaga. She lived in a hut on chicken's legs, enormous chicken's legs, so it could go anywhere. She rode through the sky in a storm in a pestle and mortar, grinding the heavens. A dreadful creature, Baba Yaga, conceived in hell, who ate her children—yes, Baba Yaga devoured all her children whole.

Once a young girl was sent out by her wicked stepm
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I continue to really enjoy reading Phryne's stories. They are just the light reading I need right now, with so much history and culture and social issues snuck into them that they have a little more heft than the usual cozy. I love the flapper Melbourne setting. Yes, Phryne is a little bit too perfect. No, I never fear that she or those she cares for will be killed or seriously injured. But isn't it nice to have the female be the indestructive, fearless, dangerous one for once? When someone thre ...more
Tracy Smyth
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I did enjoy this book. The book is easy to read, the story is interesting and the characters are fun.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Always a fun read.
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
A very young man with muddied hair, a pierced ear and a blue tattoo lies cradled in Phryne's arms. But sadly it's not another scene of glorious seduction - this time it's death.

The Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher, beautifully dressed in loose trousers, a cream silk shirt and a red-fox fur has just had her windscreen shot out inches in front of her divine nose. But worse is the fate of the pale young man lying on the road, his body hit by bullets, who draws his final blood-filled breath with Phryne
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Latvian Anarchists! Incest! Tattoos! Machine guns! Nuns! Séances! Baba Yaga!

One of the things I love most about these books is Phryne's lovers. They're like Bond Girls, except they die less often. It's so refreshing to have a female character have a new lover in every book and not have the slightest interest in marrying and settling down with any of them. And Peter Smith is one of my favorites. He's a mysterious, melancholy, passionate Communist who tells fairy tales, and he properly appreciates
Feb 11, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mistery
This is the one I liked most, so far (4th instalment of the series). Both cases are mysteriously interesting, without any dull moment. Having seen the TV series I knew the end but, nevertheless, I was glued to the book. The political plotline was a bit more interesting than the other case, giving the taste of important historical events.

Phryne is back to her-usual-self: strong, independent, fearless, elegant, charming and "man-eater". All recurrent characters (Dot, the adopted daughters, Mr and
Aug 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Expectations were high for this book after watching Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries and luckily they came through. Although the stories in the books are, not surprisingly, more or less different than those that ended up in the series they still carry the same charm. Phryne Fisher is feisty as ever and her companions in solving crime are great. The story is very compact in under 200 pages and Greenwood's writing is interesting and easy to read. It also was okay to start from the middle of the seri ...more
Dec 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Phryne Fisher is a bit like an Australian Auntie Mame, if Mame had a few more challenges early in life before becoming rich, became a private detective, and wasn't restricted to Hays Code depiction of her sex life.

This one has Bolsheviks, Latvians and a Lewis gun. In this case I had already seen the TV episode based on the book, and while the books are immensely entertaining I don't think they are quite at the level where I need to get the same story twice--but plenty left for me to read in the
Renae, Lady Disdain
Perhaps not the best in the series thus far, but still entertaining and solid all-around. I especially loved the homage paid to Shakespeare in this—Greenwood usually finds a way to work him in a few times per book, but in Death at Victoria Dock it was more pronounced. The mystery itself was not to my taste—having to do with Baltic anarchists and thus requiring that there be some info-dumping to keep the reader abreast of Slavic politics in the early 20th century. Not quite as entertaining as Phr ...more
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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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