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Flying Too High

(Phryne Fisher #2)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  11,339 ratings  ·  999 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, ...more
Hardcover, First US Hardcover Edition, 156 pages
Published 2006 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published 1990)
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April Honestly, I would read them in order. There’s quite a few characters who are introduced, and who show up in subsequent books. Among them are a few of …moreHonestly, I would read them in order. There’s quite a few characters who are introduced, and who show up in subsequent books. Among them are a few of Phryne’s romantic partners who show up in more than one book, and I personally think that reading those particular books out of order would do the reader a great disservice. (less)

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‘There is no room for amateurs in murder, Miss Fisher,’ said the policeman condescendingly. ‘But I am sure that you will be a comfort to the ladies.’

‘I hope that I shall,’
replied Phryne with all the sweetness of a chocolate-coated razor blade. ‘And I hope that you will allow a mere amateur to observe your methods.’

Oh dear. A mere amateur? The detective inspector has no idea who this delightful private investigator is. I and her thousands (millions?) of fans know her well and enjoy reading
Mar 15, 2017 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 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
The Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher had secured her new home on The Esplanade, along with Dot who had been with her for three months. Mr and Mrs Butler had come recommended and Phryne already agreed with that recommendation. It was the visit by a clearly hysterical Mrs McNaughton that set the ball rolling for a new case – murder – which Phryne was determined to solve.

Midway through the murder investigation, the kidnapping of six-year-old Candida brought Phryne into that family’s lives as well. Be
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
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
Jenny (Reading Envy)
(Read again for #whodunitbymail, just as fun as ever.)
Eva Müller
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
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
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Paul E. Morph
Jun 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second of Phryne Fisher's adventures involves the kidnapping of a child and lots of 1920s aeroplanes. As usual, Phryne is called in to investigate one case which ends up being connected to another, far worse, crime.

This was a pretty dark story, involving child abuse of a sexual nature, so best avoided if such things being depicted in fiction are too much for you. Other than this, though, it's a rollicking adventure story, which would particularly appeal to people who are into vintage aircraf
Richard Derus
Dec 30, 2011 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
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
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
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flying Too High is book two of the Phryne Fisher series by Kerry Greenwood. Phryne Fisher is an amateur detective and on her first day in Melbourne got involved with a murder case and kidnapping case. The readers of Flying Too High will follow the twist and turns of Phryne investigation into both cases.

I enjoyed reading Flying Too High a historical crime mystery set in Melbourne during the 1920's. I like the way Kerry Greenwood describes living in Melbourne during the 1920's. Kerry Greenwood doe
May 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-read
Simply delightful!
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Set in the 1920's our heroine is one of a kind. She is always on the hunt for adventure and is ever ready to help out those in need. When a woman comes to her to ask her to prevent her son from killing his father, Phryne steps right in. It doesn't hurt that it involves planes, which she loves. And of course, she can fly and do stunts, it's Phryne Fisher after all!
I love these stories! Phryne is a bit like Holmes but without the psychopathic tendencies. (Don't take this wrong, I love Sherlock Ho
Emma Rose Ribbons
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
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
This one was fun too, although I think I liked it less than the previous one. I continue to like the characters, but this one felt almost a little too simple almost. I still like Phrynne, and thinks she makes sense as amateur detective, but somehow there was something missing.

And child kidnappings are not my favourite mystery plotline.

On the other hand, I love how Phrynne's reaction to a sexist man who is accused of murder is to hire him a female lawyer, who he immediately thinks is great becaus
This is such a fun series, full of clear thinking, great generosity, and madcap antics by Phryne. In this edition she solves a murder, calms a bully and props up a talented artist, and rescues a kidnapped child. Oh, and wing-walks on a deHavilland Moth, just for fun.
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flying Too High by Kerry Greenwood is the second book in the Phryne Fisher series and hooked me into the story from the first page. Phryne is definitely a woman before her times and doesn't defeat easily. A fast paced plot with two mysteries to solve and new friends for readers to meet as she tracks down suspects.
I received a copy of this book from my public library.
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly fun reading. I loved that Phryne easily tackles two separate mysteries here. As in the television series I don't love her sexual liaisons, but the book as a whole is so well done that I find I can still enjoy it while gliding past them.
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I noticed right away that this book hadn't been turned into an episode of the Miss Fisher Mysteries, so I assumed it must be a poor entry in the series. I pressed on, however, because I had vowed to read (or listen to) the source material before I watched the episodes, and my daughter is keen to continue watching -- but my pressing on was with little hope.

I shouldn't have worried. This is an excellent little tale. Phryne tackles two mysteries: a kidnapping and a murder, and she does it with her
Jan 22, 2014 rated it liked it
This is hardly a cozy mystery, as there's a surprising, if not shocking scene of sex in the book. That dismissed, the story itself is divided into two uneven adventures, or mysteries, if you will. There's a murder, and a kidnapping. Whether the kidnapping was going to be solved by the police, had they been informed, is anyone's guess. It was straightforwardly solved by the daring, larger than life, avant-garde, secular, charming, accomplished, learned, sporting heroine Phryne Fisher. The best t ...more
Oct 07, 2015 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
Alice Lippart
Absolutely adore Phryne and really enjoyed reading this, though I find that one of the cases she investigates in this went a bit over the top in the ending. Can't wait to read the next one though. ...more
Dahlia Donovan
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reads
I flew through this book. Pun intended. Such a fun cozy mystery.

Phryne Fisher is probably my favourite of all the cozy MCs. She is so full of life. It's a joy to read her adventures. I love all the characters. Each mystery is as exciting as the next.

The mystery in this one kept me going until the end. I was convinced I knew who the killer was only for the twist at the end to catch me by surprise.

Highly recommend.
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I do love a good Phryne mystery. I fully intend to read all of them in order and enjoy them all along the way.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, the sequel was even better than book 1!
Jun 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: australia
The second in the series, Lady Detective Phryne Fisher after three months bids a fond farewell to the Windsor Hotel, and moves into her new home staffed by Mr. And Mrs. Butler. Dot is thrilled to have her own room. A desperate mother hires Phryne because is afraid that her hot headed son is going to kill his father. Phryne confronts Bill McNaughton at his Sky-High Flying School by showing off her pilot and wing walking skills. Despite his agreement not to confront his father at home, his father ...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,

Other books in the series

Phryne Fisher (1 - 10 of 21 books)
  • Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher, #1)
  • Murder on the Ballarat Train (Phryne Fisher, #3)
  • Death at Victoria Dock (Phryne Fisher, #4)
  • The Green Mill Murder (Phryne Fisher, #5)
  • Blood and Circuses (Phryne Fisher, #6)
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  • Urn Burial (Phryne Fisher, #8)
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