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Murder and Mendelssohn by Kerry Greenwood
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bookshelves: historical-fiction, mystery

I have enjoyed the Phryne Fisher books but by Murder and Mendelssohn I found myself falling out of love with Phryne. As she "collects" children, pets and men some of her charm feels hollowed out particularly when I realized that the timeline for the 20 books is condensed to...I think it was six months. I also wasn't fond of the writing of a gay character who made an exception for Phryne--not so much the principle of it, truth is always stranger than fiction and in life people are more complicated than labels but I found myself worn out by Phryne's marvelousness.

Complaints aside, the series itself has charm particularly in the little details and characters periphery to Phryne. These are the reason I can genuinely say that I liked it. The resolution of the story was a bit obvious and I am unsure if this was intentional or if Greenwood is just exhausted by Phryne's marvelousness too. I really want to continue loving the series but I admit a certain disappointment with Murder and Mendelssohn that I just can't shake.
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Reading Progress

February 26, 2018 – Started Reading
February 26, 2018 – Shelved
March 2, 2018 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
March 2, 2018 – Shelved as: mystery
March 2, 2018 – Finished Reading

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