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Away with the Fairies : A Phryne Fisher mystery : Book 11 - Kerry Greenwood

Away with the Fairies

A Phryne Fisher mystery : Book 11


Published: April 2001
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RRP $22.95

Exciting, gorgeous, adventurous and brave. That's Phryne Fisher, returning in her eleventh crime mystery novel.

Phryne Fisher-dangerous, passionate, kind, clever, and seductive. She drinks cocktails, dances the tango, is the companion of wharfies, and is expert at conducting an elegant dalliance.

It's the 1920s in Melbourne and Phryne is asked to investigate the puzzling death of a famous author and illustrator of fairy stories. To do so, Phryne takes a job within the women's magazine that employed the victim and finds herself enmeshed in her colleagues' deceptions.

But while Phryne is learning the ins and outs of magazine publishing first hand, her personal life is thrown into chaos.

Impatient for her lover Lin Chung's imminent return from a silk-buying expedition to China, she instead receives an unusual summons from Lin Chung's family followed by a series of mysterious assaults and warnings.



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Classic Phryne


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    Comments about Away with the Fairies:

    Phryne working in a magazine office. Classic historical murder mystery. My favourite author for a quiet afternoon escaping the world: historical accuracy for 1928 Melbourne, a bit naughty; and its always sorted out in the end. Fingers crossed on more Phryne. Thanks Kerry.

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    In 1920s Melbourne, an emancipated sleuth solves a murder at a woman's magazine and rescues her shanghaied lover. As Rosebud Peachblossom, Marcella Lavender wrote and illustrated books for children and did similar work for the magazine Women's Choice. But her personality was far from winsome, and now her maid Mercy has found her stiffening at the breakfast table. Police inspector Jack Robinson again solicits the help of elegant investigator Phryne Fisher, who goes undercover at the magazine, inheriting much of Miss Lavender's workload, in order to focuses on her coworkers, a colorful group untouched by grief. The field of suspects widens when Phryne finds a host of angry letters to Artemis, under which sobriquet Miss Lavender wrote an advice column. She takes gossipy Miss Prout to lunch at the Adventuress Club to pump her for information about her colleagues. Meanwhile, Phryne's lover Lin Chung hasn't returned from a Chinese silk-buying trip or contacted her. His disapproving family offers neither help nor support, even after she learns he's been kidnapped. Phryne undertakes a daring maritime rescue before returning to Women's Choice to expose the killer. Greenwood (Murder at Montparnasse, not reviewed, etc.) crafts a passable whodunit, but terrific historic color (complete with a three-page bibliography) and the blithe proto-feminist heroine are the real highlights here. (Kirkus Reviews)

    Kerry Greenwood

    Kerry has written twenty novels, a number of plays, including The Troubadours with Stephen D'Arcy, is an award-winning children's writer and has edited and contributed to several anthologies. In 1996 she published a book of essays on female murderers called Things She Loves: Why women Kill.

    The Phryne Fisher series (pronounced Fry-knee, to rhyme with briny) began in 1989 with Cocaine Blues which was a great success. Kerry has written sixteen books in this series and says that as long as people want to read them, she can keep writing them.

    When she is not writing she is an advocate in Magistrates' Court for the Legal Aid Commission. She is not married, has no children and lives with a registered Wizard.

    Visit Kerry Greenwood's Booktopia Author Page

    ISBN: 9781865084893
    ISBN-10: 1865084891
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 288
    Published: April 2001
    Publisher: Allen & Unwin
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 19.4 x 13.2  x 2.3
    Weight (kg): 0.27
    Edition Number: 1