Summary

Phryne Fisher 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, Phyrne 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. While waiting for her lover Lin Chung's imminent return from a silk-buying expedition to China, she receives an unusual summons from Lin Chung's family followed by a series of mysterious assaults and warnings.
©2001 Kerry Greenwood (P)2002 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
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"It's 1928, and the very unconventional Phryne Fisher sparkles with wit and champagne elegance ... Stephanie Daniel performs with genteel ease. Her upper-class Australian accents and her wild assortment of reputable and disreputable characters are truly amazing ... must listening." ( AudioFile Magazine)
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5 out of 5 stars
By c.silk on 11-06-17

Away with the fairies.

An excellent reading of another superb Miss Fisher story. Wonderful capturing of the period, believable, well developed characters. If you like mysteries prepare to enjoy a real treat.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Melanie on 23-12-12

Jolly good fun

I spend a lot of time in the kitchen and while I do my tasks I like to listen to audio books. My current favourite is the Phryne Fisher series! The books are well read and the mysteries and characters are entertaining without being too grim! Some of the more sensual scenes mean that I have to make sure I am not listening with my 6 year old in the room.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Elizabeth on 06-02-12

Away with the Fairies is Magical!

Where does Away with the Fairies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's right up there with all of the other wonderful Phryne Fisher books I've listened to as audio books.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Oh, my yes! The suspense was in every scene and the characters are so likable (the good ones) that you very much care what becomes of them.

What about Stephanie Daniel’s performance did you like?

She's a terrific actress and when she's reading a man's part, I forget she's a woman, and she does all of the accents to a T.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Oh, gosh, too many parts! I'd have to give the plot away if I named them all!

Any additional comments?

I'd recommend this series to any fan of cross-cultural historical mysteries, Agatha Christie, Tommy and Tuppence and you also learn a lot about Australia and its history in the course of the story.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Wadie on 17-05-14

Phryne has a job??

Phryne joins the ranks of the employed to solve a case. Well, for Phryne anyway. I love the 20's era the stories are set in. The depression hasn't hit yet, things are tough but not so tough. The plot is very good. Phryne seems to have more interactions with the suspects in this book, at least to me. I enjoyed it thoroughly!

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