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Death at Victoria Dock (Phryne Fisher Mysteries) Paperback – January 1, 2008
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When a gunshot shatters the windshield of Phryne Fisher, Greenwood's unflappable proto-feminist detective, at the start of the latest entry in this long-running 1920s Australian series, Fisher investigates and finds that the intended target, a young Slavic man, has been fatally wounded. Outraged, Fisher takes it upon herself to bring the killers to justice, entering a complex world of Russian anarchists, who may be linked to the survivors of London's legendary Sidney Street siege. Those who like their heroines resourceful and their mystery plots leavened with humor will read this with pleasure.
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The glamorous, indestructible Australian flapper Phryne Fisher avenges the death of a young man who dies in her arms after she and her car are shot at by two men. Although Phryne and members of her household are in danger from anarchists, they manage to foil a bank robbery while also solving the case of a missing young girl. The always well-dressed, fearless Phryne can take care of herself, enjoys her sexuality, and is a woman ahead of her times in the Australia of the late 1920s. She is supported in her adventurous lifestyle by her maid and companion, Dot, and by Mr and Mrs. Butler, who run her household while asking no questions. A fresh time period and location, a feisty main character, and a well-developed sense of place distinguish this historical mystery series. Of 15 available Phryne Fisher mysteries, this is the ninth to be published in the U.S. Sue O'Brien
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While social justice isn't really a concern of Miss Fisher's- at least not one she'll admit to!- she nonetheless has friends and compatriots who care a lot about such, and is supportive of them and their causes.
Phryne is herself perhaps a bit less vivid in this one, but we get to spend more time with her loyal companion Dot, her two adopted daughters, a novice policeman who is smitten with Dot, various anarchists, and a lovely Mother Superior of a convent... not to mention the marvelous Bert and Cec.
We also enjoy sumptuous descriptions of clothes, cocktails, and amazing meals, which add to the atmosphere, as well as great period slang. I very much enjoy that these are far less anachronistic than most modern novels set in the past!
Recommended. You can start here, but it'll be more fun if you start from the beginning (Cocaine Blues).
I very much admire the way Greenwood can deal with some very sensitive and sobering issues compassionately, while still maintaining a light touch overall.
It's not that she wanted to get involved in this case, mind you. She was driving home after dinner with friends when someone put a bullet hole through the windshield of her very nice car while in the process of shooting a handsome young man to death.
(Phryne doesn't like it when handsome young men are murdered because, as she says, there are too few of them in the world.)
Phryne, named after a famous Greek courtesan because her father was drunk at the time and thought he was naming her after a goddess, is a Roaring Twenties flapper, a thoroughly modern woman with a very interesting back story that includes service as an ambulance driver during World War I, a little time spent as an artist's model in post-war Paris, some time spent with the notorious Apache gangs of the City of Light and - well if you want to know more you'll just have to read the books.
This case, as most of them do, gets Phryne into a bit of trouble. What's unusual about this mystery, however, is that her faithful companion Dot Williams also winds up in the soup when she gets kidnapped by anarchists. It's a thoroughly enjoyable read that pulls the reader along while providing a fascinating look at Australia just after The Great War and just before The Great Depression.