- Series: Phryne Fisher Mysteries (Book 7)
- Paperback: 207 pages
- Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press; 1st edition (December 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1590583140
- ISBN-13: 978-1590583142
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #474,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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St. Kilda, Australia, in the 1920s is a fascinating place, and none of its citizens better embody its freewheeling spirit than the debonair and delightful Phryne Fisher. This prequel, which tells the story of how Phryne first met her Chinese lover, Lin Chung, also features interesting tidbits about Gilbert and Sullivan. As the adventure begins, Phryne is off to see a special performance of Ruddigore, a lesser-known G&S operetta. Then the character playing Sir Ruthven collapses onstage, and his understudy falls ill soon after. As Phryne investigates, Greenwood recounts the story of Ruddigore through song lyrics and plot synopses--which will be a joy to G&S fans and interesting even to the uninitiated. The denouement is a bit convoluted, but as G&S might say, "It really doesn't matter." The appeal of this story is the glimpse it provides into the 1920s theater world and the opportunity it affords to observe Phryne and Lin Chung's romance from its inception. Jenny McLarin
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Beautiful, brilliant, svelte Phryne Fisher’s old pal, Sir Bernard Tarrant, begs her to investigate when an actor and his replacement are both poisoned during a performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s "Ruddigore" — ergo, the title. I enjoyed the novel, but the resolution of one of the murders was as implausible as something out of a G&S operetta; the other murder inquiry was much better. While I missed “red-raggers” Cec and Bert and Phryne’s adopted daughters Ruth and Jane, I was pleased to see Inspector “Call Me Jack — Everyone Else Does” Robinson and Phryne’s maid Dot Williams once again. In addition, I liked author Kerry Greenwood’s new characters from His Majesty’s Theatre; that, combined with the subplot of a decades-old murder were enough to propel a three-star novel to four.
This novel, the seventh in Greenwood’s divine series also marks, thanks to a third subplot, the introduction of enticing Chinese merchant Lin Chung. He’s the latest lover for the irrepressible Phryne, who has no use for monogamy nor convention. While fans will enjoy "Ruddy Gore" a bit more, readers new to the series can easily savor it as a stand-alone.
Phryne's night at the operetta gets complicated- both by a mysterious attempted abduction in which she intervenes before the show, and by the mysterious collapses of 2 of the leading men in G&S's "Ruddigore". She looks into the first out of curiosity- especially since it seems she's being watched as a result- and the theater producer asks her to look into the second, even before one of the victims dies.
Most of the series regulars have only brief moments in this one, but that's made up for by all the characters involved with the theater. As always, Greenwood does a superb job of bringing even very minor characters alive and making them distinct individuals. I am especially impressed with the way several of the actors were, in real life, at least as petty and venal as the characters they portrayed. (For all the pretty music and clever lyrics, Gilbert in particular had a very cynical view of human nature.) I especially liked some of the G&S trivia included... and I would love to see a production of "Ruddigore"!
While most of the book depicts the theater mysteries and complications, there's also a fascinating look at a Chinese community and some of the struggles they had after moving to Australia.
Very recommended for fans! And this one could probably be a place to start if you don't want to start from the beginning; it's not based as much on past events as several of the others.
I love the language and the background descriptions, which are not lengthy but rather just enough to be germane to the story. Ms. Greenwood's choice of language makes me "feel" that I am part of the novel, and I can see and smell the action around me rather than feeling that I am apart and reading a book.
I love this Series and am happy that I downloaded, free, the first book of same Series, "Cocaine Blues," from Amazon Kindle.com. I have bought the Series books 2 through 8, and am now reading, "Urn Burial," which I began today. The first two chapters have me hooked and I am looking forward to following through to see what Ms. Phryne Fisher discovers and I know that the bad guy will be found out and brought to justice! I am looking forward to downloading 8 more this week, and seeing how Ms. Fisher progresses in her career choice of detective. As well, I think it is important that Amazon Kindle offers free downloads in all of its book areas, both fiction and non-fiction. I have found 10 authors, and several Series, that I would not have known about or been able to afford to purchase had I not had this Kindle Service.
I am also enjoying Ms. Fisher's sense of recognizing societal wrongs, and her growth in letting go of her own prejudices and stereotypes. It is necessary in this world of so many isms, in particular, Racism, for me to see that there are authors who get that, bring it out into the open, and serve as a place for others to grow, let go, learn, and grow up.
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