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Blood and Circuses (Phryne Fisher Mysteries) Hardcover – 15 Jul 2007

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (15 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590582357
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590582350
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 2 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,182,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From beginning to end, Greenwood infuses her series with evocative settings, multidimensional characters and satisfying mysteries. (Booklist) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A Phryne Fisher mystery --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Nov. 2013
Format: Paperback
A murder takes place in a lodging house inside a locked room. It is discovered when blood starts dripping through the ceiling into the room below. The victim is a member of Farrell's circus. Phryne Fisher is approached by some old friends of hers and asked if she can look into some strange goings on at the circus which threaten to put it out of business. Investigating will mean Phryne joining the circus for a time.

I really enjoyed this book and stayed up late to finish it. The background is well drawn and it really bought behind the scenes at the circus to life for me. Phryne discovers it's a whole different world when she disguises herself as Fern - the trick horse rider. She learns to stand on the back of a horse while it is cantering round the ring and even to do handstands. She also finds an unexpected ally in a bear called Bruno who has a passion for ginger biscuits.

I thought the characters were well drawn and I especially liked some of the people involved in the police side of the investigation - Lizard Elsie and the young police constable - Tommy Harris. It was nice to see Jack Robinson playing a bigger than usual part in the story as well. The book - like all I've read in this series so far - is well written with lots of humour and some marvellous characters.

If you like your crime novels with an interesting background which is meticulously researched then give this series a try. It helps if you read them in the right order - starting with Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher Mysteries) but they can be read as stand-alone stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Feb. 2012
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A murder takes place in a lodging house inside a locked room. It is discovered when blood starts dripping through the ceiling into the room below. The victim is a member of Farrell's circus. Phryne Fisher is approached by some old friends of hers and asked if she can look into some strange goings on at the circus which threaten to put it out of business. Investigating will mean Phryne joining the circus for a time.

I really enjoyed this book and stayed up late to finish it. The background is well drawn and it really bought behind the scenes at the circus to life for me. Phryne discovers it's a whole different world when she disguises herself as Fern - the trick horse rider. She learns to stand on the back of a horse while it is cantering round the ring and even to do handstands. She also finds an unexpected ally in a bear called Bruno who has a passion for ginger biscuits.

I thought the characters were well drawn and I especially liked some of the people involved in the police side of the investigation - Lizard Elsie and the young police constable - Tommy Harris. It was nice to see Jack Robinson playing a bigger than usual part in the story as well. The book - like all I've read in this series so far - is well written with lots of humour and some marvellous characters.

If you like your crime novels with an interesting background which is meticulously researched then give this series a try. It helps if you read them in the right order - starting with Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher Mysteries) but they can be read as stand-alone stories.
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By Cloggie Downunder TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 April 2012
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Blood and Circuses is the 6th of the Phryne Fisher series by Kerry Greenwood. A bored Phryne is convinced by carnie friends to help solve the mystery of a series of strange happenings at Farrell's Circus: happenings which have culminated in the murder of a performer in his bedroom at Mrs Witherspoon's boarding house. Phryne's undercover role entails riding, standing and falling off horses, leading to a rather bruised heroine before she finally masters the art. As Phryne investigates, she encounters a myriad of characters as only a circus can harbour, as well as a cast of carnies and gypsies. How the rival gangs of Melbourne are involved in it all is something that Constable Tommy Harris and DI Jack Robinson need to discover, or the young, innocent ex-convict charged with the murder may be headed for the gallows. Phryne illustrates in this instalment just how sexually liberated she really is; she also discovers how happiness can be eroded by even a self-imposed exposure to reduced circumstances. Filled with bright lights, the big top, dangerous animals and interesting performers, is the circus all illusion? Another Greenwood masterpiece.
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By april on 25 May 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
exciting, well-written, fun, rollicking adventures, paced well...but not as engaging as the others in the series, a little too mechanical, like a clock-work machinery, not enough human interest in between the dramatic events...too quick, too superficial, not emotional or analytical enough...could have been longer, more developed...and the setting deserves
more work...oh well, still fun, still exciting..one quibble: misprints/typos/faulty editing, i.e. quote in latin wrong...it is/should be "panem" not "partem", and some of the french/catalan phrases are not accurate...oh well, for someone who is supposed to speak fluent, parisian french, and be well versed in literature, phryne sometimes makes silly mistakes...which make her more endearing, nicht wahr?
still, a good read, though somewhat sketchy...
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