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Blood and Circuses (Phryne Fisher Mysteries) [Paperback]

Kerry Greenwood
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1 Sep 2008 Phryne Fisher Mysteries
Phryne Fisher goes to the circus for her sixth mystery. Stripped of her identity and wealth, it's only Phryne's keen wit and sharp thinking that will help her now.Astute, suave and divine, Phryne Fisher moves at flashing pace through this thrilling sixth adventure.The Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher is feeling dull. But is she bored enough to leave her identity, her home and family behind and join Farrell's Circus and Wild Beast Show? There have been strange things happening at the circus. And when Phryne is asked by her friends Samson the Strong Man, Alan the carousel operator and Doreen the Snake Woman to help them, curiosity gets the better of her. Peeling off her wealth and privilege, Phryne takes a job as a trick horse-rider, wearing hand-me-down clothes and a new name. Someone seems determined to see the circus fail and Phryne must find out who that might be and why they want it badly enough to resort to poison, assault and murder. Diving into the dangerous underworld of 1920s Melbourne and the wild, eccentric life under the big top, Phryne proves her courage and ingenuity yet again, aided only by her quick intelligence, an oddly attractive clown, and a stout and helpful bear. Phryne Fisher is the souffle course of the gourmet detective dinner. A consummately light and airy confection which entrances the moment and sweetly vanishes, it is the evanescent product of considerable artistry'. Katherine England, Adelaide Advertiser
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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (1 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590585208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590585207
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kerry Greenwood has written more than forty novels, six non-fiction works and is the editor of two collections. She is also the author of the Phryne Fisher mystery series and the Corinna Chapman crime series, several books for young adults and the Delphic Women series. 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Blood and Circuses 1 Nov 2013
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The whole series is excellent 10 Mar 2014
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This is an audio cd set which I find easy to listen to on long periods in the car. The whole series is extremely well written and Kerry Greenwood never lets down her high standards. Excellent all round.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Shame it's poor compared to the other books! 18 Dec 2013
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I watched the programmes and started reading the books, absolutely loving them. Unfortunately by book six, Ms Greenwood, seems to have lost the plot! Maybe be she was under the cosh from the publishers, who knows, but Blood and Circuses was poor compared to the rest. Absolute messy twaddle!
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