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Blood and Circuses (Phryne Fisher Mysteries) [Paperback]

Kerry Greenwood
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6 Jan 2011 Phryne Fisher Mysteries
"A top-notch entry in this witty, hugely entertaining series." -Booklist Phryne Fisher is bored. Life has become too easy, too perfect. Her household is ordered, her love life is pleasant, the weather is fine. And then a man from her past arrives at her door. Alan Lee and his friends want her to investigate strange happenings at Farrell's Circus, where animals have been poisoned and ropes sabotaged. Mr. Christopher has been found with his throat cut in Mrs. Witherspoon's irreproachable boarding house, and Miss Parkes-an ex-performer-is charged with his murder. Phryne must go deep undercover to be effective. She must abandon her name, her title, her protection, her comfort-even her clothes. She must fall off a horse twice a day until she can stay on. She must sleep in a girl's tent and dine on mutton stew. And she must find some allies. Meanwhile in Melbourne, young, fresh-faced policeman Tommy Harris has to solve his own mysteries with the help of the foul-spoken harridan Lizard Elsie, or Miss Parkes will certainly hang. Can Phryne uncover the truth under the Big Top without losing her life? Kerry Greenwood is the author of more than 40 novels and six non-fiction books. She has received the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award from the Crime Witers' Association of Australia. When she is not writing, she is an advocate in Magistrates' Courts for the Legal Aid commission.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (6 Jan 2011)
  • 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: 200,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Circus oddities and exciting men produce a thrilling series of challenges for Phryne. Above-average for the series." --"Kirkus Reviews" ." fans of this very popular series will expect--Phryne keeps her wits about her and her spirits up. A top-notch entry in this witty, hugely entertaining series." --"Booklist "

About the Author

Kerry Greenwood is the author of thirty-eight novels and six non-fiction books. Among her many honors, Ms. Greenwood has received the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award from the Crime Writers' Association of Austrialia. Other mysteries In the Phryne Fisher series available from Poisoned Pen Press are "Murder in Montparnasse," "Cocaine Blues," "Flying too High," "Murder on the Ballarat Train," "Death at Victoria Dock," "Ruddy Gore," and "Urn Burial." She is also the author of several books for young adults and the Delphic Women series. When she is not writing she is an advocate in Magistrates' Courts for the Legal Aid Commission. She is not married, has no children and lives with a registered Wizard.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 22 Jun 2013
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Really enjoying Kerry Greenwood's series of Miss Fisher Mysteries. Phryne is addictive reading and I'm looking forward to the next one. If you've never tried this series of books I highly recommend them. Hard to put down and great narrative.
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