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Blood and Circuses (Phryne Fisher Mysteries (Paperback)) Paperback – 6 Jan 2011

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  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (6 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590585208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590585207
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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"Under the big top, socialite detective Phryne Fisher (The Green Hill Murder, 2007, etc.) falls for a clown, learns to love a bear and solves a case of sabotage.


When her former lover, half-gypsy carnival worker Alan Lee, asks for help in discovering who's sabotaging Farrell's Circus, Phryne is up for the challenge. Because a horse has been poisoned and a rider injured, Phryne is able to apply for a job as a trick rider. Meanwhile, a hermaphrodite who worked at the circus is found murdered in a Melbourne rooming house. Miss Parkes, a killer just released from prison, is arrested, but Constable Harris thinks she's innocent, and DI Robinson agrees. Robinson, realizing that a murder involving rival gangs is somehow connected with the circus, becomes concerned for Phryne, for whom the circus is a whole new world. At length she learns to do the equestrian tricks well enough to be in the show. Meantime, she makes both new friends and new enemies in the rigid circus society. Her affair with one of the clowns raises eyebrows. But disapproval is the least of her worries as she tries to discover the identity of the saboteur. When her case collides with the police investigation, the consequences are perilous.


Circus oddities and exciting men produce a thrilling series of challenges for Phryne. Above-average for the series." --Kirkus Reviews

"Circus oddities and exciting men produce a thrilling series of challenges for Phryne. Above-average for the series." --"Kirkus Reviews"

"...as 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 "

"Circus oddities and exciting men produce a thrilling series of challenges for Phryne. Above-average for the series." --"Kirkus Reviews"

."..as 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 "

"Circus oddities and exciting men produce a thrilling series of challenges for Phryne. Above-average for the series." --"Kirkus Reviews"

..".as 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 "

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

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Phryne Fisher is bored. Life appears to be 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 the door. It is Alan Lee from the carnival. Alan and his friends want her to investigate strange happenings at Farrells 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 undercover deeper than ever to solve the circus malaise. 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 girls tent and dine on mutton stew. And she must find some allies. Meanwhile, in Melbourne, the young and 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 Phyrne uncover the truth without losing her life?"

In this story, we find Phyrne stripped bare of all her privileges of wealth and comfort. Going undercover in a circus, to find out why it is being beset by misfortune and accidents.

Loved the storyline and seeing a more vunerable Phyrne, that you don't normally see. Still made her endering, and love her more.

These are well crafted and written mysteries, that are well worth reading.
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Enjoyable romp
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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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In this exciting Phryne Fisher story, the lady has to go undercover to help solve a murder of a performer in the circus.
Phryne changes her name to Fern and joins the circus with the help of her friends.
There are foreign assassins that are trying to destroy Farrell's Circus on the orders of someone, attacks on performers and a dead horse.
I love the character of Phryne ( pronounced Fry - knee), I love that she sleeps on green sheets!
She is a woman of independent means and is sometimes bored, so this job is right up her street.
Kerry Greenwood's style of writing is just right for the era the stories are set in.
All in all a satisfying read and very highly recommended.
I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Poisoned Pen Press via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review.
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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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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Nov. 2013
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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 M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Dec. 2016
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This is my first foray into the Phryne Fisher Mysteries so this is the first book I have read although I think the sixth in the series, and it is certainly entertaining. It is Melbourne in late 1928 and Miss Fisher is asked by friends to investigate a circus. As carnies and not circus people they all work together to entertain people, and thus if one suffers in business so does everyone else. But how will Phryne go about getting involved in such an operation?

It starts before this though, as DI Robinson and his team are called to investigate a murder at a boarding house. With a corpse found in a locked room, with only the window open it seems that there could only be one resident in the building capable of committing such a heinous crime, but did they do it?

With mystery and intrigue we have gangs fighting, murder, and machinations and other shenanigans going on in a fast paced tale, where Phryne seems to be quite liberal on whom she sets her sexual sights upon. With both the police and our intrepid heroine coming at a case from different ends we know that the circus must hold the key, but what is it, and who is involved?

With some really well drawn characters, and showing the hierarchy between gypsies, carnies and circus folk this makes for an interesting as well as an enthralling read and should go down well with many. I think I will have to start reading more of these books in this series.

I was kindly provided with a review copy of this by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes.
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