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I would like to thank Netgalley and Poisoned Pen Press for a review copy of Queen of the Flowers, the 14th outing for 1920s Australian society detective the honourable Miss Phryne Fisher.

It is flower festival time in St Kilda and this year, 1928, Phryne is Queen of the Flowers but it is not all plain sailing. There is dissent in the ranks not only among her teenage flower maidens but also her two adopted daughters, Jane and Ruth. Nobody is saying anything and then one of her flower maidens disappears and Ruth asks to see her birth mother.

This is another fun read. Again Ms Greenwood does not shy away from difficult subjects but she keeps it light with Phryne's breezy style. The mystery is satisfying as I couldn't guess exactly where it was going or how it would turn out and as usual it takes a few unexpected turns.

The novel, however, is all about Phryne. She is fabulously wealthy and able to afford the lifestyle to go with it - money is never an object. She is also regarded as eccentric with her hedonistic lifestyle of plenty of drink and sex. She could be quite hateful but she's also kind, egalitarian and determined to punish man's inhumanity to man. Grr, she's just a wonderful character.

The Queen of the Flowers, if you discount the elephants, is maybe not as exotic as some of Phryne's adventures but it's a fun filled few hours which I have no hesitation in recommending as a good read.
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A heat wave is affecting Melbourne at the start of 1929 and trying Phryne Fisher's patience. Two new cases for her to investigate arrive virtually at the same time.

A devastated mother wants her to investigate the apparent death by suicide of her beloved son and a lawyer wants her to try and find an illegitimate child who is one of the heirs to a fortune. Warring families and thoroughly nasty Bright Young Things are doing their best to disrupt her investigations.

Phryne vows to take her whole family away on holiday once the two cases are settled. I really enjoyed this complex story and loved the ending with the seance organised by Phryne's lover Lin Chung. It was nice to see more of Phryne's two adopted daughters, Jane and Ruth and also to see Dot, her companion, playing a part in the investigations.

If you enjoy crime stories with interesting and likeable characters and complex plots then you may enjoy this series. Each book can stand on its own but it helps to read them in order so that you can see how the series characters develop. The first book in the series is Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher Mysteries)
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on 13 August 2015
I first saw the Miss Fisher Mysteries on TV and always a fan of the Jazz age, I was drawn in by the excellent acting and characters which lead me to the books. I must tell you that I read this book in three days over the holidays, and there was some nice twists and turns in the plot.
Phryne is the perfect character to lead a story, she is witty and fun, and is a joy to read, Bert, Cec and the others are perfect foils her.
I am now off to download the next one on my Kindle.
Would totally recommend, the author makes you really feel your in the 20's and I love the cocktail recipe at the back.
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on 13 July 2017
This series of books have really grown on me and I am enjoying each one immensely. It isn't surprising to me as I love Agatha Christi and whilst these are very different they are equally charming and set in a romantic period in time. Phryne Fisher who has a delightful household and friends enjoys a Christi mystery herself as well as indulging in detection. She also has a rather racey sex life.
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on 20 April 2017
The reader needs to pay attention and stay concentrated. Lot of names to memorize and follow. Their various antics alternatively amuse, educate, excite and amaze. It is all highly entertaining and thrilling.
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on 22 July 2017
Another great story from Kerry Greenwood.
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on 27 August 2017
Excelent story. Lots of mysteries and the usual dose of Phryne bring amazing. Love each and every book
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on 8 August 2017
good read
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on 24 April 2017
loved it
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on 18 August 2017
Enjoyable
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