Blood and Circuses: A Phryne Fisher Mystery Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher is feeling dull. But is shebored enough to leave her identity, her home and family behind and join Farrell’s Circus and Wild Beast Show? There have beenstrange 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 trickhorse-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.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 22 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||02 February 2012|
|Publisher||Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 21,988 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
191 in Historical Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
451 in Women Sleuth Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
982 in Historical Mystery
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Dot had a smaller role in this story and I missed her.
There was an interesting perspective from a new police officer and the empathy towards two suspect female characters.
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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.
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... 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...the only book in the series where phryne is actually hurt, which is an unpleasant shock to the wishfulfilment ideas...
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.