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Queen of the Flowers

A Phryner Fisher Mystery

By Kerry Greenwood

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Format: Paperback, 262 pages
Other Information: black & white illustrations
Published In: United States, 01 March 2009
The circus is in town for St Kilda's first Flower Festival, which includes a parade. And who should be Queen of said Flowers but the Honourable Phryne Fisher? She has dresses to purchase, cinemas to visit, and agreeable cocktails to drink. However, one of her flower maidens is unstable and has vanished. So Phryne investigates, trudging through the underworld with the help of Bert, Cec, her little beretta, an old flame from Orkney, the owner of the most exclusive brothel in St Kilda, and several elephants. But when her own adopted daughter Ruth goes missing, Phryne is determined that nothing will stand in the way of her retrieving her lost child. Kerry Greenwood has written more than 40 novels, six nonfiction books, a number of plays, and is an award-winning children's writer. Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Crime Writers' Association of Australia in 2003, she has written 16 books in this series with no sign yet of hanging up Miss Fisher's pearl-handled pistol.

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Crime strikes close to home in this latest installment of Greenwood's charming series (The Castlemaine Murders, etc.) featuring 1920s Aussie amateur sleuth, Phryne Fisher. While the town of St. Kilda prepares for the 1928 Flower Parade, Phryne's adopted daughter, Ruth, disappears after learning her father's identity from her birthmother, Anna Ross. Phryne adds Ruth to her caseload, which coincidentally includes the search for another missing young woman, Rose Weston. As with other series entries, the solution to the mystery is secondary to the author's clever prose and gift for characterization. Phryne carries the action ably, even if her resourcefulness and unflappability sometimes border on the superhuman. The engaging cast of familiar supporting characters--including Phryne's maid, Dot, and her Chinese lover, Lin Chung--will delight longtime fans, but newcomers who like their crime on the lighter side can jump in without any trouble. (July) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

As Queen of the Flowers, Phryne Fisher (The Castlemaine Murders) is knee deep in preparations for St. Kilda's inaugral Flower Parade when one of her young flower maidens disappears. She is hired to find the girl, but then Phryne's adopted daughter vanishes. Phryne, never one to sit back and take it, swings into high gear, searching the red light district of St. Kilda with the aid of her friends. Although as sophisticated, wealthy, and modern as ever, Greenwood's series protagonist still demonstrates her decency, kindness, and willingness to fight against the sinister elements in her Australian community. For series fans. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 3/1/08.] Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Few writers could successfully sustain the convention of a heroine trapped in a particular moment in time over 14 novels. Kerry Greenwood can, in the Phryne Fisher mysteries, because she has such an assured grasp of her subject. The plot, concerning a missing daughter of the ‘establishment’, is well handled, with the expected trimmings of sex, intrigue and frocks. The Flower Parade preparations, the seediness and glamour of the circus and the machinations of Melbourne’s underworld are vividly described. But this is somehow less interesting than the various subplots-the return of an old lover and the conundrum ath the heart of Phryne’s adopted daughter’s young life. The shadow of the Great War is everywhere evident-in the poverty of St Kilda’s citizens, in Phryne’s recollections of the disfigured soldier sent away to hide, in the harsh lives of servants and carnies, and in the destruction of old economies. While Greenwood’s treatment of these themes is delicate, she is also unflinching. This is a superior example of a local whodunit, highly literate and with echoes of Dorothy Sayers. There is real bite and flourish to Greenwood’s writing. There is much here for historians as well as detective story fans-more, Kerry, more! Kathy Hope is a former trade editor who now works in medical communications. C. 2004 Thorpe-Bowker and contributors

"Australia, 1928. Phryne Fisher, the flamboyant flapper and amateur sleuth, has been chosen to be Queen of the Flowers for this year's Flower Parade. But, as loyal readers of this long-running series know, Phryne can't seem to do anything without landing herself in the midst of a mystery...This is a consistently strong series that shows no signs of running out of steam." --"Booklist "of "Queen of the Flowers" "Crime strikes close to home in this latest installment of Greenwood's charming series ("The Castlemaine Murders," etc.) featuring 1920s Aussie amateur sleuth, Phryne Fisher...The engaging cast of familiar supporting characters--including Phryne's maid, Dot, and her Chinese lover, Lin Chung--will delight longtime fans, but newcomers who like their crime on the lighter side can jump in without any trouble." -"Publishers Weekly" of "Queen of the Flowers"

EAN: 9781590586013
ISBN: 1590586018
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.5 centimetres (0.29 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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