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Flying Too High by Kerry Greenwood

Flying Too High (original 1990; edition 1992)

by Kerry Greenwood

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Title:Flying Too High
Authors:Kerry Greenwood
Info:Fawcett (1992), Mass Market Paperback
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Flying Too High by Kerry Greenwood (1990)



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This is the second book in the Phryne Fisher series. The story takes place in the 1920s in Australia. Phryne is not the usual Australian woman, she flies, is a "vamp" and has a lot of money. (Not sure where it came from as I did not read the first book). There are several supporting characters which add to the story, Bert, Cec and Dot and assist Phryne in solving her cases. In this book Phyrne has to assist a man wrongfully charged of killing his father as well as save a kidnapped child. There were some dark elements in the story which were touched on and rather glossed over such as incest, pedophilia and rape, which was a little disconcerting. At one point Phryne says that this is something women can get over if they're coaxed 'out of their shells by the right man'. The last wishes of the captured kidnapper at the end of the story were rather disgusting and I did not like that ending. I probably will not read any more of this series as it does not appeal to me.
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  Carlathelibrarian | Aug 18, 2015 |
There's a continuity error in the timing of events, but otherwise this was a fun feminist mystery. ( )
  aulsmith | May 6, 2015 |
Phryne Fisher is back in Flying to High, the sequel to Cocaine Blues. In this book, she has to help a man accused of murdering his father, rescue a kidnapped child and of course, seduce some men.

I didn't find this book as good as the first one. I like Phryne Fisher, she's a great character, but the story in this book wasn't as captivating as it was in the first book. I found myself doing other things so even though the book wasn't that thick did it take me a while to finish it. Also, all this seducing of men, I find it a little bit boring. Fine she likes sex, but come on, is this what's going to happen in every book? 1-2 cases in every book and some sex scenes, then it's going to be a bit repetitive.

But the biggest problem I had with the book was there was to darn little Inspector Jack Robinson. Yes I know, he's not the star of the book and I can't compare the book series with the TV-series (but I do it anyway). But he was hardly in this book and that made me not a happy camper.

3 stars

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  MaraBlaise | Feb 3, 2015 |
I listened to this book and the reader is very good. The book is short and a fun read. Phyrne Fisher is quite a character and one almost feels like you know her. I recommend this series. ( )
  csobolak | Jan 26, 2015 |
"She looked like a lewd Corinthian column. She certainly looked seductive, but Isola would have looked seductive in gunny sacks tied with old rope."

Fresh from her adventures in Cocaine Blues, Phryne Fisher is taking on more mysteries to be solved, as 1920s Melbourne's premier investigator. In this slim volume, she has to solve a murder and catch a kidnapper, while indulging her passion for flying and moving into a more permanent residence than the Windsor Hotel.

I found this plot a bit chaotic. While it all comes together neatly at the end, the kidnapping storyline starts somewhat abruptly and it's difficult to follow for a while. The other plotline, that of the murder, is more interesting and straightforward.

The favourite characters from the previous book are back - Phryne, Dot (who has a lot more space to blossom this time), Dr Macmillan, Bert & Cec - as well as numerous new characters, with a particular focus on the Strong Independent Woman. While I appreciate the historical significant of female lawyers who struggled to get cases in the 1920s, every now and again it does feel like Greenwood is on a bit of a campaign.

I'll definitely keep reading this series; this was a classic second book. Not quite as good as the first, but certainly not a deterrent. ( )
  readingwithtea | Dec 28, 2014 |
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"Danger, excitement and love - this is how the glamorous Phryne Fisher is determined to live her life in her second enticing adventure. Walking the wings of a Tiger Moth plane in full flight ought to be enough excitement for most people, but not Phryne Fisher, amateur detective, woman of mystery, as delectable as the finest chocolate and as sharp as razor blades. In this, the second Phryne Fisher mystery, the 1920s' most talented and glamorous detective flies even higher, handling a murder, a kidnapping and the usual array of beautiful young men with style and consummate ease - and all before it's time to adjourn to the Queenscliff Hotel for breakfast. Whether she's flying planes, clearing a friend of homicide charges or saving a child from kidnapping, she handles everything with the same dash and elan with which she drives her red Hispano-Suiza.… (more)

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