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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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Rating:****
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Why do I give this silly nonsense four stars? Because it's so much fun. This is, as noted in the title, the second in the Phryne Fisher series: Ms. Fisher is quite an item -- a wealthy, charming, titled, clever and really daring detective in 1920's Australia. She is wears great clothes, attracts men like flies, and solves mysteries with ablomb. She herself is really endearing (a sort of beyond-feminist fantasy in early Chanel) and is surrounded by an endearing group of regular characters. This time round, she gets involved with a possibly murderous flier, and a kidnapping, but everything turns out well in the end. It is all, of course, pretty unbelievable, but who cares? ( )
  annbury | Aug 9, 2014 |
Really fun, wittily written book series that are quick easy reads. I really enjoy books with culture from another time and or place and these have both. They are from Melbourne, Australia in the 1920s. Ms. Phryne Fisher, is a socialite who has discovered a talent for amateur investigation. She's an heiress who's rich, has loads of time with little to do and used to be poor so she fits into areas where a person born into the upper class never would.

On the negative side... I think perhaps the time period is a bit idealized. Phyrne sleeps around and, while it's mentioned that she worries a little her servants might leave-- they always take it very well because she's so clever and special-- but in reality at the time you were either a "good girl" or you were not.

So, they're lovely to read but you do have to suspend disbelief a bit as the prominent policemen all treat this young woman as an intelligent human being (as they *should* --and would NOW-- but likely wouldn't have treated a nobleman's daughter who's living on Daddy's money and catting around...

(She does come up with some unusual and rather hot boyfriends for her to cat around with though, so... not complaining. :) ) ( )
  Clare_M | May 25, 2014 |
Not too long after Mrs. McNaugton engages Phryne to keep her son form killing his father, the father is found dead and Bill is the prime suspect. Then, a couple who just won the lottery contact Phryne to find their kidnapped daughter. As Phryne juggles men, moving out of the hotel and into her own place, she pursues justice. I like the breezy, shortness of these novels that capture a young woman of resources, energy, and a zest for life. ( )
  4leschats | Feb 5, 2014 |
This is hardly a cozy mystery, as there's a surprising, if not shocking scene of sex in the book. That dismissed, the story itself is divided into two uneven adventures, or mysteries, if you will. There's a murder, and a kidnapping. Whether the kidnapping was going to be solved by the police, had they been informed, is anyone's guess. It was straightforwardly solved by the daring, larger than life, avant-garde, secular, charming, accomplished, learned, sporting heroine Phryne Fisher. The best thing about this book is the way the murder is solved halfway through the book, yet the author reveals her hand only at the very end. No one complains because of the kidnapping. The heroine's talent for flight helps handily in the latter. Altogether 3/5 is an average score which means the story held some promise. This book provides some maybe much needed escapism to housewives and the likes of yours truly. However be warned that if you want to be served a detailed account of what 1928 Melbourne looks like, be prepared to be disappointed. The book is very to the point. So yeah. ( )
  Jiraiya | Jan 26, 2014 |
Very odd mixture of very light and airy situations (no pun intended) and extremely dark elements (pedophilia and rape) which are treated with the same nonchalance. This made me really uncomfortable, especially since the author dwells on the culprit's last wishes at the end in a very nauseating move. She also seems to think that rape and incest is something women can get over if they're coaxed 'out of their shells by the right man'.
I knew I was to expect deep themes (the first book did tackle the topic of abortion) but I'm not sure I adhere to the author's handling of them.
That being said, Phryne is a really well-fleshed character and very endearing most of the time which made the book feel very odd but not wholly unpleasant. ( )
  RubyScarlett | Nov 11, 2013 |
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Flying too high with some girl in the sky
Is my idea of nothing to do
But I get a kick out of you
'I get a kick out of you', Cole Porter
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To David Lewis John Greagg
My own dear darling
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Candida Alice Maldon was being a bad girl.
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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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