Phryne Fisher is bored. Life appears to be too easy, too perfect. Her household is ordered, her love life is pleasant, the weather is fine. And then a man from her past arrives at the door. It is Alan Lee from the carnival. Alan and his friends want her to investigate strange happenings at Farrells Circus, where animals have been poisoned and ropes sabotaged. Mr. Christopher has been found with his throat cut in Mrs. Witherspoon’s irreproachable boarding house and Miss Parkes, an ex-performer, is charged with his murder.Phryne must go undercover deeper than ever to solve the circus malaise. She must abandon her name, her title, her protection, her comfort, even her clothes. She must fall off a horse twice a day until she can stay on. She must sleep in a girls tent and dine on mutton stew. And she must find some allies.Meanwhile, in Melbourne, the young and fresh-faced policeman Tommy Harris has to solve his own mysteries with the help of the foul-spoken harridan Lizard Elsie, or Miss Parkes will certainly hang. Can Phyrne uncover the truth without losing her life?
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Kerry Greenwood is the author of more than 40 novels and six non-fiction books. Among her many honors, Ms. Greenwood has received the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award from the Crime Writers’ Association of Australia. When she is not writing she is an advocate in Magistrates’ Courts for the Legal Aid Commission. She is not married, has no children and lives with a registered Wizard.Review:
I admire the fact that Greenwood's female lead is progressive in her thinking not only for her era (late 1920s) but in some ways our current one. She is fiercely independent yet extremely feminine, rebelliously sexual, yet mannered and civilized within her own terms. There were so many supportive, positive messages in this short mystery. (Beth Roberts Goodreads)
In Blood and Circuses, the sixth novel to feature the intrepid Phryne Fisher, she undertakes an investigation that lives out the fantasy of every 19th century boy: running away to join the circus. You'll be on the edge of your seat! I devoured the novel in just a day. (Ivonne Rovira Goodreads)
Phryne is off on another adventure!...This is a delightful read full of interesting and quirky characters. Well written, steady paced and occasionally funny, this book will entrance you and take you out of the everyday and into an exciting world of derring-do. (Joyce Fox NetGalley)
Under the big top, socialite detective Phryne Fisher (The Green Hill Murder, 2007, etc.) falls for a clown, learns to love a bear and solves a case of sabotage. (Kirkus Reviews)
Another brilliant book from Kerry Greenwood about the delightful Phryne Fisher. Nothing run of the mill here as the story, settings and characterisation cannot be faulted, very strongly recommend. (Carolyn McVicker-Wilson NetGalley)
This is a much darker novel than its predecessors. There is no frivolous, luxurious Phryne, rather we get a young woman out of her comfort zone, often scared and lonely although she still finds time for love. It is still a rollicking good adventure with plenty of action (Elaine Tomasso GoodReads)
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Buchbeschreibung Constable & Robinson Nov 2014, 2014. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9781472115782