Queen of the Flowers: A Phryne Fisher Mystery [NOOK Book]

Overview

In 1928, the tony Melbourne suburb of St. Kilda is inaugurating its Flower Festival. The streets are hung with fairy lights, and tea dances, yacht races, tango competitions, lantern shows, and picnics on the beach are all on the schedule of events. Who but the inestimable Phryne Fisher could reign over it all, as Queen of the Flowers? 

Unfortunately, where Phryne is involved it seems trouble is never far behind. When one of her flower ...
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Queen of the Flowers: A Phryne Fisher Mystery

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Overview

In 1928, the tony Melbourne suburb of St. Kilda is inaugurating its Flower Festival. The streets are hung with fairy lights, and tea dances, yacht races, tango competitions, lantern shows, and picnics on the beach are all on the schedule of events. Who but the inestimable Phryne Fisher could reign over it all, as Queen of the Flowers? 

Unfortunately, where Phryne is involved it seems trouble is never far behind. When one of her flower maidens vanishes, followed by Phryne's adopted daughter, Ruth, the game is once more afoot. Elephants, old lovers, prostitutes and ne'er do wells be warned: Miss Fisher may be Queen of the Flowers, but she also packs a pearl-handled .38.
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Editorial Reviews

David Pitt
The charm of this series remains the way it connects the flapper era to contemporary life. Phryne is an outspoken, acid-tongued adventurer who won't take lip from anyone. She'd be right at home in a novel set in the present day, but that wouldn't be nearly as much fun… a consistently strong series that shows no signs of running out of steam.
Kirkus Reviews
The delightfully outré heroine is always a pleasure to revisit.
Publishers Weekly
Phryne carries the action ably… newcomers who like their crime on the lighter side can jump in without any trouble.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615953677
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
  • Publication date: 2/5/2012
  • Series: Phryne Fisher Mysteries , #14
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 261
  • Sales rank: 32,671
  • File size: 780 KB

Meet the Author

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.
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  • Posted July 7, 2013

    Queen of the Flowers is the fourteenth book in the popular Phryn

    Queen of the Flowers is the fourteenth book in the popular Phryne Fisher series by Australian author, Kerry Greenwood. For the 1928 Flower Festival in St Kilda, Phryne is to be Queen of the Flowers. Appropriate outfits and Flower Maidens have to be organised, adding to Phryne’s usual busy schedule. On top of this, Ruth, one of Phryne’s adopted daughters, is intent on finding her father; an acquaintance (or two) from Phryne’s days in England turn up; and she receives a cryptic card in the post. Then one of the Flower Maidens goes missing, and Ruth fails to return home. This instalment has elephants, musical sailors, TB, a Gambling Boat, someone performing CPR, a miserly grandfather, a dangerous man with a shotgun and, finally, a parade. Bert and Cec, Dot, Jane and Ruth, Li Pen and Lin Chung all do their part, and the Butlers provide background support. Mr Butler’s Refreshing Cocktail is helpfully provided in the appendix. Each chapter ends with some communication between two people that sheds light on Ruth’s parentage. Characters from several earlier books rate mentions or cameos, but this book can be enjoyed without having read previous instalments. Phryne fans will enjoy revisiting this unique household with its adopted daughters, ladies maids, and a Chinese lover whose wife designs his lover’s garden. My favourite passage: ”The day dawned far too bright and fair……Dot was awake, dressed and characteristically cheerful. Dot liked dawn. Phryne only liked it from the other side.” Excellent Greenwood , as always.

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  • Posted January 19, 2012

    One of this author's best

    A sophisticated and enormously enjoyable movel by one of the very best authors in the business of writing mysteries.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    In 1928 the townsfolk of St. Kilda are euphoric as they prepare for the annual Queen of the Flowers gala. Socialite Phryne Fisher is especially looking forward to the festival receiving the honor of being name the Queen of the event. This means spending time buying fancy dresses and dining in top restaurants, a hardship that Phryne will suffer with relish though the elephant may be a bit too much even for a woman who tries anything.-------- However, Phryne's adopted daughter, Ruth vanishes in search of her biological father after learning from her birthmother TB victim Anna Ross at the sanatorium who he is. Phryne has been hired by family friends in Melbourne to search for missing Rose Weston while she also plans to trace her adopted daughter. Her investigation proves stunning and shocking as she uncovers some horrific happenings.-------- As always with this excellent Australian historical mystery series, the characters especially the nonparallel Phryne make for a strong period piece. The investigations are fun to follow as the heroine begins to find horrific occurrences that shake even her. However, it is the heroine and her support cast who bring late 1920s Australia to life that makes QUEEN OF FLOWERS and the rest of the Fischer saga some of the best recurring lighthearted investigative tales.------------ Harriet Klausner

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