Queen of the Flowers (Phryne Fisher Series #14) [NOOK Book]

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St. Kildas streets hang with fairy lights. Tea dances, tango competitions, lifesaving demonstrations, lantern shows, and picnics on the beach are all part of the towns first Flower Parade. And who should be Queen of the Flowers but the Honourable Phryne Fisher? It seems that the lovely Phryne has nothing to do but buy dresses, drink cocktails, and dine in lavish restaurants. Unfortunately, disappearances during this joyous festival aren’t limited to the magic shows. One of Phryne’s flower maidens has simply ...
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Queen of the Flowers (Phryne Fisher Series #14)

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Overview

St. Kildas streets hang with fairy lights. Tea dances, tango competitions, lifesaving demonstrations, lantern shows, and picnics on the beach are all part of the towns first Flower Parade. And who should be Queen of the Flowers but the Honourable Phryne Fisher? It seems that the lovely Phryne has nothing to do but buy dresses, drink cocktails, and dine in lavish restaurants. Unfortunately, disappearances during this joyous festival aren’t limited to the magic shows. One of Phryne’s flower maidens has simply vanished. And so, Phryne is off to investigate aided by Bert and Cec and her trusty little Beretta. When her darling adopted daughter Ruth goes missing, Phryne is determined that nothing will stand in the way of her investigation. Phryne must confront elephants, brothel-life, and perhaps worst of all an old lover in an effort to save Ruth and her flower maiden before it is too late. Queen of the Flowers is the fourteenth book in the Phryne Fisher series, with no sign of Ms. Fisher hanging up her pearl-handled pistol yet.
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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 Series, #14
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 261
  • Sales rank: 32,731
  • 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2014

    Bluefleet

    A Russian Blue shecat skidded over the border and pelted towards SandClan's camp.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2014

    A small white cat

    Drats.)) A small white cat, not quite apprentice sized, with an unfamiliar scent, streaked by the border, taking in the scents from along the lower portions of the border. She does not stop to hunt for herself, though she does stop. Hopping into the river, she slowly waits, listening closely to the water rushing around her paws. Quickly, she strikes out, somehow managing to catch a fish, far downstream from the beach, and never once looking down into the water, but instead relying on her other senses. Padding out of the water, the white cat drops the fish onto the ground for the next patrol to find, managing to creep along the border in between patrols as she moves towards the HorseClan border. ~A white cat &hearts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2014

    To SandClan~

    A shekit is dropped into the clearing. She is tiny, black-furred, with wide dark blue eyes and a spot of white on her chest. Her name is Starkit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2014

    Dashingwind

    Picked her up, and carried her to camp

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2014

    Mistpaw

    Murmers softly. "I'm sorry - it's hard-" she fliches in her sleep, and mewls in pain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2014

    Seedstorm

    She padded down towards the river, scrounging for food. When she saw the river, a sly smile crept onto her face and she dashed back to camp.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2014

    Wolfclaw

    The SandClan warrior came in to check the border, and stopped in his tracks, expressionless as he saw the river. He stood there for a second, mind not fully comprehending what happened. This had never happened in the last leaf-bare. When he regained focus, Wolfclaw dashed back to SandClan camp.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2014

    |Sandclan's Border|

    To the south of The Great Oa

    |Sandclan's Border| <br />

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    To the south of The Great Oak winds an impressive river, its waters filled with fish. The sun sparkles on the flowing water, a dazzling light show. Rocks, reeds, ash, and willows line the shores and provide plenty of shelter. Rare rocks and shells liter the area and otter and heron are frequent guests. Especially useful are the multitude of herbs that grow here, the richest of any territory. Even bears visit, eager for a feast, with claws impressively long. Warm shifting sand provides extra comfort for any paw and a warm, soft place to lie down. It is appropriate, then, that this is the border to Sandclan's territory, the strong and majestic. <br />

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    Hey everyone! Just clarifying the borders of each clan with a little narrative. Remember to patrol your borders daily and attack another clan by posting here and then at their camp. Feel free to have border crisis' to spice things up! <br />

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    ~ Sandclan's Border: Lilywolf, Original Pact Clan Organizer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2014

    The Beach - Lilywolf &hearts

    With the opening of the RV park, twolegs now are restless for things to do. In response, the owners contruct a thunderpath to the river and expand one of the beautiful, sandy beaches on Sandclan's territory. Twolegs and their dogs rush to the beachside, either with skimpy pelts on or hauling what resemble small, upturned, wooden shells. While most splash in the water or race around on the beach, some twolegs use these shells to float out onto the water. Occasionally the twolegs can even be observed catching fish with odd sticks. By far the most dangerous, however, is invisible to all cats. Quite annoyed with the number of bugs near the water, twolegs have released sprays, intending to kill the eggs of the pests. But if large amounts of poisoned eggs happen to be consumed by a fish, the result is quite unpleasant for anyone who may eat that fish. Although the twolegs only take up a small portion of Sandclan territory, they are located at the upper part of the river, disturbing prey from swimming downstream and poisoning some who do manage to get past the threat. Unaware of the damage they cause, the beach stays a busy place for twoleg activity with many possible consequences for Sandclan. ~ The Beach, Lilywolf &hearts

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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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