The glorious Phryne Fisher returns to the spotlight in her seventh adventure. Fisher is an independent, unconventional PI with competence, unflappability and flamboyance in equal measures.
Running late to the Hinkler gala performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore, she meets some thugs in a dark alley and handles them convincingly before they can ruin her silver dress. Phryne then finds that she has rescued a gorgeous Chinese, Lin Chung, and his grandmother, and is briefly mistaken for a deity. Denying divinity but accepting cognac, she later continues safely to the theater. But it's an unexpected evening as her night is again interrupted by a most bizarre death onstage.
What links can Phryne possibly find between the ridiculously entertaining plot of Ruddigore, the city's Chinese community, and the actors treading the boards of His Majesty's Theatre? Drawn backstage and onstage, Phryne must solve an old murder and find a new murderer, and, of course, banish the theater's ghost, who seems likely to kill again.
"Scented, dangerous, and highly enjoyable." (
The Weekend Australian)
"Phryne Fisher sparkles with wit and champagne elegance. Stephanie Daniel performs with genteel ease. Her upper-class Australian accents and her wild assortment of reputable and disreputable characters are truly amazing." ( AudioFile)
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Superb reading of melodramatic story
Stephanie Daniel's reading, involving a characterization of people from various parts of the UK and Australia, and also singing parts of songs, mainly by Gilbert and Sullivan. I enjoyed the story too - but see below.
Despite the odd corners into which Kerry Greenwood takes us in this novel - spooks, G&S, Chinese superstitions, backstage at the theatre - it is not her finest hour, i don't think. I feel she loses the narrative thread a few times, and has to claw it back with some wild improbabilities.
The one in which Phryrne and Lin Jong (?) find the glass figure designed to fool people into believing a ghost is abroad.
Ghost and Giggles
Listening to Ruddy Gore was great fun, especially for a G&S fan like me.
- Rodney Fielding