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Blood and Circuses: A Phryne Fisher Mystery
Blood and Circuses: A Phryne Fisher Mystery | Kerry Greenwood
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"A top-notch entry in this witty, hugely entertaining series." -Booklist Phryne Fisher is bored. Life has become 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 her door. Alan Lee and his friends want her to investigate strange happenings at Farrell's 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 deep undercover to be effective. 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 girl's tent and dine on mutton stew. And she must find some allies. Meanwhile in Melbourne, young, 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 Phryne uncover the truth under the Big Top without losing her life? Kerry Greenwood is the author of more than 40 novels and six non-fiction books. She has received the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award from the Crime Witers' Association of Australia. When she is not writing, she is an advocate in Magistrates' Courts for the Legal Aid commission. www.phrynefisher.com
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xxjenadanxx
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Mehso-so

I love Phryne Fisher. I love books about the circus and all things circus related. Yet somehow I didn't love this book. I still enjoyed it, but it felt a bit busy. There was too much going on I think. To me the chapters from the mobsters perspective was really unnecessary and the book would have been much better without them. Oh well, they can't all be winners!

Texreader Great review as always 3w
xxjenadanxx @Texreader thank you! 3w
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Lizpixie
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#7days7covers #covercrush #day6 I could pick any of these editions of the Phryne Fisher books for this challenge. Every one of them is gorgeous, though I think this one is the best, closely followed by Dead Mans Chest & Murder & Mendelssohn.

If you haven‘t already been tagged, consider yourself invited to join in!

sudi Love this one ❤ 3mo
Lynnsoprano This is great, and I agree about the Murder & Mendelssohn cover. Hmm, I‘m only on day 4 😎 3mo
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TheEllieMo
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Pickpick

Another couple of Phyrne mysteries read this week. She‘s my current guilty pleasure!

jillrhudy I loved the TV series. 3mo
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Lizpixie
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#AugustABC #Day7 #GorgeousGirl Could only manage a few chapters of my book, heads still a bit sensitive, so I‘m gonna try & catch up on some challenges instead. Miss Phryne definitely fits the prompt for the 7th, she‘s ballsy, she‘s brave, she‘s elegant & she‘s most certainly gorgeous. If you haven‘t acquainted yourself with book Phryne yet, I highly recommend you do so. She‘s fabulous & fantastic. #phryneappreciationclub

kspenmoll Gorgeous cover! Such a fun series; I need to get back to it! 4mo
Eggs Beautiful! And great choice 4mo
Lizpixie @kspenmoll definitely worth it👍 @Eggs thank you!🙌♥️♥️♥️ 4mo
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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt2 This is one of my favourite Phryne covers, the combo of Phryne, the horse & the tent in such vivid colors just works so well. Plus I‘m a sucker for circuses! In this novel, Phryne goes undercover at a circus as a trick rider after the death of one of the performers. Even though her extended family rarely makes an appearance, there‘s a lot of new characters to meet, some appear again in later books. #phryneappreciationclub

Freespirit It's a vibrant cover 11mo
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AlizaApp
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Continuing the Phryne saga! This one was not my fave though. The circus/carnival folks were a little too stereotype-y for my tastes and Phyrne‘s obvious class privilege didn‘t come off so well. But on the other hand, clown sex?

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JenlovesJT47
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Book 6 in my reread-through of the Phryne Fisher series via audiobook is one of my favorites! This is my 3rd time reading this particular book and I never get tired of it. Phryne sheds her cushy lifestyle to join the circus in disguise, to help solve the murder of Mr. Christopher/Christine. I highly recommend this series and especially the audiobooks. 5⭐️

#PhryneFisher
#audiobook
#mystery

Gissy Wow! You read it 3 times! It must be good! 14mo
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neet_reads
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#Circus #AugustIsATrip
Phryne can & will do just about anything

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty!! I‘ve been wanting to read these! 1y
neet_reads @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks They‘re great! And so is the tv series 1y
vkois88 They do sound interesting... I'll have to look into them 1y
LeeRHarry Love this series 😊 1y
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Pamwurtzler
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Pickpick

Phryne is out of her element in this book, but it was an interesting change of pace. I liked this and now wonder how long it will be before my hold for #7 come in!

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Pickpick

A darker Phryne Fisher story. But I'm pretty sure this one I'll remember as 'Clown Sex' Phryne. 🤡

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Bkwrm7
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Mehso-so

Ok. Up until this book I was totally into this series, but turns out I really don't care for clown sex. Also, I get what Greenwood was going for taking Phryne out of her element, but that's not why I'm here. Plus, there was an accent error in the audio production. Phryne is still undercover as Fern towards the end but returns to her upper crust accent. Pretty sure the circus folks would notice that...I hope the next one returns to form!

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CaitZ
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Mehso-so

Phryne joins the circus to help her friends discover who has been sabotaging it. For some reason this one didn't grab my interest as much as her previous books. I can't explain explain exactly what was different with this one. I usually like them. Maybe I've just read them too close together. #LitsyAtoZ #LetterB @BookishMarginalia

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CaitZ
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#24in48 Hour 12 Reading Challenge: A road trip to 3 bookish locations
1. Travel with a circus like in "The Night Circus" or "Blood and Circuses" which I just finished.
2. To see the Navajo Nation depicted in Tony and Anne Hillerman's stories.
3. To visit some small town that you find in so many cozy mysteries.

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CaitZ
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Almost done with this one, but the ending will have to wait til the morning. I'm falling asleep. #24in48

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CaitZ
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Here I go - my first readathon. It's stormy here tonight - perfect for reading. #24in48

saguarosally It's intermittently storming here also. Happy reading! 2y
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gossamerchild
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Pickpick

Wow, that was much darker than the previous books. Also, this one split the action between Phryne and other characters, which I didn't like as much. More Phryne, please! Still a good book, though. #phryneforever

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gossamerchild
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My #mostbadassheroine and #artdeco happen to be the same book. #phrynefisher forever! 😍😍. #riotgrams #feistyfeb @RealLifeReading

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JenlovesJT47
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I was excited to receive a copy of my favorite Phryne Fisher book on NetGalley. 🤓📚🤓 This tells the story of Phryne going to work at the circus in disguise, to solve the murder of a fellow circus performer named Mr. Christopher/Christine. Phryne sheds all of the luxuries she is used to and comes to appreciate how blessed she is. I love this series and highly recommend it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #PhryneFisher #NetGalley #favorite

Pinkmeghan 💜 Phryne Fisher!!! 3y
JenlovesJT47 @Pinkmeghan yes, Phryne Fisher is my role model! 😎💋👠👒 3y
gossamerchild She's my hero! 😍 3y
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AmandaRae I had no idea there were books 😍😍😍😍 3y
JenlovesJT47 @AmandaRae the books are amazing! Different from the show in some ways but equally great. ☺️ 3y
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shanaqui
Pickpick

One of the least cosy of the series, really. Still enjoy it -- especially Jack telling his subordinate to respect Mr Christopher.

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JenlovesJT47
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Day 26: my favorite #sleuth is Phryne Fisher, hands down. I love the entire series, Blood and Circuses is my favorite. ❤️ The show is also amazing. Love her! #octphotochallenge

Bibliogeekery 💓 Phryne! 3y
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Lizpixie
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Finished Bk3 of this Phryne Fisher anthology, I really need to buy the rest of this series they're so good. Very funny, very stylish and very very Australian. Phryne goes undercover in a circus as a stunt horse rider after one of the performers is murdered. In between bedding a clown, making friends with a bear & riding a horse standing up, she finds some very bad men and saves the circus.

LeeRHarry I love these, read them all so I'm now impatiently waiting for the next one!! 3y
Lizpixie @LeeRHarry I've read up to bk 6 now, I was hoping to get the next three in anthology form as well because the books are so short but you pay the same for either, which is ridiculous🤔 3y
LeeRHarry I know but I love the artwork on the non tv covers 😊 3y
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Bibliogeekery Waiting on these books from the library! Why is the line sooooo long? #everyonelovesphrynie 3y
Sue I haven't read these or seen the tv show. Which came first? 3y
Lizpixie @Sue the books. She's been writing Phryne stories for years now, I think there's 15 at least. 3y
Sue I might have to check them out 😊 3y
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Lizpixie
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#booksandmidnightsnacks makes a great trio of ChamomileHoney&Vanilla tea, Blood & Circuses -the last book in this anthology & GreenTea&WhiteChocPretzels, CafeGrande, BelgianChoc, PeanutButterSweetCream&ChocPretzels & MurrayRiverSaltedCaramel&ChocCoatedHazelnuts ice cream. Bon Appetit!

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