Monday, October 2, 2017

Away with the Fairies: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

Away with the Fairies by Kerry Greenwood is the eleventh book in Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.  Marcella Lavender, children’s author, was found dead in her home.  The Honorable Phryne Fisher is asked to assist on the case by Detective Inspector Jack Robinson.  Miss Lavender had recently come to the police about threatening letters she had received, but she was not taken seriously (which distresses Jack).  Miss Lavender was a contributor to Women’s Choice magazine (the advice column).  Phryne goes undercover at the magazine to see if she can discover who wanted Miss Lavender dead.  Phryne’s attentions are not fully on the case though.  Phryne’s lover, Lin Chung has failed to return from his latest buying trip and Phryne is worried.  Lin’s family is less than helpful (they do not approve of Phryne) leaving Phryne on her own.  Miss Fisher will need to work overtime if she is to catch Miss Lavender’s killer and rescue Lin Chung especially since someone is determined to stop her by any means necessary.

Away with the Fairies is well-written and full of action.  The two mysteries keep the story lively (murder, adventure, international intrigue).  I do wish, though, that the killer of Miss Lavender had been harder to identify.  I believe many people will be surprised who is behind Lin Chung’s disappearance.  The book has nice pacing and flow which makes for an easy to read story. I am giving Away with the Fairies 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it).  The language or word usage suits the time period (people had a better vocabulary back then).  I love the characters especially Phryne Fisher (I wish I was more adventuress like her).  Phryne is a woman who is comfortable in her own skin.  She is not willing to change to conform to societies standards or expectations.  Phryne is a strong, passionate, confident woman who will protect those she loves and cares about (her family and friends).  I do recommend reading the books in the series in order.  Otherwise, you will be missing some pertinent details.  Away with the Fairies is an entertaining historical mystery.

I will return tomorrow to review Death on Tap by Ellie Alexander.  I suggest you check out Trouble is Brewing by Ellie Alexander.  It is A Bakeshop Mini-Mystery introducing Sloan Krause.  May you have an enchanting Monday.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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