- Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
- Format: Paperback | 262 pages
- Dimensions: 132mm x 208mm x 18mm | 295g
- Publication date: 26 June 2012
- Publication City/Country: Scottsdale
- ISBN 10: 1590586018
- ISBN 13: 9781590586013
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
- Sales rank: 16,440
The circus is in town for St Kilda's first Flower Festival, which includes a parade. And who should be Queen of said Flowers but the Honourable Phryne Fisher? She has dresses to purchase, cinemas to visit, and agreeable cocktails to drink. However, one of her flower maidens is unstable and has vanished. So Phryne investigates, trudging through the underworld with the help of Bert, Cec, her little beretta, an old flame from Orkney, the owner of the most exclusive brothel in St Kilda, and several elephants. But when her own adopted daughter Ruth goes missing, Phryne is determined that nothing will stand in the way of her retrieving her lost child. Kerry Greenwood has written more than 40 novels, six nonfiction books, a number of plays, and is an award-winning children's writer. Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Crime Writers' Association of Australia in 2003, she has written 16 books in this series with no sign yet of hanging up Miss Fisher's pearl-handled pistol.
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By Marianne Vincent 07 Jul 2013
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.
"Australia, 1928. Phryne Fisher, the flamboyant flapper and amateur sleuth, has been chosen to be Queen of the Flowers for this year's Flower Parade. But, as loyal readers of this long-running series know, Phryne can't seem to do anything without landing herself in the midst of a mystery...This is a consistently strong series that shows no signs of running out of steam." --"Booklist "of "Queen of the Flowers" "Crime strikes close to home in this latest installment of Greenwood's charming series ("The Castlemaine Murders," etc.) featuring 1920s Aussie amateur sleuth, Phryne Fisher...The engaging cast of familiar supporting characters--including Phryne's maid, Dot, and her Chinese lover, Lin Chung--will delight longtime fans, but newcomers who like their crime on the lighter side can jump in without any trouble." -"Publishers Weekly" of "Queen of the Flowers"
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