Death at Victoria Dock by Kerry Greenwood, Narrated by Stephanie Daniel
Genre: Crime Fiction
Series: #4 in the Phryne Fisher series
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
Publication Date: 1992 for the book, 2010 for this audio edition
Length: 5 hours, 27 minutes
Read by: Stephanie Daniel
From the publisher:
The devastating Phryne Fisher is under fire again in her fourth mystery.
A very young man with muddied hair, a pierced ear and a blue tattoo lies cradled in Phryne’s arms. But sadly, it’s not another scene of glorious seduction – this time it’s death. The Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher, beautifully dressed in loose trousers, a cream silk shirt and a red-fox fur has just had her windscreen shot out inches in front of her divine nose. But worse is the fate of the pale young man lying on the road, his body hit by bullets, who draws his final blood-filled breath with Phryne at his side. Outraged by this brutal slaughter, Phryne promises to find out who is responsible. But Phryne doesn’t yet know how deeply into the mire she’ll have to go: bank robbery, tattoo parlours, pubs, spiritualist halls, and the Anarchists. Along this path, Phryne meets Peter, a battle-scarred, sexy Slav, who offers much more to her than just information. But all thoughts of these delights flee from Phryne’s mind when her beloved maid, Dot, disappears. There’s nothing Phryne won’t do to get her back safely.
Phryne Fisher is quite unconventional for a private investigator in 1920’s Australia and she’s just a whole lot of fun
She’s wealthy enough to not care what people think of her and to be particular about the cases she takes.
This one had a couple of storylines that didn’t really intersect and in some ways it felt like the author had a couple of ideas that didn’t really work out for a full book on their own so she meshed them together in this one.
It was still plenty of fun though. At some points Phryne was solving the case of a runaway teenage girl and at others was working to foil a terrorist plot by a group of anarchists.
The books are fairly short and they are fun break between longer or heavier books. Australia in the 1920’s is an interesting time and place.
I really enjoy Stephanie Daniel’s narration. She’s easy to listen to and her voice characterizations are distinct and consistent.
One of these days I’m going to watch the television series
Rating 4/5 for the narration