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Flying Too High: 08/27/16

Flying Too High by Kerry Greenwood

Flying Too High by Kerry Greenwood is the second of the Phryne Fisher mysteries. For whatever reason, it wasn't used as the second episode of the television series, though pieces of it show up in a later episode of a different name. I bring this up only because many of the first series of shows were taken directly from Greenwood's books.

Phryne and Dot move into the home that features so prominently in the television series. Knowing that she wants to make a career as a private investigator, she picks a home with the house number 221 to which she adds a B. I can't honestly remember if that detail is ever brought out in the TV show but it's a cute detail to show Phyrne's sense of humor.

Phyrne is hired by a woman convinced her son is going to kill her husband. The hot headed men run a flying school and it's Phryne's chance to show off her flying skills. Meanwhile, a young girl has been kidnapped by thugs who know her parents have recently won the lottery.

What's most noticeable by book two is how very different the book world is from the television one. The Esplanade is put into the capable hands of the the Butlers. It is Mrs. Butler who convinces Mr. Butler to come out of retirement because she's looking for a little adventure. In the TV show, Mrs. Butler's death is the reason for Mr. Butler coming out of retirement.

Inspector Collins still isn't on the scene and Dot while prim isn't the naive delicate flower she's made out to be in TV show. Dot appreciates the freedom Phryne gives her and perhaps sees her as a mentor.

Missing from the books is Phryne's meddlesome aunt. She's there to prevent Phyrne from being her full Bohemian self. In the books Phryne works and lives on her own schedule. Put more simply, the things that annoy me about the TV show were introduced in the TV show and the things I love about it were kept form the books.

Four stars

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Comment #1: Monday, August 29, 2016 at 18:02:10


My wife recently stumbled across this series on Netflix and then was excited to find the books it was based on. We've really enjoyed digging through these stories. They're a ton of fun. :)

Comment #2: Monday, August 29, 2016 at 19:36:20


I've read through the first six and am now taking a break. I'll get back to the series probably over the holidays.

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