Flappers, Fitzgeralds & Phryne Fisher: 5 Reads Inspired by Our Favorite 1920′s Lady Detective

To accompany today’s post on Queen of the Flowers we decided to make a list of books inspired by the fabulous world of lady detective extraordinaire,  Pryne Fisher. Since the Miss Fisher’s Murder Series are set in 1920’s Australia, our list is a flapper infused, jazz-age cocktail with a twist. You’ll find some familiar names in here (Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald), plus an Australian mystery (Picnic at Hanging Rock) and even a Charles Dickens novel (it’s a favorite of Phryne’s so we’ll count it).

1Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin
by Marion Meade

A portrait of four extraordinary writers-Dorothy Parker, Zelda Fitzgerald, Edna St.Vincent Millay, and Edna Ferber- whose loves, lives, and literary endeavors embodied the spirit of the 1920s.

2Picnic at Hanging Rock
by Joan Lindsay

A masterpiece of haunting intrigue. On a beautiful summer day in 1900, the Appleyard College for Young Ladies enjoys a sprawling picnic, frolicking under the cloudless sky, until three girls disappear...

3Bleak House
by Charles Dickens

Phryne’s favorite classic, Bleak House opens in the twilight of foggy London, where an obscure legal case, a mysterious woman, inquisitive detective and a chimney sweep explore London society, rich and poor, in all its dark revelry.

4Flappers and Philosophers
by F. Scott Fitzgerald

First published in 1920, Flappers and Philosophers marked F. Scott Fitzgerald's entry into the realm of the short story, in which he adroitly proved himself "a master of the mechanism of short story technique" (Boston Transcript).

5Save Me the Waltz
by Zelda Fitzgerald

The only novel by the wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Save Me the Waltz is a semi-autobiographical book about a famous, slightly doomed glamour girl of the affluent 1920s, which captures the spirit of the era.