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Product Details

  • Series: Phryne Fisher Mysteries
  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press; Reprint edition (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590587340
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590587348
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 “Cleverly plotted and one of one of Greenwood's best in this long-running historical series.”

 –Library Journal of Murder on a Midsummer Night

“Phryne's devoted following will rejoice as she glides through dangerous situations and survives the sizzling summer in inimitable style.”  –Kirkus Reviews of Murder on a Midsummer Night

“Phryne on the rampage makes for fine entertainment all on its own, but Greenwood effectively combines her inimitable heroine's antics with thought-provoking details about the struggles of women in the 1920s, forced to adjust to the loss of the unprecedented independence they had enjoyed during the war. This series is the best Australian import since Nicole Kidman, and Phryne is the flashiest new female sleuth in the genre.”         –Booklist Starred Review of Away With the Fairies

About the Author

Kerry Greenwood was born in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray and after wandering far and wide, she returned to live there. She has degrees in English and Law from Melbourne University and was admitted to the legal profession on the 1st April 1982, a day which she finds both soothing and significant. Kerry has written twenty novels, a number of plays, including The Troubadours with Stephen D'Arcy, is an award-winning children's writer and has edited and contributed to several anthologies. The Phryne Fisher series (pronounced Fry-knee, to rhyme with briny) began in 1989 with Cocaine Blues which was a great success. Kerry has written sixteen books in this series with no sign yet of Miss Fisher hanging up her pearl-handled pistol. Kerry says that as long as people want to read them, she can keep writing them. In 2003 Kerry Won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Australian Association.

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By E Rice on June 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
my favorite sleuth, the stylish, independent phyrne fisher goes to sea in this volume of one of the best mystery series in existence.

as usual, greenwood has done her homework, and makes the days of the great ocean liners come to life. her characters are well drawn, the dialogue is believable, and the gleefully intricate plot pays homage to at least two of the traditions of the so-called golden age of mystery. there are wonderful descriptions of new zealand, and liberal doses of humor.

however, if you haven't read any of the earlier titles, i wouldn't recommend starting with this one. most of the usual cast of characters make only brief appearances, but some previous familiarity with our phyrne would add to the enjoyment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Dorrance on February 18, 2013
Format: Paperback
Entertaining, but uneven is my untutored impression.

The book does a stellar job of evoking a never-never land of upper-class roaring twenties life, and Phryne Fisher is a wonderful character, an anachronistically-liberated female paragon -- I'm reminded of Lord Peter Wimsey in many ways. Dot is an engaging mix of Doctor Watson and dutiful lady's companion, a good comic foil. There's also a good deal of information on a variety of subjects, such as Maori customs and nautical events. Very easy to read.

If only the mystery was as well-crafted. Miss Fisher is called to solve a series of jewelry heists on a cruise ship in 1928, which she does at the end of course. But the details seem incomplete to me, and the backstory for the previous heists was incompletely explained. Also, I very much doubt that a real inspector would be so obliging as to accept her incomplete accounting as the fictional inspector did, accepting a conviction on one attempted theft in return for not prying into the previous thefts.

Incidentally, each chapter ends with a letter seemingly unrelated to the action -- a motif that has bearing on a murder (occurring near the end) that is, in actuality, unrelated to the jewelry heists. They muddied the waters for me. I spent time trying to figure out if they were code, finally giving it up as too subtle for me -- I feel cheated for having done the work. Uncharitably I suspect the author added them to pad out the pages, because only one of them, appearing in the middle, had any relevance to the story.

If you are looking for a light read like I was, this is a great choice, but don't approach it as an intellectual challenge. I might read another in the series because I enjoy the over-the-top impossibility of Miss Fisher, but not because I'm looking for a mystery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara J. Miller on January 30, 2013
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Kerry Greenwood is one of my favorite authors. I am most eager to read the first book of her new series about Egypt. Til then, I re-read the Phryne Fisher and Corinna Chapman stories and have started buying them on CDs.
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By Pyramid on July 7, 2014
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Excellent product. Excellent service.
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One of the very few mysteries that I didn't solve before the end. I love all the Phryne Fisher nooks.
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By Bobbye on June 2, 2014
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Fell in love with Phryne Fisher. A true woman of her generation. Kerry Greenwood is an author who brings out the challenges of being a woman detective yet very fashion conscious.
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This was such a good story. I enjoyed the sights, the characters, and the intrigue of the mystery. Phryne has a house full, to get away goes on a voyage to catch a jewel thief. Wow, what a trip. I loved the ship description. It is fun. The twist at the end is something, find out who did it and why.
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Just love the Miss Fisher mysteries. She's a great female protagonist and all the other characters are interesting and well drawn. Have to say I love the films too. Take a look at any of them. They're all super. A bit different from the books, but just as much fun if not even more!
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