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Dead Man's Chest (Phryne Fisher Mysteries) Paperback – November 9, 2010
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After some rather harrowing adventures (Murder on a Midsummer Night, 2009) Phryne Fisher, the Australian flapper and PI, is determined to enjoy a quiet vacation. After packing maid Dot, adopted daughters Jane and Ruth, and cat Molly into her Hispano Suiza, Phryne drives to Queenscliff, only to discover that the rental house is missing its butler and housekeeper. Then, despite her desire for a murder-free vacation, she takes on an investigation after the missing housekeeper’s beloved dog shows up on her backstep, filthy and hungry, and the local coppers prove to be no help. Phryne’s determination to get it all wrapped up before boyfriend Lin Chung joins her makes for a fast-paced story. Greenwood weaves in a local legend involving pirates and missing treasure, and Phryne makes friends with some wacky surrealists in this very enjoyable eighteenth series entry. A major new character is introduced as Phryne welcomes into the family a young man who proves a willing and capable assistant investigator. The limited cast of characters (most of Phryne’s regulars stay in Melbourne) makes this a good choice for series newcomers. --Jessica Moyer --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Even on holiday, Phryne Fisher can't escape a mystery....Phryne (Murder on a Midsummer Night, 2009, etc.) handsomely demonstrates once more that even a compulsion to explore every mystery that comes her way needn't interfere with her appetite for life. (Kirkus Reviews)
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While Lord Peter was very much to the manor born, Phryne Fisher comes to her wealth and position though the tragedies of the Great War and its aftermaths, including the pandemic Spanish Flu. Born dirt poor in the Australian outback, her father inherits his (and her) wealth and position, as those standing between him and the Manor House die off. A natural-born adventuress, The Honorable Miss Fisher fully enjoys the opportunities her inherited advantages offer her. She is very much the liberated girl of her times and there are few savory morsels of life she dares not sample. By the time she returns to her Australian homeland and her hometown of Melbourne, she has skills and abilities any fictional detectives would envy, style all the flappers of the Roaring Twenties try to emulate, culture that opens the best houses in Melbourne to her, and wits and charm that might turn even Lord Peter's noble head. And the looks, money, and joie de vivre to relish it all. Oh, and a heart of gold. What's not to love?
Plot? Story? Details of the mysteries she falls into solving? Oh, posh! Take three parts Wimsey, one part Miss Marple (forty years younger), a dash of the Thin Man's lovely Nora and her banter, and three drops of Fu Manchu--shake with crushed ice, and serve up, garnish with a diamond swizzle.
Sound photogenic? Guess what? Phryne has her own highly successful series of TV movies.
This three novel collection is the perfect introduction to the lovely, sexy, always enjoyable Honorable Phryne Fisher, her coterie of exotic friends, the lip-curling dastardly villains, and Kerry Greenwood's classic British mystery series.
When she and her companions arrive, for example, the butler and cook are gone, leaving behind a small, very anxious (and very dirty) dog.
Coupled with that, Phryne learns she has some very odd neighbors, including a small band of surrealists who are very much out of place in this little town. The mystery of the disappearing butler and cook is compounded by some very rude boys, a "phantom pigtail snipper" who has terrified the local female population, rum and tobacco smugglers, a possible murder, a locked room full of bones and, just to add a little spice, a film production company shooting a movie on the beach.
Oh, and there might be buried pirate treasure somewhere near by.
All's well, as the Bard said, that ends well and although it can be trying for her at times, Miss Fisher does manage to emerge from this vacation-turned-adventure reasonably unscathed with a further addition to her growing household - a young man who yearns to be a cop.
It's all great fun and a great read.
I like BOTH genres but I prefer the feel of a book in my hands when I'm reading.
Although I am tempted to get the Kindle versions of the other books for the pricing,
I prefer to read with a real book. This filled the bill. When I pay down my Amazon a bit more,
I'll pop for the illustrated book too.
Excellent stories, excellent heroine, a bit dated, but then again,
right down the baileywick of ANYONE who enjoyed Downton Abbey.