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The Green Mill Murder: A Phryne Fisher Mystery Paperback – April 1, 2007
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While fans of Australian author Greenwood's light and humorous Phryne Fisher mystery series (Cocaine Blues, etc.) may expect the plot to be subordinate to the heroine's displays of wit and libido, the degree to which that is the case this time out makes this a less successful entry than most. The action begins dramatically as Bernard Stevens, a participant in a dance marathon, drops dead in a Sydney nightclub, just before the end of the competition. Fisher, an amazingly self-possessed and competent amateur sleuth, happens to have been nearby at the time, and soon is involved in the investigation. When her date vanishes, after slipping away from the scene of the murder, ostensibly to compose himself, she's hired by his mother to trace both him and his brother, a veteran of the worst trench warfare of WWI. The period is, as always, well-portrayed, but the resolution of the whodunit will disappoint some.
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The 16 Phryne Fisher mysteries have been appearing steadily in the U.S. over the last several years in mostly random order. This latest to land here was the fifth of the series to be published in Australia (in 1993). It finds the uncontainable, outspoken Australian flapper and private eye trying to figure out who murdered a dance-contest participant and why. As usual, it's the setting--Australia in the 1920s--that sells the story. Fisher herself, as always, is a thoroughly modern heroine, sharp-tongued, self-reliant, and more than able to handle herself when push comes to shove. Greenwood assumes we have read the previous entries in the series, and that we are familiar with the supporting cast (including Mr and Mrs. Butler, who are Phryne's, well, . . . butlers), but she provides enough explanation to keep us from feeling lost. Australian crime fiction is becoming increasingly popular in North America, but Greenwood's series, thanks to its sparkling evocation of how the 1920s roared Down Under, manages to stand apart from the crowd. Anyone who hasn't discovered Phryne Fisher by now should start making up for lost time. David Pitt
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(My edition, bought 10-2015, is complete. If you get one that is missing pages, I'd suggest either returning it to Amazon or contacting Poisoned Pen Press directly.)
This is an excellent mystery, piquing my interest in both the origins of jazz, the legal riskiness of homosexuality (male), and some of the effects of the Great War on the men that fought in it.
As with the previous books, while some of the content is heavy, the books themselves have a verve that honors the heaviness but still has fun- much like Phryne herself.
Phryne is superb, of course! And I love seeing and learning more about her various associates, all of whom are well-drawn and interesting people in their own right.
The plots are nicely elaborate and convoluted, and resolve satisfactorily in ways i could not call- much- beforehand. Kudos! (Because I have been reading mysteries for at least 45 years, since childhood, and I really love ones that still surprise me.)
Very recommended for fans of the series, in either TV or book form... but I'd start at the beginning. This may be one of the better stand-alines of the ones I've read, though.
In this case, Phryne is at a dance hall during a dance marathon when one of the competitors literally drops dead. It is obvious that the man did not succumb to exhaustion but to being stabbed in the heart, but who could have done it? His partner, one of the other competitors, or perhaps Phryne's own date for the evening? Soon Inspector Jack Robinson is questioning people and Phryne is trying to remember what it is that she doesn't remember seeing and in her usual way, trying to right wrongs and get to the bottom of the matter. A clever light read that is always a delight.
so, assuming you can get a complete copy, i would recommend this and every other phryne to anyone interested in mysteries (except the writer of the synopsis who thinks, goodness knows how, that the mysteries are light), or in australian history 9and if you aren't interested in australian history, you will be after one of these books), or just wonderful writing. the series is consistently high quality, with even the less than perfect far superior to most of what is currently being published. phyrne is refresingly adult, decisive, independent, and competent. the plots hark back to the great mysteries of the 20s and 30s. there is humor, suspense and interesting characters.
who could ask for anything more?
The whole series is charming and fun to read. This one probably has more emotional depth than most of them.
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This is the third Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries book that I've read and I think, the most enjoyable to date.Read more