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Title:
Murder in the dark : a Phryne Fisher mystery
Author(s):
Greenwood, Kerry.
ISBN/ISSN:
9781590584392

1590584392
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Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Physical Description:
266 pages ; 23 cm
Abstract:
Phryne Fisher must save the attendants of 1928's most stylish party from murder in this Australian caper.
Pub Date:
Poisoned Pen Press., [2009]

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Summary

It's Christmas, and Phryne has an invitation to the Last Best party of 1928, a four-day extravaganza being held at Werribee Manor house and grounds by the Golden Twins, Isabella and Gerald Templar. She knew them in Paris, where they caused a sensation. Phryne is in two minds about going. But when threats begin arriving in the mail, she promptly decides to accept the invitation. No one tells Phryne Fisher what to do. At the Manor House, she is accommodated in the Iris room, and at the party dallies with two polo-playing women, a Goat lady (and goat), a large number of glamorous young men, and a very rude child called Tarquin. The acolytes of the golden twins are smoking hashish and dreaming. The jazz is as hot as the drinks are cold. Heaven. It all seems like good clean fun until three people are kidnapped, one of them the abominable child, and Phryne must puzzle her way through the cryptic clues of the scavenger hunt to retrieve the hostages and save the party from further disaster.


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Booklist Review

Phryne Fisher, the irrepressible Australian flapper-cum-amateur-sleuth, returns for another adventure. It's the Christmas season, and Phryne's been invited to a big party. She doesn't plan on attending, but when somebody starts sending her nasty letters telling her she'd better not show up, well, she's just gotta go. Regular readers of this entertaining series won't be surprised to learn that something bad soon happens (three people are kidnapped, to be specific), or that Phryne is soon knee-deep in mystery and mayhem. The sixteenth Fisher novel has all the qualities of its forerunners: a snazzy, jazzy, outspoken heroine; a cast of engaging supporting players; and a sharply plotted mystery. As usual, too, the author vividly creates the setting 1920s-era Melbourne and really makes us feel as though we've spent some time there. Another strong entry in a consistently entertaining series.--Pitt, David Copyright 2009 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Australian author Greenwood's fine Phryne Fisher mystery combines suspense and humor with a taut race to unmask a master assassin before he can strike again. The irrepressible and defiantly unflappable Phryne Fisher decides to attend a lavish four-day celebration in Melbourne, "the Last Best Party of 1928," despite anonymous and deadly warnings to keep away, which include a coral snake. One of the party's hosts, Gerald Templar, becomes worried after Tarquin, the orphan boy he's adopted, disappears. The connection between Tarquin's vanishing and the escalating acts of violence from the killer who calls himself the Joker is far from obvious, and Fisher has no shortage of suspects to consider among the eccentric guests, including a man who's modeled himself on Oscar Wilde. The Joker's identity will surprise many readers, but as usual for this long-running series (Cocaine Blues, etc.), the major pleasures come from Greenwood's wry voice and the larger-than-life Fisher. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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