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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press; Reprint edition (15 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781590582800
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590582800
  • ASIN: 1590582802
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 1.6 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 439,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Greenwood weaves historical data into the plot like gold thread, giving it richness without weighing it down. As always, the highlight of the series is the sexy and sybaritic Phryne, whose kind heart and generous spirit far outweigh her slightly scandalous behavior." --Booklist"the appealing characters and witty banter make for an enjoyable caper" --"Publisher's Weekly" "Greenwood's prose has a dagger in its garter; her hero is raunchy and promiscuous in the best sense." --"The Weekend Australian" "The success of Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs books may help pave the way for Phryne Fisher, who is an equally unforgettable character, with a heart as big as her pocketbook, a fine disregard for convention and an insatiable appetite for life." --"Denver"" Post"

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"Appealing characters and witty banter make for an enjoyable caper." (Publishers Weekly)

"The Phryne Fisher mystery series returns with a lighthearted escapade. Independent 1920s' feminist Fisher, complete with Chinese lover and pearl-handled pistol, solves another murder in a rough-and-tumble Australian setting. Fisher's household, especially her stuffy sister newly arrived from London, is bewildered by the accidental discovery of an old corpse at an amusement park. Fisher's investigations result in death threats and a fascinating personal connection with the gold rush of the 1850s. Reader Stephanie Daniel delivers plenty of zest and folly and provides the right combination of perkiness and intelligence for the heroine." (AudioFile Magazine) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cloggie Downunder TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 April 2013
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The Castlemaine Murders is the thirteenth book in the popular Phryne Fisher series by Australian author, Kerry Greenwood. On the Ghost Train at Luna Park on a fun day out with her daughters, Phryne accidentally exposes a Cowboy dummy as a mummified, long-dead corpse. As Phryne investigates further, it becomes apparent that someone doesn't want her to discover the corpse's true identity. But why? To complicate matters, Phryne's younger sister, Eliza has arrived without warning from England. Phryne's lover, Lin Chung has his hands full with family matters and is trying to find some stolen Lin family nuggets from the goldfields in the mid-19th century. Their separate investigations lead them to a thrilling climax at Castlemaine. As always, Greenwood has done her research and provides the reader with interesting tidbits about mummification, embalming, tattoos, travelling shows, autopsy, the Victorian gold rush, Chinese blood feuds, gods and the art of negotiation. Letters home from a Chinese coolie add an interesting point of view. In this instalment, Dot is almost run down by a motorcyclist, Phryne's mail is explosive, several venerable old Chinese feature and Phryne is kidnapped (again!!). Characters from previous novels (Death Before Wicket and Blood and Circuses) make an appearance, and the importance of spelling and pronunciation become apparent. More excellent Greenwood.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Mar. 2012
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Phryne visits Luna Park - imagine Alton Towers in the nineteen twenties - and discovers a body in the ghost train. It is actually a mummified body which could date back to the 1870s. Naturally she is fascinated and starts investigating and soon starts receiving threats.

Her lover, Lin Chung, has managed to settle a feud with another Chinese immigrant family and wants to search for a large quantity of gold which went missing in the area of Castlemaine about the time the body was mummified in the same area. Phryne's sister, Eliza, is staying with her as she has fallen out with their father but they are not getting on too well.

This is an intriguing and well plotted mystery. I found the insight into Chinese customs fascinating and I loved the ways Lin Chung dealt with some of his distant relatives' problems in Castlemaine. I liked the way past and present are linked in the story and the glimpse the reader gets of life in the nineteenth century during the gold rush.

I find this series an entertaining and absorbing read. I think the characters are well drawn and I like the touches of humour and the ways in which the series characters are developing especially Phryne herself. I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys Carola Dunn's Daisy Dalrymple series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 10 Jan. 2010
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Excellent Phryne Fisher murder mystery set in the 1920s. A great example of the Kerry Greenwood's work, always keeps you guessing until the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Nov. 2013
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Phryne visits Luna Park - imagine Alton Towers in the nineteen twenties - and discovers a body in the ghost train. It is actually a mummified body which could date back to the 1870s. Naturally she is fascinated and starts investigating and soon starts receiving threats.

Her lover, Lin Chung, has managed to settle a feud with another Chinese immigrant family and wants to search for a large quantity of gold which went missing in the area of Castlemaine about the time the body was mummified in the same area. Phryne's sister, Eliza, is staying with her as she has fallen out with their father but they are not getting on too well.

This is an intriguing and well plotted mystery. I found the insight into Chinese customs fascinating and I loved the ways Lin Chung dealt with some of his distant relatives' problems in Castlemaine. I liked the way past and present are linked in the story and the glimpse the reader gets of life in the nineteenth century during the gold rush.

I find this series an entertaining and absorbing read. I think the characters are well drawn and I like the touches of humour and the ways in which the series characters are developing especially Phryne herself. I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys Carola Dunn's Daisy Dalrymple series.
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This is beautifully read and being a huge fan of the television series, I will be ordering more of these audio books. However, although an exciting and detailed story, with well rounded characters, I found the frequent referrals to ancient Chinese texts at the start of each chapter, strangely annoying.
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By Celio on 18 Mar. 2014
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book that I couldn't put down, even during the day, much against my usual reading pattern. I only ever read novels in bed just before going to sleep. I would recommend the Miss Phyrne Fisher books to any reader who enjoys a thriller scattered with a bit of romance ans some very stylish upper class activities. Hope you enjoy these books as much as I do. I hope Kerry keeps on writing.
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By thebakery on 14 Jan. 2014
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It 's a good read they all are - Please remove the ,minimum required words. What else can I say ??????
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