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15 Mar 2008 Phryne Fisher Mysteries (Paperback)
The fabulous Phryne Fisher, her sister Beth and her faithful maid, Dot, decide that Luna Park is the perfect place for an afternoon of fun and excitement with Phryne's two daughters, Ruth and Jane. But in the dusty dark Ghost Train, amidst the squeals of horror and delight, a mummified bullet-studded corpse falls to the ground in front of them. Phryne Fisher's pleasure trip has definitely become business. Digging into this longstanding mystery takes her to the country town of Castlemaine where it's soon obvious that someone is trying to muzzle her investigations. With unknown threatening assailants on her path, Phryne seems headed for more trouble than usual.... "Greenwood weaves historical data into the plot like gold thread, giving it richness without weighing it down. -Booklist "An unforgettable character, with a heart as big as her pocket-book, a fine disregard for convention and an insatiable appetite for life." -Denver Post "Appealing characters and witty enjoyable caper."- Publishers Weekly Kerry Greenwood is the author of more than 40 novels and the recipient of the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award from the Crime Writers' Association of Australia. -Publishers Weekly

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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: 20.7 x 14.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kerry Greenwood has written more than forty novels, six non-fiction works and is the editor of two collections. She is also the author of the Phryne Fisher mystery series and the Corinna Chapman crime series, several books for young adults and the Delphic Women series. When she is not writing she is an advocate in Magistrates' Court for the Legal Aid Commission. She is not married, has no children and lives with a registered Wizard. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars More excellent Greenwood 24 April 2013
By Cloggie Downunder TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Danger for Phryne 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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Castlemaine Murders 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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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent thriller 18 Mar 2014
By Celio
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read again 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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