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Murder and Mendelssohn: Phryne Fisher's Murder Mysteries 20 (Phryne Fisher series) [Kindle Edition]

Kerry Greenwood
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To the accompaniment of heavenly choirs singing, the fearless Miss Phryne Fisher returns in her 20th adventure with musical score in hand.

An orchestral conductor has been found dead and Detective Inspector Jack Robinson needs the delightfully incisive and sophisticated Miss Fisher's assistance to enter a world in which he is at sea. Hugh Tregennis, not much liked by anyone, has been murdered in a most flamboyant mode by a killer with a point to prove. But how many killers is Phryne really stalking?

At the same time, the dark curls, disdainful air and the lavender eyes of mathematician and code-breaker Rupert Sheffield are taking Melbourne by storm. They've certainly taken the heart of Phryne's old friend from the trenches of WW1, John Wilson. Phryne recognises Sheffield as a man who attracts danger and is determined to protect John from harm.

Even with the faithful Dot, Mr and Mrs Butler, and all in her household ready to pull their weight, Phryne's task is complex. While Mendelssohn's Elijah, memories of the Great War, and the science of deduction ring in her head, Phryne's past must also play its part as MI6 become involved in the tangled web of murders.

A vastly entertaining tale of murder, spies, mathematics and music.

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""Like her heroine, Greenwood has never been more confident and confronting, which leads to the cheering conclusion that while we might applaud TV Phryne's onscreen triumphs, the Phryne of the fiction is dancing to her own inimitable tune.""--Sydney Morning Herald ""Among Phryne's pleasantly dashing adventures (Dead Man's Chest, 2010, etc.), this one stands out for its emphasis on sexual orientation and institutional coverups."""--Kirkus Starred Review "of "Unnatural Habits" ""While no one will confuse this for Dickens, Greenwood's presentation of the horrific conditions in the Magdalen Laundry, an actual place, makes this a refreshing change from the series' sometimes breezy story lines."""--Publishers Weekly "of Unnatural Habits ""Phryne is a highly engaging series protagonist: an aristocrat who came from humble origins, a decorated veteran of the Great War, a pilot, and a sort of proto-feminist who says what's on her mind and absolutely will not tolerate stupidity or arrogance. She feels in many ways like she's been transplanted from a modern-day crime novel: a character created by, say, Janet Evanovich or Lisa Gardner and then transported 90-odd years back in time. And, yet, the period setting works splendidly, making the most of the flapper ahead of her time. Series fans will be delighted, as always, but promotion to newbies could garner Greenwood some new readers, too."""--Booklist "of Unnatural Habits

About the Author

Kerry Greenwood's novels include the Corinna Chapman series and the Phryne Fisher mysteries, recently made into an acclaimed TV program currently in its second series (Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries). She is also the author of many books for young adults, the Delphic Women series and" Out Of The Black Land, " a novel of ancient Egypt." Murder and Mendelssohn" is the 20th Phryne Fisher mystery and her 62nd novel. She is not married, has no children, lives with a registered Wizard, and when she is not writing she stares blankly out the window

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1003 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 146420246X
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (1 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F909E1W
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,216 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder and Mendelssohn 7 Oct. 2013
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Miss Phryne Fisher has been asked to help her friend Jack Robinson, the detective, to investigate the murder of a musical conductor. He thinks Phryne might be able to find out more than he can from the members of the choir. Never averse to a spot of sleuthing, Phryne agrees and joins the choir herself. It is soon clear to her that everyone could have had both motive and opportunity. Attending a lecture on the science of deduction, Phryne meets up with a former lover from the Great War, John Wilson, who is working with the exotic, but cold, Rupert Sheffield.

This is a fascinating and fast paced story which really has to be read to be appreciated and no review could do the plot justice. The writing is crisp and humorous; the background alternates between glamorous and poverty stricken; the characters are interesting and complex and the relationships between them are extremely well done. Nineteen twenties Melbourne comes vividly to life as does the glamorous and resourceful Phryne.

I have read all of this exciting and entertaining series and I think this is probably my favourite so far. There are some absolutely marvellous scenes which I found myself reading and re-reading just to appreciate them to the full. The series can be read out of order but it is probably best to read them in order so that you can appreciate the way the series characters grow and develop. The first book is `Cocaine Blues'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 30 Sept. 2013
By sags
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Read it in a day could not put it down; perfect for a day off. Wonderful to be back in Miss Fisher's world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cute and cosy 24 Feb. 2014
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Ostensibly set in 1920s Australia, this is really one of those books which exists in a fictional faerie-land alongside the Daisy Dalrymple series and all those other books about high-society gels turned detective. Greenwood is clearly enjoying herself hugely in this musical romp as an obnoxious conductor is killed by having a choral score thrust down his throat...

What gives this series a slight edge is the overt sexuality of our heroine who is not averse to inviting various men into her boudoir before having her wicked way with them!

So this is cute and cosy with quirky and eccentric characters - good switch-off comfort reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet melodious murder. 26 April 2015
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Mendelssohn's Elijah, an amateur choir and murdered conductors. Partner goes to sing and solve the murders but her main interest is in an old friend from the Great War who is suffering from unrequited love with a fiendishly attractive prig savant whomakes Sherlock Holmes look like a cuddly sweetie. Phryne solves the mystery, unites lovers, sings like an angel and reminds us how hellish was the Great War for all involved. Poignantly you, the reader, suddenly realise the folk depicted are only ten years away from the next descent into Hades. Weep if you will. I did. Bring on more Miss Greenwood. I could quite see Phryne outsourcing fiendish Nazis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Musical murder 28 May 2014
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Thank you Kerry Greenwood for another cracking good yarn. I have been waiting for this for along time and it was worth it.I love the period details and the fact that there is a darkness behind the story which gives depth, I also know more about Mendelssohn than before and that can only be a good thing.The only downside is that I now have to wait for the next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ravishing Phryne at her best. 9 July 2014
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Inspector Robinson needs help, only Phryne can help. All the family get involved in this adventure. Buy, read and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book 3 Jun. 2014
By janet
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Good book, exciting read.once you started the book you won't put it down.
Do clear Your day before you start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant read 30 April 2014
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once again an excellent miss fisher mystery. i am wondering when the rest of the miss fisher novels are going to be availlable for the kindle, very soon i hope.
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Published 1 month ago by syates
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read, the first I have read by this ...
A good read,the first I have read by this author. I wanted to see if it was as good as the t.v series as I have just bought series 1 and 2 on Dvd, The characters in the book come... Read more
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Published 10 months ago by Pat Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Best yet
I loved this, Phryne gets better and better.
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Love the books, great characters, great plots, always good twists and its interesting to find a less well behaved sleuth
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