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Murder on a Midsummer Night: Phryne Fisher's Murder Mysteries 17: A Phryne Fisher Mystery (Phryne Fisher series) [Kindle Edition]

Kerry Greenwood
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'I must say Jack, I have been in some awful company before - I have dined with torturers and Apaches and strict Plymouth Brethren and politicians - but I never met such vile company as those people. Each in his or her own way, they were frightful.'

Melbourne, 1929. The year starts off for glamorous private investigator Phryne Fisher with a rather trying heat wave and more mysteries than you could prod a parasol at. Simultaneously investigating the apparent suicide death of a man on St Kilda beach and trying to find a lost, illegimate child who could be heir to a wealthy old woman's fortune, Phryne needs all her wits about her, particularly when she has to tangle with a group of thoroughly unpleasant Bright Young Things.

But Phryne Fisher is a force of nature, and takes in her elegant stride what might make others quail, including terrifying s ances, ghosts, Kif smokers, the threat of human sacrifices, dubious spirit guides and maps to buried pirate treasure ...

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"Cleverly plotted and one of one of Greenwood's best in this long-running historical series." -"Library Journal" of "Murder on a Midsummer Night""Phryne's devoted following will rejoice as she glides through dangerous situations and survives the sizzling summer in inimitable style." -"Kirkus Reviews" of "Murder on a Midsummer Night""Phryne on the rampage makes for fine entertainment all on its own, but Greenwood effectively combines her inimitable heroine's antics with thought-provoking details about the struggles of women in the 1920s, forced to adjust to the loss of the unprecedented independence they had enjoyed during the war. This series is the best Australian import since Nicole Kidman, and Phryne is the flashiest new female sleuth in the genre." -"Booklist" Starred Review of "Away With the Fairies"

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"Miss Fisher has beauty, brains and oodles of style … a well-constructed novel that enchants, excites, enthrals and entertains." (Good Reading Magazine)

"Greenwood's classy British whodunit, set in Melbourne, Australia, in 1929 once again features the young, irrepressible private eye Phryne Fisher. With the help of her eager coterie of snoops, including down-to-earth housekeeper Dot and Phryne's adopted daughters, they delve into a suicide that could be a homicide and the hunt for the illegitimate heir to a fortune. The superb Stephanie Daniel, who has been down the road with Phryne many times before, shines as the smart, sharp-tongued, but totally likable, sleuth; her no-nonsense housekeeper; and a group of vulgar 'bright young things'. This seventeenth in the series is as crisp, clever, and thoroughly enjoyable as ever." (AudioFile Magazine)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 457 KB
  • Print Length: 269 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1590586328
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (3 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003KK5RR8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,799 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder & mayhem in Melbourne 18 Dec. 2008
By Lynette Baines VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Melbourne at the beginning of 1928 is suffering through a heatwave. Phryne Fisher, private investigator, becomes involved in two very different cases. Augustine Manifold's mother is convinced that his death by drowning was murder, not suicide as the police think. Kathleen Bonnetti has died a rich woman, leaving her fortune to her children, but she hasn't specified that only her legitimate children can inherit, and there was a missing year in her youth when she may have had an illegitimate child. Phryne is a perfect fantasy figure, rich, young, beautiful & clever. With her adopted daughters, Jane & Ruth, faithful companion, Dot, gorgeous lover, Lin Chung & the rest of her friends, she sets out to illuminate the mysteries of Melbourne in the 20s. Kerry Greenwood's descriptions of clothes & food are very seductive & this is an exciting fast-paced mystery for lovers of the traditional crime novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A heatwave and two investigations 19 Mar. 2012
By Damaskcat HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A heat wave is affecting Melbourne at the start of 1929 and trying Phryne Fisher's patience. Two new cases for her to investigate arrive virtually at the same time.

A devastated mother wants her to investigate the apparent death by suicide of her beloved son and a lawyer wants her to try and find an illegitimate child who is one of the heirs to a fortune. Warring families and thoroughly nasty Bright Young Things are doing their best to disrupt her investigations.

Phryne vows to take her whole family away on holiday once the two cases are settled. I really enjoyed this complex story and loved the ending with the seance organised by Phryne's lover Lin Chung. It was nice to see more of Phryne's two adopted daughters, Jane and Ruth and also to see Dot, her companion, playing a part in the investigations.

If you enjoy crime stories with interesting and likeable characters and complex plots then you may enjoy this series. Each book can stand on its own but it helps to read them in order so that you can see how the series characters develop. The first book in the series is Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher Mysteries)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent dose of Phryne mystery. 4 May 2014
By Cloggie Downunder TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Murder on a Midsummer Night is the seventeenth book in the popular Phryne Fisher series by Australian author, Kerry Greenwood. As 1929 begins with a very hot spell, Phryne is asked by her sister, Eliza to investigate a death the police believe a suicide. Mrs Manifold is convinced her son, Augustine did not take his own life. An Old Wares dealer who was much loved by clients, friends and staff, Augustine was excited about a discovery that would buy his beloved mother a house and see him independent very soon. Certain irregularities in the pathology report have Phryne intrigued. A group of obnoxious and rather dangerous Bright Young Things that Phryne encounters at Augustine’s funeral head her list of suspects. At the same time, Phryne is visited by a barrister for a well-to-do family whose matriarch has left a puzzling will. Phryne is engaged to find a possible heir to the estate hitherto unknown. This excellent instalment features a Harley rider with a grudge, a Professor of languages, Cec’s cousin Cedric, a haughty butler, a failing businessman, some ageing thespians, a nun, a cache of gold coins and a blackmailer. Phyrne attends a Requiem mass, holds a séance, reads a diary written in code, escapes a bunch of kif smokers, visits a funeral parlour and hosts a birthday party. As usual, Mr and Mrs Butler provide at-home support while Dot, Jane, Eliza and her friend, Lady Alice, Bert and Cec, Jack and Lin Chung all take an active part in the various investigations. Another excellent dose of Phryne mystery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Murder on a Midsummer Night 26 Nov. 2013
By Damaskcat HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
A heat wave is affecting Melbourne at the start of 1929 and trying Phryne Fisher's patience. Two new cases for her to investigate arrive virtually at the same time.

A devastated mother wants her to investigate the apparent death by suicide of her beloved son and a lawyer wants her to try and find an illegitimate child who is one of the heirs to a fortune. Warring families and thoroughly nasty Bright Young Things are doing their best to disrupt her investigations.

Phryne vows to take her whole family away on holiday once the two cases are settled. I really enjoyed this complex story and loved the ending with the seance organised by Phryne's lover Lin Chung. It was nice to see more of Phryne's two adopted daughters, Jane and Ruth and also to see Dot, her companion, playing a part in the investigations.

If you enjoy crime stories with interesting and likeable characters and complex plots then you may enjoy this series. Each book can stand on its own but it helps to read them in order so that you can see how the series characters develop. The first book in the series is `Cocaine Blues'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great tale. 16 Aug. 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Love the Phryne Fisher mystery series. Nearly have them
all. Great stories. Kerry Greenwood knows how to write a
good murder mystery,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scenes and seances. 17 April 2015
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Partner just blows you away...the sexiest most fashionable and witty flapper in 1920's Melbourne. Here she is solving two cases; a long lost illegitimate child and a murdered man with key to antique treasure, all with echoes of the Great War. Along the way we have delicious food, lovely dresses, intoxicating drinks, a terrifying seance and of course the gorgeous Lin to hold Phryne's hand...and other parts too. Sheer pleasure. Get it and enjoy!
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3.0 out of 5 stars a bit slow
a bit of a slow-down, catching up, threading water, middle part...maybe plots are hard to think of? still charming, and for devoted phryne-fans, fun to read... Read more
Published 1 month ago by april
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 months ago by Julie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 months ago by diane heap
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Excellent set of books have read them all in order without reading anything else. Funny too, good characters and descriptions
Published 6 months ago by susan swindley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
highly recommended
Published 6 months ago by Susan McCallum
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
No complaints as always a first class service
Published 7 months ago by syates
5.0 out of 5 stars Phryne WOWS again !!!
Wonderful holiday and anytime read. I love murder mysteries but sometimes the " gore" gets a bit too much Phryne Fisher does it all with such panache and style. Read more
Published 10 months ago by ginny
4.0 out of 5 stars Spooky
This story is more in keeping with the author's usual style. All the usual family members are present together with all the characters involved in the story. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Miss A.D. Stevenson
3.0 out of 5 stars bit boring
Got a bit bogged down half way through, too much info on irrelevant stuff and lost track of the plot, a bit boring in places to be honest, not the usual standard
Published 11 months ago by Mrs L Tidmarsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Phryne adventure 17
please keep them coming they are a really excellent read for any time anywhere even on the plane to America
Published 13 months ago by Chevalier de Fer
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