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on 28 July 2010
this is an excellent book, but some copies of the poisoned pen edition are missing the last section. although these copies do end at the end of a chapter, so there is a sense of conclusion, the mystery itself appears to remain unsolved. as my copy was second-hand i didn't feel comfortable asking the publisher to replace it, but i emailed them explaining the situation and they sent me a pdf file of the missing section. i would advise anyone who in the same situation to do the same. i realise this isn't precisely a review of the book (which i did love), but i noticed a lot of confusion over the ending (or lack thereof) in the reviews and thought it would be helpful to provide an answer.
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There is a dance marathon taking place at the Green Mill - a nightclub. Phryne Fisher is visiting the club with her rather unsatisfactory swain, Charles Freeman when one of the contestants falls down dead. Charles decamps leaving Phryne to eye up the rather delectable banjo player and to try and work out how it was done.

Charles Freeman's doting mother engages Phryne to try and clear his name because the police suspect him of the murder. Charles's elder brother took off into the bush some years before, suffering from the after effects of shell shock and Mrs Freeman asks Phryne to try and track him down.

I really enjoyed this book with its exciting flight and days in the bush. One of the most endearing characters is a wombat kept as a pet. This is a thoughtful and amusing book with some thought provoking things to say about suffocating families and city or country living. The murder almost takes second place to Phryne's appetite for adventure but I found it a very satisfying and enjoyable read. This enjoyable and well written story started with Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher Mysteries)
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on 4 May 2013
I have never met a Kerry greenwood I haven't liked. The divine Miss Fisher attends the final hour of a dance marathon, only for one of the contestants to drop dead at her feet and her partner to disappear!
This annoys our heroine and she is determined to get to the route of the problem. As usual she is helped by the wonderful Dot, gets advice from Bert and Cec on the Great War and finds herself deep up country trying to find a lost brother.
The wonderfully eccentric character of Phryne Fisher is immensely enjoyable and you want her to succed in helping those that deserve her aid and punishing the villains. Which she does of course as stylishly as ever.
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Phryne Fisher is having an evening out with Charles Freeman at the Green Mill when a man taking part in a dance marathon is killed in front of her. Phryne soon finds herself involved in the case as she is employed by Charles' mother to find the murderer. Charles her favourite son is also the police's favoured suspect for the murder.

This is an exciting story with some positively hair raising flying adventures for Phryne herself as she tries to find a missing person. But there is humour along the way with a single-minded pet wombat. This mystery mainly involves Phryne with only brief appearances by her household and her two adopted daughters.

I enjoyed this fifth episode in the series and it definitely bears re-reading as this is the second time I have read it and it is every bit as the first time round. If you want an adventure story with plenty of mystery then try this - it can be read as a standalone novel or as part of a series.
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on 17 March 2015
Miss Greenwood makes you care about her people. She writes a rattling good mystery with plenty of action and shocking behaviour. In this one we have perilous flying, jazz blues, the mother from Hell and mournful echoes of the war to end all wars. Plus Phryne gets to lay yet another delectable man. Throw in some gorgeous designer clothes, a trip into the back of beyond, and there you have another five star Miss Fisher yarn. Fair dinkum!
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on 17 May 2015
Phryne is out and about in this book. Some good jazz is being played at the Green Mill as a dance marathon is coming to its conclusion. Only the end arrives spectacularly when one of the male dancers is murdered. The young man that is Phrynes escort promptly leaves the club through the bathroom window. Plenty of twists and turns, including a flight into the mountains that is death defying. Altogether a really good book.
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on 28 October 2014
Quite enjoyable and an easy read. It takes us back to the start of the 'Blues' music period, with larger than life characters! The usual family members are there, together with a few new folks. Gives details of the first 'Moth' planes and a tour of the Australian outback, complete with romance.
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on 7 May 2013
I love this series by Kerry Greenwood. Phrynne Fisher is feisty and rather different to the usual heroine insofar as she is sexualily immoral but very moral in other areas of her life.. The books are all light in tone but well plotted and the supporting players are 3-dimensional characters.
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on 24 May 2015
as always, interesting story, good settings, charming heroine, good secondary characters, well-paced plot and satisfying ending....the text marred by silly typos/misprints...not many, i counted five, but there should not be any at all...the book is not cheap, so it should have been perfect...and one silly small factual mistake: nerine is myopic, and when she puts her glasses on, her eyes "appear huge", they would not...lenses for myopics seem to shrink the eyes, for an observer...on the whole, a good read...i like the australian setting, and i like phryne...i am reading the whole series, book by book, and looking forward to the next one...thank you, ms greenwood...
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on 23 August 2013
We hear a lot about how British soldiers had a hard time in the trenches in WWI and I know we must always remember it, but in this book Kerry Greenwood gives us an insight into the terrible slaughter of Australian soldiers at Gallipolli and other places. I found this a very good story, Phryne's lone flight into the Australian mountains was a very brave thing for anyone to do in the 1920's but for a woman it was exceedingly so. I can imagine Dot's concern over her mistress's adventures, she seems to get more reckless in each book.. Trouble is I have read so many that I am nearly at the end of the Phryne Fisherr mysteries. Please Kerry can we have some more.
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