- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: Allen & Unwin; Main edition (1 Oct. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1742373380
- ISBN-13: 978-1742373386
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 342,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dead Man's Chest: A Phryne Fisher Mystery (Phryne Fisher Murder Mysteries) Paperback – 1 Oct 2010
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Greenwood's strength lies in her ability to create characters that are wholly satisfying: the bad guys are bad, and the good guys are great. Vogue Elegant, fabulously wealthy and sharp as a tack, Phryne sleuths with customary panache... [she is] irresistibly charming The Age Phryne Fisher is gutsy and adventurous, and endowed with plenty of grey matter. West Australian In a word: delightful Herald Sun
The unflappable Phryne is off on a quiet seaside holiday - surely they won't be disturbed by a murder... --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Product description
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The Honorable Phryne Fisher, private investigator, takes her family on vacation to a house she's been lent in Queenscliff, Australia. The owner had promised Phryne, her maid Dot, adopted daughters Ruth and Jane, and dog Molly, would be well looked after by Mr. and Mrs. Johnson. However, when they arrive, the Johnson's and their possessions are gone, the larder is completely empty and the back door wide open. The family settles in to make do while Phryne tries to find out what's happened to the Johnsons, and the girls are concerned about the phantom snipper who is cutting off girl's braids.
From the very first page, you glean an insight into several of the principal characters. From the first few pages, you can't help but love Phryne. My opinion has not changed; I really to want to be Phryne Fisher when I grow up.
Phryne was not born to money, so she knows hard times, but through twists of fate, is now titled, wealthy and very independent. She is kind, protective of those less fortunate, impatient with fools, has no tolerance for bigots, intelligent, observant, shoots, flies a plane, can defend herself and has a non-emotional attitude toward sex. Greenwood skillfully provides insight into those surrounding Phryne with simple descriptions of their bedrooms, including the fact that Jane reads Dorothy L Sayers.
It is fun to look at the 1920s through Fisher's eyes. We see the impact of the War, learn about the surrealists--which did lead to a conversation that was a bit esoteric for me--see an early film being made, and are treated to a view of life in Australia in this time. Greenwood creates such a strong sense of place with descriptions, she paints a visual scene.Read more ›
Written with verve and style, the series is addictive. The mysteries are well-plotted and imaginative, the characterisations are deep. I'd highly recommend this 3-in-1 book as a fair representation of a great series!
Phryne soon decides she agrees with them. There is a sub plot involving Dot Williams Phryne's companion and maid. Dot wants to visit her sister who lives in Sydney but finds she has disappeared and her husband does not know where she is.
There are some marvellous characters in this well written mystery story and many secrets will need to be revealed before the crimes are solved and people can get on with their lives. I enjoyed the background of Egyptian magic and ritual and Phryne makes a marvellous re-incarnation of the goddess Isis.
I thought the plot was more complex than some books in this series and I found I stayed up late to finish it because I had to know what happened and how it was resolved.
As ever Phryne finds a new lover and it isn't one of the most obvious candidates either. It was nice to see Dot playing a bigger part in the story and I thought the solution to her problems was very well done. This is an entertaining mystery which is part of a series but can be read as a standalone story.
The first book in the series is Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher Mysteries)
Pirates, buried treasure, locked rooms, missing people, a gang of louts and a mystery pig tail snipper not to speak of an elderly lady who sits at her window and watches the world go by and a house full of Surrealists make for a crowded and fast paces plot. This is a light hearted story with plenty to keep the reader interested. There are many amusing touches and I particularly enjoyed the evening Phryne spends with the Surrealists - her temporary next door neighbours.
I liked reading about Jane and Ruth, Phryne's adopted daughters and Dot also plays a bigger part in this story than she does in some of the books in the series. Her fiancé, Hugh Collins comes to visit on what turns out to be a busman's holiday for him. This is an enjoyable read which could be read as a standalone story though it is preferable to read the whole series in the right order to see how the characters develop. The first one in the series is Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher Mysteries)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another great read from one of my new favourite authors - captures the era - who cares if it is entirely accurate or not , Phryne is great.Published 7 months ago by grace
This is the 18th book in the series and though not the worst ( that one goes to Death before Wicket) it just didn't grip me. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bordly
Loved the tv series so wanted to "go back" to the beginning. an excellent readPublished 14 months ago by Lesley A.