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Dead Man's Chest: A Phryne Fisher Mystery (Phryne Fisher Murder Mysteries) Paperback – 1 Oct 2010

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  • 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)
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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

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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.

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charming, lighthearted fluff, perfect vacation book...the best so far in the series, i think...touches upon issues of poverty and class, but avoids sordidness, and rattles along pleasingly...good stuff!
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loved it
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First Sentence: Dot opened her eyes.

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.
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Nowt wrong with three books in one, especially when they are the first three in a wonderful series, featuring the amazing Phryne Fisher - a flapper detective, with great looks, money, charm, hidden depths ... and a real talent for investigation!
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!
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Mar. 2012
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Phryne travels to Sydney - partly to watch the test match - but also to visit the university. Two of the students have secured an introduction to her and want her to try and find out who has stolen various items from a safe as they do not believe their friend, Adam Harcourt is guilty.

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)
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Having watched and greatly enjoyed the series shown on the television, I decided to buy the books. I found the book not only easy to read but the story lines made it un-put-down-able. Adding the rest of the series to my library will be a must
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Mar. 2012
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Phryne Fisher has promised her family a holiday at Queenscliff where she is renting a house from an acquaintance. She has promised there will be no mysteries to investigate but when they arrive at the house and the housekeeper and her husband are not there to welcome them it seems as though her promise might not be fulfilled.

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)
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