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The fabulous Phryne - she of the Lulu bob, Cupid's Bow lips and a pearl-handled pistol in her garter - is back! The 1920s most elegant and irrepressible sleuth returns for her 17th adventure.

Melbourne, Australia, 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 seances, ghosts, Kif smokers, the threat of human sacrifices, dubious spirit guides and maps to buried pirate treasure...

©2008 Kerry Greenwood (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing

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Another great story by Kerry Greenwood

I always enjoy the atmospheric writing of Kerry Greenwood. She transports you to the racy 20's, with an Australian flavour. This book was no exception.

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Great, light-hearted mystery

I love this series. My only complaint is I’m going to run out soon. Not for you if you’re looking for clever, psychological crime stories full of twists and turns but fun listening.

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Really enjoyed this book. Excellent narrative.

Looking forward to more adventures with Phryne Fisher and Jack Robinson in St Kilda Australia.

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  • Gael
  • 17-09-16

one of my favorites in this series

series evokes period and Australia..characters keep evolving. love this series and recommend to start at beginning

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  • Coffee Lover
  • 22-08-21

Not one of her best!

I have read every Phryne Fisher book out there except this one and I hate to say it but this was a big disappointment. In a word, it was just dull. Way too much atmosphere and descriptions of sybaritic lifestyle and way too little action or suspense. I also have to say that I much prefer the televised versions of these books (the originals-not the “new” Miss Fisher). I think Greenwood missed the boat by not introducing the sexual tension between Phryne and Jack Robinson in her books as they did in the televised stories. In the books Jack comes across as very two dimensional and the delicious chemistry between them and their marvelously adversarial relationship just doesn’t exist. So none of the books are as good as the TV versions but this one wasn’t really worth even listening to.

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  • SAF48
  • 06-03-21

Another great Miss Fisher mystery

I love the whole series and the narration is always spot on. And as always, Miss Fisher and friends are dealing with multiple mysteries and issues. They are always resolved in a way where justice is done and participants who are hurt are healed.

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  • Voracious Reader
  • 21-09-20

Ghosts & Seances & Bribery & Illegitimacy Oh My!

First Phryne's sister Eliza, now happily partnered with Lady Alice and doing good works, particularly among the downtrodden women on the streets, brings Phryne a case. Augustine Manifold drowned, and his death has been declared a suicide, but his mother is sure he was murdered. She says he swam like a fish and didn't drink. Her son was her everything and the rather scary old woman is determined to get justice for him. Augustine was an enterprising self-educated man who recognized valuable items when he saw them and made a comfortable living buying one man's junk and selling it to the man whose treasure it was, but he may have been on the trail of a major find that would enable him buy his mother a house and live separately from her.

Phryne has another case as well. A lawyer. Mr. Adami, hesitates to settle Mrs. Bonnetti's estate because she specified in her will that the estate is to be divided among "all my children," without naming them. Phryne's review of the Mrs. Bonnetti's girlhood suggests an illegitimate child before her marriage to an older man from whom she inherited. Something else is also wrong in the estate besides ancient history: There's a butler who seems to take liberties, a grown up "child" who seems to be drugged all the time, and a family patriarch who doesn't seem to protect his siblings, particularly a woman married to a bully and wastrel. There's also a strong scent of blackmail and it also appears looting of the estate is ongoing. One of the children is now a nun, so Phryne starts her investigation there, because that progeny would have no pecuniary motive to inherit.

In the Manifold case, Pryne attends a frightening party from which she barely escapes. All of these people seem dangerous and one or more or the group may have combined to kill Manifold. It is the only time in all the books I've ever seen Phryne seem afraid. And, indeed, one man in the group subsequently shows up at Phryne's house begging for protection, fearing he'll be murdered.

Phryne's investigations lead her to some the likely father of the illegitimate child of Mrs. Bonnetti and two delightful characters who are old actors. The Bonnetti case triggers to a string of afternoon interruptions, with one visitor alternately threatening Phryne and trying to bribe her. After she settles that case, with MANY revelations, Phryne gets Lin Chung's "magical" (communication from beyond the grave) help to solve the mystery of Augustine Manifold's drowning death.

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  • M.K. Davies
  • 19-06-16

Great story; Great performance

Narrator is wonderful. She brings the characters & their spirit alive. A performance vs narration.

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  • Mysteria
  • 01-09-15

Excellent vocal range.

I feel like I just experienced a Melbourne summer and wish that I could have one of Mr. Butler's miraculous concoctions. Richly described and perfectly read.

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  • Megan
  • 07-05-14

The personality of Phryne in a voice.

Would you consider the audio edition of Murder on a Midsummer Night to be better than the print version?

Yes. I was surprised because when I've read Greenwood's Phryne Fisher mysteries I've always enjoyed them, but Ms.Daniel really brings Phryne to life! (She's wonderful with all the characters - giving them distinct voices and inflections.)

Who was your favorite character and why?

Phryne is always my favorite, but Eliza had some amusing dialog in the first few chapters, occasionally battling with her socialist principles.

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Too many to have a favorite.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but I want to do that with ALL of them!

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  • Elisa Buch
  • 20-12-13

A good story overall

I think the sexual content is unnecessary because the story is good without that. I love all of the period details.

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  • Tanya
  • 06-08-13

This series is fun!

It is such a light and fun read. I enjoyed this as much as the first. I love the narrator. She is perfect.

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  • The White Knight
  • 24-10-17

All characters were fine except for:

The voice of Jack Robinson was too grouf. As it didn’t fit the character, who was a gentle man in his ways