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The Castlemaine Murders

A Phryne Fisher Mystery
Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
Series: Phryne Fisher, Book 13
Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (63 ratings)
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Summary

Phryne Fisher is back - as smart and as sassy as ever.

Phryne Fisher, her sister Beth, and her faithful maid Dot take a trip to an amusement park with Phryne's two daughters Ruth and Jane. But in the dusty dark Ghost Train, a mummified bullet-studded corpse falls to the ground in front of them. Digging to the bottom of this long-standing mystery takes her to the country town of Castlemaine where it soon becomes obvious that someone is trying to muzzle her investigations. Meanwhile, Phryne's lover Lin Chung has his own mystery to solve.

©2003 Kerry Greenwood (P)2004 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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"Appealing characters and witty banter make for an enjoyable caper." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Good fun.

The Castlemaine Murders was excellent. I have read many of the Phryne Fisher books before, but this is the first time I have listened to an audiobook version. Stephanie Daniel was superb, the characters interesting and the story compelling. I finished it in two days, sat in our garden with the sun shining and the smell of the hyacinths surrounding me. Highly recommended.

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  • Kimberly
  • 12-12-15

A good Phyrne story, but gets bogged down w side story

As with most of the Phryne Fisher stories, there are two main stories that end up converging. One involves a mummified body that Phryne is trying to sort out the origins of while fending off the usual warnings and threats to her life and household while she wades through the clues, and the second involves an old family feud between Lin Chung's family and another Chinese family. The former story is compelling; I found the latter story less so, and unfortunately Ms. Greenwood chose to make Lin's story take the lion's share of the book. It just didn't keep me as involved in the story as Phyrne's adventures usually do. I felt the spark was missing from much of this story. Stephanie Daniel's narration is great, as usual, but not certain I'll be returning to listen to this again many times. Just not my cup of tea. Typical nice scenes though with Phyrne's household members sprinkled throughout - just not enough of those scenes.

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  • Sue Schulz
  • 18-10-15

Miss Fisher Triumphs Again

Absolutely love this series and its characters. Greenwood captures your attention with descriptions that make you feel like you are present in each scene. Twists and turns, lust and romance, steadfast friendships are the icing on the cake for each novel in the Miss Fisher series. Enjoy!

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  • Rae Y
  • 28-05-15

Great story!

I loved the story, the way in which the plot came together and the reading was quite entertaining!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-04-15

Excellent Narration

Stephanie Daniel is excellent! She does multiple voices and accents easily. I'm addicted to the Phryne series - books and TV show. Lots of fun, mystery, and woman power!

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  • Zeta Heiter
  • 04-12-14

I wished I liked it better

What did you like best about The Castlemaine Murders? What did you like least?

I loved the Phryne sections, but the Chinese sections seemed too disjointed and were a distraction. It was like reading two books at once and it didn't work for me. I eventually started fast forwarding through the Lin Chung sections because they became less and less interesting as the book went on.

Would you ever listen to anything by Kerry Greenwood again?

Absolutely.

Do you think The Castlemaine Murders needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No thank you.

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  • Dandylion
  • 29-07-13

twisted sister

Phryne's sister is making her presence known ,and the very cool clam and collected Mr Lin Chung ,is playing peace maker between his family and the whoo's ,personally I could have lived with out this ,the slow pace of the elderly Chinese foke was starting to erk me.I never mind the appearance of the lovely Mr Lin but I just found myself wishing the tale would get back to our heroin .Stephine Daniels is never disappointing but having said this if this your first book in the sires your thinking of buying I would start closer to the beginning.

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  • S. Sarabasha
  • 06-01-11

Phryne wins again

I just love these characters and the feminist viewpoint of the author. So well written with a great vocabulary.

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  • Victoria
  • 15-03-17

Appreciate the history.

I have been a huge fan od Miss Fisher, of her style, feminism and sense of adventure. As a Chinese American fromCalifornia, I have heard many stories of the hardship and racism endured by my ancestors. I really appr

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  • cheri
  • 01-03-17

BRAVO Miss Fisher!

I watched many episodes on TV. Already loved the series. Really top quality narrator. Her varied character voices , cadence and voice quality reminded me of old radio where they actually employed many actors for màny voices. Storyline weaves two time periods together as Miss Fisher's Chinese lover seeks the truth behind a theft of 400 ounces of gold from his family some seventy years ago. The author smoothly transitions between English involvement with the missing gold and the Chinese families directly impacted by this suspectec theft. Miss Fisher is the "unflappable flapper" , really over the top, and other cliches from the 1920s as she boldly , sometimes elegantly savagely, confronts and stops deception and cruelty and saves a lot of her loved ones as well.

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  • Ce
  • 14-12-16

The Castlemaine Murders is simply my favorite of all.

Of all the Phrynie Fisher series, this one is by far my favorite...I have it in both book and audiobook versions. I really enjoy the interaction among all the characters, especially, Lin with the Elders. I think it is the added Chinese culture and verbal exchanges that fascinates me most with this particular story. Would like more of it in future books. As for Stephanie Daniel's narration, she cannot be topped, at least in my opinion. Just pure and simply, I always return to The Castlemaine Murders, especially my unabridged audio version (which is tied in to my book), whenever I'm driving.

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