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The Green Mill Murder

A Phryne Fisher Mystery
Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
Series: Phryne Fisher, Book 5
Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (65 ratings)
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Summary

Phryne Fisher is doing one of her favorite things -dancing at the Green Mill (Melbourne's premier dance hall) to the music of Tintagel Stone's Jazzmakers, the band who taught St Vitus how to dance. And she's wearing a sparkling lobelia-coloured georgette dress. Nothing can flap the unflappable Phryne -especially on a dance floor with so many delectable partners. Nothing except death, that is.

The dance competition is trailing into its last hours when suddenly, in the middle of "Bye Bye Blackbird" a figure slumps to the ground. No shot was heard. Phryne, conscious of how narrowly the missile missed her own bare shoulder, back, and dress, investigates. This leads her into the dark smoky jazz clubs of Fitzroy, into the arms of eloquent strangers, and finally into the sky, as she follows a complicated family tragedy of the great War and the damaged men who came back from ANZAC cove. Phryne flies her Gypsy Moth Rigel into the Autralian Alps, where she meets a hermit with a dog called Lucky and a wombat living under his bunk.... and risks her life on the love between brothers.

©1993 Kerry Greenwood (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic reviews

"Australian crime fiction is becoming increasingly popular in North America, but Greenwood's series, thanks to its sparkling evocation of how the 1920s roared Down Under, manages to stand apart from the crowd. Anyone who hasn't discovered Phryne Fisher by now should start making up for lost time." ( Booklist)

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  • Kathy
  • 16-04-12

Enjoyable, fast-paced story

What did you love best about The Green Mill Murder?

I loved that this mystery is a light read set in the 1920's. In particular, the author started the story at a dance marathon. Between the written word and wonderful narration, you feel the pain of the remaining dance contestants as they use every last ounce of strength to win the contest.

I love that the characters were likeable and believable. I was surprised by some of the facts of the story. I even checked a couple of them on-line and found that they were accurate for the time period. That was fun!

What does Stephanie Daniel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Ms. Daniel brings the different social spheres to the listener via the wonderful and varied accents she uses. I'm sure the accents were written into the book, but hearing them just enriched the experience of the story. Very well done.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did laugh at times. I felt a sense of wonder at the great outdoor scenes and felt the vastness of the places she describes. Although the plight of shell shocked soldiers was present and very well handled (both in story and narration), it did not devastate me to the point of tears (I take my reading very seriously, folks!). I have had enough tears in my life...I do not need more in my reading!

Any additional comments?

When you are in the mood for a light, well-written mystery, I definitely recommend this book. If the rest of the series is as good as this book, I have many hours of enjoyable listening in my very near future!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Su
  • 10-08-10

The best so far

This is the best Phryne Fisher story that I have heard so far. The mixture of that mad character, history lessons and always tongue-in-cheek story telling works so well,

Stephanie Daniel reads it very well and conveys the story with lightness and that same humour.

It could only be improved by removing those references to changes of CDs!

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  • Nancy J
  • 15-07-13

Phryne Flies Again!

The Green Mill Murder is the fifth Phryne Fisher adventure, and Kerry Greenwood has created a great plot involving an inventive murder method, a dance marathon, the killing of the wrong man, Phryne as intrepid aviatrix flying over the outback and the Australian Alps, and meeting a hermit who has been legally declared dead. Along the way we encounter blackmail, jealousy, an extremely dysfunctional family and attempted fratricide., and I can assure you that this book is lots of fun!

The descriptions of the outback and the extremely rough terrain of the mountains are particularly vivid. As usual, Phryne gets to the bottom of all the mysterious matters that crop up with elan and dash while distributing large doses of friendship, love and kindness to just about any person who needs them.

Stephanie Daniel does her usual excellent job of narration, employing a number of voices and accents. Some reviewers have complained about her singing. While her singing in the Phryne books is not the most beautiful I have ever heard, it is also not the worst. I think the suggestion of hiring a professional singer is a bit much, considering that the singing is a very small percentage of the text. Besides, I fear that the resulting increase in production costs would be passed along in a price increase for consumers.

This really is one of the really good Phryne Fisher books. Enjoy!!

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  • Rebecca
  • 21-02-19

A fun look into 1920s jazz

I really love the tone of the Phrynie books. There is this wonderful sense of balance to the character's manners, logic, and sense of justice. This book also has a lovely sense of mood, balancing the horrors of the Great War with the jovial party of the jazz scene

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  • making my great escape
  • 08-03-18

Another winner from Kerry Greenwood

Carrie Greenwood has such great knowledge of not only Australia but history after world war I. She does such an exquisite job of describing in detail the Unique Australian outback one moment, then all the gear a early Aviator would need in the next moment. Yes, the plots are tidy in her story but sometimes that can be a refreshing break after reading books of the worlds uglyness and war as I’m often reading.

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  • Emily in GA
  • 03-09-17

Very solid and enjoyable story!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Green Mill Murder to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version, but I do think that the narrator has a good range of voices and variety. The only issue I had was the Southern American accent. That's probably because I'm a Southerner, so the accent was quite off to me. Other than that, the reading is excellent.

I wish the books weren't so short though!

Which scene was your favorite?

I really liked the description of flying and the plane-- I knew nothing about a Gypsy Moth plane, so I had to look it up.

Any additional comments?

There are very nice moments with the author at the end of the book too, so you can hear about her inspirations, and find out about details in the story. I like that the recording studio included those.

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  • L. K. Hussey
  • 02-03-17

Wonderful Miss Fisher

As with all the stories, it is beautifully written and wonderfully narrated! There are distinct voices and great descriptions.

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  • Crispin Haskins
  • 23-01-16

Best so far!

I've been going through all of the Miss Fisher Mysteries in order and this one is the best so far. What a story! ...and the performance is excellent as always.

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  • loie weidner
  • 24-11-12

First time reader

Where does The Green Mill Murder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book ranks in about the middle of my reading list. I have listened to over 200 books and many different readers.

What other book might you compare The Green Mill Murder to and why?

Because it takes place in Australia and makes reference to many local areas and establishments, I would liken it to Alexander McCall Smith's series The No. 1 Ladies
Detection Agency. Both series are interesting to listen, informative and well read.

Which scene was your favorite?

I thought the description of Phryne flying over the Australian Alps was very good. There were many scenes, that for different reasons, were delightful to hear about. I could feel Victor's need for silence and the pain of the last dancers.

Any additional comments?

It took me a while to get into the reader Stephanie Daniel. It seemed that while I was getting use to the accent many characters were introduced. At first, I wasn't sure that I would like this book. However, I am glad that I finished it.

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  • Judith Davis
  • 03-04-12

Kerry Greenwood and Stephanie Daniel - unbeatable!

What made the experience of listening to The Green Mill Murder the most enjoyable?

Stephanie Daniel's performance brings the characters to life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Phryne Fisher has become one of my favorite fictional characters. Kerry Greenwood has written her with sympathy, panache, and lots of tongue-in-cheek. I confess, however, that my second favorite character is Mr. Butler, the butler.

What about Stephanie Daniel???s performance did you like?

Her performance is exceptional. She does not narrate, she performs. I sometimes need to remind myself that there is only one actor and not a whole cast. Her timing is excellent, and her portrayals are superb. I can't imagine anyone else performing Phryne. And she has a way with accents. They are natural and unaffected, adding to the realism of the performance.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Her sympathetic portrayal of shell-shocked soldiers is moving.

Any additional comments?

I have listened to many of Stephanie Daniel's performances of the Phryne Fisher books, and while I think Death by Water is my favorite, this ranks right up there with the best.

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