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
"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)
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover
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!!
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.
As with all the stories, it is beautifully written and wonderfully narrated! There are distinct voices and great descriptions.
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