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Murder in the Dark: A Phryne Fisher Mystery | [Kerry Greenwood]

Murder in the Dark: A Phryne Fisher Mystery

The delectable Phryne Fisher has been invited to the Last Best party of 1928. When three of the guests are kidnapped, Phryne finds she must puzzle her way through the scavenger hunt clues to retrieve the hostages. This is another sparkling mystery from Australia's Queen of Crime, Kerry Greenwood.
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Publisher's Summary

The delectable Phryne Fisher has been invited to the Last Best party of 1928. When three of the guests are kidnapped, Phryne finds she must puzzle her way through the scavenger hunt clues to retrieve the hostages. This is another sparkling mystery from Australia's Queen of Crime, Kerry Greenwood.

©2006 Kerry Greenwood; (P)2007 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"Brimming with glamour, high life, and a hint of debauchery, Greenwood's series delivers a literary glass of champagne, lifting readers' spirits while tickling their fancies." (Booklist US)

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    helen melbourne, Australia 05-12-13
    helen melbourne, Australia 05-12-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Phryne is sublime!!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love the Phyrne Fisher mysteries, though very Australian they are good fun and entertaining stories. Phyrne is such a lady of character, charm and has a determination that is unstoppable. Her wealth is also something that provides her with opportunities not usually given to the common classes and this gives us a glimpse into the varied roles that many people had in those days.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I am sorry to say Please Stephanie don't sing....by the end of the book I was cringing - when Stephanie is not reciting a sung poem she is actually very entertaining to listen to!


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

    As I had read the book already it was something that I didn't mind putting down and coming back to...had it been my first time maybe I wouldn't have put it down.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura San Jose, CA, United States 05-06-13
    Laura San Jose, CA, United States 05-06-13 Member Since 2013

    Business woman, creative with music and fabric/leather arts, avid listener (I can sew while I listen!).

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    "Delightful Fluff"
    If you could sum up Murder in the Dark in three words, what would they be?

    Delightful period fluff


    What did you like best about this story?

    This was an easy listen, with a fun plot involving richly described locations and characters you can actually like as well as enough plot twists to keep you on your toes.


    Have you listened to any of Stephanie Daniel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 04-25-13
    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 04-25-13 Member Since 2004

    I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.

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    "I'll avoid Phryne Fisher tales in future."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who is interested in the past antics of the incredibly rich English might find this more enthralling than I did.


    Has Murder in the Dark turned you off from other books in this genre?

    The genre is mystery, which I enjoy, but I'll avoid this author in future.


    Have you listened to any of Stephanie Daniel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    unsure


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    it has a bit of entertainment value


    Any additional comments?

    no

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy 12-19-12
    Sandy 12-19-12

    Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.

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    "Captures the 'eccentricity' of the time"

    Well I liked Stephanie's singing !

    The ditties are reflective of many a home of the late 20's ( in Australia) and not everyone had the best melodious voice. Most people did sing. While later generations may like to think they discovered feminism and sexual freedom they are wrong. While this is light listening it does attempt to describe what some people did do for fun and pleasure.

    The people concerned may have been rich and infamous as in this story, and even to this day there are the odd references to similar events.
    These days the 3 or 4 day festivals are annual events, and some people in the 'olden days' also had their fun over a few days. The story is about a time before The Great Depression and set between Christmas and New Year.

    This is not my favourite Kerry Greenwood story even though I thought Stephanie Daniel did a great job reading it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy 07-25-12
    Nancy 07-25-12
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    "boring"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    perverts perhaps although they would just as likely rent an adult movie.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kerry Greenwood again?

    no not ever. The story was not at all interesting. There was no mystery. The gratuitous sex was neither shocking nor believable.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Murder in the Dark?

    all of it- sorry it just was not at all good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Norma Glenmoore, PA, United States 07-09-12
    Norma Glenmoore, PA, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "not the best of series"
    What disappointed you about Murder in the Dark?

    Couldn't stand all the singing. Too much sexual content. Not really a mystery.


    Has Murder in the Dark turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I have listened to almost all the other stories in the series. I didn't do them in order. If i had listened to this one first i would not have gone on. Really not to my taste at all.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephanie Daniel?

    Don't know.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Murder in the Dark?

    The singing and sex scenes. I'm not a prude, but i don't like soft porn.


    Any additional comments?

    No other comments

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Megan Holt, Australia 01-02-12
    Megan Holt, Australia 01-02-12
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    "Phryne is great company"
    What made the experience of listening to Murder in the Dark the most enjoyable?

    I listened to this on a long road trip and it made the boring driving trip pass quickly and almost painlessly - the pain came from the singing - as stated by another reviewer I couldn't turn the volume down quickly enough to ease my pain. I cannot state enough how much I hated the singing.


    What other book might you compare Murder in the Dark to and why?

    I love all of the Phryne Fisher books - they are great fun - and prove to be a good listen too.


    Which character – as performed by Stephanie Daniel – was your favorite?

    Stephanie generally does a good job at voicing the characters, as I have already stated I'd be happier without the singing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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