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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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    penguinnj 08-12-10
    penguinnj 08-12-10 Listener Since 2008
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    "Favorite Fisher"

    I think this is the strongest of the Fisher mysteries. Masterful narration once again by Stephanie Daniel. I have downloaded all of the titles available in this series and I highly recommend. Fun period mysteries that are well-paced, easy to listen to, and not too fluffy. A solid notch above typical chick-lit romances.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy J Tornado Alley OK 05-25-13
    Nancy J Tornado Alley OK 05-25-13 Member Since 2011

    Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover

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    "The Last Best Party of 1928"


    In this her 16th adventure, Phryne attends the party named above. All 15 of the previous Phryne Fisher books take place earlier in 1928, and the Party is being held for six days from Dec. 26th to New Year's Day 1929. Most of the action takes place at the party with hundreds of guest staying in the Manor House or in fancy tents on the grounds. The Party serves to show the absolute excesses of the rich immediately before the Crash of 1929.

    Phryne's attendance is partially for fun, but primarily to investigate death threats against the party's host, who with his twin sister inherited a fabulous fortune and they have for years been going about spending it. Over the years they have gathered a group of followers from around the globe. Now they are throwing an extravaganza with incredible food, live jazz and other music, a polo match, and a number of opportunities to engage in tantric sex and other behaviors that many in that day might deem degenerate or perverted. All with great panache, of course!

    Phryne attends the party and solves the mystery of the threats in her usual light -hearted manner, displaying supreme confidence and style. Meanwhile, at her house on Christmas Day, we meet Phryne' s sister, Eliza, and Eliza's lover Lady Alice, and Jane and Ruthie have their first wonderful Christmas ever. All great fun.

    As usual, Stephanie Daniel's performance was excellent.

    I read this book out of order. Ordinarily I try to read books in a series in chronological order in order to keep evolving characters and relationships straight. But I bought this one on sale and just dived in. Even without the continuity, I enjoyed it a great deal. It might not, however, be the best one of the Phryne Fisher books for a newcomer to read first.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Maryellen PLAYA DEL REY, CA, United States 07-31-11
    Maryellen PLAYA DEL REY, CA, United States 07-31-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Exceptional with some exceptions"

    The author always delivers a good story and Phryne Fisher is an amusing and strong character; but I could do without the occasional too-much-information sex scene that annoyingly interrupts a good plot.
    The narrator - Stephanie Daniel - is very good at conveying the different characters with nimble changes of accent or tone of voice; but I really wish she would not sing when song lyrics are quoted: this is not where her talent lies!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carol D. Florida 06-03-13
    Carol D. Florida 06-03-13 Member Since 2007

    Audible is my "can't live without". I enjoy the other readers recommendations. Keep them coming!

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    "Tedious and the narration was irriating."

    Not my cup of tea! My first and last Kerry Greenwood novel. To sum it it up, "Much ado about nothing".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deana Granby, CT, United States 12-23-11
    Deana Granby, CT, United States 12-23-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Charming but not a mystery"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't. I think it was very well-written, but it certainly wasn't a mystery. It is SO character-driven. The whole plot revolves around developing the main character, who I found irritating. It moved well, and there were moments of excitement. But not suspense and certainly not mystery.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I liked the period setting.


    Any additional comments?

    It's such a petty thing, but there was a lot of singing done by the (excellent) narrator. But the singing was atrocious, and often. It began to drive me out of my mind early in the narrative, and I found myself lurching up to turn the volume down, for fear that the neighbors could hear it. Maybe a small thing, but it really was a crazy-making deterrent in my mind.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jodi ormond beach, FL, United States 08-05-14
    Jodi ormond beach, FL, United States 08-05-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Phryne is as entertaining as ever."
    If you could sum up Murder in the Dark in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, sexy, intriguing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Phryne - who wouldn't want to be her?


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    NOT try to sing!!!! Whenever the book referenced songs of the time, the narrator felt the need to sing them. She is great as a narrator, but she is NOT a singer. Her attempt to perform Jazz with a New Orleans drawl was especially painful to listen to. If I could fast forward through those spots I would have.


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

    Definitely!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sara Canton, GA, United States 02-17-14
    sara Canton, GA, United States 02-17-14
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    "A Must Read!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I loved all the detail and the events of the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder in the Dark?

    To many to chose from!!


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

    She helps create the right mood


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

    It made me laugh out loud for real


    Any additional comments?

    I have listed to the book four times already!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Pinchen Moruya, N.S.W., AU 02-13-14
    Helen Pinchen Moruya, N.S.W., AU 02-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Love this crazy story."
    Would you listen to Murder in the Dark again? Why?

    I wouldn't listen again as I found the pace of the narration and the character accents not to my taste. I'm very familiar with the book and enjoy the tv series too so I found a disconnect between those and this reader.


    How could the performance have been better?

    More variety in the pace and if someone is going to sing lyrics I'd prefer them to be more polished. I realise from other reviews that this is a popular reader so I'm in the minority but I will stick to reading the books I think as I have to work quite hard to prevent the reader spoiling my enjoyment of the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. A. Gilbert Toronto, Canada 09-12-13
    M. A. Gilbert Toronto, Canada 09-12-13 Member Since 2013

    Miqqi Alicia

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    "I'm in love"

    Do you know that game about who you would most like to have dinner with? Well, Phrynnie Fisher is definitely on my list. Clever, witty and urbane, her avant garde outlook is a refreshing as it is progressive. Not only that but Greenwood makes her seems fabulously sexy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dandylion Adelaide, Australia 06-15-13
    Dandylion Adelaide, Australia 06-15-13

    rambunctiously soft spoken.

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    "maybe its me"

    Maybe its me but this particular tale of Miss Fisher saying goodbye to the thirties by way of a very extravagant party left me felling a little well board, believe me it kills me to say this,there wasn't a whole lot action in this tale and it was all just a bit bah .Lots of parlor games painfully explained and god help me our narrator Stephanie Daniel as always doing a bang up job but the singing just drives me batty.If your a fan maybe it will be for you but if this is your fist Miss fisher start somewhere else or I fear you'll be put of forever.That would be a shame.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Lynne
    Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
    10/2/09
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    "Wodehouse meets Christie"

    I do not say this lightly, I have only so far had this book but I will be getting all the others by her, but it was wonderful, it kept me guessing, but with the lightness of PG Wodehouse and set in the 1920's, so for fan's of old time murder mystery with very good cocktail recipes this is the book for you, ENJOY!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    maghera, United Kingdom
    11/10/08
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    "Again a fantastic period murder mystery"

    I just love this series of audiobooks.What can I say,fantastic period characters combined with a killer plot.
    It is so addictive and has so many twists and turns with plenty of spice.
    The 1920s at its best with a feelgood factor.
    It certainly has me gripped.
    Highly recommended listening,fantastic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rosemary
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    8/1/12
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    "Not up to the usual standard"

    I was disappointed with this,although the narration by Stephanie Daniels is superb the storyline made me feel horrible.Even in today's world it would be extreme to encounter such a party,one cannot imagine it set in 1928/9 !!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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