Murder in Montparnasse

Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
Series: Phryne Fisher, Book 12
Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (692 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The divine Phryne Fisher returns to lead another dance of intrigue. Seven Australian soldiers, carousing in Paris in 1918, unknowingly witness a murder and their presence has devastating consequences. Ten years later, two are dead ... under very suspicious circumstances. Phryne's wharfie mates, Bert and Cec, appeal to her for help. They were part of this group of soldiers in 1918 and they fear for their lives and for those of the other three men.

It's only as Phryne delves into the investigation that she, too, remembers being in Montparnasse on that very same day. While Phryne is occupied with memories of Montparnasse past and the race to outpace the murderer, she finds troubles of a different kind at home. Her lover, Lin Chung, is about to be married. And the effect this is having on her own usually peaceful household is disastrous.

©2006 Kerry Greenwood (P)2003 Bolinda Publishing

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C'est tres bon

I loved every minute of it. One is not often able to read books set in 1920's Australia. The details of a city I know well as a modern 21 century city were delightful and accurate, the characters were wonderfully crafted and just as I would have imagined them to be in the 1920's.
Relaxing, fun, engaging ..... just made you smile and feel warm inside. Wonderful narrator who turned what could have been a very bland read into something well worth listening to. Congratulations - a job very well done.

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bons moments (good times)

I've got a very big bone to pick with Mrs Greenwood ,she has made me into a insomniac I'm not sleeping because I'm to busy listing to the amazing Stephanie Daniel ,I dusted this one of in three nights I couldn't get enough ,Miss Fishes sorted past and present are colliding ,but nothing flaps our beautiful flapper ,murder , ex lovers and her relations with the butlers strained to breaking point ,wont stop Miss Fisher from doing what she dose best.

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One of the best!

This (#12) is one of the best of the Phryne Fisher mysteries, not that it is a great mystery, but because it gives so much insight into Phryne and her background. She was an ambulance driver in WWI from the age of 17, and when the war ended in 1918, she settled for a time in Paris and became an artists' model.

Lovely story, great background, and important in understanding how Phryne became the strong person that she is. Very much recommended.

Stephanie Daniel does her usual excellent job with voices and accents.

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Solid Lady-Detective

This was a rather run-of-the-mill lady-detective who-dunnit with a predictably twisty plot (predictable that the plot twists, but not the direction... that was a surprise), and the main character is agreeably spunky without being annoying.

I do have to say, though, this is not exactly what I was expecting, based on the title. I was hoping it would take place in Montparnasse! I was preparing for a vacation in Paris, and was looking to get in the mood. So, if there's anyone else who is whacky like me, hoping to take Paris-vacation-listening with an appropriate theme... this is not it.

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Phryne is awesome, as always!

If you could sum up Murder in Montparnasse in three words, what would they be?

Engaging, clever, fun

What did you like best about this story?

How the different mysteries intertwined in the end. A bit contrived, but fun nonetheless. I like how Kerry Greenwood describes different cultures - often focusing on one or two in each book. This book provided detailed descriptions of France during the war, and the Orkney Islands.

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

Phryne, of course! Who wouldn't want to be clever, courageous and beautiful like her?

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Family is everything"

Any additional comments?

All the Phryne Fisher books are terrific, and Stephanie Daniel is a superb reader.

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What Fun !!

I love these mysteries. They're funny, mysterious, entertaining and and a little tongue in cheek. I do alot of long drives and these are perfect.

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War, Murder, and Social Comedy

Bert and Cec along with five other Australian soldiers are drinking and having a good time in Paris in 1918 when the seven witnessed a murder. Now a decade later, Bert, Cec and one of the other five Johnnys are concerned that someone is killing them off one at a time. At the inquest, two died allegedly accidentally when Maccie drowned in an irrigation ditch and Conger's van fell on him while he was fixing it. The three mates think otherwise as counter evidence disputes the official findings.
The men discuss their belief with Phryne Fisher, renowned for her investigative skills. Phryne's inquiries into the seven and a seemingly unrelated case involving a missing fiancée that somehow goes back to 1918 in the Montparnasse section of Paris too also links back to her own past in the same locale at the same time. Regardless of her memories, a murderer is on the loose and must be stopped before anyone else dies.
MURDER IN MONTPARNASSE is an exciting historical mystery that brings to life the late 1920s and a perspective from that point back to the end of World War One in Paris. The story line engages the audience due to the star as she plunges deep into the investigation while memories of her own waif lifestyle in 1918 Paris flash through her mind and her personal woes spin somewhat out of control. The support cast either enhances the who-done-it or brings insight into what makes Phryne tick. Phryne has starred in other adventures so that anyone who reads this delightful tale will seek other works starring a wonderful protagonist.

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Superb story with mysteries and puzzles within

Loved this addition to the Phryne Fisher mystery series. The stories are very well-written, suspenseful and with mysteries and puzzles within each other like Russian matrushka dolls. This one also looks back to Phryne’s years in Paris after World War One and the 1918 flu epidemic. Listening to this in Summer 2020 is somehow apropos as we face another pandemic. But all mysteries and puzzles end with happiness and justice delivered. A great read!

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Great fun and details Phryne's history in Paris

After driving an ambulance in WW1, Phryne apparently became a model for artist Sarcelle, now deceased, whose paintings are sought-after. That was when Phryne discovered she was beautiful. But she hooked up with the wrong man, Rene Dubois, a musician (accordian player of all things) who turned abusive. Phryne sums up Rene for Lin Chung: The man who broke my heart. It's hard to picture worldly Phryne so helpless that she'd let a man take all her money and subjugate herself to him. But when he adds physical abuse, she pulls out her service revolver and orders him to leave or be shot. Then she hides among a group of Lesbians, who guarantee to keep her safe.... The Paris flashbacks occurs while Phryne's trying to solve two cases: a missing girl (the chef of a French restaurant hires Pryne to find the girl, whom he wants to marry) and the murders of several soldiers -- comrades of Bert and Cec's. It appears the group of soldiers witnessed the murder of Sarcelle. There are enimatic glimpses into the dreadful fate of "The Prisoner" that make the book darker than the usual Miss Fisher. A domestic crisis adds entertaining humor to the book. When Mr. Butler hears Lin is engaged (to Camellia, a girl from China), Mr. Butler gives Phryne an ultimatum: break it off with Lin (she's his established concubine with his family's blessing) or he and Mrs. Butler will quit -- because he fears being called to testify in court about her goings-on. Mr. and Mrs. Butler are not in agreement, and Phryne goes so far as to interview a replacement butler. Also humorously entertaining is a problem on which Camellia consults Phryne and the delightful conversation with Lin that provides a solution. As usual, Phryne wraps up all the loose ends on the two cases. The book is a treasure.

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Superb writing, flawless performance

Kerry Greenwood delivers again! I enjoyed the intimate and educational glimpses into world war one Paris, they were thoughtful, poignant, beautiful, and heart wrenching. I enjoyed imagining what kind of research was necessary to bring all of that so vibrantly to life. And Miss Stephanie Daniel‘s performance enriched every nuanced phrase. Ps. I learn new vocabulary with almost every book, and I can’t tell you how satisfying that is to my English major’s soul!

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  • 11-16-18

Not one of the best

I really didn't like this book at all, and to be honest it made me really dislike Phryne as a character. She can across as selfish, spoiled and unpleasant, and in the end I just stopped listening to the book. I also found some of the behaviour of the other characters utterly unbelievable. For example the incredibly religious Dot being accepting of her boss carrying on an affair with a married man. I will try the next in the series but if this is how her character is developing I won't continue with the series.

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Just excellent!

Dramatic French flair, glimpses of the early C20 Art world, French cookery, fine champagne and stylish clothing, spiced with delicious detective work. Loved all of it!

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