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Dead Man's Chest: A Phryne Fisher…

Dead Man's Chest: A Phryne Fisher Mystery (Phryne Fisher Mysteries)

by Kerry Greenwood

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Series: Phryne Fisher Mysteries (18)

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Dead Man’s Chest – Kerry Greenwood
Read by Stephanie Daniel
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This is the most recent book in the Phryne Fisher mystery series. These books are very enjoyable to read or listen to. Mostly I listen to them. The plots are very predictable, but the characters are lovable. Besides, sometimes it’s good to have a book that’s guaranteed to have a happy ending.
This book finds Phryne, her companion Dot, her adopted daughters and her dog, on holiday at the seaside. Who would have guessed it…… there’s an unsolved mystery just waiting for them. The story includes smugglers, a group of surrealists, a treasure hunt and a movie in the making. The historical details and literary references are wonderful. The best part of this book is the introduction of a new character, Tinker. Now we’ve got an Australian Nancy Drew with one of the Hardy boys. The only thing missing from this book was Lin Chung. But I’m sure he’ll be back in the next one. Phryne can’t do without him for long.
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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
I want more of this story......

Phryne Fisher (flapper & P.I. extraordinaire) takes Ruth, Jane & Dot to Queenscliff on holiday, however when they arrive they find that the domestic staff of Mr. & Mrs. Johnson have taken a bunk along with their furniture.... Odd thing being Gaston, the Mrs. Johnson's much loved terrier has just shown up.

Being without help @ the height of the season Phryne takes on Tinker (Eddied a local ruffian) and Maire a young Irish woman. Ruth, Dot & Jane help in the kitchen (some recipes included).

Then things take a turn.....Phryne & Tinker begin the search for the Johnsons, the neighbor's son & his loutish friends cause a stir, thus needing a comeuppance, the nasty nosy neighbor dies, a film crew begins filming, the "plait" snatcher is on the loose, and the Surrealists take a liking to Phryne..... Lin Chung is making ready for an appearance, but that will be in the next book!

Whew! Lots of action and fun. The Hon. Miss Fisher is delightful as always.... ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
lots of good eating and drinking and holidaying. most excellent ( )
  aliceoddcabinet | Jul 25, 2015 |
Phryne goes to the seashore, but mystery inevitably follows. In this episode, Phyrne rents a house in a seaside town, but when she and her family arrive, the promised servants are not there to greet them! As she delves into this, she discovers an appealing new henchperson -- a small but effective boy -- and a collection to a nasty bunch of smugglers. Like its precursor, "Murder on a Midsummer Night", this didn't strike me as one of Phryne's best efforts; for one thing, she is getting awfully domesticated. But any Phryne is worth reading. ( )
  annbury | Oct 24, 2014 |
Kerry Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher series is one that is top of my “buy it immediately a new book is issued” list. This latest exciting installment lives up to the high standard of 1920s high jinks I have come to expect as Ms Fisher fights injustice with her pearl handled pistol, kind heart and quick wit.

DEAD MAN’S CHEST, the eighteenth in the series, opens with Phryne travelling to the resort town of Queenscliff with her faithful maid Dot, dog Molly and two adopted daughters, Ruth and Jane, for a summer holiday and a good break from sleuthing. It quickly becomes apparent that mystery is not taking a summer break when they discover that Mr and Mrs Johnston the butler and cook that come with the house Phryne has borrowed have gone missing. The house is not prepared for them, and there is no food, but the family quickly rolls up their collective sleeves and settle in. Very quickly they are joined by a young fish delivery boy named Tinker that Phryne rescues from some upper-class bullies, and Tinker in turn rescues the Johnson's abandoned dog, Gaston. It is the appearance of this much loved pet that arouses suspicions that the Johnston’s have met with foul play, as they would never have willing left him behind.

Everyone does their bit to investigate, and there is a lot to investigate. Strange neighbours abound, Surrealists on one side, the bully boys on the other and a crotchety old lady who rules her long-suffering family with an iron fist across the way. Throw into the plot an epidemic of girly pigtail slashing, the arrival of a film company, a locked room full of bones, suspected Bundaberg rum smuggling, and a hidden pirate's treasure then you have one jam packed book.

Don’t fret though; there is still plenty of time for delicious meals cooked by Ruth and lots of restorative cocktails. Kerry Greenwood knows the period well, and through her characters gives us an insight into everyday life in the late 1920’s. Phryne is a thoroughly modern Miss with impeccable taste in clothes, men and cocktails – and not necessarily in that order.

Stop press: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries 13 one-hour episodes based on the Phryne Fisher novels went into production this year with screening scheduled for ABC1 in 2012. I for one will be glued to the small screen when the premier airs.
  sally906 | Apr 3, 2013 |
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When she tries to go on summer holiday, Phryne Fisher discovers that the Johnsons, who were supposed to be at the vacation home, are nowhere in sight, beginning a mystery that involves smugglers, pirate treasure, and the mysterious Madame Selavey.

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