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Murder on a Midsummer Night

by Kerry Greenwood

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Series: Phryne Fisher Mysteries (17)

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The fabulous Phryne - she of the Lulu bob, Cupid's Bow lips and a pearl-handled pistol in her garter - is back! The 1920s most elegant and irrepressible sleuth returns for her seventeenth adventure. Melbourne, 1929. The year starts off for glamorous private investigator Phryne Fisher with a rather trying heat wave and more mysteries than you could prod a parasol at. Simultaneously investigating the apparent suicide death of a man on St Kilda beach and trying to find a lost, illegimate child who could be heir to a wealthy old woman's fortune, Phryne needs all her wits about her, particularly when she has to tangle with a group of thoroughly unpleasant Bright Young Things. But Phryne Fisher is a force of nature, and takes in her elegant stride what might make others quail, including terrifying séances, ghosts, Kif smokers, the threat of human sacrifices, dubious spirit guides and maps to buried pirate treasure...… (more)
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The distraught mother of a deceased junk shop owner asks Phryne to look into his death - it’s been classified as suicide, but the mother is certain it was murder. In addition, a wealthy family asks for Phryne’s help in determining if their recently deceased mother had a child outside of marriage, because the woman’s will indicates that *all* the children of her body are to inherit equally. And to top things off, Phryne is trying to work up the (very large) guest list for her upcoming 29th birthday…. I’m not sure if I was just distracted while reading this entry in the series, but the storylines seemed somewhat scattered to me this time; plus, I had a hard time buying into the concept that the junk shop owner was able to find, buy and sell the exquisite and rare items with which he’s credited - how would someone with no connections in the stratified world of antiquities be able to be so extremely successful? That said, it was another fun read, and we’ve actually moved into 1929 with this one! Recommended. ( )
  thefirstalicat | Mar 5, 2021 |
It’s summer down under. The beginning of a new year and things seem to be quiet. Very quiet, until Phryne’s sister, Eliza, shows up with a Mrs. Manifold in tow and a request for Phryne’s services.

Mrs. Manifold’s son, Augustine, has been found drowned on St. Kilda’s beach. The police say suicide, but Mrs. Manifold say not.

As Phryne delves into Agustine’s life and friends, she meets a dilettante in antiquities, a medium, an adventuress and a supplier who does his business at midnight on a motorbike. Trying to get information out of any of them is just that — trying.

Immediately after taking on the case, she is approached by Mr. Adami, a lawyer, who needs her services in solving a very delicate problem. A very rich woman recently passed away and Mr. Adami is handling the estate. There are four living children, but the will states the bulk to be divided evenly between the children — all the ones she has borne. The snag is a possible child born out of wedlock, in her youth, and given up for adoption. Is it alive? Is it a boy or girl? There is very little to go on.

Again she meets with an assortment of personalities, this time it is the dysfunctional family.

Again, another good read for me! ( )
  ChazziFrazz | Jul 6, 2020 |
Synopsis: Phryne's sister brings a woman to her whose son has been drowned. She is convinced that he was murdered. Of course Phryne takes the case and finds hidden treasure, ghosts, 'those who have passed over' are all involved.
Review: This was fun to read, particularly since Lin Chung made an appearance. ( )
  DrLed | Apr 2, 2018 |
A very good book as usual. Good plot, good set of characters and the right level of suspense. Miss Fisher books are never a disappointment.
Many thanks to Netgalley and Poison Pen for giving me the chance to review this book ( )
  annarellix | Jan 31, 2018 |
I really, really liked this book.

Not only was there a double mystery, there was some forensics and Lin Chung is back!

Phryne is asked by an attorney to find a missing illegitimate heir and by a distraught mother to find out who murdered her son (the coroner called it suicide, but he was an excellent swimmer and there was soap water found in his lungs).

With the assistance of Lin Chung during a spooky seance and Jane taking forensic samples...the mysteries unfold beautifully.

This was a smooth and engaging read that I didn't want to put down!
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  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
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This book is dedicated to Mark Pryor. A verray parfit gentil knight--and a good judge of wine, as well.
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The fabulous Phryne - she of the Lulu bob, Cupid's Bow lips and a pearl-handled pistol in her garter - is back! The 1920s most elegant and irrepressible sleuth returns for her seventeenth adventure. Melbourne, 1929. The year starts off for glamorous private investigator Phryne Fisher with a rather trying heat wave and more mysteries than you could prod a parasol at. Simultaneously investigating the apparent suicide death of a man on St Kilda beach and trying to find a lost, illegimate child who could be heir to a wealthy old woman's fortune, Phryne needs all her wits about her, particularly when she has to tangle with a group of thoroughly unpleasant Bright Young Things. But Phryne Fisher is a force of nature, and takes in her elegant stride what might make others quail, including terrifying séances, ghosts, Kif smokers, the threat of human sacrifices, dubious spirit guides and maps to buried pirate treasure...

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