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Murder in the Dark (Phryne Fisher Series #16)

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  • Posted December 24, 2008

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    a rousing investigative thriller

    In Australia liberated Phryne Fisher enjoys Christmas 1928 with her significant other Lin Chung and her family. Scandalous acquaintances from Paris, the Golden Twins Isabella and Gerald Templar, have invited her to the Last Best party of 1928, a four-day affair at Werribee Manor house.<BR/><BR/>Phryne considers declining the invitation until she receives letters and a Christmas present containing a poisonous snake in the post that threaten her if she attends. No one scares Phryne away so she goes to the gala. At the party, hashish and alcohol flow freely and she meets an odd collection of people including a bad-mannered child Tarquin who soon afterward vanishes without a trace. Two more people disappear with puzzle clues left behind. As Phryne and Nicholas Booth, who she has just met and believes is an undercover cop, investigates, she realizes someone has been hired to assassinate the sibling hosts. <BR/><BR/>No one messes with kick butt Phryne whether it is threatening her by post, behaving boorishly towards her at a party, or committing murder. She is at her best in this pre-Depression Era Australian whodunit as her sleuthing partner Nicholas brings out her strengths. The mystery is cleverly devised with solid twists and the roaring cast fits the decadent 1920s. Fans will enjoy Phryne¿s latest caper as once again Kerry Greenwood provides her readers with a deep look at a bygone era Down Under inside of a rousing investigative thriller.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 24, 2013

    Murder in the Dark is the sixteenth book in the popular Phryne F

    Murder in the Dark is the sixteenth book in the popular Phryne Fisher series by Australian author Kerry Greenwood. It is the end of the year, and Phryne, somewhat reluctantly, accepts an invitation to attend the Last Best Party of 1928, spurred on to do so when several anonymous communications warn her against it. Held at Werribee in the Chirnside Manor, this six-day party is being thrown by the beautiful and charismatic Gerald Templar and his equally beautiful twin sister, Isabella, lately arrived from London via Paris. The Templars have brought with them their acolytes, including, among others, the Wildean Sylvanus Leigh and the Sapphic girls from Montparnasse. Amid the two hundred guests are the polo-playing Grammar Boys and Wonnangatta Tigers, a jazz trio, Arabian, Japanese and medieval musicians, the delectable Nicholas Booth (whom Phryne deems fit to dally with in Lin Chung’s absence), Madge, the Goat lady and her mint-addicted goat, a scowling orphan named Tarquin and Blues singer Nerine. The Last Best Party includes themed dinners, hamper lunches, a polo match, a deer hunt, trap shooting, poetry recitals, parlour games, a Bal Masqué, a jazz concert, plenty of drinking, eating and hashish, and certain other decadent activities. Upon arrival, Phryne finds her invitation has more than just a social aspect, as Gerald Templar has been receiving death threats and pleads for her assistance. Soon enough, young Tarquin goes missing, riddles begin appearing and Phryne finds she is trying to trap a contract killer. Stabbing, mass poisoning, kidnapping, ground glass in cold cream, a ransom note, and a coral snake in a gift box all feature. Motives of revenge, jealousy, hatred and greed propel several different offenders. As well as quotes from classic poems and plays, and recipes for delicious cocktails, the reader tastes Christmas in the Fisher household and chez Williams, Butler, Yates and Johnson. Phryne goes undercover as a housemaid, wins a bet using a bunch of mint, remembers a few things her detested father was right about, attempts some rhyme and asks the all-important question: just how much cream can one cat hold? Delightful mystery, as always.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2014

    A small white cat

    A small white cat slowly pads along the border, taking in its many scents after coming from the AshClan territory. Wandering around for a bit, her scent unrecognizable even though she came from AshClan territory, she walked on, finding the scent markers along the way and where to head next. Slowly she padded to SandClan, away from whatever sounds she heard at the opposite side of the border from where she had started. Rubbing against a tree to leave the scent for them to find, she continued onward to the next Clan's border. ~A white cat &hearts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2014

    Stormflower

    She followed, picking up Bluekit. ((We pretty much lost everyone...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2014

    Foxstar and co.

    To northclan camp cuz we have to pass through there! Its at 'heaven coelestia' )) he mewed, "Ashclan lets go!"
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    Flameclaw picked up rockkit and followed Stormflower
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    Fawnstep guided Cloudbeauty

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2014

    Thistletail

    He nodded ro Thistlepaw, agnowledging (fail) her presence. (Okay. And jsyk, Thrushpaw wasn't told to come on the border patrol.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2014

    A young cat

    Peers out from the bushes, watching Thistletail.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2014

    Duskkit

    Follows.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2014

    Thistlepaw

    He sniffed the border. "Smells faintly of cats. Seems like a loner."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2014

    |Northclan's Border|

    To the north of The Great O

    |Northclan's Border| <br />

    <br />

    To the north of The Great Oak, between the mountains and deciduous forests, grows an ancient tropical rainforest. Titanic redwoods and hardy spruce grow as lords of this mysterious place, only broken by the occasional hemlock. This is a quiet world with few birds and little sunlight breaking through the sheltering branches. Instead voles, shrews, and weasels dash from tree to tree, relying on their pelts for camouflage against the cool needle strewn ground. A marsh adds to the eerie atmosphere and also provides the perfect home for cottonmouths. Fog envelops the area and rain is a constant companion, drenching everything with life giving water. One can hardly doubt that this is the border to Northclan's territory, the secretive and fierce. <br />

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    Hey everyone! Just clarifying the borders of each clan with a little narrative. Remember to patrol your borders daily and attack another clan by posting here and then at their camp. Feel free to have border crisis' to spice things up! <br />

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    ~ Northclan's  Border: Lilywolf, Original Pact Clan Organizer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2014

    Protected Pines ~ Lilywolf &hearts

    The wide branches and thick needles of most of the trees in the pine forest have sheltered Northclan from the worst of leafbare. With this reprieve, prey is more plentiful here and easier to catch with less snow. As a result, cats are able to stay fit and relatively well feed. Now the strongest clan in the forest, Northclan has an opportunity to increase their land. It is only a matter of if they will or won't take advantage of this time. ~ Protected Pines, Lilywolf &hearts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    Highly Recommended -- Very Well Done!

    I love the way Kerry Greenwood's lead characters celebrate being human and retain so many heroic qualities. There is a lot going on in this story. You better check it out and see for yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

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