Murder in the Dark (Phryne Fisher Series #16)

Murder in the Dark (Phryne Fisher Series #16)

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by Kerry Greenwood

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It’s Christmas, and Phryne has an invitation to the Last Best party of 1928, a four-day extravaganza being held at Werribee Manor house and grounds by the Golden Twins, Isabella and Gerald Templar. She knew them in Paris, where they caused a sensation. Phryne is in two minds about going. But when threats begin arriving in the mail, she promptly decides to accept…  See more details below


It’s Christmas, and Phryne has an invitation to the Last Best party of 1928, a four-day extravaganza being held at Werribee Manor house and grounds by the Golden Twins, Isabella and Gerald Templar. She knew them in Paris, where they caused a sensation. Phryne is in two minds about going. But when threats begin arriving in the mail, she promptly decides to accept the invitation. No one tells Phryne Fisher what to do. At the Manor House, she is accommodated in the Iris room, and at the party dallies with two polo-playing women, a Goat lady (and goat), a large number of glamorous young men, and a very rude child called Tarquin. The acolytes of the golden twins are smoking hashish and dreaming. The jazz is as hot as the drinks are cold. Heaven. It all seems like good clean fun until three people are kidnapped, one of them the abominable child, and Phryne must puzzle her way through the cryptic clues of the scavenger hunt to retrieve the hostages and save the party from further disaster.

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Kirkus Reviews
One of the most exciting and dangerous of the adventures into which Phryne's fabulous and risky lifestyle have led her.
Publishers Weekly
Australian author Greenwood’s fine Phryne Fisher mystery combines suspense and humor with a taut race to unmask a master assassin before he can strike again. As usual for this long-running series […] major pleasures come from Greenwood’s wry voice and the larger-than-life Fisher.

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Phryne Fisher Series , #16
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Kerry Greenwood is the author of more than 40 novels and six non-fiction books. Among her many honors, Ms. Greenwood has received the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award from the Crime Writers’ Association of Australia. When she is not writing she is an advocate in Magistrates’ Courts for the Legal Aid Commission. She is not married, has no children and lives with a registered Wizard.

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Murder in the Dark (Phryne Fisher Series #16) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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.

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.

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.

Harriet Klausner
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The stories themselves are excellent; however, the shoddy editing and formatting of the NOOK ebooks make the later books very difficult to read. The first several were fine, but the further along in the series (and unfortunately, I have all 20 ebooks) one goes, the sloppier it gets (did not one check the electronic files at all?). Pages are missing, navigation is well-nigh impossible, and at this point, if I want to actually read all of the books in their entirety, I think I'll give in and get the dead tree versions - from Amazon.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She followed, picking up Bluekit. ((We pretty much lost everyone...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To northclan camp cuz we have to pass through there! Its at 'heaven coelestia' )) he mewed, "Ashclan lets go!" <p> Flameclaw picked up rockkit and followed Stormflower <p> Fawnstep guided Cloudbeauty
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
He sniffed the border. "Smells faintly of cats. Seems like a loner."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.