The Castlemaine Murders (Phryne Fisher Series #13)

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1920's Australian sleuth Phryne returns with a flourish to solve a horrifying crime which takes her from a funfair ghost train to an abandoned mine in the old gold fields....Phryne Fisher, her sister Beth, and her faithful maid, Dot, decide that Luna Park is the place for an afternoon of fun and excitement with Phryne's two daughters, Ruth and Jane. But in the dusty dark Ghost Train, amidst the squeals of horror and delight, a mummified bullet-studded corpse falls to the ground in front of them. Phryne Fisher's ...
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1920's Australian sleuth Phryne returns with a flourish to solve a horrifying crime which takes her from a funfair ghost train to an abandoned mine in the old gold fields....Phryne Fisher, her sister Beth, and her faithful maid, Dot, decide that Luna Park is the place for an afternoon of fun and excitement with Phryne's two daughters, Ruth and Jane. But in the dusty dark Ghost Train, amidst the squeals of horror and delight, a mummified bullet-studded corpse falls to the ground in front of them. Phryne Fisher's pleasure trip has definitely become business. Digging to the bottom of this longstanding mystery takes her to the country town of Castlemaine where it soon becomes obvious that someone is trying to muzzle her investigations. With unknown threatening assailants on her path, Phryne seems headed for more trouble than usual. Meanwhile, Phryne's lover Lin Chung has his own mystery to solve. Feuding families and lost gold fill his mind until he learns that Phryne herself has become missing treasure.


Kerry Greenwood is the 2003 winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Crime Writers' Association of Australia. Kerry Greenwood was born in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray and after wandering far and wide, she returned to live there. She has degrees in English and Law from Melbourne University and was admitted to the legal profession on 1 April 1982, a day which she finds both soothing and significant. Kerry has written twenty novels, a number of plays, including The Troubadours with Stephen D'Arcy, is an award-winning children's writer and has edited and contributed to several anthologies. In 1996 she published a book of essays on female murderers called Things She Loves: Why Women Kill. The Phryne Fisher series (pronounced Fry-knee) began in 1989 with Cocaine Blues which was a great success.

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Editorial Reviews

The Weekend Australian
"Greenwood's prose has a dagger in its garter; her hero is raunchy and promiscuous in the best sense."
Publishers Weekly
In this second light, 1920s-set historical to be published in the U.S. from Australian author Greenwood (Murder in Montparnasse, etc.), iconoclastic feminist sleuth Phyrne Fisher's eclectic household, which includes her Chinese lover, Lin Chung, is expanded by the arrival of her domineering younger sister, the "Hon. Miss Eliza Fisher," apparently banished from England by their stern father. A pleasure trip to a local amusement park turns nasty when a ride on the Ghost Train produces an ancient and mummified corpse, complete with bullet wound. The probe into this long-ago murder becomes more than academic when Phyrne and her friends receive death threats and are the target of several attacks. The trail may intertwine with Chung's quest for the solution to another old mystery the theft of a large amount of gold in 1857. While the coincidences pile up a little high, the appealing characters and witty banter make for an enjoyable caper. (Sept. 28) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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"the appealing characters and witty banter make for an enjoyable caper" —Publisher's Weekly

 
"Greenwood's prose has a dagger in its garter; her hero is raunchy and promiscuous in the best sense."
The Weekend Australian

"Greenwood weaves historical data into the plot like gold thread, giving it richness without weighing it down...As always, the highlight of the series is the sexy and sybaritic Phryne, whose kind heart and generous spirit far outweigh her slightly scandalous behavior." —Booklist

"The success of Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs books may help pave the way for Phryne Fisher, who is an equally unforgettable character, with a heart as big as her pocketbook, a fine disregard for convention and an insatiable appetite for life." —Denver Post

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590582800
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/2006
  • Series: Phryne Fisher Series , #13
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 135,754
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.14 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Kerry Greenwood was born in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray and after wandering far and wide, she returned to live there. She has degrees in English and Law from Melbourne University and was admitted to the legal profession on the 1st April 1982, a day which she finds both soothing and significant. Kerry has written twenty novels, a number of plays, including The Troubadours with Stephen D'Arcy, is an award-winning children's writer and has edited and contributed to several anthologies. The Phryne Fisher series (pronounced Fry-knee, to rhyme with briny) began in 1989 with Cocaine Blues which was a great success. Kerry has written sixteen books in this series with no sign yet of Miss Fisher hanging up her pearl-handled pistol. Kerry says that as long as people want to read them, she can keep writing them. In 2003 Kerry Won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Australian Association.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    Very entertaining! Unique view of Australia "back in the da

    Very entertaining! Unique view of Australia "back in the day".

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