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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The Castlemaine Murders: A Phryne Fisher Mystery

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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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"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 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
 
"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: 9781590581179
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Series: Phryne Fisher Series , #13
  • Pages: 245
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.98 (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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  • Posted January 23, 2015

    Gold Rush Dark Deeds

    Another delightful mystery from Kerry Greenwood! This one takes Miss Fisher to the old gold fields of Australia and on a hunt for several missing people and some gold. Old enemies, old lovers and old murder resurface in this riveting tale. Among the best in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2014

    Flowernose

    The HorseClan medicine cat stretched her legs and brushed er nose to the water, hoping for some good news from HorseClan's ancestors when she fell asleep

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2014

    Eaglesoar and crystalsky

    Eaglesoar waits for ashclan cats and crystalsky waits for sandclan cats.

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    Icynight

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    Posted November 3, 2014

    AmberTail

    The amber she stepped forward. "With this life I give you tireless energy. I give you the energy to fight even when you are exhausted. Use it well." She touched her nose to WillowPool. A shock ran through Willowpool, making her feel like she could do anything.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2014

    Willowpool flinched as she recieved the lives. She scanned the r

    Willowpool flinched as she recieved the lives. She scanned the ranks of StarClan, hope fluttering in her chest like a bird. She strained to see her parents, remembering with a pang, Emberstar's grey mottled pelt, and the soft fur of Autumnshade. She wasn't sure if they were dead, but half hoped she could see them here.

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    Posted November 10, 2014

    Poppyfrost

    "Yes. I'm sorry for what Bearkit did to you." She meows curtly.

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    Posted November 23, 2014

    Cloudbeauty

    The ashclan medicine cat padded in, touching her nose to the water

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    Posted November 10, 2014

    &starf Shadowflight &starf & &starf Ravenkit &starf

    Shadowflight watches, flicking her tail. <p> Ravenkit nods, she could not talk long. "Hello Poppycloud, is all well in AshClan?" She pri<_>cked her ears.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2014

    Waterstripe of Sandclan/Starclan

    The used-to-be medicine cat smiles at the cats.

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    Posted November 10, 2014

    Dawnlily

    She touched her nose to the water.

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    Posted October 26, 2014

    Charclaw

    Waits for an ashclan cat to come.

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    Posted November 21, 2014

    Dovewing

    Waits for Blitzshade.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2014

    |The Moonpool|

      On the edge of the clan territor

    |The Moonpool| <br />

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    On the edge of the clan territories is a cave whose entrance gapes open impressively. A winding tunnel leads cats down to a spacious chamber lit by a crevasse high above from which moonlight pours through. At the chambers center is a calm pool alight with the glimmer of stars. Here, Starclan has a strong connection and medicine cats, leaders, or other clan cats may come to seek their wisdom. However, they may not always receive the answers to their questions. But this sacred cave holds many secrets and Starclan may reveal some of the path among these stone walls. <br />
     
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    And now I will list the reminders for The Moonpool. <br />

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    ¿1. Medicine cat meetings occur on opposite Sundays from the gatherings. Medicine cats need to come! Make sure to rp your Starclan cats as well and preferably have them speak with their own clan's medicine cat! These are all day events! Have fun! <br />

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    ¿2. Only pact clan cats are allowed to use this place. Please be respectful and do not ruin it for others. We will ignore anyone outside the pact clans or those who are unrealistic. <br />

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    ¿3. No kits at The Moonpool please. <br />

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    4. Remember at a max a clan could have three medicine cats. Feel free to have interesting and mysterious dreams, visions, or visits. But we do not need a ton of prophecies made by cats who simply want attention. If you want to make prophecies for others then I encourage that. Discuss ideas for prophecies in The Question/Discussion Box. But remember prophecies are very rare and special. Don't just hand them out like free candy. ;) <br />

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    ~ The Moonpool: Lilywolf, Original Pact Clan Organizer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2014

    Lilywolf's Lives

    Lilywolf's eight lives watch as Willowpool receives her nine lives, their eyes curious. But not being whole, they are unable to participate. ~ Lilywolf's Lives

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