Murder in the Dark

Kerry Greenwood


Murder in the Dark

Murder in the Dark

  • Title: Murder in the Dark
  • Author: Kerry Greenwood
  • ISBN: 9781741147094
  • Page: 266
  • Format: Paperback



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 invitatIt 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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The Honorable Phryne Fisher undertakes some sleuthing into the threats to the life of the delicious but dishonorable Gerald Templar, newly arrived to Australia from Paris. Gerald and Isabella Templar — known as the Golden Twins — have transported their sybaritic posse of lesbian lovelies and handsome young men with them and are now staging a four-day Last Best Party of 1928 to welcome 1929. Phryne knew the Templars and their lavish, scandalous parties from her days in Paris, but she’s of t [...]

Wait, what? The thing that really threw me with this book is that this is Phryne’s first Christmas in Australia?! This is the sixteenth book or so, and eventful as Phryne’s life is, it seems a little bizarre that everything that’s happened so far has taken less than twelve months. Especially given the time passing during Lin Chung’s trips and such in Death Before Wicket. And this would mean Dot’s courtship with Hugh Collins isn’t that long after all — which seems odd, having got th [...]

I am beginning to think the Phyrne Fisher books are like Nancy Drew. While the same author's name appears on each book, they are in fact written by different people. Or maybe they were edited by different people. Of the half dozen or so books in this series I have read, this one is far and away the worst. It's still fun, but not as much fun as some of the others. Some of the ends are never tied up. But more importantly, the writing is definitely weak compared to some of the others. So, if you're [...]

2.5 stars this time. This is the 16th in the Phryne Fisher series and normally I listen to these as audiobooks, because I enjoy Stephanie Daniels’ voice. This time however, I decided I’d try to whip through it in written form on the cusp of New Year’s Eve (which is when the story is set).I’ve listened to most of the last 10 Phryne Fishers in the series as audiobooks. I know I miss things when I listen to books, but as I’ve listened, I’ve assumed that these books occur over the course [...]

An entertaining mystery, but I don't understand why the two orgy scenes were necessary I don't really consider myself a prude, and sex in books is fine and can aid a story, but really? Orgies? I had already gathered that the planned murder victim, Gerald, was rather hedonistic based on the sumptuous setting, lavish entertainment, and the array of beautiful young men he surrounded himself with. Did not need the extra help on this one.I did enjoy the riddles Phryne had to figure out along the way. [...]

What was intriguing about this book was that it is set in the 1920s and in Australia. The main character Phryne Fisher is unique in her freedom and views of life. She is basically a good person who definitely indulges herself, and I found that I liked her. The author did allow the reader to solve some of her "puzzles"--the killer was a bit obscure, but there were other mysteries that wrapped up nicely.However, this was not a book that I could easily pick up. I was often bored by it. I didn't lik [...]

I normally like the Phryne Fisher Mysteries, but this one was one of Greenwood's lesser works. So forgettable indeed that I put it on my to-read list again, because I forgot I already had read it. Imagine my surprise when I started reading and this book seemed familiar. Uncanny.Phryne is at a party of some decadent cultists she knew in Paris. The party is grand and the whole book seems more focussed to show off how awesome the party is, and forgets about the mystery for large parts of the novel. [...]

I give this book 5 stars because it was exactly what I wanted: a romp, a good, fun, light read that cheers and inebriatesrticularly if you make up any of the cocktail recipes at the end of each chapter!Phryne Fisher is up to her usual tricks in this episode. Lin Chung doesn't want her to attend a weekend house party held by a group of Bright Young People. Reason enough for her to insist on going--but an attempt on her life by an unusual if beautiful method decides the issue: she's going. Not lea [...]

Not the best in the stories about Phryne, but not too bad all the same.I can't help thinking back to the first few books in this series and making a bit of a character comparison of Phryne Fisher then and now. It's hard to tell if it's the character who's mellowed or the author. For sure Phryne seems much less of floozy than she did in the first couple of books (I know, I know, she's "free spirited" and more comfortable with her sexuality than the average 1920's lady), but it's hard to tell if t [...]

I love the Hon Phryne Fisher series so much. I was reading another book but hit a wall with it, I picked this up and flew through it. They're just so readable. If you ever find yourself in a slump, pick up one of these books and it will bring you right out of it.Phryne and her family have been celebrating Xmas when she receives an invitation in the mail to The Last Best Party of 1928, a four day decadent extravaganza at Chirnside Manor in the Victorian hills. Whilst contemplating her answer, she [...]

I'm pretty sure this is going to be the last of my Phryne Fisher books. While the mysteries are interesting enough, the peripheral story lines bog the books down. In this case, poems, descriptions of charades and incredibly drawn out descriptions of events which had no bearing on the plot. As I neared the end of this book, I found the absolute refusal of the author to wrap things up frustrating and downright annoying - I get it, the author did a lot of research. I don't need to know all of it!

Too much going on in "Murder in the Dark" and much of it not that interesting. Phryne Fisher is her usual delightfully insouciant self but she is stuck in the middle of a several days long house party full of characters who are more annoying or distracting than interesting. Not one of Greenwood's better efforts.

I liked the decadent midsummer New Year's house party weekend, but I missed having the regular characters around, a bit.

I loved this book! The writing was masterfully done. Historical details were accurate and informative. It was interesting to learn about the different foods and entertainment styles of the different cultures while solving a mystery. The people such as the Templars were unique and lovely. My favorite character (beyond Miss Fisher) was Mintie the goat. I cheered when he stole the show at the polo match! This is a must read!!!!

A Miss Fisher I somehow managed to miss. A bit of a continuity problem, because she says it's her first Christmas in Australia, but it's 1928 and she has her adopted daughters. And honestly I don't remember quite so much descriptive sex, or, in this case, not-quite-sex, or for that matter drugs. But it was a good story anyway.

These books really aren't that great but I keep reading them anyway because I love female detective stories set in the 1920s/1930s.

An average adventure in Phryne's catalog. There's a lot of poetry, and a kidnapping. Phyrne is reading The Murder of Roger Ackroyd while solving this one, which was amusing.

The solution of the twins financial problems made me roll my eyes so hard I think I sprained something.

I have to be honest, this Miss Fisher novel was quite disappointing. In fact, characters act and speak so differently from the other two novels I’ve read, they don’t even seem to come from the same hand.The story was all over the place. As usual, there are many threads intertwining, which I normally like, but here they just confused me. I kept losing sight of what the mystery was all about and what was Miss Fisher doing about it. The investigation didn’t seem tight at all and often I didn [...]

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 arri [...]

I don't like this book. I don't care what happens to the characters. I just want it to be over. Contrived and boring.

Can I say hot mess? Totally unlikeable characters. Would have cheerfully welcomed a mass poisoning. Creepy suggestions of incest. Drug use. Group sex. Psychotic killer -- who really was easily identified early on; it took Phryne THAT long to notice? And a dull slog. Far, far too much detail about the various banquets and events. Almost like reading an essay on the subject. And was it necessary to walk us through every one of Phryne's actions from the time she gets up until she -- finally (the da [...]

I love the Miss Fisher books for so many reasons: the fun of them, the TV show, the Australian (mainly Melbourne) setting, the abundance of queer supporting characters, the very independent and feminist Phryne. They're my go-to comfort reading. Some of the storylines are better than others.Murder in the Dark wasn't one of the better books, IMHO, it dragged a little. The whole acolyte thing was a bit annoying. But it kept me engaged and entertained, as Kerry Greenwood's books always do.And then I [...]

This is the 16th book in the series, but is the first one I read. Phryne Fisher is described as delectable, and she certainly is.Phryne is invited to a "last best" party at the end of 1928. This is to be a four-day extravaganza, hosted by the Golden Twins, Isabella and Gerald Templar. Phryne met them during her time in Paris. They have relocated, along with their entourage, to Australia, and have acquired the use of Werribee Manor House and grounds.Phryne considered declining until she received [...]

This series starring Phryne Fisher is such an enjoyable read. I first encountered it via the PBS production of Miss Fisher tales. The character of Phryne, an enlightened young woman of the 1920’s in Australia, is charming, the cast of supporting characters always fun as are the descriptions of place and the many adventures that Phryne takes on. Fortunately, there are quite a few more books in this series to be read.

Really enjoyed this as an audiobook, and as a story. Greenwood creates the wildest of wild parties, multiple absorbing mysteries, and plenty of sensory delights. Stephanie Daniel is brilliant with the variety of accents from American through upper-class British, French, and a range of Australian accents--and she sings jazz and blues rather well too!

Drags a bit but the description of a Last Best Party in the 20s is worth it. A bit of near-magic realism to tie up all loose ends, very enjoyable.

too much craziness, drugs, etc. - this was a bizarre book

No spoilers here, but this one disappointed me. Miss Phryne is as fabulous as always, but the biggest villain was not credible.

I found this book boring. I think I like the books better when there are more of the familiar characters in them.


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