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Murder and Mendelssohn : A Phryne Fisher Mystery : Book 20 - Kerry Greenwood

Murder and Mendelssohn

A Phryne Fisher Mystery : Book 20

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The divine and fearless Miss Phryne Fisher returns in her 20th adventure in a vastly entertaining tale of murder, spies, mathematics and music.

To the accompaniment of heavenly choirs singing, the fearless Miss Phryne Fisher returns in her 20th adventure with musical score in hand.

An orchestral conductor has been found dead and Detective Inspector Jack Robinson needs the delightfully incisive and sophisticated Miss Fisher's assistance to enter a world in which he is at sea. Hugh Tregennis, not much liked by anyone, has been murdered in a most flamboyant mode by a killer with a point to prove. But how many killers is Phryne really stalking?

At the same time, the dark curls, disdainful air and the lavender eyes of mathematician and code-breaker Rupert Sheffield are taking Melbourne by storm. They've certainly taken the heart of Phryne's old friend from the trenches of WW1, John Wilson. Phryne recognises Sheffield as a man who attracts danger and is determined to protect John from harm.

Even with the faithful Dot, Mr and Mrs Butler, and all in her household ready to pull their weight, Phryne's task is complex. While Mendelssohn's Elijah, memories of the Great War, and the science of deduction ring in her head, Phryne's past must also play its part as MI6 become involved in the tangled web of murders.

A vastly entertaining tale of murder, spies, mathematics and music.

About the Author

Kerry Greenwood is the author of many bestselling novels and the editor of two collections. Previous novels in the Phryne Fisher series are Cocaine Blues, Flying too High, Murder on the Ballarat Train, Death at Victoria Dock, Blood and Circuses, The Green Mill Murder, Ruddy Gore, Urn Burial, Raisins and Almonds, Death Before Wicket, Away with the Fairies, Murder in Montparnasse, The Castlemaine Murders, Queen of the Flowers, Death by Water, Murder in the Dark, Murder on a Midsummer Night, Dead Man's Chest and Unnatural Habits. She is also the author of the Corinna series, which includes Earthly Delights (2004), Heavenly WC Pleasures (2005), Devil's Food (2006), Trick or Treat (2008), Forbidden Fruit (2010) and Cooking the Books (2011).She is also the author of several books for young adults and the Delphic Women series. When she is not writing she is an advocate in Magistrates' Court for the Legal Aid Commission.

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Murder and Mendelssohn
 
4.1

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88%

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Pros

  • Engaging characters (15)
  • Well written (15)
  • Easy to read (13)
  • Page-turner (12)
  • Deserves multiple readings (8)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

an excellent read

"Phryne stayed where she was, watching. Robinson admired the way she did not seem to watch; inspecting her nails, running a finger up her calf as thought to check for a...Read complete review

"Phryne stayed where she was, watching. Robinson admired the way she did not seem to watch; inspecting her nails, running a finger up her calf as thought to check for a run in her stocking, fussing with her hair. She looked perfectly harmless, unless you caught her eye, in which case you felt that you were stripped down to component molecules, weighed in the balance, and found wanting."

Murder and Mendelssohn is the twentieth book in the popular Phryne Fisher series by Australian author, Kerry Greenwood. Summer, 1929, and DI Jack Robinson has come to the Hon Miss Phryne Fisher to request her unique brand of input in the case of a murdered conductor, one Hedley Tregennis. She goes with him to the Scots Church Assembly Hall to interview the members of the Melbourne Harmonic Choir, who had been rehearsing Mendelssohn's Elijah, conducted by Tregennis. The state of the corpse indicated an angry murderer, or perhaps even two. Tregennis was not well liked, and the list of possible suspects is not short.

While at the Hall, Phryne runs into a lover from her wartime stint in the Somme: Dr John Wilson did his best to patch up victims that Phryne brought from the front in her ambulance. Now he is in Melbourne faithfully attending Rupert Sheffield, an ex-MI6 agent giving lectures on the Science of Detection. Sheffield has been the target of a murder attempt, but is sceptical of the danger: Wilson begs Phryne to establish the source of the threat.

In this instalment, Phryne again employs her minions (Jane, Ruth and Tinker), her wharfie friends, Bert and Cec, her medical friend, Dr MacMillan, her companion, Dot, and her household staff, Mr and Mrs Butler, to the best advantage. To solve her intriguing cases, Phryne joins the choir, rescues a publican's daughter, precipitates a battle between rival criminal gangs, commissions a forgery, and is shot through her hat (drat, it was a favourite, too).

The story features a mathematician/code-breaker, an ex-gunrunner, a forger, a pianist and quite a lot of singers, an inventive poisoning and an attempted drowning. For choral enthusiasts, the (perhaps just a bit too) plentiful references to songs, music and conducting will be appealing. Certainly, this would make an excellent TV episode and perhaps Greenwood wrote it with Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries in mind. Nonetheless, an excellent read. 4.5 stars

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A bit hard going

Not her best and a bit boring going on with musical quotes all the time and didn't enjoy the sex scenes.

Not her best and a bit boring going on with musical quotes all the time and didn't enjoy the sex scenes.

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4.0

an excellent read

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from Thirroul NSW

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Pros

  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
  • Page-Turner
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Older Readers
    • Travel Reading
    • Younger Readers

    Comments about Murder and Mendelssohn:

    "Phryne stayed where she was, watching. Robinson admired the way she did not seem to watch; inspecting her nails, running a finger up her calf as thought to check for a run in her stocking, fussing with her hair. She looked perfectly harmless, unless you caught her eye, in which case you felt that you were stripped down to component molecules, weighed in the balance, and found wanting."

    Murder and Mendelssohn is the twentieth book in the popular Phryne Fisher series by Australian author, Kerry Greenwood. Summer, 1929, and DI Jack Robinson has come to the Hon Miss Phryne Fisher to request her unique brand of input in the case of a murdered conductor, one Hedley Tregennis. She goes with him to the Scots Church Assembly Hall to interview the members of the Melbourne Harmonic Choir, who had been rehearsing Mendelssohn's Elijah, conducted by Tregennis. The state of the corpse indicated an angry murderer, or perhaps even two. Tregennis was not well liked, and the list of possible suspects is not short.

    While at the Hall, Phryne runs into a lover from her wartime stint in the Somme: Dr John Wilson did his best to patch up victims that Phryne brought from the front in her ambulance. Now he is in Melbourne faithfully attending Rupert Sheffield, an ex-MI6 agent giving lectures on the Science of Detection. Sheffield has been the target of a murder attempt, but is sceptical of the danger: Wilson begs Phryne to establish the source of the threat.

    In this instalment, Phryne again employs her minions (Jane, Ruth and Tinker), her wharfie friends, Bert and Cec, her medical friend, Dr MacMillan, her companion, Dot, and her household staff, Mr and Mrs Butler, to the best advantage. To solve her intriguing cases, Phryne joins the choir, rescues a publican's daughter, precipitates a battle between rival criminal gangs, commissions a forgery, and is shot through her hat (drat, it was a favourite, too).

    The story features a mathematician/code-breaker, an ex-gunrunner, a forger, a pianist and quite a lot of singers, an inventive poisoning and an attempted drowning. For choral enthusiasts, the (perhaps just a bit too) plentiful references to songs, music and conducting will be appealing. Certainly, this would make an excellent TV episode and perhaps Greenwood wrote it with Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries in mind. Nonetheless, an excellent read. 4.5 stars

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    5.0

    Mystery, intrigue, romance & fun

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    from Lismore, NSW

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    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Read
    • Engaging characters
    • Informative
    • Page-Turner
    • Well Written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gift
      • Older Readers
      • Travel Reading

      Comments about Murder and Mendelssohn:

      Kerry Greenwood's, Phryne Fisher, is always engaging and delightful.

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      2.0

      A bit hard going

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      from Tasmania

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        Cons

        • A Bit Slow
        • Difficult To Follow
        • Disappointing
        • Not What I Expected

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        • Special Needs

        Comments about Murder and Mendelssohn:

        Not her best and a bit boring going on with musical quotes all the time and didn't enjoy the sex scenes.

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        4.0

        Such a breath of Fresh Air

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        from Queensland

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        Pros

        • Engaging characters
        • Page-Turner
        • Well Written

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Older Readers

          Comments about Murder and Mendelssohn:

          The story line is based around the 1920\30 era.
          Very exotic at times!
          Kerry Greenwood used dialog from this era, which I found fun to read. Not only did I enjoy the story line, but learnt new words.

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          5.0

          Kerry Greenwood triumphs once more

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          from Queensland. Australia

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          Pros

          • Deserves Multiple Readings
          • Easy To Read
          • Engaging characters
          • Great Light Reading
          • Informative
          • Page-Turner
          • Well Written

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gift
            • Older Readers
            • Travel Reading

            Comments about Murder and Mendelssohn:

            I am a "Phryne Fisher" fan and have the complete series. and they get repeated readings, giving pleasure each time.

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            5.0

            50 shades of Phryne

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            from Fremantle, AU

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            Pros

            • Deserves Multiple Readings
            • Easy To Read
            • Engaging characters
            • Informative
            • Page-Turner
            • Well Written

            Cons

            • Suddenly Sex Scenes

            Best Uses

            • Gift
            • Older Readers
            • Travel Reading

            Comments about Murder and Mendelssohn:

            I enjoy the Phryne books as they include fun, feminism and history of Victoria.

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            5.0

            best ever written by Kerry Greenwood

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            from Adelaide

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            Pros

            • Deserves Multiple Readings
            • Easy To Read
            • Engaging characters
            • Informative
            • Most Comprehensive
            • Page-Turner
            • Well Written

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Gift
              • Reference
              • Travel Reading

              Comments about Murder and Mendelssohn:

              I hope Greenwood goes on to continue this group of characters as this was the best yet. You do not need to be a Musician to enjoy this drama.

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              4.0

              great read

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              from Sydney

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              Pros

              • Easy To Read
              • Engaging characters
              • Well Written

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Older Readers
                • Travel Reading

                Comments about Murder and Mendelssohn:

                Love Miss Fisher stories, Phrynne is a great character

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                4.0

                Phyrne triumphant

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                from Geelong, Victoria

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                Pros

                • Easy To Read
                • Engaging characters
                • Page-Turner
                • Well Written

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Gift
                  • Kerry Greenwood Fans
                  • Older Readers

                  Comments about Murder and Mendelssohn:

                  Need to consciously separate the book Phryne from the TV Phryne.Love both of them.

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                  4.0

                  Vintage Phryne

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                  from Geelong, Victoria

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Read
                  • Engaging characters
                  • For Old Fans And New And
                  • Page-Turner
                  • Well Written

                  Cons

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                    • Aficianados
                    • Gift
                    • Older Readers

                    Comments about Murder and Mendelssohn:

                    First class service with prompt delivery. Gold stars and elephant stamps all round

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                    Kerry Greenwood

                    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, to rhyme with briny) began in 1989 with Cocaine Blues which was a great success. Kerry has written sixteen books in this series and says that as long as people want to read them, she can keep writing them.

                    When she is not writing she is an advocate in Magistrates' Court for the Legal Aid Commission. She is not married, has no children and lives with a registered Wizard.

                    Visit Kerry Greenwood's Booktopia Author Page


                    ISBN: 9781742379562
                    ISBN-10: 1742379567
                    Series: PHRYNE FISHER
                    Audience: General
                    Format: Paperback
                    Language: English
                    Number Of Pages: 384
                    Published: 1st October 2013
                    Publisher: Allen & Unwin
                    Country of Publication: AU
                    Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8  x 3.1
                    Weight (kg): 0.44
                    Edition Number: 1