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Murder on a Midsummer Night : A Phryne Fisher Mystery : Book 17 - Kerry Greenwood

Murder on a Midsummer Night

A Phryne Fisher Mystery : Book 17

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Published: November 2008
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The fabulous Phryne - the 1920s most elegant and irrepressible sleuth - returns for her seventeenth adventure investigating the death of a man at St Kilda while at the same time trying to find a lost child who could inherit an old woman's fortune.

'I must say Jack, I have been in some awful company before - I have dined with torturers and Apaches and strict Plymouth Brethren and politicians - but I never met such vile company as those people. Each in his or her own way, they were frightful.'

Melbourne, 1929. The year starts off for glamorous private investigator Phryne Fisher with a rather trying heat wave and more mysteries than you could prod a parasol at. Simultaneously investigating the apparent suicide death of a man on St Kilda beach and trying to find a lost, illegimate child who could be heir to a wealthy old woman's fortune, Phryne needs all her wits about her, particularly when she has to tangle with a group of thoroughly unpleasant Bright Young Things.

But Phryne Fisher is a force of nature, and takes in her elegant stride what might make others quail, including terrifying s ances, ghosts, Kif smokers, the threat of human sacrifices, dubious spirit guides and maps to buried pirate treasure ...

About The Author

Kerry Greenwood is the author of twenty-seven novels and the editor of two collections. Previous novels in the Phryne Fisher series are Flying too High, Murder on the Ballarat Train, The Green Mill Murder, Blood and Circuses, Death on the Victoria Dock, Ruddy Gore, Urn Burial, Raisins and Almonds, Death Before Wicket, Away with the Fairies, Murder in Montparnasse, The Castlemaine Murders and Queen of the Flowers. 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. She is not married, has no children and lives with a registered Wizard.

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Enjoy all the Phrynee Fisher mysteries

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  • Engaging Characters
  • Page Turner
  • Well Written

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    • Older Readers
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    The blazing hot Australian summer of 1929 doesn't deter the Hon. Phryne Fisher (Murder in the Dark, 2009, etc.) from taking on two new cases.A distraught mother asks Phryne to investigate her son's death by drowning. Though the fatality has been ruled an accident caused by strong liquor, Mrs. Manifold says that her son Augustine, self-educated owner of a successful antique shop, never took more than a glass of sherry at Christmas. The second case is brought to her by a lawyer representing the Bonnetti family. Their mother recently died, and her will divided her considerable fortune among her children. The problem is that the family suspects she had an illegitimate child before she was forced to marry their father. Finding whether the child exists and is still living will be no easy task. Augustine's friends are a bizarre bunch ranging from wealthy snobs to spiritualists, Kif smokers and a mysterious motorcyclist, all evidently in search of treasure. Phryne, who's used to dealing with offbeat people, finds most of this crowd loathsome. On the other hand, the oh-so-proper Bonnetti family members are uneasy and obviously hiding secrets. Phryne receives her customary support from friends, including her lover Lin Chung, her family, staff and DI Jack Robinson as she plunders the present and past for clues.Phryne's devoted following will rejoice as she glides through dangerous situations and survives the sizzling summer in inimitable style. (Kirkus Reviews)

    ISBN: 9781741149999
    ISBN-10: 1741149991
    Series: Phryne Fisher Ser.
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 300
    Published: November 2008
    Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.0  x 2.3
    Weight (kg): 0.25

    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.

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