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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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Mystery, intrigue, romance & fun

5

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

Lismore, NSW

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A bit hard going

2

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

Tasmania

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Such a breath of Fresh Air

4

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.

Queensland

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Kerry Greenwood triumphs once more

5

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

Queensland. Australia

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50 shades of Phryne

5

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

Fremantle, AU

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best ever written by Kerry Greenwood

5

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.

Adelaide

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great read

4

Love Miss Fisher stories, Phrynne is a great character

Sydney

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Phyrne triumphant

4

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

Geelong, Victoria

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Vintage Phryne

4

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

Geelong, Victoria

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Murder and Mendelssohn

4

MURDER AND MENDELSSOHN Kerry Greenwood Kerry Greenwood has been known to slip a few of her own interests into her fictional characters' stories: bread cookery in the "Earthly Delights" series, for instance. From time to time the Phryne Fisher series has featured a social issue of the day-that day being the late 1920's. The 20th outing for the Hon Phry has two strands, one is choral singing, a pet passion of the author's, and the other is homosexuality, a topic that was little spoken of despite the otherwise allegedly wild and free spirit of the 20's. Inspector Jack Robinson is all at sea-or perhaps all at C#--when he investigates the gruesome suffocation death of a conductor hired by the Melbourne Harmony Club to lead them through the intricacies of Mendelssohn's great oratorio "Elijah". He calls on Phryne to help him sort the semi-quavers from the G-clefs, and it isn't long before she's deeply involved in the musical group not only as a very private eye but also a soprano. She hasn't discovered who stuffed the score down the craw of the much-disliked conductor when his successor is also done in. Someone is cutting a swathe through the musical community; if Phryne doesn't stop it, there won't be any performance at all-or is that perhaps the point? Meanwhile in the same venue the choir is using there's a mathematics lecture being held, and Phryne is amazed to see an old friend from the Great War, John Wilson. He's older, plumper, and desperately devoted to the lecturer, one Rupert Sheffield, who's as beautiful and clever as the young Alan Turing and as analytical as Holmes. Rupert doesn't appreciate John as Phryne thinks he should, and when she's not investigating the murders, she's doing her best to bring the two men together. This is by far the most overtly sexual of the always spicy adventures of Phryne Fisher; if you're a devotee of the theory that only men and women should be able to share love then this book is probably not for you. But if you enjoy a well-written mystery set in a foreign but strangely familiar time and place, this one comes highly recommended.

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Murder and Mendelssohn

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87.5

Greenwood's strength lies in her ability to create characters that are wholly satisfying: the bad guys are bad, and the good guys are great. * Vogue * Elegant, fabulously wealthy and sharp as a tack, Phryne sleuths with customary panache... [she is] irresistibly charming * The Age * Phryne Fisher is gutsy and adventurous, and endowed with plenty of grey matter. * West Australian * In a word: delightful * Herald Sun *

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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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 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1