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Murder In The Dark (Phryne Fisher #16)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  1,439 ratings  ·  100 reviews
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 when she starts receiving anonymous threats warning her against attending. She promptly ...more
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Published February 2012 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published 2006)
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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
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 w
Gottfried Neuner
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 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
Chris Davis
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.
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
I give this book 5 stars because it was exactly what I wanted: a romp, a good, fun, light read that cheers and inebriates...particularly 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. No
Jann Barber
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
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
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
Bryan Higgs
I jumped ahead a bit in my reading of the Phryne Fisher series, because I was at the library wanting to take home a couple of those books, and this was available on the shelf.

I found this book quite different from the earlier books. Well, not so much different, more that the writing style seemed to have become a little more exaggerated and over the top. And the plot seemed a little more vague than before.

The book contained a lot of poetry (one even in French, although there was a translation at
I'm bounding through a few of the Phryne Fisher mysteries this week and definitely think that an "immersion course" in them is the way to go. Each book (so far) has had its strength's (Phrynee) and weaknesses (ease or challenge of working through the plot), but the cumulative effect of the group I've read so far is definitely greater than the sum of the parts. In essence, more is more when it comes to Phryne Fisher.

I noticed that other reviewers varied considerably in their reactions to this par
It's Christmas time in Melbourne and Phryne is busy preparing for a family holiday and has nearly decided to forgo an invitation to Werribee Manor House for a elaborate Last Best party of 1928. However, when threats arrive warning Phryne to decline the invitation she decides to do just the opposite. Over the course of the party it becomes clear that sinister forces are at work when two young children disappear, food is poisoned and a scary scavenger hunt promises more to fear. All the while a se ...more
Although I've enjoyed all the books in the Phryne Fisher series so far, I have mixed feelings about this one.

I did like how the mysteries unfolded, but the story seemed too full of random hedonism that although trying to make a point about some of the characters, it ended up being really boring and I read as fast as I could through it. Lots of poem reading and songs. Polo matches. Weird orgies.
The mysteries were interesting and I'd say some of the best in the series, but the ending was a little
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.
This proved another delightful tale in this sparkling series of mysteries. I was amused that Kerry Greenwood in her closing remarks felt she needed to advise her readers that all the drugs mentioned in the text were perfectly legal at the time the novel was set.

There were plenty of funny scenes including the cream-stealing antics of Phryne's cat Ember, some delightful polo ponies and the cheeky goat Minty. The party allowed for Phryne to have even more wardrobe changes than usual and it was ove
Are we running out of steam here? After more than a dozen in the series, this novel dragged a bit.
I like Phryne, but this one was a little too sexy for me.
too much craziness, drugs, etc. - this was a bizarre book
Old European friends of Phryne’s have arrived in Melbourne with much pomp and circumstance and a huge posse of sycophants. Isabella and Gerald Templar have rented Werribee Park Mansion for a four day long party extravaganza, imaginatively titled the Last Best party of 1928. They have hired an old friend of Mr Butler’s, Tom Ventura, to organize the whole thing and he has employed some of the old staff from the original household. Mr Ventura spends many hours at Phryne’s house imagining all the te ...more
Murder in the Dark takes place at the impressive and opulent Werribee Mansion, at a near week long party held by two extremely decadent and charismatic siblings in the process or rapidly spending their way through the family fortune.

(Though described during the era it was owned by the Catholic church and whitewashed inside, anyone interested in the mansion itself should be pleased that it's now been restored to its former glory and is open to the public.)

It's a fascinating setting with extreme c
Phryne Fisher has been invited to the Last best Party of 1928 which involves staying for a few days at a country house. Her lover Lin Chung does not want her to go but when someone starts sending her threats to try and stop her attending the party she makes up her mind to go anyway - even though she had been in two minds about it. Gerald, one of her hosts, is being threatened and Phryne is asked to try and find out who is behind the threats.

I thought this was a really good mystery story with ple
#16 Phryne Fisher, Investigator, Melbourne, late 1928; satiric thriller, classic-style. Phryne loves solving mysteries. Phryne also loves parties, and when she receives not only an invitation to The Last, Best Party of 1928 but also a warning letter to stay away, she feels her holiday season is complete. Starting a little after Christmas and lasting through New Years’ Day, this shindig promises to be THE blow-out of all parties, as the Templar twins not only have a reputation for bad behavior an ...more
Not among my favorites in this series, but not bad either. Phyrne is invited to a lavish house party that will take place between Xmas and New Year's Day. She's not sure if she will go until she starts getting threats(including a very deadly snake wrapped up like a Xmas present!). Well, that does--now she must go.
The house party guest include a number of people whom Phyrne knew in her Paris days, some locals, some bullies and a mysterious assassin. There are two children kidnapped and a mysterio
Shonna Froebel
This is the third mystery featuring Phryne [pronounced fry-knee] Fisher that I have read, but the 16th in the series. The first is Cocaine Blues, and I have also read the 14th, Queen of the Flowers. This book occurs at the end of 1928 near Melbourne, when Phryne is invited to a party billed as the Last Best Party. Even before she accepts the invitation to the party, she gets warned off, but of course that only makes her determined to go. An attempt is made on her life, which intrigues her furthe ...more
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 ...more
Phryne and the Random Hedonists could be the subtitle of this one. Still, I liked it and was surprised by the identity of the various culprits. As far as the hedonism goes, I think Greenwood deserves credit for conveying what we all secretly know: it's really only fun for the participant, not the onlooker. I would have considered Gerald and Isabella Templar totally unconvincing had I not read about the strangely sordid lives of Harry and Caresse Crosby in Lucy Moore's nonfiction book on the 1920 ...more
Phryne launches on a weekend marked by attempted murder and wild excess as trouble follows old acquaintance from Paris. Most of the standing characters get a look-in, pretty much as fan service, but the bulk of the story involves Phryne on her own, discovering herself to have become a grown-up amidst a swarm of bright young things of all ages. The pacing a little odd at times, and the solutions a shade Scooby Doo, but if it's not the best book in the series, it's still good fun.
Perhaps a little more unusual and implausible than most of the Phryne Fisher mysteries, this one still showcases our delectable detective, front and centre.

An exotic and erotic milieu - in Werribee - has Phryne fitting in well in a series of kidnappings, threats, and murder. The Geebung Polo Club is trotted out, as is Verlaine, the Rubiayat of Omar Khayam, not to mention Abdul, the Bul-bul Emir. Truly a feast!

Food features highly in this book, not to mention drink. One wonders how our trim heroi
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Kerry Greenwood was born in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray and after wandering far and wide, she returned to live there. She has a degree 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,
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