Urn Burial (Phryne Fisher, #8)
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Urn Burial (Phryne Fisher #8)

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The redoubtable Phryne Fisher is holidaying at Cave House, a Gothic mansion in the heart of Australias Victorian mountain country. But the peaceful surroundings mask danger. Her host is receiving death threats, lethal traps are set without explanation, and the parlour maid is found strangled to death. What with the reappearance of mysterious funerary urns, a pair of young...more
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Published February 2012 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published 1996)
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Another light and pleasant read featuring 1920's lady detective Phryne Fisher. This one had a distinctly Agatha Christie feel to it, with the setting being a big old country house (albeit in Victoria, Australia, not England) with a rapidly rising river that more or less cuts the house off from outside help while a murderer roams around, leaving Phryne to investigate and discover who the murderer is. One of the guests was even called Miss Mary Mead - as Agatha Christie devotees would know, St Mar...more
URN BURIAL (Private Investigator-Australia-1920s) – G+
Greenwood, Kerry – 7th in series
Poisoned Pen Press, 2005- Trade Paperback
Phryne Fisher, her maid, Dorothy, lover, Lin Chung and his man, Li, are headed for a holiday at Cave House in the Austrialian countryside. One the way, they hear a rifleshot and find a hysterical maid who has been molested. Later, Phryne finds the maid dead, but when she returns with help, the body is gone. Phryne discovers each of the houseguests has a secret and the ho...more
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Urn Burial is the 8th in the Phryne Fisher series by Kerry Greenwood. Phryne and her Chinese lover, Lin Chung, along with their essential attendants, ladies maid, Dot and bodyguard, Li Pen, attend a house party at Cave House in the Gippsland mountain country. But even their arrival is dramatic, with a gunshot and the rescue of a hysterical parlourmaid who has been assaulted in the fog. Their host, Phryne’s good friend Tom Reynolds, is receiving death threats by note, and before Phryne has a chan...more
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I don't mind sex in my books, I often prefer it--but...two guys? One day? Not even a bath in between? That is not "modern" or "sexually free." That is gross and slutty, especially when one of them is supposed to be your current lover--unless he is with you and you are having a threesome, I suppose. Maybe if she had TOLD Lin Chen wht had happened, but she didn''t. What is she trying to prove? Personally I thought she was bending under the racist pressure...I like Lin Chen and was r...more
This story was out of Phyrne's normal geographic area and was missing most of the usual characters which was a problem. It takes place at a houseparty and the people at the party seemed too numerous and not clearly drawn enough to keep track of easily. This is the weakest of the PF novels I have read.
Jul 08, 2010 Ladiibbug rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Mystery Fans
#8 Phryne Fisher Mystery series

Phryne and her current love interest travel to Cave House to attend a house party. A maid is attacked, a flood prevents anyone from leaving, mysterious and scary things happen, and Phryne must figure out the secrets other guests are harboring to solve a murder :-)
This is one of my favorite Miss Fisher books so far - it's Kerry Greenwood's take on the classic Golden Age mysteries (keep your eyes open for the Miss Marple cameo!), but of course with some Phryne twists... Also, the delectable Lin Chung plays a prominent role, which is always a pleasure. ;)
Took a while to get through this one, not the best in the series and I noticed that this one wasn't in the first series turned into tv shows. It's possibley due to the abscence of some of the characters who usually appear in Miss Fisher's world, no Jack, no Bert, no Cec etc.
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Phryne Fisher is staying with an old friend at his country house with her Chinese lover, Lin Chung. Her host has been receiving anonymous letters and strange accidents start happening as soon as Phryne arrives. There are plenty of strange and interesting characters in this fascinating story and it certainly kept me reading to find out exactly what was going on behind the scenes.

By the end of the book secrets have been revealed and most of the house party guests are making major changes to their...more
Ivonne Rovira
In her eighth novel featuring 1920s heiress and free spirit Phryne Fisher, author Kerry Greenwood tries her hand at the British cozy staple of a murder during a country house party and succeeds rather well. Phryne Fisher, accompanied by her loyal maid Dot Williams, her Chinese lover Lin Chung, and Chung's capable servant Li Pen, is en route to a huge mansion called Cave House that's located in a rather far-flung part of Australia's Victorian mountain area. However, as they're closing in on the h...more
BOTTOM LINE: #8 Phryne Fisher, Investigator, Melbourne Australia 1928; PI, historical. Asked to investigate threats to an old friend, Phryne and Dot come to a famous tourist setting in rural Australia, to stay at his guesthouse and explore the extraordinary cave formations nearby.

This gentle homage to Agatha Christie is spot-on: murder at an odd mansion filled with suspects, death at a cave, family inheritances, etc.; there’s also a lovely Cast of Characters at the front, and a classic plot fil...more
The eighth book in the series takes Phryne away from most of the established cast and to a classic mystery in a very constricted and secluded place. Phryne has been invited to visit the Cave House, a mansion of mixed styles in the middle of mountains. With her are her maid Dot, her lover Lin Chung, and Lin’s bodyguard/manservant Li Pen. When they are driving towards the house, they hear a gunshot and rescue a frightened maid. Nobody seems to know who has molested her.

Cave House’s owner is Phryne...more

Another excellent installment in Greenwood's Phryne Fisher series (this is the 8th book). Urn Burial starts with a bang (quite literally) and doesn't let up. The murder doesn't occur until almost halfway through the book, and while this may occasionally bother me - this works for this book, it allows a chance to get a feel for the setting and the new characters.

Anyone whose seen my previous reviews for this series knows how much I adore Phryne. She is a strong, independent, intelligent, intri...more
This is an enjoyable, Australia-set take on a country house mystery. Phryne Fisher decides to visit a friend's estate in order to recover from her experiences in Ruddy Gore—of course, this being the series that it is, she's not there very long before there's all sorts of mischief afoot with murdered housemaids and hidden secrets. I enjoyed all the OTT twists and turns, Dot (as per usual; what a great example of a female character who is competent and brave without being a Strong Female Character...more
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I love this series but this was not my favorite of the series. There were a lot of people to keep track of but even with that I figured out most of the little mysteries before the big reveal. I read the ebook version and so not so easy to flip back and forth to a cast of characters list. I don't remember even seeing one and since it was borrowed and returned, I can't look for it now. I still plan on reading the series. Phryne is a lot of fun although one does get tired of hearing how beautiful s...more
I really liked this book, but I can see why Greenwood gave a cast of characters before the narrative even began. There are a lot of people to keep track of. Some are easier than others, of course, but if you're not paying attention, it can become a bit of a challenge.

This mystery takes place in an oddly designed house in the middle of the Australian wilderness. A shot is heard in the woods as Phryne Fisher and her friends approach, and the game is afoot. Soon, all the weekend guests are trapped...more
This one was full of surprise couples and twists. I'm sure some readers kinda went, whoa, I didn't expect that. Me, I was surprised somewhat, Greenwood had been going that direction for a while now. This is a marketed as a cozy type of mystery so she might have lost a few readers like Suzanne Brockmann did when she introduced her Jules and Robin storyline in her romance series. Still, Greenwood wrote a wonderful romp of a mystery, with a big cast of characters (list provided at the beginning of...more
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Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher finds herself in the classic "isolated house party" whodunit in her eighth outing, surrounded by any number of people with fishy stories & potential motives at the ridiculously lavish Cave House, where the host has been receiving death threats & a maid has been molested & then strangled. Phryne has reason to mistrust or suspect just about every person in the house of at least having something to hide, & getting to the bottom is going to be tricky....more
As far as I know, this is the only Phryne Fisher mystery that lists a cast of characters at the beginning of the story. That was a bit worrisome -- to me, that indicates that much will be thrown at the reader to muddy the main mystery.

And there was much thrown at the reader to muddy the main "Lina" mystery. At times, it felt like the cast of characters had forgotten about Lina. Even so, it was a most enjoyable read.
It's good I listened to this book on tape so I can pronounce the name Fry-nee. Another detective story where the action is slow and there are no characters I like. It's even ho-hum when the bad guy is caught.

"Manners are the only things that keep us from anarchy."
A particularly good installment of the series--a clever riff on classic Agatha Christie (albeit quite tongue in cheek) of many "stock" characters trapped at a house party surrounded by flood waters. Murder, secrets and an amazing amount of sex abound.
Disturbing in-character (not condoned by Phryne) 1920s racism and persistent exoticization of Lin Chung. I can't decide if there being positively portrayed POC characters makes up for it or not, yet, and I do rather want to like these books so I'm inclined to take a positive view. Predictable in a couple of instances, and suffering from some truly terrible sexual symbology, but still an easy and compelling read, taking full advantage of the manor mystery setting in introducing varied characters...more
Carol Best
Great book but no surprise there as I have yet to read a bad one from the pen of Kerry Greenwood. British cozy mysteries are a favourite of mine so I loved the author's take on that genre. Mary Mead is one of the characters...
I didn't like this one as much as the others, I guessed too soon the id of the villain but I really enjoyed the explanation of how caves are formed.
3.5 stars.
Came to this from the Australian mystery series, "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries", on Netflix. I will continue with the book series.
I wish I had read the paper version of this so I could have flipped back to the list of characters easily. Ebooks have their drawbacks.
The atmosphere and character development captured me with the first book in this series, and I was well caught. The sense of period and place were enthralling, I became interested in the players. I just finished Urn Burial, and feel without caution by the author Phryne could too easily go from 'free thinking independent woman' to 'self indulgent tart'. That said, I'm still a fan!
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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,...more
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