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Urn Burial (Phryne Fisher #8)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  2,797 Ratings  ·  218 Reviews
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
ebook, 200 pages
Published February 2012 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published 1996)
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Mary
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.
Nikki
If you know what to expect from Phryne Fisher, then this won’t really be a surprise. It’s not particularly remarkable among the other books of the series, bar a slightly less stereotyped version of a queer couple which even includes a bisexual; it’s Phryne, being awesome, not letting anyone get away with prejudice versus her Chinese lover, solving a country house mystery. The more I think about it, the more I see the various books as echoing, mirroring, making homage to other detective stories, ...more
LJ
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
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
I know I'm in trouble when a mystery novel has a) a map of the area where the crime took place or b)a list of characters at the beginning. It means that there would feasibly be confusion on the part of the reader as to what took place where, or who did what, or even who is who(m). God help us if I ever find a mystery that has both--I don't think I'll bother with it if I do. The quotes that begin each chapter were annoying, poorly chosen and had nothing to do with the action in each chapter. Yes, ...more
Anastasia
Urn Burial by Kerry Greenwood is the 8th book in The Miss Phryne Fisher Mystery series. Phryne is on her way to Cave House in the Victorian country when a shot is heard and they rescue a young maid. On arriving they find that this incident is one of many threats occurring in the house. I loved this book and especially all the Agatha Christie references. The setting of an isolated estate, cut off from help due to flooding was very Agatha Christie like and there was even a Miss Marple like charact ...more
Kathryn
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
Lyn Elliott
I've enjoyed some of the Phryne Fisher series, but this one just seemed very silly.
Julie
Feb 26, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah Phryne Fisher, you just keep seducing me more with every book. (Uh oh. Now the next one will be a clinker... What was I thinking?)

Actually, I thought this one was going to be a clinker for the first few chapters: Phryne starts out totally bitchy and not at all her inwardly snarky, outwardly cool and impassive self, an annoying phrase is repeated so many times I wanted to punch myself, and it was beginning to look like maybe she was going to - gasp! - parody or mock Agatha Christie's Miss Marp
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Nicole Field
This novel was so tongue in cheek that, for the first part of it, I completely missed that this was written in the style of a Gothic novel. It follows the same rules of the cut off mansion, the lovers (both boys!!), the secrets, the death, the foils and, of course, the explanation of all the twists and turns at the end. Yet also in this book are references to such novels as the Agatha Christie books and subversions to so many of the expectations from before the turn of the 20th century.

It's set
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Cissa
Dec 13, 2015 Cissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the Miss Fisher mystery series, and this is no exception!

In this volume Green wood does a riff on the classic murder mystery house party, intensified by a flooding river cutting off normal access to the outside world. Meanwhile, there's murder, and blackmail, and revenge sought, and all sorts of other secrets.

The plot was nicely intricate, with both things that appeared to be related ending up not being, and things that seemed unrelated twisted up together. Despite all the complications t
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Nikki
Mar 22, 2017 Nikki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, crime, lgbt
A fun reread, again showing Phryne at her most stubbornly permissive, and determined to see others doing the same. A decent portion of this book is dedicated to persuading Lin Chung to sleep with her under his host’s roof, despite said host’s distaste for the Chinese… It’s kind of fun, and I do enjoy Lin Chung as a character. There’s also a sub-plot of a love story between two young men who are hiding their relationship, including a voyeuristic sex scene. Whatever floats your boat… In any case, ...more
Stacie  Haden
I enjoyed this one. It had a little bit of an Agatha Christie feel to it, but less traditional.
The Phryne Fisher series should come with a warning : If tolerant thinking and liberal morals turn you off, please put this back on the shelf.
As for me, on to the next one. :)

Australia 1928
Hayley
Favourite in the series so far.
Georgia
Feb 24, 2017 Georgia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is probably the first ever time I've been seriously unnerved by a Miss Fisher mystery. I was probably the most messed and shocking mystery of Kerry Greenwood's I have read, and yet still I could not put it down. It was also the fastest one I have read, and it has taken me a few days to be able to write a review about it because I wasn't sure how I felt about it.
So I'll tell you this;

It will mess you up.

You'll be dreaming nightmares.

And it's still the most tongue in cheek, covert, mystery
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Marianne
Jul 07, 2012 Marianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lata
Oct 01, 2016 Lata rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, auth-f, 2016-read
Phryne was her usual self as she doesn't tend to change from book to book. She's rich, attractive, wears beautiful clothes, is comfortable with herself and her desires, is able to defend herself and is physically active. That's who she was in Book 1 and who she still is in this book. She hasn't changed, for all that she's had so many brushes with death and other stressful situations.

Racism is alive and well, not surprisingly, considering the time period. Doesn't make it any easier to read, thoug
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Jodi
Sep 24, 2012 Jodi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Beth
Apr 20, 2014 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
*spoiler alert*


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
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Jerry Hilts
You can always count on Phryne Fisher for a bit of light fun. This one is a bit different from others in the series, as the author tips her hat (or sticks out her tongue) at Agatha Christie. The story is full of the usual Christie tropes (the isolated country house, the long returned secret relative, and on and on) but Greenwood pokes and tweaks them in a very un-Christie way.

It wasn't my favorite of the Phryne mysteries by far, but was quite an enjoyable diversion none the less.

j.
Ladiibbug
Feb 19, 2009 Ladiibbug rated it really liked it  ·  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 :-)
Tasula
Oct 15, 2014 Tasula rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another enjoyable Phryne Fisher, wealthy amateur sleuth in 1920s Australia. Where she goes, murder and mystery seem to follow. Her new Chinese lover, Lin Chung, and his bodyguard Li Pen, assist her in solving the latest crimes- anonymous threatening notes, a wire strung across a lane, a maid assaulted, amidst a colorful cast of characters gathered at a monstrosity of country house.
Karen ⊰✿
I'm so glad that after a few bumpy books in the series, this one is back to what I enjoyed about the series. It is a little different as our friends Hugh Collins and Jack Robinson don't make an appearance, but I really enjoyed the Agatha Christie type murder where everyone is staying at one place when blackmail and murder occur. Classic who-dunnit.
Highlyeccentric
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Alexandra Taylor
So after the last few Miss Fisher books that I've read I was kind of hesitant to get into this one just because I've done so many so quickly that I was left feeling rather unsatisfied. Despite that, this one managed to make me realise just yet again why I love Phyrne and her series :)
Dana Stabenow
Country house murder, Australian style. The big a la Hercule Poirot wrap-up at the end had a little too much information introduced at the last moment, you get the feeling the author was on deadline. Still, it's Phryne, who is always worth reading.
Barbara
Jun 25, 2012 Barbara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women
Not quite a much fun as some of the previous Phryne Fisher books, Urn Burial is an unapologetic farce. In a nod to this reality, one of the characters makes reference to Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore, with which this novel shares some elements. Not bad for all that.
maryam
Feb 02, 2017 maryam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
fantastic light read and gets you out of your head
Deanne
Apr 20, 2013 Deanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crimethriller
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.
Kate
Mar 30, 2016 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Phryne in a country house mystery with all of Agatha Christie's characters, including Miss Marple...er...Miss Mary Mead. I wish I'd caught more of the references but caves! The love that dare not speak its name! Inheritances!
Joy
Feb 17, 2014 Joy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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."
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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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