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Urn Burial (Phryne Fisher #8)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  1,488 ratings  ·  113 reviews
The redoubtable Phryne Fisher is holidaying at Cave House, a Gothic mansion in the heart of Australia's 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
Paperback, Large print, 307 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published 1996)
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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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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
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.
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
Jodi
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Marianne
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
Tasula
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.
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.

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Julie Masterton
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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Beth
*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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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 :)
Ladiibbug
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 :-)
Evamaria
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. ;)
Deanne
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.
Joy
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."
Kbc
I love Phryne Fisher as a character but this book was almost unreadable. Aside from the moral issues the prose is confusing.

An example is this sentence, "He just walked up to the recalcitrant Major and they were denatured before they knew what had happened." Or this very confusing paragraph which begins with the description: "Being a dinner dress, it was only ankle length. The fishtail train on Phryne's ball dress- which seemed, sadly, to be unlikely to see society, at least at this party- was
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Beth E
I really enjoyed reading this. It's a good solid Phryne book. This book was not made into a TV episode, so I had no idea what the outcome might be.

Phryne was in good form, particularly in sticking up for her Chinese friends against racism.

The ending, oh my goodness, was dramatic. It was possibly too dramatic to be at all believable, but as always I don't care if it is believable as long as it is well written and enjoyable.

I enjoyed the tribute to Agatha Christie in the form of a character named
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Maggie
Not her strongest, but still a good weekend read. The ending is just too bizarre.
Grey853
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Damaskcat
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
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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
Abbey
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
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Mervi
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
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Christyn

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
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Siria
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
Mary: Harry Dresden's Love Slave
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
Sarah
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
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Writerlibrarian
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
Mdh
I love a country house mystery, and I love a country house mystery with Miss Phryne Fisher. (And Dot, of course.)

Anyone familiar with the genre will find most of this fairly familiar, with intrigue at the dinner table, and sneaking about in the library. I thought this was generally well executed, though I do wish Greenwood had given me a few people to suspect a little harder. Greenwood isn't as good at putting together an innocuous yet suspicious group as Christie, though she does write the spic
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Kathleen
This series is like comfort food - I'll not grow tired of it, won't have it every day. This particular story is different enough from the Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries series(on Acorn) that I can see it being avoided completely... perhaps they'll use elements.
All around a fun time, with period mansion in the Outback, a genius hermit (aren't they all?) and Phryne don't her own wonderful thing.
May have to cosplay this character....
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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.

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