The Green Mill Murder (Phryne Fisher, #5)
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The Green Mill Murder (Phryne Fisher #5)

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4.5-star review on amazon.com.Phryne Fisher is doing one of her favorite things -dancing at the Green Mill (Melbourne's premier dance hall) to the music of Tintagel Stone's Jazzmakers, the band who taught St Vitus how to dance. And she's wearing a sparkling lobelia-coloured georgette dress. Nothing can flap the unflappable Phryne -especially on a dance floor with so many d...more
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Published January 1st 2010 by Bolinda Publishing (first published January 1st 1993)
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Rachel
I've got to confess...I was very disappointed with this book. Usually Kerry Greenwood has a tight, clean, writing style, but this one was vague and all over the place. It seemed to be more of a showcase on the research that Ms. Greenwood did on 1920s jazz. In most mystery stories, it is common practice at the end of the book to actually solve the murder. But the murder is never solved! Instead, we are detoured to endure a sounding board for gay rights and a look into emotional abuse. That's fine...more
Text Addict
I'm wishing now that I wasn't reading these out of order, because this volume is much improved over the #2 and #3 that I have read. Greenwood slows down a bit in order to describe things more, and allow the characters (and readers) more time to absorb events rather than skip along just taking note of them.

The Great War continues to be a background theme - much as it was to Australian life at the time (the 1920s), I'm sure. It's more directly so here, as one of the key characters "had a bad war,...more
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 2.5* of five

Okay, no adolescent girls in jeopardy this time, so I will continue reading the books.

Phryne does, however, interact with two more stereotypes: The neurasthenic, crying gay interior decorator and the outdoorsy, rough lesbian couple.

Try something a little less cardboard, Miss Greenwood. I am losing heart.

The structure of the book isn't great. The eponymous murder takes place, is investigated, and left unresolved. I think I know who did it, but I have no idea why...or at least...more
Lolly's Library
I can't say this is the best of the Phryne Fisher series. In fact, I'd go so far as to say I'm rather disappointed in it. While it had all of Greenwood's typical style and verve, the story was quite poor. Phryne never solved the main mystery. Or, to be more correct, she solves it, but then she flies off to solve another case and leaves the reader hanging as to who committed the Green Mill murder. Perhaps Greenwood is counting on clever readers to figure it out for themselves and to deduce how it...more
Ivonne Rovira
Kerry Greenwood has done it again. In the Honorable Phryne Fisher's fifth outing in The Green Mill Murder, one of the contestants in a dance marathon collapses after having been stabbed in the heart and Phryne literally trips over him. Phryne's escort for the evening, Charles Freeman, an effete, selfish Momma's boy, is initially accused of the murder. Freeman's overbearing mother hires Phryne to clear her son.

Phryne solves the mystery of this death at the Green Mill, Melbourne's finest dance cl...more
Jann Barber
I read this entry in the Phryne Fisher series while in a lot of pain from kidney stones, so perhaps this is why I feel as if I missed the answer to one of the mysteries.

Phryne is attending a dance competition and is present when one of the contestants drops dead on the dance floor, stabbed by a knife/hatpin. A jazz band is playing, and Phryne becomes smitten with one of the players, because it's Phryne!

Her dance partner, Charles, rushes to the bathroom, having stated that he has never seen a cor...more
Lovepat
I have now read 5 of the Phryne Fisher series by kerry Greenwood and have enjoyed them. I finally know how to pronounce the first name of the heroine- FRY-NEE- thanks Jann!
I have been looking for light entertaining reading this summer and these books fill the bill. The escapades and personality of a 1920's "modern" woman are quite entertaining. Love the descriptions of clothing, food, and the social/political climate of the times. Interesting era-appropriate vocabulay, humor and a well defined...more
Leah
A lot of the earlier Phryne Fishers are a little shaky to start with, as this is, but this one builds up and becomes a lot more enjoyable as it progresses. I find she takes a little too much time describing the appearance of every character and that this doesn't help much in illustrating their personas, and that the secondary characters are pretty one-dimensional, but it doesn't detract from a simple enjoyment of the series.
The final act, set in the remote mountains outside of Melbourne, is brea...more
Mands
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Ilona
Phryne Fisher mysteries are lovely, light, rollicking reads that bounce along at a good clip. This was no exception. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of the Australian alps -- had never even heard of them prior to this book, and will probably do a little research and find out more.

As with every Greenwood novel, there are two threads: the main mystery and a secondary one. The main mystery is the death of the man on the dance floor, the secondary involve a missing brother. (I have a sneakin...more
Grey853
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
Another sleepless night, another light-as-air read courtesy of Kerry Greenwood. This time Pryne meets murder on the dancefloor as a marathon dancer drops dead in mid-foxtrot. Miss Fisher realises all is not lovely in the world of jazz, and heads off in her Moth for the mountains of Australia in search of a recalcitrant heir with shell-shock. There's no resident Chinese lover at this point to keep her from seducing the men of her choice--though one wonders if his presence would have made much dif...more
Emma
Yet another great Phryne Fisher novel by Kerry Greenwood! These books are such fun while being well written. You can tell that a lot of research has gone into them to make sure the facts and the 1920s Melbourne places are correct.

Onto the next one!
Linda
In The Green Mill Murder author Kerry Greenwood strayed a little from her usual format in regard to the completion of the novel. If you like to have a nice clean resolution when you read a murder mystery then you might want to steer clear of this one.

I quite liked the culture of jazz that Phryne is surrounded by in the beginning of this novel. Kerry has a lovely way of winding history or interesting titbits into her stories. They are not always necessary but they are entertaining. At one point...more
Gwen
A Phryne Fisher book I actually truly enjoyed! The main murder really made no sense--I'm convinced that there's a chapter missing wherein the murder is explained, but if you've seen the episode of the TV show, the solution is better explained.

But the "secondary" mystery (that really formed the bulk of the plot)! What a fascinating, gripping story. I told myself that I would read just a few chapters before sleeping, but I actually read the whole book in one sitting, thanks to the Vic Freeman plo...more
Laura Rittenhouse
The Phryne Fisher books are very hard not to enjoy. They are silly in a rather lovely way. The plot is thin but the writing bounds along and it's fun to just get lost in the story. I'm not big on fashion and food which are trademarks of this series (or is it this author?) but nothing is overdone, including the suspense.

This specific book is much like the other one I've read. I didn't start from the beginning of the series and will never read them all, but they are perfect if you want something...more
Sally
The Green Mill Murder was beautifully written as always, with Phryne solving a mysery or two with her supporting friends. The criminals are as awful as ever with terribly despicable motives.



I found The Green Hill Murder more poignant than the previous Phryne Fisher books, what with the layers of history building up; Bert and Cec revealing their gut wrenching experiences in the trenches in the Great War using evocative phrases such as "mud with arms and legs and dead horses in it"; Phryne's horr...more
Marianne
The Green Mill Murder is the 5th of Kerry Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher series. Phryne is having a delightful time in her sparkling lobelia-coloured georgette dress at the hottest dancehall in town, The Green Mill, when the evening is shattered as a male dance-marathon finalist is stabbed to death on the dance floor. Shortly afterwards, her dance partner, Charles Freeman, disappears. Phryne is engaged by Charles’s mother to find him. In this episode, Phryne encounters some interesting jazz musicians...more
P.d.r. Lindsay
As someone who lives in the Southern Hemisphere I take a delight in books which are written by people who live here. It’s a pleasure not to have to translate little things as I read, like turning our wintery June into a summer month. We have our own unique and quirky idioms which are fun to read in dialogue and witty dialogue is one of Kerry Greenwood’s great skills. Kerry Greenwood is a delightful Australian writer who has written many books, but she will go down in history as the creator of Ph...more
LJ
THE GREEN MILL MURDER (Private Investigator-Australia-1920s) – VG
Greenwood, Kerry – 5th in series
McPhee Gribble, 1993- Aus. Paperback
Phryne Fisher attends the last day of a dance marathon with her friend Charles. When another dancer is murdered, Charles disappears. In order to protect the family estate, Charles' mother hires Phryne to find Charles' brother, who went to the Outback after WWI. In the meantime, the blues singer at the club where the murder occurred, asks Phryne to find her missing...more
Damaskcat
Phryne Fisher is having an evening out with Charles Freeman at the Green Mill when a man taking part in a dance marathon is killed in front of her. Phryne soon finds herself involved in the case as she is employed by Charles’ mother to find the murderer. Charles her favourite son is also the police’s favoured suspect for the murder.

This is an exciting story with some positively hair raising flying adventures for Phryne herself as she tries to find a missing person. But there is humour along the...more
Abbey
BOTTOM LINE: #5 Phryne Fisher, Investigator, Melbourne Australia, late 1920s; genteel thriller, with an edge. Whilst dancing at a trendy nightclub, Phryne literally falls over a dead body. Another snappy visit with the wonderful Phryne and her glorious cast of characters, as she tracks down some dastardly doings in the gay netherworld of 1920s Melbourne, and then heads to the wilderness to find a man owed an inheritance. A bit coyly cute in spots, but that doesn’t overwhelm this riproaring Adven...more
Lynn
Another great adventure with Phryne! I really do enjoy these adventures. I had seen the ABC (Australia) production of this before I read the book, so I was not really surprised with the "whodunit" aspect, but was pleasantly surprised with how much better the book is than the production. I really felt cheated by watching the production.

The book was great and, was fittingly timed. There was a very long discussion of the Australian forces in WWI -- both at Gallipoli and at the Battle of Pozieres. I...more
Clare
Another excellent story in the series. I've enjoyed them all so far, and I love reading about the 1920's history as day-to-day life... the dancing contests, the classic cars, the Erte' dresses... :) It's great fun. I can't honestly imagine anyone allowing a woman to be as independent as Phryne is during that time period... but it's fun to read nonetheless.
Melissa
I was confused at the end if this one because the main murder is left unsolved. Apparently some copies of this book are missing the final chapter where the main mystery is solved. Unfortunately my library's copy is one of those. I was able to learn the identity of the murderer in other reviews. Even apart from that, this one lacks some of the sparkle of earlier novels. I'll keep reading, but I'm pretty unhappy with this one in the series.
Brett
Phryne Fisher is just good, clean fun - or maybe not so clean, depending on how you feel about the fact that she has a tendency to seduce at least one character per book. While I did enjoy this one, I have to say that I didn't enjoy it as much as the previous stories for the reason that the murder at the center of the story is never solved, & I wanted very much to know if my guess was correct. I can see the point being made - the murdered man was not a very good person & everything worke...more
Heather
Well written but the actual plot was very...scattered. I couldn't keep focus. There was a jazz club murder as well as a missing veteran of WWI with a bizarre mother and brother and it was just hard to focus with two very different mysteries going on at once. Plus there was not enough of Phryne's friends Burt, Ces, Dot and the Butlers. I still very much enjoy Phryne and this will not deter me from reading on :)
Tasula
I enjoyed another in the Phryne Fisher amateur Australian detective series- in Jazz Age Melbourne. In this installment, Phryne investigates the murder of a contestant in a dance marathon, and along the way meets and beds a few delectable young men. Go Phryne!
Rosa
By far one of the most different story lines from the television show and even though the "romantic" parts are a little silly and over dramatic I still find myself really enjoying the books. They are impeccably researched and the historical notes at the end are some of my favorites.
Siria
I was very interested, reading this, in noting the differences between the plot Greenwood creates and the plot as filmed in the ongoing TV show. Some I can understand—in a one hour TV show that you're probably hoping to sell into syndication, you want for there to be a neat ending in which the murderer is identified and arrested—but others were less so. I certainly found this a much stronger tale. I did like that, at least in this one tale, Greenwood is willing to incorporate LGBT characters int...more
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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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