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Dead Man's Chest (Phryne Fisher #18)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  1,484 ratings  ·  149 reviews
Dot unfolded the note. "He says that his married couple will look after the divine Miss Fisher...I'll leave out a bit...their name is Johnson and they seem very reliable." Phryne got the door open at last. She stepped into the hall. "I think he was mistaken about that," she commented.Traveling at high speed in her beloved Hispano-Suiza with her maid and trusted companion D ...more
Paperback, 259 pages
Published November 9th 2010 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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This rather relaxed mystery takes place immediately after the events in Murder on a Midsummer Night. Deciding that her domestic circle is in need of some relaxation after her most recent, rather trying, investigation, Miss Fisher takes her companion and two adopted daughters for a month at the seaside. But when she arrives she finds her borrowed house unlocked and the servants missing. Foul play? Of course! But of what nature? Since the Johnsons seem to have left under their own steam this myste ...more
Dead Man’s Chest is the 18th book in the Phryne Fisher series by popular Australian author, Kerry Greenwood. It is January, and Phryne has decided to take her family to Queenscliff on holiday while her bathroom is renovated. But their arrival at the beachside house borrowed from Mr Thomas, an anthropologist currently on a field trip in deepest Northern Territory, instantly immerses them in a mystery. The Johnsons, butler and cook, are absent, along with all their goods and chattels. Their immedi ...more
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
Five stars for this instalment with no sex, no gore, just a good read. I begin to understand why those who started with the TV series dislike the books so much. I did see the filmed version of this book before reading it and boy, did they ever change it!!

Phryne goes on holiday with her family only to find that the house a stranger offered her for the stay is empty of food and domestic staff. Said total stranger is off to the back blocks, and she's not even sure where he is, let alone how to reac
Jann Barber
As I've said before, I would love to be Phryne. Barring that, I would love to be her best friend and fellow sleuth.

This is the 18th entry in the series and picks up where "Murder on a Midsummer Night" left off. Phryne had indicated the need for a vacation, so she leaves Mr. and Mrs. Butler at the house and takes Dot, Jane, Ruth, and Molly (the dog) to a house at Queenscliff (offered to her by a character from said previous book).

Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, the live-in couple at the house, were nowhere
First Sentence: Dot opened her eyes.

The Honorable Phryne Fisher, private investigator, takes her family on vacation to a house she’s been lent in Queenscliff, Australia. The owner had promised Phryne, her maid Dot, adopted daughters Ruth and Jane, and dog Molly, would be well looked after by Mr. and Mrs. Johnson. However, when they arrive, the Johnson’s and their possessions are gone, the larder is completely empty and the back door wide open. The family settles in to make do while Phryne tries
Jigme Datse
I first picked up this book probably about 2 months ago, but didn't get to it. I had been watching *Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries* on WGBH, and looked to see what they had in the library for books which the series is based on.

Oddly, I'm not quite sure how to review this. I could tell you all kinds of things about the story, but I'd rather not, because well that would be telling, "spoilers" as a certain Doctor Who character says. So I will *try* to stay away from that.

One thing I noticed, it ki
Kerry Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher series is one that is top of my “buy it immediately a new book is issued” list. This latest exciting installment lives up to the high standard of 1920s high jinks I have come to expect as Ms Fisher fights injustice with her pearl handled pistol, kind heart and quick wit.

DEAD MAN’S CHEST, the eighteenth in the series, opens with Phryne travelling to the resort town of Queenscliff with her faithful maid Dot, dog Molly and two adopted daughters, Ruth and Jane, for a
Pmalcpoet Pat Malcolm
I always enjoy another chance to visit with my friend Phryne Fisher, star of one of the wonderful mystery series by Kerry Greenwood. The books are a joy to read for their interesting characters, beautifully portrayed period settings, and sometimes wacky who-dun-it plots. This time Phryne is on vacation at the shore while her Melbourne house is being remodeled. Phryne has promised Dot, her ladies companion, as they were called in those days, that there will be no murders involved. And there aren' ...more
I love, love, love this book. I checked out all the Phryne Fishers I could find after seeing it recommended by a Fug National (I got a lot of my book recs from the comment section of They're kindred spirits.) and that there was a show about her. I need to bingewatch the show. Phryne is a cool customer in 1920s Australia, thoroughly unconventional and unbothered by morals. She's tough, bitchy, funny, stylish, and brill. She could outdrink Nick and Nora Charles, and give them a ...more
It is 117 degrees in the desert where I live, and like Phryne in Dead Man's Chest, I am looking for escape. She heads to a seaside get-away and I bury myself in a pile of Kerry Greenwood books. And, this has been my favorite so far.

I love Phryne Fisher for her intelligence, her style, her daring and her sense of fun. She often refers to "penny detective stories" and it feels like Greenwood is having a lot of fun writing her own current version of that flamboyant genre.

In this installment in the
What's not to love about Phryne Fisher? She's capable in all things, smart, can fight off any assailant, maintains an active sex life, and keeps adding to her household as she meets numerous children in need of her brand of mothering. Which is to say, given responsibilities, education, plenty of delicious food, and allowed to help her to solve mysteries. Each additional member of Miss Fisher's entourage adds complexity and interest to the plot. This is becoming my new favorite mystery series
Poor Phryne...she cannot manage to elude murder and mayhem even while vacationing. Due to renovations being made to her bath at her Melbourne abode, Phyrne decides to borrow a house from her acquaintance Mr. Thomas and take the family to Queenscliff. Despite Mr. Thomas's assurances that the house will be ready and staffed by the Johnsons, Phryne and family arrive and find the house deserted. Dot, Jane and Ruth soon sort things out while Phyrne questions the neighbors about the Johnsons' disappea ...more
Great fun though set away from Melbourne. Phryne takes a holiday with Dot, Ruth and Jane but the housekeeper of their rented holiday home is missing with her husband.
There's a few new characters, and I hope to see more of tinker her latest acquisition. Phryne seems to collect children.
Once my car was returned I continued with this series of delightful Jazz Age mysteries as my audiobook-in-the-car. As I had also purchased the Kindle edition I decided to double up and both listen and read. I allowed my audiobook speed to dictate my reading and so each Sundays I read those pages that I've listened to during the week. I always found that there were a few details that I'd missed while driving so this arrangement worked well and I will probably continue to double up with the final ...more
Love, love, love. These detective books, set in Melbourne in 1928, have everything I love in them - art, cooking, literature, beautiful things. Oh, and social justice and lefty politics. You rock, Kerry Greenwood.
In a series as long as the Phryne Fisher Murder Mysteries series (more than 20 books), there are bound to be some favorites and some duds. (Even the duds in this series are pretty good.) This is one of the really good ones: with an especially fun cast of supporting characters and a bit of extra attention to some of the recurring minor characters like Hugh Collins.

The arrival of the Fisher clan at their vacation home is a bit marred by the local servants' recent mysteries disappearance. Why and
I liked but it was a bit slow.
Phryne Fisher has promised her family a holiday at Queenscliff where she is renting a house from an acquaintance. She has promised there will be no mysteries to investigate but when they arrive at the house and the housekeeper and her husband are not there to welcome them it seems as though her promise might not be fulfilled.

Pirates, buried treasure, locked rooms, missing people, a gang of louts and a mystery pig tail snipper not to speak of an elderly lady who sits at her window and watches the
Despite constantly "bragging" that we live about an hour from just about anywhere... it does mean that every trip in the car do to anything takes a while. We've recently turned to audio books to fill in the hours of dodging kangaroos and potholes and the most recent that we've been listening to is DEAD MAN'S CHEST by Kerry Greenwood. Number 18 (good grief.. really!) of the Phyrne Fisher series, the audio version is read particularly well by Stephanie Daniel who does an excellent job of individua ...more
One of her best! Greenwood is top-notch when keeping plots simple but exciting and cast of characters manageable. Phryne Fisher needs a rest so she packs up her household and goes to a beachside resort. For fun, there are brutish smugglers, a well-guarded pirate treasure and some enticing surrealists, as well as good and bad boys, all rescued by Phryne & Co.

I love Phryne Fisher's way of not thinking she is better than anybody else and her respect for others, especially kids--as Einstein said
Christine Keleny
Genre: Murder mystery, a Phryne Fisher mystery (narrated by Stephanie Daniel)

Blurb: (from Goodreads) Phryne Fisher needs a rest. It's summer. She packs up her family and moves to Queenscliff, a quiet watering place on the coast. Where she meets with smugglers, pirate treasure and some very interesting surrealists, including a parrot called Pussykins. What is the mysterious Madame Selavey hiding? Where are the Johnsons, who were supposed to be in the holiday house?
What I liked: I liked the narrat
Gottfried Neuner
The Phryne Fisher novels are very well written mystery novels set in 1920s Australia.
In this novel Phryne takes a holiday. Yes, yet another one, she is titled and rich and can afford as many holidays as she wants I guess. This time she and her family visit idyllic seaside resort Queenscliff, which we already enountered briefly once before.
The main plot of the novel is her daughter Ruth's discovery of a sophisticated cookbook among the books in the house they stay in, and her continuous improve
Kerry Greenwood does it again. Dead Man's Chest is the latest installment in her absolutely wonderful Phryne Fisher mystery series. As I've said before, Phryne is the grown-up's Nancy Drew. Phryne has steel in her spine and witty comebacks. She can stare down anyone fool enough to mess with her socially and can take on some rather hefty blokes and come out "with hardly a hair out of place." In this adventure, Phryne and her household (companion, Dot, two adopted daughter, Ruth and Jane, and dog, ...more
P.D.R. Lindsay
Hurray for Phrynee Fisher! Here she is going on holiday with her family and landing them all in a mystery, which she solves with her usual panache and flair. Tinker joins her family, and we meet him in the next novel. I do like the way Phrynee and her family grow and change in the novels. Makes them more 'real'.

Kerry Greenwood is such a good writer. Her dialogue is funny, her research fascinating and revealed in interesting ways, and her way with words is a lesson to all writers. It's those verb
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This has been my favorite of the Phryne books. Maybe cause all the various stories engaged, because enough was going on, maybe because clues were actually shown. Who knows, it was a good read! I also liked how well all the characters got involved. Would have liked more of the surrealists- she should have had an affair with the poet.

I just wish that she would either lose Lin Chung or at least pursue more of the lovers she likes to pretend she's liberated and goes after. By pining after a married
Katie Bee
Oh, this one was fun! I enjoyed it more than the previous couple of books. Love seeing Jane and Ruth growing into their own, and the coziness of Dot's ongoing romance with Hugh. Plus the one-off minor characters in this one were great (Tinker and Maire particularly).

The only bit that was tiresome was the surrealists and their ~randomness. I didn't care one fig about them and they were annoying. Luckily they weren't around much so their main scene was easily skimmed.
A different Phryne book as the mystery centres around a husband and wife butler/housekeeper team that aren't available as expected at a holiday house Phryne has taken for the summer. The couple are long standing servants and no-one knows what happened. So was it a murder, or did they simply leave town for an unknown reason?
This book further explores Phryne's diverse family and their relationships and is great fun as Phryne, of course, knows all and can do impossible things :)
Judy Tate
Phryne at the seaside. I liked that this book did not have Jack Robinson in it, but Hugh Collins had followed Dot and was thus involved. Burt and Cec did not make their appearance either. As a result, we learn more about Dot, Jane and Ruth and these characters needed filling out. As usual I did not figure out the culprit until right at the end. Lovely, I hope there are many more Phryne Fisher tales to come.
The work I'm currently doing affords me the opportunity to listen to audiobooks while I look through a microscope and I've thoroughly enjoyed these fluffy mysteries set in 1920s Australia. The narration is superb and the writing is much better then a lot of American cozy mysteries. If you like the Flavia de Luce mysteries or #1 Ladies Detective Agency mysteries, you'll probably enjoy these too.
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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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