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The Green Mill Murder

(Phryne Fisher #5)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  5,792 ratings  ·  466 reviews
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 delectable partners. Nothing ...more
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Published February 7th 2017 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published January 1st 1993)
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The Green Mill was hosting a dance-a-thon, with the grand prize of a brand new car for the winning couple. Miss Phryne Fisher was there, dressed to kill and enjoying the company – although the torturous dance-a-thon wasn’t making her happy. When one of the male contestants suddenly collapsed, his partner fell to the floor in angst – the young couple who were left standing after over 42 hours of non-stop dancing were the winners. They also collapsed in sheer exhaustion. But the first man to hit ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
The Green Mill Murder is book five in the Phryne Fisher series and you can read them as stand-alone's, although you probably will get a better insight into the characters by reading from the beginning. I have so far read all but one prior to this book, but I have also seen the TV-series. And, have you seen the TV-series will you definitely both have a familiar feeling reading these books, but also feel that so much is different. And, the one thing I miss most of all is the flirtatious ...more
This is what, by now, counts as a fairly typical story for Phryne, featuring two different lovers, some acts of derring-do, and little glimpses of the found-family going on with Ruth, Jane, Bert, Cec, the Butlers, Dot, and Phryne. Oh, and some very unpleasant people in society. Actually, I would quite like to see Phryne getting on with some people that she doesn’t want to sleep with and doesn’t despise, in her own social class… not that social class matters much to her; it just feels like a gap. ...more
Apr 24, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-goal, mysteries
Nothing like a charming Phryne Fisher mystery to improve the day. This one was one of my favorites so far. Over the course of her investigation into a Jazz club murder, Phryne ends up out of her element which just shows how likable she is under all that sophistication.
Alice Lippart
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
Delightful, as always.
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer, crime, mystery, romance
This book wins for the wombat ex machina alone.

Other than that, on a reread this felt a bit all over the place. There are two overlapping mysteries: one a murder, and one a disappearance. There’s two romances, one of which actually makes me feel kind of squicky inside now I think about it — it’s not often Phryne makes a judgement about who to sleep with that I really disagree with (heck, that’s the point of Phryne; she makes her own decisions)… but one of the two is certainly twisted in his
Let's see, what was my history with Miss Fisher before this book … I adore the Corinna Chapman series, and was surprised and impressed by Out of the Black Land, set in ancient Egypt. I did not, however, much enjoy the first Phryne Fisher novel, Cocaine Blues, for some reason. I think it was just discomfiture with the utterly unique and I-don't-careness of Miss Fisher, and her way of breezing in, solving things, sleeping with any attractive man, and breezing out. Still, loving the author, I ...more
Richard Derus
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
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Green Mill murder by Kerry Greenwood is the 5th book in the Phryne Fisher Murder mystery series. Phryne is attending a dance competition at the Green Mill when one of the competitors is stabbed dead without anyone noticing anything. I enjoyed this book very much. I listened to the Audible versionwhich added to my enjoyment as the narrator did a wonderful job in bringing the different characters to life and also sung the jazz and blues songs. It also included an interview with the author at ...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
Maggie Anton
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The series is getting better with each book. The characters in this one really came to life, and I appreciated how the realities of WW1 came into it.

One BIG problem for those reading the hardcover version - THE LAST CHAPTER IS MISSING. Thus I only found out the murderer's identity and motive by reading Goodreads reviews. The publisher will send a pdf of the final chapter if a readers emails them for it, but I didn't know this until later.
Jazzy Lemon
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this book it is 1928 and Phryne is attending a dance marathon when on the second day, one of the dancers collapses - dead! But not from exhaustion. With a murderer afoot, Phryne takes on the case, as well as the case of finding a jazz singer's husband, flying in her Gypsy Moth Rigel, and still finds the time to study the then short history of jazz. Accompanied with many quotes by the great W. C. Handy, who is known as 'The Father of the Blues'.
Phryne flies high!

Phryne is attending a dance marathon at a jazz club with 'a tedious but socially acceptable escort', Charles Freeman. Tintagel Stone the band leader leader and banjo player has a delectable pair of blue eyes. The last two marathon couples are exhausted but still dancing. One stumbles and falls--never to rise again. Phryne is flung headlong into murder, blackmail, missing persons, and a brief liaison--or two, although lamenting from time to time her anarchist lover met in Death
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, mystery
This book is the one that differs the MOST from an episode of the TV show (that I've read - and yes I get that it's only No. 5 but still). I purposely re-watched the episode before starting the audiobook (and stellar narration as always). The basic premise starts more or less the same - dancing at a Jazz club and witnessing a murder - and the method of the murder and the murderer are all the same but that's pretty much where the similarities end. There are of course many side plots in the story ...more
Stacie  Haden
I give 5 stars for the series. Standing alone it may not be a 5, but if read in order you become invested in the characters and delight in their successes. I like Phryne. She's clever, accomplished, trampy and she cares deeply for those deserving. She's just the right amount of "flawed" to be real and likeable. In fact, I think I'd like to be her. :)
Ps. Don't tell anyone about the "trampy" side of me. :)

Australia 1928
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Quite liked this one as well. These are nice short, frothy reads. I can see why they changed the plotline of this particular mystery when they adapted it for TV though, (view spoiler)

I do like a lot of the
May 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was all over the place with plots and story lines. I had the murder figured out early. Worth reading to keep up with all the characters, though.
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would like a pet wombat please!! Really liked this one, I thought it explored more of Phryne's psyche which was interesting!
Bryan Higgs
I discovered this series a while ago, and they are rather a lot of fun. The protagonist, Phryne Fisher is an interesting and definitely risqué character who solves murders which seem to happen quite a bit around her -- rather like many detectives in the literature. The location is interesting -- Melbourne, Australia -- as is the timeframe -- post WW1. The writing is quite entertaining, and the plots interesting -- on the whole, a good, light read.

My wife and I have been enjoying the "Miss
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Reading Reality

When I either run out of time, or get full-up on serious, I turn to one of my go-to authors and series. At the moment, that’s Kerry Greenwood and her Phryne Fisher series. Kerry and Phryne always deliver a great, fun, can’t-put-it-down mystery, and that is certainly the case in The Green Mill Murder.

There’s also just a bit more serious in this one than I expected, but in an utterly marvelous way.

As always, this episode of Phryne’s story begins with a
I liked the story. I met again my usual Phryne: sparkling, witty and shameless!

"Bear up, man, it is not the dead you have to be afraid of. The living are much more dangerous."

"That being so, I shall put myself to bed. Pity there's no one in it but me, but there it is."

I was glad Inspector Robinson (dear Jack) was a bit more present. I enjoyed their funny conversations. A little shame about the end, too fast and without a clear explanation of the murder.

Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
For a murder mystery, it was both boring and predictable. Weakest installment in the series so far.
Ken Fredette
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the best book so far for Phryne Fisher. It was changed drastically from the book for the TV story. I love to watch the TV version anyway 6 or 7 times.
Elaine White
Book – The Green Mill Murder (Miss Phryne Fisher #5)
Author – Kerry Greenwood
Star rating -
No. of Pages – 173
Cover – Cute
POV – 3rd person, multi-POV, omni-present
Would I read it again – No
Genre – Historical, Crime, Australian, Murder Mystery
Content Warning – shell-shock, gay relationships, PTSD, graphic details of war


For a while, I thought this was going to be my favourite of the series so far, then it flipped on its head and became my least favourite of the
Avid Series Reader
The Green Mill Murder by Kerry Greenwood is the 5th book of the Phryne Fisher mystery series set in 1920s Australia. Phryne is a quite modern-thinking, independent woman. Her attitude is facilitated a great deal by her amazing wealth. She can have or do anything she wants.

She's dancing to jazz music at the Green Mill during a dance marathon, when one of the contestants drops dead at her feet. Charles, her dance partner, is extremely upset and flees. Phryne observes the corpse was stabbed with a
I really loved whole sections of this, so let's go with 3.5 as a rating. This is one mystery series where I think the television version is better than the books, in part because the books are pretty short and attempt to pack in a ridiculous amount of plot for their length. That said, this one isn't particularly interesting as a mystery and there's a fair number of loose threads at the end, but the bits where Phryne is flying her plane and spending time out in the bush are lush and glorious. And ...more
Sadie Slater
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book series often improve as they go on. In this, the fifth of Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher books, the change feels more like a step-change than an incremental change. It's still an enjoyable murder mystery, but it felt less fluffy to me than the earlier books; Phryne's emotions have more depth to them, the characters she encounters have more depth, and the descriptions of the Australian Alps convey a sense of place that was completely lacking from Phryne's previous adventures. My favourite ...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.

Kerry has written twenty novels, a number of plays, including The Troubadours with Stephen D'Arcy,

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  • Death at Victoria Dock (Phryne Fisher, #4)
  • Blood and Circuses (Phryne Fisher, #6)
  • Ruddy Gore (Phryne Fisher, #7)
  • Urn Burial (Phryne Fisher, #8)
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