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The Green Mill Murder (Phryne Fisher #5)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  4,107 Ratings  ·  337 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 e ...more
Paperback, 259 pages
Published 2005 by Allen & Unwin (first published January 1st 1993)
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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 relationsh ...more
Nikki
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
Rachel
Apr 24, 2009 Rachel 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
Nikki
Apr 11, 2017 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, mystery, crime, queer
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 mora
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Tracey
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 stock ...more
Anastasia
Jul 15, 2015 Anastasia 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 t ...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,
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Maggie Anton
Jun 09, 2015 Maggie Anton 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.
eyes.2c
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
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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
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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
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 Fisher
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Marlene
Apr 14, 2017 Marlene 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 murder
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Diabolika
Feb 03, 2017 Diabolika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mistery
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.
Ken Fredette
Apr 17, 2015 Ken Fredette 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.
Catherine
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
Jennifer
Phryne is delightful as always. Narrated by Stephanie Daniel.
Lynda
Mar 13, 2017 Lynda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is no surprise that the books are much better than the tv series, but what was a surprise what that Kerry Greenwood infuses the books with so much human drama.
Noora
Jul 07, 2017 Noora 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.
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
Elaine Tomasso
Nov 11, 2016 Elaine Tomasso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Poisoned Pen Press for a review copy of The Green Mill Murder, the fifth adventure for the irrepressible Honourable Phrynne Fisher in 1920s Melbourne.

Phrynne is at the Green Mill nightclub when one half of the last two couples standing in a dance marathon falls dead at her feet. She is not unused to men falling at her feet but they are not normally murdered. Phrynne's escort for the evening, Charles Freeman, does not take the sight of a corpse well and rushes
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Carol
This was my second Phryne Fisher novel, so I came to it prepared, I thought. Fisher's a comfortable and interesting enough character. Greenwood's easy-breezy style was on full display. I read The Green Mill Murder in two long sittings in a single day, indicating it was a pleasant Sunday read.

I was disappointed. The mystery was, meh, and Fisher expressed little interest in solving it. When we learn, almost as a throw-away paragraph, who committee the crime, the motive is entirely unclear and Gree
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Ian
Phryne Fisher is doing one of her favourite things dancing at the Green Mill (Melbourne's premier dance hall) to the music of Tintagel Stone's Jazz Makers, 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 except death, that is.

The dance competition is trailing into its last hours when suddenly, in the middle of Bye, Bye, Blackbir
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Cissa
Nov 06, 2015 Cissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series so much, I have to be careful in doling it out to myself! I want it to last!

(My edition, bought 10-2015, is complete. If you get one that is missing pages, I'd suggest either returning it to Amazon or contacting Poisoned Pen Press directly.)

This is an excellent mystery, piquing my interest in both the origins of jazz, the legal riskiness of homosexuality (male), and some of the effects of the Great War on the men that fought in it.

As with the previous books, while some of the
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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
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Ivonne Rovira
Sep 02, 2012 Ivonne Rovira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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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
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Sharla
Sep 15, 2016 Sharla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been enjoying this series and enjoyed this book more than the others, until the last bit. One character went from being tall, handsome and a graceful dancer to being a plump fellow with a permanent sneer between the beginning of the book and the end. You might get away with revealing hitherto unknown aspects of a character’s personality but to change their whole appearance is a bit much. Then there is the ending in which things are revealed but not satisfactorily resolved in my opinion. T ...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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