Dead Man's Chest Paperback – 25 April 2019
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- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1472129601
- ISBN-13 : 978-1472129604
- Dimensions : 13 x 2.2 x 19.6 cm
- Publisher : Little, Brown Book Group (25 April 2019)
- Language: : English
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Travelling at high speed in her beloved Hispano-Suiza accompanied by her trusted companion Dot, her two adoptive daughters and their dog, Phryne Fisher is off to Queenscliff. She'd promised everyone a nice holiday by the sea with absolutely no murders, but when they arrive at their rented accommodation that starts to seem less and less likely. An empty house, a gang of teenage louts, and the mystery of a missing butler and his wife seem to lead inexorably towards a hunt for buried treasure by the sea.
But what information might the curious Surrealists be able to contribute? Phryne knows what depths people will sink to for greed, but with a glass of champagne in one hand and a pearl-handled Beretta in the other, no-one is getting past her.
'With Phryne Fisher, the indefatigable Greenwood has invented the character-you-fall-in-love-with genre' The Australian
'The tricky plot, lively writing, likable flapper sleuth, and superb sense of period will delight readers' Publisher's Weekly
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Soon there are other mysteries to solve. Who is the phantom pigtail stealer and why is Mrs Macmaster, who lives next door, with her son-in-law Dr Green, so nasty and so nosy? As usual in these stories, there are many other characters participating in the plot. Their other neighbour has two idle sons, with a particularly nasty friend, called Fraser staying with them. A film company is producing a silent movie on the beach and soon Phryne’s hopeless kitchen maid, Lily is starring in the film.
Kelly Greenwood spices her stories with rich description of the clothes worn by Phryne and Dot and the delicious food they eat. She also indulges herself with the pleasure of including aspects of 1920s life which she has researched. On this occasion she describes a party at the house of Madame Sélary, where the local surrealist club act as one might expect or perhaps as you might not expect.
A delightful new addition to Phryne’s household is poor young lad, Tinker. Hero worshipping Miss Fisher, he becomes a gem, assisted by stray dog, Gaston, in carrying out her orders and acting undercover to solve the mysteries in the style of Sexton Blake.
As always, this book is a pleasure to read and great escapism.
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 world go by and a house full of Surrealists make for a crowded and fast paces plot. This is a light hearted story with plenty to keep the reader interested. There are many amusing touches and I particularly enjoyed the evening Phryne spends with the Surrealists - her temporary next door neighbours.
I liked reading about Jane and Ruth, Phryne's adopted daughters and Dot also plays a bigger part in this story than she does in some of the books in the series. Her fiancé, Hugh Collins comes to visit on what turns out to be a busman's holiday for him. This is an enjoyable read which could be read as a standalone story though it is preferable to read the whole series in the right order to see how the characters develop. The first one in the series is Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher Mysteries)
The idyllic resort chosen isn't so idyllic when murder and mystery come knocking at her door!
Another great Phryne Fisher novel, long may they be written.
Very highly recommended.
I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Poisoned Pen Press via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review which I am very happy to do.
As for the story well it introduces another of Phryne's strays, this one is called Tinker, he wants to be a copper when he is old enough and loves Sexton Blake novels, his actual name is Eddie but Phryne christens him Tinker after the character in the books. Dot is her usual inimitable self, keeping the whole household under control. If you think your holiday in a self catering cottage was a disaster then you will be in complete sympathy with the Fisher entourage.