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Murder and Mendelssohn Hardcover – 6 May 2014

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  • Hardcover : 327 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 146420246X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1464202469
  • Dimensions : 15.88 x 3.18 x 22.86 cm
  • Publisher : Poisoned Pen Pr; Reprint edition (6 May 2014)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 335 ratings

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"Among Phryne's pleasantly dashing adventures (Dead Man's Chest, 2010, etc.), this one stands out for its emphasis on sexual orientation and institutional coverups.""--Kirkus Starred Review "of "Unnatural Habits""While no one will confuse this for Dickens, Greenwood's presentation of the horrific conditions in the Magdalen Laundry, an actual place, makes this a refreshing change from the series' sometimes breezy story lines.""--Publishers Weekly "of Unnatural Habits""Phryne is a highly engaging series protagonist: an aristocrat who came from humble origins, a decorated veteran of the Great War, a pilot, and a sort of proto-feminist who says what's on her mind and absolutely will not tolerate stupidity or arrogance. She feels in many ways like she's been transplanted from a modern-day crime novel: a character created by, say, Janet Evanovich or Lisa Gardner and then transported 90-odd years back in time. And, yet, the period setting works splendidly, making the most of the flapper ahead of her time. Series fans will be delighted, as always, but promotion to newbies could garner Greenwood some new readers, too.""--Booklist "of Unnatural Habits"

"Like her heroine, Greenwood has never been more confident and confronting, which leads to the cheering conclusion that while we might applaud TV Phryne's onscreen triumphs, the Phryne of the fiction is dancing to her own inimitable tune."--Sydney Morning Herald

"Among Phryne's pleasantly dashing adventures (Dead Man's Chest, 2010, etc.), this one stands out for its emphasis on sexual orientation and institutional coverups.""--Kirkus Starred Review "of "Unnatural Habits"

"While no one will confuse this for Dickens, Greenwood's presentation of the horrific conditions in the Magdalen Laundry, an actual place, makes this a refreshing change from the series' sometimes breezy story lines.""--Publishers Weekly "of Unnatural Habits

"Phryne is a highly engaging series protagonist: an aristocrat who came from humble origins, a decorated veteran of the Great War, a pilot, and a sort of proto-feminist who says what's on her mind and absolutely will not tolerate stupidity or arrogance. She feels in many ways like she's been transplanted from a modern-day crime novel: a character created by, say, Janet Evanovich or Lisa Gardner and then transported 90-odd years back in time. And, yet, the period setting works splendidly, making the most of the flapper ahead of her time. Series fans will be delighted, as always, but promotion to newbies could garner Greenwood some new readers, too.""--Booklist "of Unnatural Habits

""Like her heroine, Greenwood has never been more confident and confronting, which leads to the cheering conclusion that while we might applaud TV Phryne's onscreen triumphs, the Phryne of the fiction is dancing to her own inimitable tune.""--Sydney Morning Herald

""Among Phryne's pleasantly dashing adventures (Dead Man's Chest, 2010, etc.), this one stands out for its emphasis on sexual orientation and institutional coverups."""--Kirkus Starred Review "of "Unnatural Habits"

""While no one will confuse this for Dickens, Greenwood's presentation of the horrific conditions in the Magdalen Laundry, an actual place, makes this a refreshing change from the series' sometimes breezy story lines."""--Publishers Weekly "of Unnatural Habits

""Phryne is a highly engaging series protagonist: an aristocrat who came from humble origins, a decorated veteran of the Great War, a pilot, and a sort of proto-feminist who says what's on her mind and absolutely will not tolerate stupidity or arrogance. She feels in many ways like she's been transplanted from a modern-day crime novel: a character created by, say, Janet Evanovich or Lisa Gardner and then transported 90-odd years back in time. And, yet, the period setting works splendidly, making the most of the flapper ahead of her time. Series fans will be delighted, as always, but promotion to newbies could garner Greenwood some new readers, too."""--Booklist "of Unnatural Habits

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To the accompaniment of heavenly choirs singing, the fearless Miss Phryne Fisher returns in her 20th adventure with musical score in hand. An orchestral conductor has been found dead and Detective Inspector Jack Robinson needs the delightfully incisive and sophisticated Miss Fisher’s assistance to enter a world in which he is truly lost. Hugh Tregennis, not much liked by anyone, has been murdered in a most flamboyant mode by a killer with a point to prove. But how many killers is Phryne really stalking? At the same time, the dark curls, disdainful air and the lavender eyes of mathematician and code-breaker Rupert Sheffield are taking Melbourne by storm. They’ve certainly taken the heart of Phryne’s old friend from the trenches of WWI, John Wilson. Phryne recognizes Sheffield as a man who attracts danger and is determined to protect John from harm. Even with the faithful Dot, Mr. and Mrs. Butler, and all in her household ready to pull their weight, Phryne’s task is complex. While Mendelssohn’s Elijah, memories of the Great War, and the science of deduction ring in her head, Phryne’s past must also play its part as MI6 become involved in the tangled web of murders. Kerry Greenwood’s novels include the Corinna Chapman series and the Phryne Fisher mysteries, recently made into an acclaimed TV program currently in its second season (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries). She is also the author of many books for young adults, including the Delphic Women series and Out Of The Black Land, a novel of ancient Egypt. Murder and Mendelssohn is the 20th Phryne Fisher mystery and her 62nd novel. She is not married, has no children, lives with a registered Wizard, and when she is not writing she stares blankly out the window. www.phrynefisher.com

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