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    The Castlemaine Murders: A Phryne Fisher Mystery (Phryne Fisher Mysteries (Paperback)) (Paperback) By (author) Kerry Greenwood

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    DescriptionThe fabulous Phryne Fisher, her sister Beth and her faithful maid, Dot, decide that Luna Park is the perfect place for an afternoon of fun and excitement with Phryne's two daughters, Ruth and Jane. But in the dusty dark Ghost Train, amidst the squeals of horror and delight, a mummified bullet-studded corpse falls to the ground in front of them. Phryne Fisher's pleasure trip has definitely become business. Digging into this longstanding mystery takes her to the country town of Castlemaine where it's soon obvious that someone is trying to muzzle her investigations. With unknown threatening assailants on her path, Phryne seems headed for more trouble than usual.... ""Greenwood weaves historical data into the plot like gold thread, giving it richness without weighing it down. -Booklist ""An unforgettable character, with a heart as big as her pocket-book, a fine disregard for convention and an insatiable appetite for life."" -Denver Post ""Appealing characters and witty banter...an enjoyable caper.""- Publishers Weekly Kerry Greenwood is the author of more than 40 novels and the recipient of the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award from the Crime Writers' Association of Australia. www.phrynefisher.com -Publishers Weekly


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    Marianne Vincent The Castlemaine Murders is the thirteenth book in the popular Phryne Fisher series by Australian author, Kerry Greenwood. On the Ghost Train at Luna Park on a fun day out with her daughters, Phryne accidentally exposes a Cowboy dummy as a mummified, long-dead corpse. As Phryne investigates further, it becomes apparent that someone doesn't want her to discover the corpse's true identity. But why? To complicate matters, Phryne's younger sister, Eliza has arrived without warning from England. Phryne's lover, Lin Chung has his hands full with family matters and is trying to find some stolen Lin family nuggets from the goldfields in the mid-19th century. Their separate investigations lead them to a thrilling climax at Castlemaine. As always, Greenwood has done her research and provides the reader with interesting tidbits about mummification, embalming, tattoos, travelling shows, autopsy, the Victorian gold rush, Chinese blood feuds, gods and the art of negotiation. Letters home from a Chinese coolie add an interesting point of view. In this instalment, Dot is almost run down by a motorcyclist, Phryne's mail is explosive, several venerable old Chinese feature and Phryne is kidnapped (again!!). Characters from previous novels (Death Before Wicket and Blood and Circuses) make an appearance, and the importance of spelling and pronunciation become apparent. More excellent Greenwood. by Marianne Vincent

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