Dead Man's Chest: A Phryne Fisher MysteryPaperback
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- Publisher: Allen & Unwin
- Format: Paperback | 312 pages
- Dimensions: 132mm x 199mm x 24mm | 292g
- Publication date: 1 October 2010
- Publication City/Country: St Leonards
- ISBN 10: 1742373380
- ISBN 13: 9781742373386
- Sales rank: 24,706
Travelling at high speed in her beloved Hispano-Suiza accompanied by her maid and trusted companion Dot, her two adoptive daughters Jane and Ruth and their dog Molly, The Hon Miss 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 doesn't seem likely at all. An empty house, a gang of teenage louts, a fisherboy saved, 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 to what depths people will sink 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.
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Kerry Greenwood's previous novels in the Phryne Fisher series are Cocaine Blues, Flying too High, Murder on the Ballarat Train, Death on the Victoria Dock, Blood and Circuses, The Green Mill Murder, Ruddy Gore, Urn Burial, Raisins and Almonds, Death Before Wicket, Away with the Fairies, Murder in Montparnasse, The Castlemaine Murders, Queen of the Flowers, Death by Water, Murder in the Dark, A Question of Death: An illustrated Phryne Fisher Treasury and Murder on a Midsummer Night. She is also the author of the Corinna Chapman crime series.
By Marianne Vincent 17 Aug 2014
Dead Man's Chest is the 18th book in the Phryne Fisher series by popular Australian author, Kerry Greenwood. It is January, and Phryne has decided to take her family to Queenscliff on holiday while her bathroom is renovated. But their arrival at the beachside house borrowed from Mr Thomas, an anthropologist currently on a field trip in deepest Northern Territory, instantly immerses them in a mystery. The Johnsons, butler and cook, are absent, along with all their goods and chattels. Their immediate neighbours, a Hungarian lady with surrealist tendencies and a widow hosting three obnoxious teenaged schoolboys, are unable to clarify matters. The local constable, Tom Dawson, is soon labelled Constable Moron by Phryne. To make matters more interesting, there is someone going around snipping plaits off young ladies and there is a film crew making a movie about the legendary Swan Bay pirate, Benito, and his hidden treasure of Peruvian gold. When the Johnsons beloved dog, Gaston turns up, the mystery deepens. Luckily, an eager young lad, soon christened Tinker by Phryne, is engaged to assist with investigations, adopted daughter Ruth delights in testing her culinary skills, and Dot's fiance, now a Detective Sergeant, Hugh Collins arrives to lend official help where needed. In this instalment, Jane reads a lot, sorts bones and stars in a movie; Dot buys a dress and uses a coal scuttle as a weapon; Ruth lovingly prepares many meals; Phryne muses on the contents of boys pockets, on Crimes against Couture, and the dogs solution to any problem, barking; a fish skeleton is used as a fashion accessory and a weapon; Phryne spends an evening with surrealists; there is murder, kidnapping and attempted kidnapping, a treasure hunt and smuggling of tobacco and rum. After causing readers mouths to water with several mentions of Impossible Pie, Greenwood thoughtfully provides the recipe for this, as well as Potato Scones and Noyau Cocktail. Another excellent dose of Miss Fisher.