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Ruddy Gore

By (author) Kerry Greenwood

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Praise for Ruddy Gore..."The appeal of this story is the glimpse it provides into the 1920s theater world." -Booklist "A comic opera in deft prose," -Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald Running late to a gala performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore, Phryne Fisher meets some thugs in a dark alley and handles them convincingly before they can ruin her silver dress. Phryne then finds that she has rescued the handsome Lin Chung and his grandmother and is briefly mistaken for a deity. Denying divinity but accepting cognac, she later continues safely to the theatre. But the performance is interrupted by a bizarre death onstage. What links can Phryne possibly find between the ridiculously entertaining plot of Ruddigore, the Chinese community of Little Bourke Street, and the actors treading the boards of His Majesty's Theatre? Drawn backstage and onstage, Phryne must solve an old murder, find a new murderer, and of course, banish the theatre's ghost-who seems likely to kill again. Kerry Greenwood, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Australian Crime Writers Association, began her Phryne Fisher series (pronounced Fry-knee, to rhyme with briny) in 1989 with Cocaine Blues. She has written eighteen books in this series with no sign yet of Miss Fisher hanging up her pearl-handled pistol. www.phrynefisher.com

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  • Paperback | 218 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.82 x 12.7mm | 249.47g
  • 14 Jun 2011
  • Poisoned Pen Press
  • Scottsdale
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1590583140
  • 9781590583142
  • 13,027

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Another Greenwood masterpiece

Ruddy Gore is the seventh novel in the Phryne Fisher series by Kerry Greenwood. In an eventful night attending a gala performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore at His Majesty's theatre, Phryne and Bunji Ross first rescue an old Chinese woman and her grandson from thugs, then witness the effects of two attempted poisonings. The theatre manager, Sir Bernard Tarrant, implores Phryne to investigate the strange goings-on that have the cast spooked: missing gloves, faked notes, torn up telegrams, whiskey dyed green and the appearance of the ghost of the long-dead Dorothea Curtis, who played the first Rose Maybud. As Phryne works behind the scenes to find answers, she is confronted by a large cast of possible suspects. The Chinese grandson, Lin Chung, keeps turning up, and Phryne finds herself being observed by Chinese wherever she goes. Whilst a working knowledge of Gilbert and Sullivan plays is not essential, it might be helpful for the reader. In the course of her investigations, Phryne attends a spiritualists meeting, searches for lockets and missing babies, looks for birthmarks on several backs, gets a Welsh letter translated, drinks lots of tea and narrowly misses being flattened by a curtain counterweight. Bert Hinkler makes a brief appearance. As usual, Phryne manages to unravel the clues and solve each mystery. Another Greenwood masterpiece.show more
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