Thursday, November 1, 2018

The Green Mill Murder

The Green Mill Murder by Kerry Greenwood (1993) 173 pages

Another mystery featuring Phryne Fisher, another satisfying read! The murder occurs on page one as a dance marathon reaches its 48th hour, ending when one dancer is stabbed to death. Phryne was on that dance floor enjoying the jazz music at the Green Mill club (but not as a contestant in the marathon) and when her date runs to the loo, presumably to be sick after seeing the dead body, he never returns. He appears to be a suspect, and his mother hires Phryne to find him, as well as his brother, who had left home after his return from the Great War many years ago. The overexcited woman appears to be more interested in figuring out her financial status than anything else.

This adventure takes Phryne into the Australian bush in her airplane. Set in the late 1920s, she's using memorized maps from the mid-1800s in order to navigate over the mountains. Runways? Easy access to fuel? Not where she's going! I've found this series really engaging, and this book is no exception.

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