The Green Mill Murder
Review: The Green Mill Murder is, chronologically, the fifth mystery in the Phryne Fisher series by Australian author Kerry Greenwood, though the tenth published by Poisoned Pen Press.
It is the 1920s and the Great War is over. It is now the time for laughter, music, dancing, beer and wacky cocktails. Phryne Fisher, an anything goes lady, spends an evening at her favorite dance hall, The Green Mill. There is a continuing dance marathon going on as she and her escort dance to the music of Tintagel Stone's Jazzmakers. In view of the band, the marathoners and the casual dancers, one of the dancers falls and is dead before hitting the floor. No one witnessed the man being stabbed in his heart. The police are called but no one can or will tell them anything. Phryne's escort actually runs away from the scene and goes into hiding. Because Phryne is an investigator she is asked by the police to help solve this crime.
The mother of Charlie, Phryne's escort, hires her to find Charlie before the police do, and bring him home. While she's doing this, the mother tells her she has another son who ran away right after the war and she would appreciate it if she would she look for him. She doesn't know where to look and she doesn't even know if he's still alive or if he is dead.
So, Phryne has three mysteries to solve: who murdered the dancer, where is Charlie, and where is his brother?
Kerry Greenwood makes Melbourne, Australia, come to life in the 1920s. Phryne Fisher is a wealthy woman living in comfort with servants, driving a very large car (actually she is chauffeured most of the time), and a two seated airplane that she loves to fly herself. She wears beautiful expensive dresses with shoes and hats to match. Her jewelry is exquisite.
She has investigated and helped to solve a number of cases with the police so the problem of the murder on the dance floor, plus the two missing brothers is not unusual for her.
Phryne leaps into these mysteries with courage, intelligence and humor. She is a funny, fun-loving lady, with just a tad of "blue" humor. On the ground and in the air, Phryne goes to any length to solve these cases.
Acknowledgment: Poisoned Pen Press provided an ARC of The Green Mill Murder for this review.
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Selected reviews of other mysteries by this author …
Death at Victoria Dock
Poisoned Pen Press (Hardcover), December 2006
ISBN-13: 9781590582381; ISBN-10: 1590582381
Poisoned Pen Press (Hardcover), June 2007
ISBN-13: 9781590583937; ISBN-10: 1590583930
Location(s) referenced in The Green Mill Murder: Melbourne, Australia
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The Green Mill Murder by Kerry Greenwood — A Phryne Fisher Mystery
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Publication Date: April 2007
List Price: $24.95