Murder and Mendelssohn

Murder and Mendelssohn 1

Phryne Fisher's Murder Mysteries: Book 20

by Kerry Greenwood

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To the accompaniment of heavenly choirs singing, the fearless Miss Phryne Fisher returns in her 20th adventure with musical score in hand.

An orchestral conductor has been found dead and Detective Inspector Jack Robinson needs the delightfully incisive and sophisticated Miss Fisher's assistance to enter a world in which he is at sea. Hugh Tregennis, not much liked by anyone, has been murdered in a most flamboyant mode by a killer with a point to prove. But how many killers is Phryne really stalking?

At the same time, the dark curls, disdainful air and the lavender eyes of mathematician and code-breaker Rupert Sheffield are taking Melbourne by storm. They've certainly taken the heart of Phryne's old friend from the trenches of WW1, John Wilson. Phryne recognises Sheffield as a man who attracts danger and is determined to protect John from harm.

Even with the faithful Dot, Mr and Mrs Butler, and all in her household ready to pull their weight, Phryne's task is complex. While Mendelssohn's Elijah, memories of the Great War, and the science of deduction ring in her head, Phryne's past must also play its part as MI6 become involved in the tangled web of murders.

A vastly entertaining tale of murder, spies, mathematics and music.

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Kerry Greenwood

Kerry Greenwood is the creator of the bestselling, beloved contemporary crime series featuring the talented Corinna Chapman, baker and sleuth extraordinaire. There are currently six previous novels in this series with The Spotted Dog as Corinna's most recent adventure.

Kerry's much-loved 1920s crime series, featuring the marvellous Miss Phryne Fisher in twenty novels, has been developed for television and screened on ABC TV in Australia. The series is sold in print in the UK and US as is the television series.

Kerry Greenwood is also the acclaimed author of several books for young adults, the Delphic Women series and is the editor of two collections. She has been longlisted, shortlisted and is a winner of the Scarlet Stiletto, Davitt and the Ned Kelly awards. Kerry is also the recipient of the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award, 2003 and the Sisters in Crime Lifetime Achievement Award, 2013.

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  • an excellent read.

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    “Phryne stayed where she was, watching. Robinson admired the way she did not seem to watch; inspecting her nails, running a finger up her calf as thought to check for a run in her stocking, fussing with her hair. She looked perfectly harmless, unless you caught her eye, in which case you felt that you were stripped down to component molecules, weighed in the balance, and found wanting.”

    Murder and Mendelssohn is the twentieth book in the popular Phryne Fisher series by Australian author, Kerry Greenwood. Summer, 1929, and DI Jack Robinson has come to the Hon Miss Phryne Fisher to request her unique brand of input in the case of a murdered conductor, one Hedley Tregennis. She goes with him to the Scots Church Assembly Hall to interview the members of the Melbourne Harmonic Choir, who had been rehearsing Mendelssohn’s Elijah, conducted by Tregennis. The state of the corpse indicated an angry murderer, or perhaps even two. Tregennis was not well liked, and the list of possible suspects is not short.

    While at the Hall, Phryne runs into a lover from her wartime stint in the Somme: Dr John Wilson did his best to patch up victims that Phryne brought from the front in her ambulance. Now he is in Melbourne faithfully attending Rupert Sheffield, an ex-MI6 agent giving lectures on the Science of Detection. Sheffield has been the target of a murder attempt, but is sceptical of the danger: Wilson begs Phryne to establish the source of the threat.

    In this instalment, Phryne again employs her minions (Jane, Ruth and Tinker), her wharfie friends, Bert and Cec, her medical friend, Dr MacMillan, her companion, Dot, and her household staff, Mr and Mrs Butler, to the best advantage. To solve her intriguing cases, Phryne joins the choir, rescues a publican’s daughter, precipitates a battle between rival criminal gangs, commissions a forgery, and is shot through her hat (drat, it was a favourite, too).

    The story features a mathematician/code-breaker, an ex-gunrunner, a forger, a pianist and quite a lot of singers, an inventive poisoning and an attempted drowning. For choral enthusiasts, the (perhaps just a bit too) plentiful references to songs, music and conducting will be appealing. Certainly, this would make an excellent TV episode and perhaps Greenwood wrote it with Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries in mind. Nonetheless, an excellent read. 4.5 stars