Dead Man's Chest

Dead Man's Chest

A Phryne Fisher Mystery

Book - 2010
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Dot unfolded the note. "He says that his married couple will look after the divine Miss Fisher...I'll leave out a bit...their name is Johnson and they seem very reliable." Phryne got the door open at last. She stepped into the hall. "I think he was mistaken about that," she commented.

Traveling 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 toward 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.

Publisher: Scottsdale, Ariz. : Poisoned Pen Press, c2010.
ISBN: 9781590587973
Characteristics: 259 p. ;,23 cm.


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Sep 12, 2017

I really like this series. She's outside of Melbourne for a nice change. As usual interesting local characters. Although I have to look up some words for their somewhat dated and local meaning, I find that it adds a quaintness to the tale.

Dec 06, 2016

(Book 18 in the Phryne Fisher series)

Nov 04, 2015

I liked all the activity in and around the vacation home, especially the description of the surrealists nextdoor. Not as much Phryne-sex in this one, but a lot of food.

JCLAmyF Jul 23, 2014

In a series as long as the Phryne Fisher Murder Mysteries series (more than 20 books), there are bound to be some favorites and some duds. (Even the duds in this series are pretty good.) This is one of the really good ones: with an especially fun cast of supporting characters and a bit of extra attention to some of the recurring minor characters like Hugh Collins.

The arrival of the Fisher clan at their vacation home is a bit marred by the local servants' recent mysteries disappearance. Why and where did they go? And what's up with the rumors of a local buried pirate treasure? And the girls who have had their braids snipped off by an unseen assailant? Lots of local mysteries, but all with a decidedly lighter feel, and a fast, cohesive pace.

LaughingOne Feb 01, 2013

I totally enjoy the Phryne Fisher mystery series! Set in and around Melbourne, NSW, Australia, in the 1920s, the stories feature Phryne, who is quite the character. Start with the first in the series and read in order as the stories build from book to book. These are thoroughly entertaining stories filled with independent women, adventure, danger, and a great cast of characters.

Mar 30, 2011

Kerry Greenwood and Phryne Fisher are always worth a read, this book's no different, fun, interesting, it draws the reader in. Loved it.

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