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ARC Review – The Dead Man’s Chest by Kerry Greenwood

ARC Review – The Dead Man’s Chest by  Kerry GreenwoodDead Man's Chest by Kerry Greenwood
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Published by Poisoned Pen Press on November 9th 2010
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 259
Source: Netgalley

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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.

Phryne Fisher is on her way to vacation by the sea. Borrowing a house from an acquaintance she is surprised to find the housekeepers are missing along with all the kitchen supplies.  Hoping she can keep her promise to her crew that she won’t investigate any murders she hopes to find the housekeepers alive. She works with her household to run things smoothly. She acquires a young boy to help her as well. The more she investigates the more she finds out about the quaint seaside town that will explain the disappearance.

In an Oyster Shell –  A fun mystery that was a little bit different than the other Phryne Fishers.

The Pearls – I loved the setting of a small seaside town in Australia. The town held mysteries and eccentric characters. Different events happened that added dynamics to the story.

The characters were fun and well-developed as you will always find in a Fisher’s mystery. Dot is my favorite character. Phryne is fun and set apart for a woman in that time. Her brood is growing and adds depth to the series that I hope to continue on with.

The mystery was interesting and there was no murder this time much of Phryne’s promise to her household. It made a nice change of pace.

The Sand – It was a good book.

4 Pearls!

4 Stars

About Kerry Greenwood

Kerry Greenwood was born in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray and after wandering far and wide, she returned to live there. She has a degree in English and Law from Melbourne University and was admitted to the legal profession on the 1st April 1982, a day which she finds both soothing and significant.

Kerry has written twenty novels, a number of plays, including The Troubadours with Stephen D’Arcy, is an award-winning children’s writer and has edited and contributed to several anthologies. In 1996 she published a book of essays on female murderers called Things She Loves: Why women Kill.

The Phryne Fisher series (pronounced Fry-knee, to rhyme with briny) began in 1989 with Cocaine Blues which was a great success. Kerry has written thirteen books in this series with no sign yet of Miss Fisher hanging up her pearl-handled pistol. Kerry says that as long as people want to read them, she can keep writing them.

Kerry Greenwood has worked as a folk singer, factory hand, director, producer, translator, costume-maker, cook and is currently a solicitor. When she is not writing, she works as a locum solicitor for the Victorian Legal Aid. She is also the unpaid curator of seven thousand books, three cats (Attila, Belladonna and Ashe) and a computer called Apple (which squeaks). She embroiders very well but cannot knit. She has flown planes and leapt out of them (with a parachute) in an attempt to cure her fear of heights (she is now terrified of jumping out of planes but can climb ladders without fear). She can detect second-hand bookshops from blocks away and is often found within them.

For fun Kerry reads science fiction/fantasy and detective stories. She is not married, has no children and lives with a registered wizard. When she is not doing any of the above she stares blankly out of the window.

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