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Miss Fisher's latest adventure

Murder and MendelssohnThe divine and fearless Miss Phryne Fisher returns in her 20th adventure in a vastly entertaining tale of murder, spies, mathematics and music.

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.

Paperback | 384pp | RRP $AUD22.99

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The elegant Phryne Fisher What they say about Phryne...

'Elegant, fabulously wealthy and sharp as a tack, Phryne sleuths with customary panache ... [she is] irresistibly charming' -- The Age

'Phryne Fisher is gutsy and adventurous, and endowed with plenty of grey matter.' -- West Australian

'Independent, wealthy, spirited and possessed of an uninhibited style that makes everyone move out of her way and stand gawking for a full five minutes after she walks by -- Phryne Fisher is a woman who gets what she wants and has the good sense to enjoy every minute of it!' -- Geelong Times

'Fisher is a sexy, sassy and singularly modish character. Her 1920s Melbourne is racy, liberal and a city where crime occurs on its shadowy, largely unlit streets.' -- Canberra Times

'The presence of the inimitable Phryne Fisher makes this mystery a delightful, glamorous romp of a novel -- a literary glass of champagne with a hint of debauchery.' -- Armidale Express

'Impressive as she may be, Phryne Fisher, her activities and her world are never cloying thanks to Greenwood's witty, slightly tongue-in-cheek prose. As usual, it's a delightfully frothy, indulgent escape with an underlying bite.' -- Otago Daily Times

'Greenwood's strength lies in her ability to create characters that are wholly satisfying: the bad guys are bad, and the good guys are great.' -- Vogue

'If you have not yet discovered this Melbourne author and her wonderful books featuring Phryne Fisher, I urge you to do so now... In a word: delightful' -- Herald Sun

'The astonishing thing is not that Phryne is so gloriously fleshed out with her lulu bob and taste for white peaches and green chartreuse, but that I had not already made her acquaintance.' -- Bendigo Advertiser

 

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