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The year is 1929, and Melbourne is in the grip of an exhausting heatwave. But for elegant and irrepressible private investigator Phryne Fisher, the temperature is the least of her worries. She finds herself simultaneously investigating the apparent suicide of a man on St Kilda beach, and trying to find a lost child....

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Murder on a Midsummer Night Reviews

  • Andrea
    2018-08-30 10:50

    The amount of effort Kerry Greenwood puts into making sure all her diligent research results in a highly enjoyable novel that feels authentic instead of dull and lecture-y will never cease to amaze me. She is such a wonderful writer, and it's a joy to immerse yourself into Phryne's world, the glittering (or maybe only shiny-on-the-surface) 1920s in Australia. I love learning something new about this era with each book, seeing a new aspect of their daily lives. I love how every time Phryne investigates more than one case, each features different aspects, and observations and little things about one case will ultimately help Phryne solve the other. In this case, Phryne is asked by her socialist sister to investigate a death the police have ruled accidental. The owner of an antique shop was found drowned, and only his mother refuses to believe he was suicidal. Phryne soon discovers hidden treasures, drug addicts, spiritualists, and many more unpleasant things. Only with the help of her entire family and her lover Lin will she be able to shed some light.Her other case involves an old family hiding some shameful and ugly secrets that are threatening to ruin more than one life. Phryne's companion Dot finally gets to some more sleuthing on her own, which takes her to the theater of all places, where she finds herself charmed by ageing actors reminiscing about the past. Another strand of narrative features soldiers in the Holy Land, which did confuse me a bit, but ultimately kept me turning the pages, curious to see how it all worked out. I'm still not really sure what happened there, to be honest, but maybe I'm just missing some historical knowledge? Anyways, these bits were small enough to not bother me.All in all, I loved spending more time with Phryne and her minions, and I can't wait for more. I've read this series completely out of order, after having watched the series, and I can safely say they work as stand-alones. If you ever come across one of these awesome books, don't worry about which number of the series it is, just go for it. You won't regret it!*I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

  • Nikki
    2018-09-06 14:33

    Murder on a Midsummer Night is not the most striking entry in the series, but if you’re here for Phryne and her found family, her lavish lifestyle and her relationships with the people around her, it’s just what you’d expect. Lin Chung gets to use some of his talents from past books, setting up a creepy seance using his magician’s tricks, and Dot has her own sleuthing work to do on one case, while Phryne deals with another.At this point, I find the mysteries themselves relatively forgettable: it’s Phryne I read for, her unflappability and good sense, her ability to see right through people and situations. And her family, of course: Jane’s fascination with all things biological, and her interest in becoming a doctor in particular.Well might people complain that Phryne is too perfect, too privileged. But really she’s the answer to Lord Peter, with an extra heaping of sexuality and feminism. She’s supposed to be impossibly awesome, and it shows us that female characters can be too. I won’t complain!Originally posted here.

  • Ivonne Rovira
    2018-09-15 09:34

    Australian author Kerry Greenwood rarely commits a misstep, but she does a bit in Murder on a Midsummer Night, the seventeenth novel in this usually lovely series. The Honorable Phryne Fisher investigates two unrelated matters: the murder of a mama’s boy junk dealer and the whereabouts of an illegitimate baby put up for adoption in Ballerat, Australia, in the 1860s. The indomitable Mrs. Manifold — certain that her devoted son would never kill himself, whatever the incompetent coroner might claim — hires Phryne. Sure enough, Phryne finds that Augustine Manifold did not drown himself in the sea, but was drowned in a soapy bathtub. The Bright Young Things that associated with young Manifold are over the top — even for Phryne Fisher and me. That thread goes a bit off the rails. However, Phryne, aided by devoutly Catholic Dot Williams, Phryne’s devoted companion and ladies’ maid, unravels the mystery of what happened to the baby born to the desperate 16-year-old Kathleen O’Brien in 1864 in a fine fashion. So three stars to a novel that’s literally only half-bad.

  • Miriam
    2018-09-18 12:25

    Probably the coziest of the Fisher mysteries -- fewer violent attacks, more staying home with Phryne's piecemeal family and eating lavish meals (accompanied, as always, by staggering amounts of coffee and gin).

  • Marianne
    2018-09-10 15:51

    Murder on a Midsummer Night is the seventeenth book in the popular Phryne Fisher series by Australian author, Kerry Greenwood. As 1929 begins with a very hot spell, Phryne is asked by her sister, Eliza to investigate a death the police believe a suicide. Mrs Manifold is convinced her son, Augustine did not take his own life. An Old Wares dealer who was much loved by clients, friends and staff, Augustine was excited about a discovery that would buy his beloved mother a house and see him independent very soon. Certain irregularities in the pathology report have Phryne intrigued. A group of obnoxious and rather dangerous Bright Young Things that Phryne encounters at Augustine’s funeral head her list of suspects. At the same time, Phryne is visited by a barrister for a well-to-do family whose matriarch has left a puzzling will. Phryne is engaged to find a possible heir to the estate hitherto unknown. This excellent instalment features a Harley rider with a grudge, a Professor of languages, Cec’s cousin Cedric, a haughty butler, a failing businessman, some ageing thespians, a nun, a cache of gold coins and a blackmailer. Phyrne attends a Requiem mass, holds a séance, reads a diary written in code, escapes a bunch of kif smokers, visits a funeral parlour and hosts a birthday party. As usual, Mr and Mrs Butler provide at-home support while Dot, Jane, Eliza and her friend, Lady Alice, Bert and Cec, Jack and Lin Chung all take an active part in the various investigations. Another excellent dose of Phryne mystery.

  • Damaskcat
    2018-08-29 09:39

    A heat wave is affecting Melbourne at the start of 1929 and trying Phryne Fisher's patience. Two new cases for her to investigate arrive virtually at the same time.A devastated mother wants her to investigate the apparent death by suicide of her beloved son and a lawyer wants her to try and find an illegitimate child who is one of the heirs to a fortune. Warring families and thoroughly nasty Bright Young Things are doing their best to disrupt her investigations.Phryne vows to take her whole family away on holiday once the two cases are settled. I really enjoyed this complex story and loved the ending with the seance organised by Phryne's lover Lin Chung. It was nice to see more of Phryne's two adopted daughters, Jane and Ruth and also to see Dot, her companion, playing a part in the investigations.If you enjoy crime stories with interesting and likeable characters and complex plots then you may enjoy this series. Each book can stand on its own but it helps to read them in order so that you can see how the series characters develop. The first book in the series is ‘Cocaine Blues’.

  • Ivonne Rovira
    2018-09-25 14:31

    Australian author Kerry Greenwood rarely commits a misstep, but she does a bit in Murder on a Midsummer Night, the seventeenth novel in this usually lovely series. The Honorable Phryne Fisher investigates two unrelated matters: the murder of a mama’s boy junk dealer and the whereabouts of an illegitimate baby put up for adoption in Ballerat, Australia, in the 1860s. The indomitable Mrs. Manifold — certain that her devoted son would never kill himself, whatever the incompetent coroner might claim — hires Phryne. Sure enough, Phryne finds that Augustine Manifold did not drown himself in the sea, but was drowned in a soapy bathtub. The Bright Young Things that associated with young Manifold are over the top — even for Phryne Fisher and me. That thread goes a bit off the rails, and the resolution is not very believable. However, Phryne, aided by devoutly Catholic Dot Williams, Phryne’s devoted companion and ladies’ maid, unravels the mystery of what happened to the baby born to the desperate 16-year-old Kathleen O’Brien in 1864 in a fine fashion. So three stars to a novel that’s literally only half-bad.

  • Marijan
    2018-09-04 14:44

    One fo the finest Phryne Fisher books in the series. Two mysteries solved, slightly intertwined, because Phryne HATES mysteries. A well researched background. And just a touch of mysticism.

  • Bev
    2018-09-22 12:36

    I love Phryne. She is a grown-up's Nancy Drew. She's sophisticated and daring, rich and ribald, wise and witty, and able to keep up with boys even better than Nancy ever did. The plots are never all that intricate, but they're so much fun!

  • Jann Barber
    2018-09-20 17:32

    This is the second Phryne Fisher mystery I have read, and is the 17th in the series. At some point, I plan to backtrack and read all of the books in this series. I find Phryne to be absolutely delightful; she is a young, independent woman living in Australia in the 1920's. She has adopted two teen daughters, knows how to live the good life, and enjoys solving mysteries. If I could be a character in a book, I might just have to choose Phryne Fisher.At the end of almost every chapter in this book, a piece of some other story was told. It was perplexing, as the reader knew it would somehow tie into the story that involved Phryne, but I found it a bit irritating...until the final installment at the end of the book. That provided an "aha!" moment, and I went back to re-read those small bits. Clever bit of writing on the part of Ms. Greenwood.There were two mysteries in this book: one involved discovering whether or not the death of a man was homicide or suicide. The second found Phryne trying to discover the fate of an illegitimate child of a rich lady, much to the dislike of the remaining relatives, with whom the estate would be shared.Greenwood paints delicious word pictures, and writes an excellent mystery as well!

  • Tracy Smyth
    2018-09-21 16:36

    Light & easy to read. Enjoyable story

  • Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
    2018-09-14 15:29

    Halfway through this I realised I was reading it out of order, but the good thing about these books is that while there may be references to earlier tales, they are seldom essential to understanding. It's another good, light read.Agustine has been found dead, washed up on the beach. Did he drown? Was it suicide, or murder? If it was murder, who did it and why?Who is "the child among you" that is haunting the Bonetti family? And will Phryne's doorbell ever stop ringing? Lin Chung gets to try his hand at a bit of oldfashioned table-turning--in both senses of the word. I have to say, I got tired of the doorbell ringing all the time, as a plot device. It happened all the time in "Dead Man's Chest" too, and was just as annoying. And just as a side note, becoming addicted to valerian does not in my experience lead to being in a trancelike state all the time. Quite the contrary, as one becomes habituated, it has less and less tranquilizing effect and causes nervousness and erratic behaviour. In the afterword, Ms Greenwood speaks of feeling "timesick, like Doctor Who." I have to agree with her, and I would suggest that if that is the author's reaction to her own work, she should have edited and rewritten before submitting it for publication. I didn't feel that the flashbacks added much to the text, unless you consider confusing the issue an addition. The wrap of the Bonetti story was simply ridiculous, though harmless enough, and the shoe-horning of the desert flashbacks into the resolution of the Agustine thread was tiresome and flat. (And I do wish she'd drop the quotations to start every chapter!!) However, a goreless story with no madness, sex or overt violence. I have to admit I read the Fisher stories for the ambience, and I'll be sorry when I've finished the series, unless someone can point me to some similar mental popcorn.

  • Mystica
    2018-08-26 10:41

    The Honourable Phyrnne Fisher is quirky but a good detective who gets things done. Sometimes not in a very orthodox way, but who cares. When you pay for an investigation everyone wants results and the Police seem to be happy that one more case gets closed because very often Phyrnne slips out of the picture, and the local police gets the credit.An apparent suicide, a lost child, magic which makes things and people appear and disappear all add to the story in the midst of a Melbourne heatwave. Along with Phyrnne's rather large entourage of family and retainers all playing a role the murder mystery is always solved.Full of color both in characterization and surroundings, the story is always light hearted, easy to read and very enjoyable.

  • Mervi
    2018-08-30 17:50

    17th book in the series.The year 1929 begins with a heatwave, at least in Melbourne. Phryne’s 29th birthday is coming up and she’s starting to plan for it. But then, Phryne’s sister Eliza brings to her a distraught woman, Mrs. Manifold. Her only son has died and the police are saying that it’s a suicide. However, Mrs. Manifold is convinced that someone has murdered her son. Phyrne agrees to investigate and soon plunges into the life of Augustine Manifold. He was an antique dealer and good at his job. He knew just how to find the hidden treasures from any estate or garage sale, and he also hired to capable people; a girl for his shop and a carpenter who is a genius in his job. He was also excited about the future and telling people that soon he can buy his mother a house of her own. Phryne has to get to know his friends and she isn’t impressed; she thinks that they are not only obnoxious but frightful.She’s also investigating another matter. A lawyer brings to her a case where an old, wealthy woman has died and left her fortunes to her children, divided equally between “the issue of her body”. She has four living children but the lawyer suspects that Mrs. Bonnetti had another child before marrying her husband. Phryne agrees to look into it, discreetly. This is not an easy task, because Mrs. Bonnetti was old and her possible child would be quite old, too. Phryne just thinks of this as a challenge.This time Phryne involves some of her friends more than usual. Dot’s knowledge of all things domestic is particularly useful. Phryne’s adoptive daughter Jane wants to become a doctor, which has been established before, but here she works like a forensic pathologist, figuring out if Augustine died at the sea or not. Pretty gruesome work for a 12-year old but she’s just fascinated!We also get small snippets of Cec an Bert’s adventures during the war. However, the purpose of these small scenes doesn’t come clear until the very end.This is a highly enjoyable Phryne mystery with all of the familiar cast running around

  • Celia
    2018-09-08 09:41

    I read a rather disappointed review of one of Greenwood's Phryne Fisher novels by Hazelblackberry, who thought that Phryne was just a bit too perfect. I think I may have read all the Fisher series (this is the most recently published) and I see her point. Phryne is the woman who has it all - rich, good looking, perceptive, never found a mystery she couldn't solve, etc. I do tend to finish these books thinking it would be nice to live in the 1920s if you had a butler and a housekeeper and unending piles of money to spend on clothes, and certainly if you read them for plot you'll be disappointed. They're the sort of novels you read for the atmosphere, and the luscious descriptions of Phryne's life of leisure - the mysteries themselves (for these are ostensibly mysteries, Phryne being a private detective) are less than enthralling. However, the whole sensual picture does tend to catch me up and distract me from the mystery at the heart of the story - where can I get a bath scent that smells like Phryne's? The audio book was good, although the Aussie accents were occasionally a teensy bit too exaggerated, and Phryne's cool, calm, collected tones remained utterly cool and calm even when she is being confronted with horrors. She is perhaps just a little too perfect.

  • Chara
    2018-09-02 11:29

    Interesting plot. Solution a bit out of the blue. Had some very bright and funny moments, though. Author must have been in a good mood when writing this one. What I didn't like at all is that the author seems to have forgotten that Lin Chung has been married and the readers have met his wife in previous books in the series. Unfathomable. Anyway it's a cozy reading. Enjoy.

  • John Frankham
    2018-09-07 12:43

    One of the more recent Phryne Fisher 1920s Melbourne-based socialite-detective novels. Was the antique dealer drowned or murdered, and, separately was there another legatee of a family will? Really not one of the best, with several passages of padding showing Fisher's knowledge of antiques, and pointless end-of-chapter flashbacks. A tired author producing a tired book.

  • Karen ⊰✿
    2018-09-24 17:47

    Another fun mystery to add to the series with a great audio narration by Stephanie Daniel.

  • Dee Rose
    2018-09-21 15:36

    Audiobook. A light, very entertaining mystery starring the irrepressible Phryne Fisher.

  • A.M.
    2018-09-21 15:40

    It’s hot in Melbourne. Phryne is just a little off. She’s turning twenty nine and the thought depresses her. When her sister Eliza brings a distressed mother to her door, she’s inclined to refuse to investigate her son’s suicide - at least until she learns he was twenty nine. It seems significant.Augustine Manifold ran an antique store with dedicated zeal. He had a great eye and was self taught in languages and history.The autopsy was poorly done. He drowned with rocks in his pockets but his mother swears he could swim. In his pocket was a pre-roman shekel.The second case is brought to her by the lawyer for a well to do Italian family. Their aged mother has died and left her estate to her children, but the lawyer suspects she had an illegitimate child at sixteen and gave it up for adoption. In the interests of distributing the estate, he wants to know if the child, who would now be in their sixties, is still alive.***Jane, who wants to be a doctor, is pleased to pick Dr Mac’s brain and then Phryne sweet-talks the undertaker and the guard at the morgue until they get a sample of lung water. Fresh and soapy. He didn’t drown in the sea; it’s murder. Now Inspector Robinson is notified.Meanwhile, the dead woman’s eldest daughter gives permission for the lawyer to release a parcel her mother left her. It contains her diary and some trinkets. Evidently she was in love with Simon O’Rourke, the elder brother of a friend, and he wanted to be an actor. They assume he’s the father of the child.Augustine had a very odd group of friends. Gerald Atkinson is a collector and self described gentleman. James and Priscilla Barton, are from one of those name families. Priscilla has a companion with the obvious pseudonym of Blanche White. Stephanie Reynolds is a psychic who is unmannered enough to wear a bright red sari to a funeral. Two other young men, Luke Adler with brown hair and Valentine Turner blond, and a plump girl Veronica Collins who Phryne describes as sinning out of her league. Jack knows the men have assault charges.Phryne doesn’t much like any of them, but she has to investigate.On her way back to the car after the burial, she sees a grave stone erected by the Actor’s charity for one Simon O’Rourke. Could this be Kathleen’s lover?Jack describes another Augustine friend, Professor Rowlands:‘Yair, well, that’d be right. Professor Rowlands works up at the university. Lives in a nice house with a housekeeper to look after him. Bit of an eye for the ladies but nothing permanent so far. Gossip says he’s much run after but so far won’t let himself be caught.’ (p. 160).Lmao. Phryne invites him to lunch.Jack also suggests that Atkinson is importing drugs. The police just haven’t caught him at it, yet.Mr Butler rigs up a large block of ice and a fan so Phryne can sleep. And in the morning, Lin is in her bed. He admires the air conditioning and says he’ll copy it. His grandmother can’t sleep and his whole house is running out of nerves and patience.James Barton shows up at her home hysterical, drugged and swearing the group are trying to kill him. They are obsessed with seances and treasure hunting. Then the son-in-law of the dead woman tries to bribe her to stop investigating. And her house is burgled but Ember, the cat, scares him off.Lin stays around to help Phryne rig a seance. With a bit of Lin’s magic, they out the murderer.A meeting with the lawyer and all the family, expose a thief, a blackmailer, and the real child.Cases closed.I got confused with the snippets at the end of the chapters. There are some diggers in the middle east, and a person leaving threatening notes ‘the child is among you’. I couldn’t work out how they related to each other *spoiler* they don’t. Silly me.The topic of the book seems to be suicide. Augustine’s original cause of death. Plus, it is hinted at in the death of the actor - a gas leak on his old lover’s birthday? Priscilla Barton has attempted suicide by drug overdose. And Phryne talks to Jane about why Dot is so against it (she’s catholic) and her own experience of trying to stop someone.By the end of all this and a party for her birthday where everyone is invited, the whole house is ready for a holiday. Which is of course, book 18 Dead man’s chest. No wonder Phryne was tired of treasure hunters.3 stars

  • KriisGaia
    2018-09-09 13:29

    Murder on a Midsummer Night by Kerry Greenwood is yet another installment of the wonderful Miss Fisher Murder Mystery stories featuring the Honorable Miss Phryne Fisher. This one is set in the scorching heat of summer and finds her investigating the apparent suicide by drowning of a junk-shop owner.The only problem is that things aren’t quite what they seem to be. The junk-shop isn’t full of junk, and the man himself seems to have been something of a business marvel. With a gift for hunting up treasures and selling the unsellable, he was something of a genius in his field.Of course, his mother insists he would never have killed himself and certainly never by drowning and so she hires Phryne to discover the truth.At the same time, Phryne is called upon to hunt for a missing heir. An illegitimate son was born to a woman with a healthy estate. He is now one of the heirs to her fortune. Without finding him, or what happened to him, they can’t distribute the estate to any of the heirs.As always the dashing and impeccably dressed Phryne looks at the world in her own unique way. She uses resources the rest of us may not consider (like her ward Jane with the autopsy). The author manages to juggle two complex cases yet the reader doesn’t lose the way.A Glimpse Of The PastWith all of the books in this series, there is a fast-paced adventure complete with a few harrowing moments. There is that here too but I particularly enjoyed reading a little more about Miss Fisher’s past. Reading how she interacts with her sister in the present was fun as well. (Two more different siblings you are not likely to find).This is an excellent addition to the series yet works well as a stand-alone book. Very enjoyable.Reviewed for LnkToMi iRead in response to a complimentary copy of the book provided by the publisher in hopes of an honest review.

  • Elaine Tomasso
    2018-08-29 16:47

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Poisoned Pen Press for a review copy of Murder on a Midsummer Night, the 17th outing for the Honourable Mis Phryne Fisher of Melbourne.It's 1929 and fast approaching Phryne's 29th birthday which is perhaps why she accepts the case of 29 year old Augustine Manifold who has apparently committed suicide by drowning and whose mother refuses to accept the verdict. As she starts to investigate she is approached by a lawyer who asks her if she can discreetly investigate a potential illegitimate baby from the 1860s who wil be due a substantial inheritance. Along the way Phryne encounters uncomfortable weather, spiritualists, wrong doers, interesting characters and danger.I thoroughly enjoyed Murder on a Midsummer Night which is an exhilarating, fun read. Unlike the other novels there are several points of view and their purpose is slightly confusing until all is revealed at the end. I found them distracting and felt they marred an otherwise excellent read. As always in this series the plot is not the main event but while it is slightly preposterous it is addictive and had me hooked from the start.The main event is Phryne. She lives her life at a frenetic pace and in a most unusual way for the times - she has a Chinese lover, adopted children and an eclectic mix of friends, associates and helpers. Being rich and beautiful helps her but it is her intelligence and zest for life which really appeal. I just love her and her unconventionality and admire Ms Greenwood's research and the rich period detail she adds to the novel because Phryne is not a modern miss inserted into a historical setting (as in many novels) she fits.Murder on a Midsummer Night is a great read which I have no hesitation in recommending.

  • Lghiggins
    2018-09-06 13:36

    In Murder on a Midsummer Night, there are two major non-connected mysteries and one minor mystery. A man with no apparent reason to commit suicide is found drowned, and Phryne Fisher is hired to discover what really happened to him. Simultaneously she takes on a case to find a person who was given up for adoption many years prior. A mother has died and her will indicates that this person should be included in receiving monetary benefits. At the end of each chapter is a brief part of yet another tale. It appears very disconnected from the main plot lines until the very end of the book at which time it is tied into one of the threads. Rather than being clever, I found it distracting.This is the first Phryne Fisher mystery that I have not totally enjoyed. In addition to the dangling mini-mystery, the characters did not have the pizazz that they normally have. The author relates the actions the characters take rather than allowing the reader to watch the action, participating vicariously. I regretted that Phryne’s family members as well as other regulars in the series are present but not very active. The result is a flat feeling to the story. In addition there are a number of truly distasteful characters in this book. Phryne doesn’t like them, and the reader has no reason to like them.I am a big fan of the Phryne Fisher Mystery Series, but this mystery was disappointing. If this were my first experience with the series, it would probably be my last. Knowing the usual quality of the books in this series, however, I will be back.I would like to extend my thanks to and to Poisoned Pen Press for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jess Hale
    2018-09-19 11:48

    Maybe it's the fact that I took a couple of days longer to read this than usual, or maybe I read too many pages in the wee hours of the morning while only half-awake and didn't take it in properly (ebooks have been a LIFESAVER when up with baby!) but I finished this feeling that I didn't properly understand some of the plot points.- What part did the professor have to play in everything?- I didn't quite understand how Mr Johns was blackmailing everyone. What other secrets did he think he knew?- Why did Patrick abandon Katherine (or was it Kathleen?) and the baby?- Why did Phryne invite the Atkinson lot to her birthday party after feeling so strongly earlier that they were all completely vile? What happened to her gut feeling that they were involved in the murder?- What was with that whole convoluted back story about the Temple treasure and Blackbeard's treasure?I'm still losing more and more enthusiasm for the intra-chapter bits Kerry Greenwood is so fond of. In this novel, they didn't make sense until the very end, so until then I found them annoyingly confusing, or skimmed them.I also found myself noticing again - and probably wouldn't have if I'd read the books more spaced out rather than all one-after-another - that Phryne makes deductions that we, the reader, aren't let in on. We get hints that a suspicion has been confirmed etc. but have to wait to see what it is - and my feeling is that by the time we get to the end we forget how certain clues came to be in any case.That being said, I did enjoy the two mysteries of this book and thought they were a bit different and interesting. I liked seeing Dot out and about and all the little slices of life with the other characters.

  • Diane
    2018-09-26 09:29

    Murder on a Midsummer Night (Phryne Fisher #17) by Kerry Greenwood begins with Phryne thinking about her twenty-ninth birthday. She is making plans for a party. In this book, we read more about Phryne’s sister, Eliza. She comes to Phryne with a case she thinks will be of interest. Mrs. Manifold’s adult son has drowned and the coroner has ruled it a death by misadventure.  Mrs. Manifold is sure this is very wrong, her son would never have drunk whiskey excessively and he was a skilled swimmer. I enjoyed the discussion of her son's collectibles and especially the William Morris tapestries that Mrs. MTanifold had helped to create.  Phyrne decides to look into the case for Eliza and Mrs. Manifold. There is also a request for Phryne to help find a missing person in the settlement of the estate of  Mrs. Mario Bonnetti. It seems she had a love affair with a young actor named Patrick at about the age of seventeen and shortly thereafter had been sent away from home for about a year.  Then at age twenty, she is married to a much older man of wealth. She had a good life and other children, but she left instructions for all of her children to share in her inheritance at her death. So a mystery for Phryne to research and locate the youthful lover and maybe learn the fate of the love child. As we get further into this mystery I felt so sad for the young Kathleen waiting for her Patrick to come and take her away from her shame and troubles.I just adore the very modern Phryne Fisher as she lives her life by her rules and does good for others. In this book, I was glad to read more of Lin Chung’s involvement in helping Phryne with the séance and his magician’s tricks. Enjoy!

  • John
    2018-09-02 12:51

    This was book 17 in the Phrynie Fisher series. It’s 1929 and an extremely hot summer in Melbourne. But Miss Fisher and company have more to worry about besides beating the heat, she has two cases to investigate.  One involves a request to investigate the apparent suicide of an antiques dealer on St. Kilda Beach. The second request comes from a lawyer who asks her to search for a possible child and heir of a deceased client. Both cases involve unique challenges and a motley crew of suspects. As usual part of the fun is not only the indomitable Miss Fisher, but two adopted daughters Jane and Ruth, her very Catholic assistant Dot, and keeping the home running smoothly, Mr. and Mrs. Butler. Also making appearances were her mates Bert and Cec, and her favorite policeman Jack Robinson. I also met here for the first time Phyrnie’s younger sister Eliza.  I was particularly amused by the very scientific minded 12-year-old Jane’s joy at meeting a mortician and attending an autopsy. The other delight was Dot’s chance to join in the investigation and interview two marvelous elderly former stage actors. It was great to see the normally reticent Dot’s enthusiasm for all thing’s theatrical. This was one of my favorite books in an excellent series. The author, Kerry Greenwood, does an fine job of writing and of research on the time period. I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • Brenda
    2018-08-31 14:51

    When the Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher (private detective) was visited by the upper crust elderly mother of a recent suicide, Phryne had no idea how the next weeks would unfold. And how involved she and her household would be with trying to solve not one, but two unpleasant mysteries. That summer in Melbourne, 1929 was a relentlessly hot one (much like it is here, now!) and no matter the amount of swimming or fanning themselves, Phryne and her entourage still felt uncomfortably hot. But her investigations into both the unexpected and unexplained suicide; plus the missing heir to an elderly woman’s extreme fortune had her busy. Dot, her companion, along with Ruth and Jane (her adopted children); even Mr and Mrs Butler – all were involved in some way. And Lin Chung proved himself to be very helpful. What would be the outcome to all this confusion that Phryne managed to keep straight in her mind – much to the bemusement of Dot?Murder on a Midsummer Night by Aussie author Kerry Greenwood is another delightful cosy mystery set in the early nineteen hundreds amid the squalor and hardship of Melbourne. There she sits, wealthy but generous and indomitable, with no forgiveness toward the criminals and lowlife in the area. An excellent read – I thoroughly enjoy this author’s writing and am looking forward to reading more in the near future! Highly recommended.

  • Marcie
    2018-09-11 14:55

    Thank you to Netgallery/Poison Pen for the opportunity to read this ebook.Phryne Fisher's investigative skills have become known around Melbourne, Australia. She is plucky, a woman who is both a hedonist and a feminist, and she is a collector of lost souls. With the assistance of her friends and family, she takes on spiritualists (who were vastly popular after WWI), antique dealers, and the upper crust of Melbourne society who are rife with family secrets. She is the epitome of women who "did their bit" during the War. And, she has taken on the Australian penchant for rule-breaking. With a Chinese lover and a gun in her stocking, she is willing to right all wrongs. "Murder on a Midsummer Night" is true to the series and those that enjoy the PBS/Acorn run television series will thoroughly enjoy the book.

  • Kathleen Gray
    2018-09-17 10:29

    Phyrne Fisher is one of the coolest lady detectives out there. If you've read the series, you know more or less how this will go- Phyrne and her team of intrepid amateurs ( Dot, Jane, Lin Chung, Eliza, Jack and the rest) will ably untangle a mystery while dining and drinking and having a grand time in 1920s Australia. If you haven't read the series, you're in for a treat. It's wonderful to read a mystery in this setting and with such vivid characters. It's not the same as the tv series but more a companion to it. I haven't read all of these (they're slowly being issued or reissued in the US) but I look forward to every one because they're just a delight. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. Cozy readers or readers of historical mysteries should try this (and others by Greenwood.).

  • Betty
    2018-09-17 11:27

    I found this book hard to read as I felt the writing did not flow smoothly. It seems to jump around from one mystery to another without any reason. The quotations at the beginning and at the end of each chapter did not seem to belong. There are two cases in which Phryne Fisher is interested. She was hired by a Mother to look into her son's death. It was ruled an accidental death. The Mother felt her son was murdered. The second case involved a will. It left the estate to be divided equally by all surviving offspring. Was another child born and if so, did it survived? Disclosure: I received a free copy from Poisoned Pen Press through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review this book. The opinions are my own.