Murder and Mendelssohn : Phryne Fisher

  • by Kerry Greenwood
  • Narrated by Stephanie Daniel
  • Series: Phryne Fisher
  • 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An orchestral conductor has been found dead and Detective Inspector Jack Robinson needs the delightfully incisive and sophisticated Miss Fisher's assistance. Hugh Tregennis 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 and disdainful air 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 WWI, John Wilson. Phryne recognises Sheffield as a man who attracts danger and is determined to protect John from harm. 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.


What the Critics Say

"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)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

too much romance, too much singing

beautifully narrated and voices well done. but i'm not a fan of romance so those parts got a bit long winded for me. in a written book I'd have skipped them. similarly with the singing in the choir parts.
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- Kara O'Halloran

By far the worst Phyrne Fisher ever.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The narrator did the best of what must have been a very difficult job. She definitely should not have tried to sing, although she tried very hard. Rupert's voice was constantly irritating and I could not understand what John saw in the ghastly man, except for his angelic lavender eyes - come on!
It was disappointing, because otherwise the narrator was excellent and I would certainly listen to her reading again.

What could Kerry Greenwood have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Leave out the gratuitous sex. I kept on wondering who had told her it was a good idea. Lovers of Phryne Fisher love her subtlety and what is implied - unfortunately nothing was left to the imagination here.
The book could have been immensely more enjoyable if it was a swift mystery with the delicious Phryne solving it in her inimitable manner. This story dragged on for ever - it is the first Phryne I have considered so boring that I couldn't care less what happened. The good stuff was thoroughly buried in the mud.

What three words best describe Stephanie Daniel’s voice?

Flexible, adaptable, clear.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No, not really.

Any additional comments?

Please, Kerry - may this be a sad aberration from a winning formula!

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- Katherine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-09-2013
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd