The Green Mill Murder (Phryne Fisher #5) by Kerry Greenwood

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Phryne Fisher is doing one of her favourite things dancing at the Green Mill (Melbourne’s premier dance hall) to the music of Tintagel Stone’s Jazz Makers, the band who taught St Vitus how to dance. And she s wearing a sparkling lobelia-coloured georgette dress. Nothing can flap the unflappable Phryne especially on a dance floor with so many delectable partners. Nothing except death, that is.

The dance competition is trailing into its last hours when suddenly, in the middle of Bye, Bye, Blackbird a figure slumps to the ground. No shot was heard. Phryne, conscious of how narrowly the missile missed her own bare shoulder, back, and dress, investigates. This leads her into the dark smoky jazz clubs of Fitzroy, into the arms of eloquent strangers, and finally into the  sky, as she follows a complicated family tragedy of the great War and the damaged men who came back from ANZAC cove.

Phryne flies her Gypsy Moth Rigel into the Australian Alps, where she meets a hermit with a dog called Lucky and a wombat living under his bunk .and risks her life on the love between brothers.”

These books are enjoyable, entertaining, and well worth reading.

As always Kerry Greenwood plots a well written, crafted mystery, with a good set of characters.  With historical settings, that make you want to find out more about that time period.

This reprint edition is published by Poisoned Pen Press, and is available in hardback, paperback, Kindle/e-book and audio download.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Published by Poisoned Pen Press and download via NetGalley.

5 Stars*****

 

On a short break…I will be back!

Having to take a short break.

Getting some nasty pills out of my system.

Plus moving my mum from a two bedroomed bungalow (for US readers…Ranch style, single level), to a ground floor flat (apartment).

Also house clearing at 2 late friends houses.  So my living room at my house at the moment, looks like an Aladdin’s cave, with soft furnishings, patio chairs, boxes of brick-n-brac, clothes, tools, etc…

Oh, and I can’t forget the several thousand odd books!

And we haven’t even yet scratched the surface on my 2 friends houses.

But at least I haven’t got anymore to come from mum’s! *sighs*

Mum’s moving in day is tomorrow (Thursday).  With my sister and eldest nephew helping with the larger items.  Then on Friday, my sister will be back to help organise my mum…give me strength!

I might get time on Saturday or Sunday to write something…but I think I will probably be sleeping the whole weekend!

Monday and Tuesday, I might be able to breathe…but don’t bank on it! lol

Wednesday, is funeral number 3 in the 6 weeks of this New Year!

Thursday, I have a clinic to attend.  Hopefully with some good results at the end…I could do with them!

Right, I had better get up and moving.  Got to go back to mum’s new flat, clean and move some draws, before my sister comes over tomorrow and does her NUT!   Siblings, you’ve got to love them! *sic* 😀

All Dressed Up and No Place to Haunt (A Haunted Vintage Mystery #2) by Rose Pressey

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When a film crew wakes up a sleepy Georgia town, murder is in fashion…

Sugar Creek is all abuzz. A film is being shot on a historic plantation, and vintage clothing store owner Cookie Chanel is thrilled to provide authentic period outfits for its stars. When Cookie discovers the temperamental leading lady drowned in a pond, wearing a lovely vintage dress, she’s suddenly on location for a real-life crime scene. And when a ghost says the dress belongs to her, the number of clues Cookie has to investigate rivals the size of her shoe collection. With the supernatural support of her psychic cat, Cookie must find a killer in the cast of suspects, and avoid starring in her own final scene…

Don’t miss Cookie Chanel’s Fashion Tips

What with supplying a movie set with vintage clothes from her store, an additional ghost and 2 guys interested in her, plus a murder to solve.

Cookie’s in demand, and doesn’t know which way to turn!

These are fun packed mysteries, with a great set of characters that you will grow to love.  Well plotted and written.  They are an enjoyable read or listen.

Listening Length: 6 hours and 14 minutes and well narrated by Tara Ochs.

Available in paperback, kindle/e-book and audio download.

5 Stars*****

Liv and D.I.Y. in Dixie

This made me laugh! Thanks for sharing Vicki.

Chicks on the Case

In my Liv and Di in Dixie series, Liv’s husband is always at work on never-ending renovations to their Victorian home. Larry Joe insists on being a do-it-yourselfer despite being not-so-handy.

Since the first book came out, a number of friends and acquaintances have asked if Larry Joe is based on my husband, and is he really that hopeless with repairs. No and yes. Hubs truly is not handy with most handyman jobs around the house. But unlike Larry Joe, he knows it, and wisely seeks out professionals to do the job – something Larry Joe is loathe to do.

giphy D.I.Y. LESSON: If only I’d used a hammer, the hole would have been much smaller.

This week, a friend hit closer to the truth when she asked if I’d ever actually knocked a hole in the ceiling and tried to hide it from my spouse. (SPOILER: something like this may…

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