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Dead Man's Chest

A Phryne Fisher Mystery
Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
Series: Phryne Fisher, Book 18
Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Travelling 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 towards 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.

Solve another case with Phryne Fisher.
©2010 Kerry Greenwood (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • Dee
  • 19-06-2018

Absolutely delightful!

Kerry Greenwood’s writing is wonderfully entertaining. Brilliantly descriptive and eloquent with a thread of humour and class! Narrator was terrific. An Australian masterpiece!

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  • Judy
  • 26-01-2013

Phryne up to her usual standard

Phryne takes herself and Dot, her companion, and Ruth and Jane, her two adopted daughters down to Queenscliff for a summer holiday in a borrowed house while her house in Melbourne is being renovated under the watchful eyes of the Butlers. When she arrives, the Johnsons, the caretaker couple who belong to the house are not there and neither is there furniture. The kitchen of the house has been stripped of food and no-one knows where the Johnsons have gone. In the course of finding the missing couple, Phryne gets involved with a film crew, a surrealist party, a treasure hunt and a rum smuggling gang.

This is another great offering from Kerry Greenwood. I wondered how I would like a Fisher audiobook - I have read all the others in hard copy - but found I thoroughly enjoyed it. Stephanie Daniel performs the story well. All in all good value for money.

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  • Crispin Haskins
  • 04-03-2016

Second favourite?

I think this is my second favourite since Victoria Dock! Good story and great characters!

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  • Dandylion
  • 23-02-2013

Smashing

This was a treat to my ears ,Miss Fisher lady detective is witty and timeless ,her constant composed manner delighted me to no end ,she is a wonderful charterer surrounded by warm and generous cast of friends, all spoken with love by the out standing narrator.I plan on reading all of them with in the near future.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-08-2020

Great Story/Cringe-worthy Irish Pronunciation

I liked the story and love Stephanie Daniel, but really wish someone would have provided her with the proper pronunciation of the Irish names Máire and Gráinne. They are NOT pronounced Mare-eh and Grane-ee.

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  • Voracious Reader
  • 16-05-2020

Much Better than TV Episode

I've seen all the TV episodes and am reading all the books -- but reading out of order. Reading a few books led me to watch the series (it was on Ovation), Now I'm buying books because of the TV series. At first, I bought books for only episodes that were my favorites. Now I'm buying all the books because I'm finding some vary widely from the TV shows.
I discovered this when I bought Unnatural Habits on sale. I feared it would be a rerun but far from it! I hesitated to buy Dead Man's Chest because it was one of my least favorite TV episodes. So different! I thoroughly enjoyed the book!

What I probably liked most about this book was its meandering progress. There are a lot of threads. And each held my interest, interweaving with the others to form a much more complex tapestry than possible in an hour show. Phryne has rented a house by the sea for a vacation, and they arrive to find it's been broken into and all the food is gone. She soon acquires Tinker, a boy helper -- he was close to being sacked next door but Pryne takes him on and soon he becomes a willing worker. I think he's in a later book I read. Servantless, the family adapts; Ruth cooks all the meals (lots of fabulous seafood!) because she wants to become a cook. Jane has a library full of books to explore, and she picks a lock to get into a roomful of bones (hades of Bluebeard -- which seems to be one of the books being read aloud at times), but they seem to belong to the professor (anthropologist?) from whom they're renting the hous.

Early mysteries are who robbed the house (of foodstuffs, leaving valuables locked up) and what has become of the servant couple. There are plenty more mysteries: who is the dreaded pigtail lopper, where is the pirate treasure (which is much more interesting in the book than the mundane chest in the TV show), who tried to murder an actress while a movie is being shot, and how will retribution come to three bad boys. Then there's a local rum smuggling rum ring.... I enjoyed exploring all of these with Phryne and the gang. And it wasn't until the very end that an actual murder was implied.... and, in keeping with the sea/fishing theme, that may be the one that got away....

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  • Valerie
  • 19-09-2019

The Surrealists are in this one So Much Fun

This entire series is wonderful and this is one of my favorites, mostly because of the surrealists. Kerry Greenwood's historical afterwards are wonderful too.

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  • K. Rudy
  • 13-11-2017

AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

Love this author and this narrator as always! Keep’em coming Kerry Greenwood and Stephanie Daniels!

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  • Sharyn
  • 05-04-2012

spellbinding

Where does Dead Man's Chest rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

one of the best. I love Kerry Greenwood novels and the narrator is excellent

What other book might you compare Dead Man's Chest to and why?

too many

Which scene was your favorite?

when Jane cut her plait off and was nonplussed about it

Any additional comments?

My 12 year old daughter was absolutly enthralled with this book. I need more for her too now.

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  • Sar
  • 08-06-2018

Well read mostly.... Some dodgy pronunciation

Quite well read with the characters really coming through different voices. However, the Irish accents and pronunciation of anything Irish was pretty bad, even the names which were barely recognisable to how they are actually pronounced.

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  • Book Lover
  • 23-07-2017

Great Story

I enjoyed every minute of this book.
The story was fast paced and the narrator fabulous.