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The glorious Phryne Fisher returns to the spotlight in her seventh adventure. Fisher is an independent, unconventional PI with competence, unflappability and flamboyance in equal measures.
Running late to the Hinkler gala performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore, she meets some thugs in a dark alley and handles them convincingly before they can ruin her silver dress. Phryne then finds that she has rescued a gorgeous Chinese, Lin Chung, and his grandmother, and is briefly mistaken for a deity. Denying divinity but accepting cognac, she later continues safely to the theater. But it's an unexpected evening as her night is again interrupted by a most bizarre death onstage.
What links can Phryne possibly find between the ridiculously entertaining plot of Ruddigore, the city's Chinese community, and the actors treading the boards of His Majesty's Theatre? Drawn backstage and onstage, Phryne must solve an old murder and find a new murderer, and, of course, banish the theater's ghost, who seems likely to kill again.
©2006 Kerry Greenwood; 2006 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"Scented, dangerous, and highly enjoyable." ( The Weekend Australian)
"Phryne Fisher sparkles with wit and champagne elegance. Stephanie Daniel performs with genteel ease. Her upper-class Australian accents and her wild assortment of reputable and disreputable characters are truly amazing." ( AudioFile)
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By Pam on 07-19-07

Great fun!

What a marvelous book! Lovely story and I learned SO much. I didn't even know that Gilbert and Sullivan had written a play called Ruddigore. I learned about it, about Australia in the 1920's and had a marvelous murder mystery to boot!

If you're into sex, suspense and sadistic gore, this is NOT the book for you, but if you love old-fashioned whodunits, download this book today!

The narrator is wonderful and she even sings! (Quite well, too!). More Phrynie Fisher please!! She's wonderful!

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By Victoria on 06-20-09

Sadly Sung

Kerry Greenwood's character Phryne comes to life again This is one of my favourites, but the singing of the reader greatly mars the overall effect of the story, and almost made me fast forward! It is worth gritting your teeth though the singing, just to meet Lin.

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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By Denise on 11-02-16

Too much terrible singing

Stephanie Daniel is usually so good but please Stephanie no more singing! Spoiled the end entirely. The only time I have ever fast forwarded a book.

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By Torlus on 07-25-16

Same great formula

Same great formula as the other Phryne Fisher books. Well told and well read.
Really missed the interview with Kerry Greenwood at the end (there wasn't one) to understand why it was written and her research for the book.

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By Rodney Fielding on 08-06-17

Superb reading of melodramatic story

What made the experience of listening to Ruddy Gore the most enjoyable?

Stephanie Daniel's reading, involving a characterization of people from various parts of the UK and Australia, and also singing parts of songs, mainly by Gilbert and Sullivan. I enjoyed the story too - but see below.

If you’ve listened to books by Kerry Greenwood before, how does this one compare?

Despite the odd corners into which Kerry Greenwood takes us in this novel - spooks, G&S, Chinese superstitions, backstage at the theatre - it is not her finest hour, i don't think. I feel she loses the narrative thread a few times, and has to claw it back with some wild improbabilities.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The one in which Phryrne and Lin Jong (?) find the glass figure designed to fool people into believing a ghost is abroad.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Ghost and Giggles

Any additional comments?

Listening to Ruddy Gore was great fun, especially for a G&S fan like me.

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