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Publisher's Summary

The delectable Phryne Fisher has been invited to the Last Best party of 1928. When three of the guests are kidnapped, Phryne finds she must puzzle her way through the scavenger hunt clues to retrieve the hostages. This is another sparkling mystery from Australia's Queen of Crime, Kerry Greenwood.
©2006 Kerry Greenwood (P)2007 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
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"Brimming with glamour, high life, and a hint of debauchery, Greenwood's series delivers a literary glass of champagne, lifting readers' spirits while tickling their fancies." ( Booklist US)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Nancy J on 05-25-13

The Last Best Party of 1928


In this her 16th adventure, Phryne attends the party named above. All 15 of the previous Phryne Fisher books take place earlier in 1928, and the Party is being held for six days from Dec. 26th to New Year's Day 1929. Most of the action takes place at the party with hundreds of guest staying in the Manor House or in fancy tents on the grounds. The Party serves to show the absolute excesses of the rich immediately before the Crash of 1929.

Phryne's attendance is partially for fun, but primarily to investigate death threats against the party's host, who with his twin sister inherited a fabulous fortune and they have for years been going about spending it. Over the years they have gathered a group of followers from around the globe. Now they are throwing an extravaganza with incredible food, live jazz and other music, a polo match, and a number of opportunities to engage in tantric sex and other behaviors that many in that day might deem degenerate or perverted. All with great panache, of course!

Phryne attends the party and solves the mystery of the threats in her usual light -hearted manner, displaying supreme confidence and style. Meanwhile, at her house on Christmas Day, we meet Phryne' s sister, Eliza, and Eliza's lover Lady Alice, and Jane and Ruthie have their first wonderful Christmas ever. All great fun.

As usual, Stephanie Daniel's performance was excellent.

I read this book out of order. Ordinarily I try to read books in a series in chronological order in order to keep evolving characters and relationships straight. But I bought this one on sale and just dived in. Even without the continuity, I enjoyed it a great deal. It might not, however, be the best one of the Phryne Fisher books for a newcomer to read first.

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5 out of 5 stars
By penguinnj on 08-12-10

Favorite Fisher

I think this is the strongest of the Fisher mysteries. Masterful narration once again by Stephanie Daniel. I have downloaded all of the titles available in this series and I highly recommend. Fun period mysteries that are well-paced, easy to listen to, and not too fluffy. A solid notch above typical chick-lit romances.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lynne on 10-02-09

Wodehouse meets Christie

I do not say this lightly, I have only so far had this book but I will be getting all the others by her, but it was wonderful, it kept me guessing, but with the lightness of PG Wodehouse and set in the 1920's, so for fan's of old time murder mystery with very good cocktail recipes this is the book for you, ENJOY!

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5 out of 5 stars
By r on 11-10-08

Again a fantastic period murder mystery

I just love this series of audiobooks.What can I say,fantastic period characters combined with a killer plot.
It is so addictive and has so many twists and turns with plenty of spice.
The 1920s at its best with a feelgood factor.
It certainly has me gripped.
Highly recommended listening,fantastic.

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By Elizabeth M. Links on 02-04-15

Fabulous Phryne

I love the story and most of the narration. A very gifted narrator but didn't enjoy any of the singing.

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