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Dead Man's Chest: A Phryne Fisher Mystery    by Kerry Greenwood order for
Dead Man's Chest
by Kerry Greenwood
Order:  USA  Can
Poisoned Pen, 2010 (2010)
Hardcover, Softcover
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

We're off and running again with another of Phryne Fisher's adventures, Dead Man's Chest. And it, once again, is a good one.

No matter where Phryne goes, she runs into the unimaginable. Taking her companion Dot, her two adoptive daughters Jane and Ruth, and their dog Molly, she hies to Queenscliff on the Australian coast for what Phryne considers a well-deserved vacation.

Arriving at their holiday rental, they find the caretakers – the Johnsons - have disappeared, taking their furniture and clearing out the kitchen - flour, salt, bacon et al. No one knows where these people have gone. Are they still alive?

A young boy named Tinker and the Johnson's dog Gaston appear separately on the scene and become part of Phryne's menagerie. The neighbors present as unusual, to say the least. Dot's constable fiancé comes for a visit but also to break up a smuggling operation believed headquartered in Queenscliff.

Seems like a lot of strings to pull together, but author Kerry Greenwood does it with her usual aplomb. She states that as long as people will read about Phryne Fisher, she will write about her. I second that motion. Dead Man's Chest is a delightful book.

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