Thursday Quotables – The Green Mill Murder (Miss Fisher Mysteries)

THE GREEN MILL MURDERA (Kerry Greenwood) - Miss Fisher investigates a few mysteries and a murder, connected to the Green Mill Jazz Club. Witty and clever

‘Charles, dear, do stop asking unanswerable questions and pay attention. What about the murder of Bernard? Did you know him?’


‘And you knew that he had incriminating photographs of you?’

‘Yes.’ Charles took a cigarette from the box on the table and lit it with a jazz-striped lighter.

‘And you were at the Green Mill to watch him take part in that ghastly dance marathon?’

‘Yes. Mother was nagging  at me to go out with you and I thought that as long as I had to go, I might has well see Bernard in the marathon and watch him break a leg, with any luck. But I never have any luck. If someone was going to kill him, and there must have been hundreds of people who wanted him dead as much as I did, why did they have to choose the night I was there? It looks bad, doesn’t it?’

‘Yes. But there are points in your favoure. One is the fact that you fainted at the sight of blood. The other is the weapon. It still hasn’t been found.’

‘Did they search all those musicians?’


‘Because they were all over the body like a rash. Tintagel Stone and Ben.’

‘Yes, but neither had any weapon to kill Bernard. Also, they only came down to see what had happened after he fell, and he was dead when he hit the ground.’

‘They’ll hang me, won’t they? The hangman will come up in a mask and put a bag over my head and a moose around my neck and they’ll kill me, they’ll kill me!’

Charles’ voice had risen to a scream. Phryne slapped him, hard, across the cheek. He gaped at her.

‘You hit me!’ he gasped. ‘ You hit me!’

‘And I’ll hit you again if you don’t pipe down. You’ll rouse the house. You have overlooked the factor that is going to preserve your miserable life.’

‘What?’ asked Charles, hand still capping his reddened cheek.

‘Me,’ said Phryne immodestly. ‘I am a vital factor. I will find out what happened and I will get you out.’

Thursday Quotables Meme

I first came in contact with Miss Phryne through the tv series. I don’t know why, I had a feeling it was going to be a silly show, but since it’s the 1920s and since it’s mystery, I decided to give it a go. I fell in love.

So when I got the chance to read one of the books through NetGalley, I immediately grabbed it. Once again, I was initially put off (it wasn’t the first book in the series and at the beginning I had a hard time getting into it), but then a fell in love all over again.

There is really a lot to love about this series. First of all, Miss Phryne Fisher is a fantastic character: haughty and elegant, but also good-hearted and generous. Clever, educated, self-confident, but also insecure enough to make her not really a superhero.
The cast of characters around her is equally endearing, very easy to love all of them in their own way. This was a huge winning point for me.

The era reconstruction is absolutely outstanding, one of the best I’ve read. It is plain clear this author did a lot of research and – this is the tricky part – integrated them into the story seamlessly. Greenwood’s 1920s world is vivid, real, and still different enough that you know it is not the world we’re living now. Still she depicts it in such natural tones you can’t help feel you’re there.

The mystery was clever and well constructed as well as the investigation. I even like the romantic parenthesis Phryne takes at some point, though that went on for a little bit too long for me (but hey, I’m not particularly fond of romances, so…). I really liked the connection with WWI, which – like all the rest – was integrated beautifully in the story.

It’s a great series. Read it!





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THE GREEN MILL MURDERA (Kerry Greenwood) - Miss Fisher investigates a few mysteries and a murder, connected to the Green Mill Jazz Club. Witty and clever

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10 Comments on "Thursday Quotables – The Green Mill Murder (Miss Fisher Mysteries)"

  1. I couldn’t possibly agree more about the series. The books are clever, well-written and engaging. I’m not nearly as sophisticated as you are about the 1920s, but the series feels quite authentic to me – an important ‘plus’ in my book. And I do like the televised version. Essie Davis is Phryne Fisher, in my opiniion. Not surprising, since I understand Kerry Greenwood had much to do with the selection of the cast and the screenwriting.

    • I heard that too, Margot, about Greenwood partecipating in the casting for the series. Which is fantastic, I think. Not always the author is allowed to have a say in the adaptation of their books.

      I’ve read many stories set in the 1920s, especially recently, and yes, Kerry Greenwood’s is the absolute best I’ve found. But I understand she worked and researched this for many years. I’m very very impressed 🙂

  2. I’ve watched the entire TV series on Netflix twice, and I’m looking forward to reading the novels. Such good mysteries, and they do bring up some important social issues of the period. Phryne has such elan!
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    • I’ve watched part of the first series (but I’m of course going to watch all there is 😉 ) and read only this one book, but I like everything I’ve seen!

  3. “Phryne slapped him, hard, across the cheek. He gaped at her.”

    I love this! Definitely sounds like Phryne, haha. Haven’t looked into the novels before. Guess I better start. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing, Sarah!

  4. Your passion really comes through here, Sarah! An excellent review.
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  5. I think the television show did a great job of translating the novels
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    • I agree. they made a marvelous job.
      I watched an interview with Kerry GreenWood where she said that they were very very careful to anything whoch was on set. Everything had to be from Australia 1928 (or before). That’s great dedication… and it shows 😉

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