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Murder in the Telephone Exchange
Murder in the Telephone Exchange | June Wright
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First published in 1948, when it was the best-selling mystery of the year in the authors native Australia, Murder in the Telephone Exchange stars feisty young operator Maggie Byrnes. When one of her more unpopular colleagues is murdered her head bashed in with a buttinski, a piece of equipment used to listen in on phone calls Maggie resolves to turn sleuth. Some of her coworkers are acting strangely, and Maggie is convinced she has a better chance of figuring out who is responsible for the killing than the rather stolid police team assigned to the case, who seem to think she herself might have had something to do with it. But then one of her friends is murdered too, and it looks like Maggie might be next. Narrated with verve and wit, this is a whodunit in the tradition of Dorothy L. Sayers and Daphne du Maurier, by turns entertaining and suspenseful, and building to a gripping climax.
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quietjenn
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Finished this on the bus this morning, after falling asleep with like ten minutes left. 😅 Not as good as the nun mystery (also by Wright) but will certainly read the sequel.

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Freespirit
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I enjoyed this book.. published in 1948..an old fashioned murder mystery set in a Melbourne telephone exchange. Its a romp with a strong female protagonist , who always seems to be a step ahead of the police..and the killer..good fun!!
#australiancrime #mystery #murder #Melbourne

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Freespirit
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Morning coffee on the verandah...a bit of reading..a bit of sewing.. and now off to do a bit of gardening. My perfect day off work..these are the things that keep me calm at work in our busy ICU. I‘m enjoying Murder in the Telephone Exchange. I‘m also loving the series The Durrells on TV. Has anyone read The Corfu Trilogy that it is based on? Happy reading and hobbies my friends 😘😘

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome photo!! 7mo
LazyOwl Very crafty. I sometimes wish I was more crafty, but I'm not sure I have the patience. (edited) 7mo
TrishB That looks like a great morning. 7mo
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Freespirit Thank you @LazyOwl it‘s very relaxing and easier than it looks💕 (edited) 7mo
Freespirit Perfect morning Trish @TrishB 7mo
Nute What a peace-inducing and relaxing post! Reading, sewing, gardening and sunshine on the veranda... it doesn‘t get any better than that!☀️ 6mo
Freespirit Hi @Nute I agree! 6mo
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CarolynM
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#MusicalNewYear #TelephoneWire

I drew a complete blank on this prompt yesterday, but this book popped into my head just now. First published in 1948, forgotten for years and republished in 2014, it is a cracking mystery and a fascinating portrait of post war Melbourne. Yet another one of my books I can't find. I desperately need more shelving!

Cinfhen Yay for memory 🤓 3y
Freespirit I like the sound of this one 👍🏼 3y
vivastory This sounds wonderful! 3y
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I really, really enjoyed this murder mystery, which was written in the late 1940s and set in a telephone exchange in Australia. If you like Miss Fisher and/or classic crime from authors like Dorothy L Sayers and Agatha Christie, you should definitely try this.

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