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The sassy Phryne Fisher sets the seamy side of Sydney alight in her tenth adventure. Phryne Fisher has plans for her Sydney sojourn, but they begin to go awry when Phryne's maid discovers her thoroughly respectable sister Joan has left her family for the murky nightlife on the Cross, and then postponed again because Phryne is definitely not the woman to say 'no' when two delightful young men are on their knees, begging for her help in finding their friend innocent of theft. It all sounds simple enough as Phryne sets investigations into motion. But when greed and fear are the motivating factors, people become ruthless and Phryne quickly finds herself enmeshed in blackmail, secrets, lies and the dangerous influences of deep magic.

Death Before Wicket

Author: Kerry Greenwood

Title: Death Before Wicket

ISBN: 1741635950

ISBN13: 978-1741635959

Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd; CD edition (January 1, 2007)

Language: English

Subcategory: Encyclopedias & Subject Guides

Size pdf version: 1717 kb

Size epub version: 1344 kb

Size fb2 version: 1910 kb

Rating: 4.9/5

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Reviews (7)
Direbringer
I love Phryne! Smart, compassionate, ruthless when necessary, and incredibly stylish, she's a heroine to admire!

This novel contains the first 3 books in the series: Cocaine Blues, Flying Too High, and Murder on the Ballarat Train, in a manageable size for reading, and at an attractive price. While thus far I think one could start with any of the novels, one would get more satisfaction from starting at the beginning, and this is a great way to manage it, or to tempt other readers into Miss Fisher's cult.

The mysteries are well-thought-out, nicely twisty, and with excellent characterization, both of Phryne and of everyone else. While they touch on dark topics, the books themselves are pretty light reading.

One caution: as with Wodehouse, one may be tempted to inhale these one after another. Resist. They are far more fun when interspersed with whatever other reading one tends to enjoy, not inhaled wholesale.

Very recommended!
Direbringer
I love Phryne! Smart, compassionate, ruthless when necessary, and incredibly stylish, she's a heroine to admire!

This novel contains the first 3 books in the series: Cocaine Blues, Flying Too High, and Murder on the Ballarat Train, in a manageable size for reading, and at an attractive price. While thus far I think one could start with any of the novels, one would get more satisfaction from starting at the beginning, and this is a great way to manage it, or to tempt other readers into Miss Fisher's cult.

The mysteries are well-thought-out, nicely twisty, and with excellent characterization, both of Phryne and of everyone else. While they touch on dark topics, the books themselves are pretty light reading.

One caution: as with Wodehouse, one may be tempted to inhale these one after another. Resist. They are far more fun when interspersed with whatever other reading one tends to enjoy, not inhaled wholesale.

Very recommended!
Ylal
The Hon Phryne Fisher is a unique, beautiful, stylish, sexy and larger than life character who romps through adventure after adventure in Melbourne in 1928 and 1929.

What luck that a member of the Australian Kindle Users forum recommended this fantastic series by Australian author Kerry Greenwood. Even luckier is that I started reading the series before it sceened as an ABC TV series. It is always better to get to know a character from the book before they are converted into a screenplay. This bundle is also the best and most economical way to get hooked on a most unusual, enjoyable and satisfying detective series.

But let me start by telling you something about Phryne. She was born in Melbourne to impoverished descendants of an aristocratic and wealthy UK family. "I was born in very poor circumstances. Bitterly poor. Then (due to the Great War) several people died and I was whisked away into fashion and wealth. I enjoy it greatly." But Phryne was not content to live a life of wealth and luxury - she wanted action in her life and spent time in the seedy parts of Paris before heading back from England to Australia to help a family friend.

In this bundle of the first 3 books in the series we see her arrive in Melbourne and immediately assert her independence. Within hours of arrival she connects with a couple of taxi drivers who become her long time helpers, books into the Hotel Windsor with dozens of trunks full of the latest fashion, and goes out looking for more fashion. There she meets and helps a distraught young woman, Dorothy, planning to kill her employer's lecherous son with a kitchen knife. After cleverly helping Dorothy to embarrass the son without any injury, she asks her to become her maid. Dorothy quickly becomes Phryne's maid, personal assistant close confident.

Phryne then starts her many adventures and investigations. While set in the 1920's Phryne is a very modern heroine who is always the centre of attention, relishes every one of life's moments and leaves a trail of satisfied lovers in her wake.

In Cocaine Blues she tracks down the king of cocaine in Melbourne, a backstreet abortionist and a poisoner. In the course of her investigations she meets Detective Inspector Jack Robinson, who is intially suspicious of her activities but later on gains great respect for Thryne's skills and helps her with many investigations.

Phryne further develops her investigatory skills in Flying Too High, handling a murder, a kidnapping and showing her outstanding flying and wing walking skills in a Tiger Moth. She continues to attract, bed and enjoy some beautiful men. She employs the same dash and elan to driving her beloved red Hispano-Suiza as she does to her investigations.

In Murder on the Ballarat Train, the glamorous Phryne, accompanied by her loyal maid, Dot, decides to travel to the country by train. The last thing she expects is to be chloroformed and find that one of the passengers has been dragged out of the carriage during the night and murdered. She also finds a young girl who can't remember anything, and rumours of white slavery of young girls. Despite the stress of the investigation Phryne can always find a little time for a dalliance and delicious diversion with young men.

I almost guarantee that after reading this economical bundle you will want to join me in reading Phryne's many further adventures.
Ylal
The Hon Phryne Fisher is a unique, beautiful, stylish, sexy and larger than life character who romps through adventure after adventure in Melbourne in 1928 and 1929.

What luck that a member of the Australian Kindle Users forum recommended this fantastic series by Australian author Kerry Greenwood. Even luckier is that I started reading the series before it sceened as an ABC TV series. It is always better to get to know a character from the book before they are converted into a screenplay. This bundle is also the best and most economical way to get hooked on a most unusual, enjoyable and satisfying detective series.

But let me start by telling you something about Phryne. She was born in Melbourne to impoverished descendants of an aristocratic and wealthy UK family. "I was born in very poor circumstances. Bitterly poor. Then (due to the Great War) several people died and I was whisked away into fashion and wealth. I enjoy it greatly." But Phryne was not content to live a life of wealth and luxury - she wanted action in her life and spent time in the seedy parts of Paris before heading back from England to Australia to help a family friend.

In this bundle of the first 3 books in the series we see her arrive in Melbourne and immediately assert her independence. Within hours of arrival she connects with a couple of taxi drivers who become her long time helpers, books into the Hotel Windsor with dozens of trunks full of the latest fashion, and goes out looking for more fashion. There she meets and helps a distraught young woman, Dorothy, planning to kill her employer's lecherous son with a kitchen knife. After cleverly helping Dorothy to embarrass the son without any injury, she asks her to become her maid. Dorothy quickly becomes Phryne's maid, personal assistant close confident.

Phryne then starts her many adventures and investigations. While set in the 1920's Phryne is a very modern heroine who is always the centre of attention, relishes every one of life's moments and leaves a trail of satisfied lovers in her wake.

In Cocaine Blues she tracks down the king of cocaine in Melbourne, a backstreet abortionist and a poisoner. In the course of her investigations she meets Detective Inspector Jack Robinson, who is intially suspicious of her activities but later on gains great respect for Thryne's skills and helps her with many investigations.

Phryne further develops her investigatory skills in Flying Too High, handling a murder, a kidnapping and showing her outstanding flying and wing walking skills in a Tiger Moth. She continues to attract, bed and enjoy some beautiful men. She employs the same dash and elan to driving her beloved red Hispano-Suiza as she does to her investigations.

In Murder on the Ballarat Train, the glamorous Phryne, accompanied by her loyal maid, Dot, decides to travel to the country by train. The last thing she expects is to be chloroformed and find that one of the passengers has been dragged out of the carriage during the night and murdered. She also finds a young girl who can't remember anything, and rumours of white slavery of young girls. Despite the stress of the investigation Phryne can always find a little time for a dalliance and delicious diversion with young men.

I almost guarantee that after reading this economical bundle you will want to join me in reading Phryne's many further adventures.
Maman
The Honorable Phryne Fisher, Kerry Greenwood's delightful Flapper-Era sleuth, is favorably compared to Dorothy Sayer's detecting Lord Peter Wimsey, another extremely successful and enjoyable series. Upper-class, Roaring Twenties, utterly British, all cloche hats, racing motor cars, and monocles. Some English majors will have fun comparing and contrasting these two charming icons of an age past.
While Lord Peter was very much to the manor born, Phryne Fisher comes to her wealth and position though the tragedies of the Great War and its aftermaths, including the pandemic Spanish Flu. Born dirt poor in the Australian outback, her father inherits his (and her) wealth and position, as those standing between him and the Manor House die off. A natural-born adventuress, The Honorable Miss Fisher fully enjoys the opportunities her inherited advantages offer her. She is very much the liberated girl of her times and there are few savory morsels of life she dares not sample. By the time she returns to her Australian homeland and her hometown of Melbourne, she has skills and abilities any fictional detectives would envy, style all the flappers of the Roaring Twenties try to emulate, culture that opens the best houses in Melbourne to her, and wits and charm that might turn even Lord Peter's noble head. And the looks, money, and joie de vivre to relish it all. Oh, and a heart of gold. What's not to love?
Plot? Story? Details of the mysteries she falls into solving? Oh, posh! Take three parts Wimsey, one part Miss Marple (forty years younger), a dash of the Thin Man's lovely Nora and her banter, and three drops of Fu Manchu--shake with crushed ice, and serve up, garnish with a diamond swizzle.
Sound photogenic? Guess what? Phryne has her own highly successful series of TV movies.
This three novel collection is the perfect introduction to the lovely, sexy, always enjoyable Honorable Phryne Fisher, her coterie of exotic friends, the lip-curling dastardly villains, and Kerry Greenwood's classic British mystery series.
Maman
The Honorable Phryne Fisher, Kerry Greenwood's delightful Flapper-Era sleuth, is favorably compared to Dorothy Sayer's detecting Lord Peter Wimsey, another extremely successful and enjoyable series. Upper-class, Roaring Twenties, utterly British, all cloche hats, racing motor cars, and monocles. Some English majors will have fun comparing and contrasting these two charming icons of an age past.
While Lord Peter was very much to the manor born, Phryne Fisher comes to her wealth and position though the tragedies of the Great War and its aftermaths, including the pandemic Spanish Flu. Born dirt poor in the Australian outback, her father inherits his (and her) wealth and position, as those standing between him and the Manor House die off. A natural-born adventuress, The Honorable Miss Fisher fully enjoys the opportunities her inherited advantages offer her. She is very much the liberated girl of her times and there are few savory morsels of life she dares not sample. By the time she returns to her Australian homeland and her hometown of Melbourne, she has skills and abilities any fictional detectives would envy, style all the flappers of the Roaring Twenties try to emulate, culture that opens the best houses in Melbourne to her, and wits and charm that might turn even Lord Peter's noble head. And the looks, money, and joie de vivre to relish it all. Oh, and a heart of gold. What's not to love?
Plot? Story? Details of the mysteries she falls into solving? Oh, posh! Take three parts Wimsey, one part Miss Marple (forty years younger), a dash of the Thin Man's lovely Nora and her banter, and three drops of Fu Manchu--shake with crushed ice, and serve up, garnish with a diamond swizzle.
Sound photogenic? Guess what? Phryne has her own highly successful series of TV movies.
This three novel collection is the perfect introduction to the lovely, sexy, always enjoyable Honorable Phryne Fisher, her coterie of exotic friends, the lip-curling dastardly villains, and Kerry Greenwood's classic British mystery series.
Rigiot
If you like a puzzle, it's here. If you like a charming heroine, she's here. If you like clothes, they're here. There's a load of "everyday" history -- social mores, behavior, travel, couture, make up, music, art, food, literature -- the Phryne Fisher books are as well researched as a Doctorow novel and present the time as well as Walter Mosely. Do be advised that there is sex -- not graphic, but definitely there -- which may bother more conservative readers, but it is definitely the "go into the bedroom and shut the door" type as opposed to detailed descriptions. Phryne is a fun read.
Rigiot
If you like a puzzle, it's here. If you like a charming heroine, she's here. If you like clothes, they're here. There's a load of "everyday" history -- social mores, behavior, travel, couture, make up, music, art, food, literature -- the Phryne Fisher books are as well researched as a Doctorow novel and present the time as well as Walter Mosely. Do be advised that there is sex -- not graphic, but definitely there -- which may bother more conservative readers, but it is definitely the "go into the bedroom and shut the door" type as opposed to detailed descriptions. Phryne is a fun read.

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