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Death Before Wicket : A Phryne Fisher Mystery : Book 10 - Kerry Greenwood

Death Before Wicket

A Phryne Fisher Mystery : Book 10

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The sassy Phryne Fisher comes to Sydney! This is the tenth, classic Phryne Fisher mystery.

The sassy Phryne Fisher sets the seamy side of Sydney alight in her tenth adventure. Phryne Fisher has plans for her Sydney sojourn - a few days at the Test cricket, a little sightseeing and the Artist's Ball with an up-and-coming young modernist. But these plans begin to go awry when Phryne's maid discovers her thoroughly respectable sister has left her family for the murky nightlife of the Cross. And Phryne is definitely not the woman to say 'no' when two delightful young men come to her on bended knees, begging for her help in finding their friend innocent of theft. Phryne's plans for a simple day or two of pleasure are postponed for good.

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 finds herself enmeshed in blackmail, secrets, lies and the dangerous influences of deep magic.

'Pure indulgence...a 1920s heroine for the 90s...a fast and elegant read.' WHO WEEKLY

About The Author

Kerry Greenwood is the author of twenty-seven novels and the editor of two collections. Previous novels in the Phryne Fisher series are Flying too High, Murder on the Ballarat Train, The Green Mill Murder, Blood and Circuses, Death on the Victoria Dock, Ruddy Gore, Urn Burial, Raisins and Almonds, Death Before Wicket, Away with the Fairies, Murder in Montparnasse, The Castlemaine Murders and Queen of the Flowers. She is also the author of several books for young adults and the Delphic Women series.

When she is not writing she is an advocate in Magistrates' Court for the Legal Aid Commission. She is not married, has no children and lives with a registered Wizard.

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      And you thought cricket was boring!

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        I have yet to read a mystery novel by Kerry Greenwood that I wouldn't recommend to another reader, give to a friend, or re-read. She does her research, invents interesting characters, and draws you into the story totally. I haven't tried this particular application, but I bet she could make you forget an attack of shingles for a few hours. Anyone who can make cricket interesting to the general reader is a jolly good writer.

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        Absolutely great as are all the "Phryne'

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          Great service and delivery by Australian Post.
          Am in small country Vic town and only get mail 3 days a week, but have to go collect books etc from town when they leave card. But am always sure it will be there when I go.

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            At last some Australian characters and places. Buy the first one or two as a gift and they will buy the rest.

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            Phryne Fisher's holiday in Sydney becomes a dangerous investigation into a bizarre collection of academics and hangers-on.Every eye in bustling Sydney is on the harbor bridge under construction - except for those of Phryne Fisher and her maid Dot. Although she's looking forward to cricket and the Arts Ball, Phryne has agreed to investigate the theft of papers from a university safe at the behest of two students who believe their friend, a scholarship boy in whose carrel some stolen tests have been found, has been wrongly accused. An invitation to dine with the Chancellor gives Phryne an opportunity to meet several alternative suspects. Also on her to-do list is finding Dot's sister, who's left her two young children to the care of the furious husband who accuses her of whoring. Cruising some dubious nightclubs, Phryne picks up both information and enemies in the form of some practitioners of black magic and a fixer for a notorious madam. She savors life among the scholars, acquires a delightful new lover and enjoys cricket matches as she searches for Dot's sister and tries to figure out which of the seemingly innocuous objects in the safe the thief was really after. The change of scene and a hint of Dorothy L. Sayers gives the delightfully refreshing Phryne (Blood and Circuses, 2007, etc.) one of her best cases to date. (Kirkus Reviews)

            Kerry Greenwood

            Kerry has written twenty novels, a number of plays, including The Troubadours with Stephen D'Arcy, is an award-winning children's writer and has edited and contributed to several anthologies. In 1996 she published a book of essays on female murderers called Things She Loves: Why women Kill.

            The Phryne Fisher series (pronounced Fry-knee, to rhyme with briny) began in 1989 with Cocaine Blues which was a great success. Kerry has written sixteen books in this series and says that as long as people want to read them, she can keep writing them.

            When she is not writing she is an advocate in Magistrates' Court for the Legal Aid Commission. She is not married, has no children and lives with a registered Wizard.

            Visit Kerry Greenwood's Booktopia Author Page


            ISBN: 9781741140958
            ISBN-10: 1741140951
            Series: PHRYNE FISHER
            Audience: General
            Format: Paperback
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 240
            Published: June 2003
            Publisher: Allen & Unwin
            Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.0  x 1.9
            Weight (kg): 0.23
            Edition Number: 1