Death Before Wicket: A Phyryne Fisher Mystery (Phryne Fisher Mysteries)

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Phryne Fisher is on holiday. She means to take the train to Sydney (where the harbour bridge is being built), go to a few cricket matches, dine with the Chancellor of the university and perhaps go to the Arts Ball with that celebrated young modernist, Chas Nutall. She has the costume of a lifetime and she's not afraid to use it. When she arrives there, however, her maid Dot finds that her extremely respectable married sister Joan has vanished, leaving her small children to the neglectful care of a resentful husband. She rescues the children, but what has become of Joan, who would never leave her babies? Surely she hasn’t run away with a lover, as gossip suggests? Phryne must trawl the nightclubs and bloodtubs of Darlinghurst to find out. And while Phryne is visiting the university, two very pretty young men, Joss and Clarence, ask her to find out who has broken into the Dean's safe and stolen a number of things, including the Dean's wife's garnets and an irreplaceable illuminated book called the Hours of Juana the Mad. An innocent student has been blamed. So there is no rest for the wicked, and Phryne girds up her loins, loads her pearl handled .32 Beretta, and sallies forth to find mayhem, murder, black magic, and perhaps a really good cocktail at the Hotel Australia.

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Kerry Greenwood is the author of more than 40 novels and six non-fiction books. Among her many honors, Ms. Greenwood has received the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award from the Crime Writers’ Association of Australia. 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’ Courts for the Legal Aid Commission. She is not married, has no children, and lives with a registered Wizard. The author lives in Australia.

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Phyrne Fisher has solved quite a few mysteries during her career. Here a holiday trip to Sydney is just what she needs for some R&R. But when her personal maid's sister goes missing and she agrees to defend a young man for theft, she finds herself smack-dab in the midst of black magic, deceit, violence, and murder. Stephanie Daniel proves to be Phyrne's equal. Daniel's narration reveals an intelligent woman, always on par with any male counterpart. The colorful characters, whether professors or men of the underworld, are portrayed impeccably. Clever, witty, and filled with gusto, Greenwood's novel, as delivered by Daniel, is an exciting whodunit. B.J.P. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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