Death By Water

Death By Water 1

Phryne Fisher 15

by Kerry Greenwood

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/06/2005

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Who are you?' asked the doctor. You are not the standard cruise passenger, I can tell you that.'

Thank you,' said Phryne in a self-possessed manner. You are correct. I am a lot of things, some of which do not concern you, but mostly I am Phryne Fisher.'

The nice men at P+O are worried. A succession of jewellery thefts from first class passengers is hardly the best advertisement for their cruise liners, particularly when it is likely that it is a passenger who is doing the stealing.

Phryne Fisher, with her Lulu bob, green eyes, Cupid's bow lips and Chanel travelling suits, is exactly the sort of elegant sleuth to take on a ring of jewellery thieves aboard the high seas - or at least, aboard the SS Hinemoa on a luxury cruise to New Zealand. With the Maharani - the Great Queen of Sapphires - as the bait, Phryne rises magnificently to the challenge.

There are shipboard romances, champagne cocktails, erotic photographers, jealous husbands, mickey finns, blackmail and attempted murder, all before the thieves find out - as have countless love-smitten men before them - that where the glamorous and intelligent Phryne is involved, resistance is futile.

Greenwood's prose has a dagger in its garter.' Graeme Blundell, The Australian
ISBN:
9781741145526
9781741145526
Category:
Crime & Mystery
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-06-2005
Publisher:
ALLEN & UNWIN
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
300
Dimensions (mm):
196x131x22mm
Weight:
0.27kg
Kerry Greenwood

Kerry Greenwood has written thirteen novels in the Phryne Fisher series, the most recent being The Castlemaine Murders (2003).

She is also the author of The Childstone Cycle, Cassandra, Recipes for Crime (with Jenny Pausacker) and has edited The Things She Loves, a collection of essays about women who kill.

Kerry has worked as a folk singer, factory hand, director, producer, translator, costumer-maker, cook and also works for Victoria Legal Aid as an advocate in the Magistrates' Courts.

She is not married, has no children and lives with four cats and an accredited Wizard. In her spare time, she stares blankly out of the window. And she has no idea where she gets her ideas from.

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  • A clever mystery

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    Death By Water is the fifteenth book in the popular Phryne Fisher series by Australian author, Kerry Greenwood. This instalment is a version of closed room mystery, with the closed room being the First Class section of the P&O liner SS Hinemoa on a voyage from Melbourne to New Zealand. Phryne accepts an invitation from P&O to help them catch a jewel thief who has managed to boldly lift diamonds, pearls and emeralds from passengers on three separate cruises, once on a crowded dance floor. Dot goes along as a companion, but is grateful to eat in the second class dining room, which excuses her from eating with the upper classes and allows her to find out what the crew, service personnel and musicians are saying. Phryne becomes bait with a large sapphire pendant gracing her cleavage. The large and varied cast is involved in blackmail, jewel theft and revenge killing; there is talk of frozen ships and the Titanic sinking; Dot and Phryne go to a hangi, see fjords, Milford Sound and keas; the ships cat plays a pivotal role; Dot is drugged and Phryne is almost drowned. Each chapter is concluded with correspondence from or about prospective Titanic passengers, and one of these contains a clue. A clever mystery set amid 1928 luxury. Greenwood at the top of her game.