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Death Before Wicket | [Kerry Greenwood]

Death Before Wicket

It all sounds simple enough as Phryne sets new investigations into motion. But when greed and fear are the motivating factors, people become ruthless and Phyrne quickly finds herself enmeshed in blackmail, secrets, lies and the dangerous influences of deep magic.
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Publisher's Summary

The sassy Phryne Fisher comes to Sydney! This is the 10th Phryne Fisher mystery.

Phryne Fisher has plans for her Sydney sojourn, but they begin to go awry when Phryne's maid discovers that her respectable sister Joan has left her family for the murky nightlife on the Cross...and then postponed again because Phyrne 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 Phyrne quickly finds herself enmeshed in blackmail, secrets, lies and the dangerous influences of deep magic.

©2008 Kerry Greenwood; (P)2008 Bolinda

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    Genevieve Ascot Vale, Australia 03-19-13
    Genevieve Ascot Vale, Australia 03-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Howzat! Great storyline!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Death Before Wicket?

    Loved the scene in the well with the Professor. But don't want to give too much away. Phryne has such a way of making the best of a situation.


    Any additional comments?

    One of my favourite books in the series. I thoroughly enjoyed Phryne's adventures in Sydney at the University and the characters that were introduced to us.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nell Kambah, Australia 06-02-12
    Nell Kambah, Australia 06-02-12
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    "Pitch Perfect"
    What did you love best about Death Before Wicket?

    I adore all of Phryne's adventures. Kerry Greenwood is an excellent author and Stephanie Daniel's voice superb - in Death Before Wicket Kerry, Stephanie and Phryne manage to do what I thought in the impossible: make the game of Cricket interesting.
    Don't be put off by previous reviewer's comments of Stephanie Daniel having an allegedly poncy accent - she perfectly captures Australian accents of the period. If in doubt, I refer the listener to the australian characters in "The King's Speech" movie.
    Give the books a go and you'll be well rewarded.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen Bundaberg, Australia 05-21-12
    Colleen Bundaberg, Australia 05-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Phryne"
    Would you listen to Death Before Wicket again? Why?

    A light amusing adventure mystery, well researched background both era and subject. Characterization is nicely done and the Reader is a pleasure to listen to. Phryne (and Dot) are a delight to meet.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    michele mackay, Australia 02-02-12
    michele mackay, Australia 02-02-12
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    "showed the darker side of Phryne Fisher"
    What did you love best about Death Before Wicket?

    The deduction was brilliant and Phryne's knowledge of so many powerful avenues of persuation.


    What other book might you compare Death Before Wicket to and why?

    Death by Water, because of the similar cast, and Phryne's impulsive sexual behaviour.


    What about Stephanie Daniel’s performance did you like?

    the interpretaion of so many styles of voice/person.


    Any additional comments?

    Phryne seems very liberal with her manner for the circa.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dandylion Adelaide, Australia 07-25-13
    Dandylion Adelaide, Australia 07-25-13 Member Since 2011

    rambunctiously soft spoken.

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    "Bowled Over"

    I really enjoyed this one it had a different flavor some how it wasn't something I could put my finger on ,maybe it was because this particular tale is set in Sydney instead of Melbourne .We find our beautiful flapper helping out two chums and a missing Egyptian artifact ,a tad far fetched but that didn't bother me ,Ancient Egyptian curses and the gentleman's game of cricket some how are seamlessly merged into a fantastic story.
    Only Kerry could pull that off.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Tomball, TX, United States 01-16-11
    Anna Tomball, TX, United States 01-16-11 Member Since 2010
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    "The bad apple"

    I do love and would definitely recommend the Phryne Fisher series and have read almost all of them but if you are planning to add this one to your collection - give it a miss.

    The narrative is typical of the series but in this case the conclusion of the mystery was implausible and unsatisfactory and the side or B story annoyed me personally but I won't spoil the ending if you are going to make the mistake of reading.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mystery Maven Scranton, PA 10-18-13
    Mystery Maven Scranton, PA 10-18-13 Member Since 2013

    Mystery Maven

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    "Interesting turn of events"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'm not sure I would recommend this book for a simple reason that I am a prude and although I'm understanding of Phryne's 'habits' with the opposite sex, I was uncomfortable with the level used in this installment of the series.


    Have you listened to any of Stephanie Daniel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to all of the series to this point and Ms. Daniel's never, ever fails to bring the book to life and her command of the various characters (and their voices) were up to her usual grand standards.


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    S. Sarabasha West Danby, NY USA 01-06-11
    S. Sarabasha West Danby, NY USA 01-06-11 Member Since 2008

    patient heart

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    "Not up to par"

    I adore Phryne and her adventures but this one seemed padded to me. Too much bantering with quotes from famous authors instead of what I have come to expect as excellent dialogue. Also Phryne seemed to get out of the well with a minimum of effort. Lifting a heavy well cover and throwing a watcher down the well in the same movements was way too out there for me and the quality of story I have come to expect. As always the narrator was fantastic.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "GREAT PERIOD FUN THRILLER"

    This is a fantastic funny thriller and i really enjoyed the characters and plot.
    The narrator is fabulous and the pace is great.well worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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