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
rambunctiously soft spoken.
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.
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.
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.
The deduction was brilliant and Phryne's knowledge of so many powerful avenues of persuation.
Death by Water, because of the similar cast, and Phryne's impulsive sexual behaviour.
the interpretaion of so many styles of voice/person.
Phryne seems very liberal with her manner for the circa.
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.
In this mystery we have again many layers involved as well as a cricket match. Kerry Greenwood describes both beautifully
Death Before Wicket has all the pleasures you expect to get from a Phryne Fisher novel, except this time in a totally new location, Sydney, with new and very different characters. I love how Kerry Greenwood reliable delivers all the right components while keeping each book totally fresh and new.
The narration and expression of accents and characters was at its usually excellent level.
Phryne ventures to Sydney. Dot's sister is missing. The University has experienced a robbery and the goddess Isis may play a part in it. Phryne finds an unexpected lover in an unexpected situation. Good wine and good food. And everyone gets their just desserts! It was so good, I started in the morning and listened straight through till it was done! Highly recommended, though listening in order makes these books more enjoyable.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
Really enjoyed this. The story was as good as ever with Kerry Greenwood and the narrator was spot on.
I enjoyed the diversity of the people in this story and our heroine is as glorious and promiscuous as usual.
Very easy to as it isn't very long
Only reason I've not given it her normal 5 stars is that I'm really not interested in cricket , but it wasn't too much to spoil the general story.
"Crime and Cricket"
I have not read the print version.
"The Well" each time it appears
As always Stephanie Daniel's reading of this draws me into the story. She is a great choice for this series of stories.
Yes and if not for interruptions would have done so.
The only downer was the sudden appearance of a stray throwback to when this recording was on CDs wanting me to either change from or to cd 6 (listened July 2015)
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