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Death By Water: A Phryne Fisher Mystery | [Kerry Greenwood]

Death By Water: A Phryne Fisher Mystery

The divine Phryne Fisher returns in the 15th seductive installment in the classic Phryne Fisher whodunnit series. This one includes shipboard romances, champagne cocktails, erotic photographers, jealous husbands, mickey finns, blackmail, and attempted murder.
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Publisher's Summary

The divine Phryne Fisher returns in the 15th seductive installment in the classic Phryne Fisher whodunnit series. This one includes shipboard romances, champagne cocktails, erotic photographers, jealous husbands, mickey finns, blackmail, and attempted murder.

A succession of jewelry thefts from first-class passengers is hardly the best advertisement for a cruise liner, 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 traveling suits, is exactly the sort of elegant sleuth to take on a ring of jewelry thieves on 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.

©2005 Kerry Greenwood; (P)2007 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"Brimming with glamour, high life, and a hint of debauchery, Greenwood's series delivers a literary glass of champagne, lifting readers' spirits while tickling their fancies." (Booklist)

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    Leslie Germantown, TN, United States 03-29-09
    Leslie Germantown, TN, United States 03-29-09
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    "Stylish cruise ship mystery with unusual heroine"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have read several others now in the series. The heroine is a very unusual, brave single woman who rose from rags to riches and leads a unique household and life. Original mystery series set in 1920's Australia.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jodi ormond beach, FL, United States 10-08-08
    Jodi ormond beach, FL, United States 10-08-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Phryne Fisher is a delight!"

    This is part of the Phyrne Fisher series. Offers a fascinating look into Turn of the Century Australia, with a plucky, independent heroine.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Frankston, Australia 06-25-12
    Sandra Frankston, Australia 06-25-12 Member Since 2008
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    "1920s lives in this Excellent story."
    What made the experience of listening to Death By Water the most enjoyable?

    Stephanie Daniel is an extraordinary narrator, she has the wonderful talent of making you "see" the characters. Her voice is just so right for narration.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Death By Water?

    When Phryne meets Scragger in her bedroom on board ship, they say cats are intuitive about people.


    What does Stephanie Daniel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Stephanie brings the whole story to life, one does'nt get the right intanation on the words of the era when reading a book.


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

    Yes, I definitely could have sat listening to the whole story, its like chocolate you want to save some for later, I like things to look forward to.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a fan of the Miss Fisher Mysteries on TV. I will be downloading some more Phryne Fisher stories quite zoo from Audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Blanchette Pittsburgh, PA, United States 09-09-11
    Blanchette Pittsburgh, PA, United States 09-09-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A great "who done it" with a fun flapper flair"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Death By Water to be better than the print version?

    While this mystery would have been a wonderful read in hard copy, being able to hear Aussie or British accents added immeasurably to this story that depends so heavily on cultural and linguistic characteristics to add depth to the story. The journey would not have been nearly as satisfying on paper.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The interesting information you pick up throughout keeps the reader engaged between major plot moves and, while this is a murder mystery, getting to know all of the passengers aboard nearly did away with the need to even find a "body" to make it a complete story.


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

    This is my first Stephanie Daniel's performance, and I was highly pleased. You forget that this is a single person, as it feels more like an entire cast. She really lends life to the people she's reading - you develop a sense of person that adds immensely to the enjoyment of the story.


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

    The story and the performance were very engaging and I found that I really looked forward to getting back in my car to continue the journey. In fact, it wasn't unusual for me to take the long way home just to reach the end of a chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm definitely going to find more stories by Kerry Greenwood and performances by Stephanie Daniels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dandylion Adelaide, Australia 03-20-14
    Dandylion Adelaide, Australia 03-20-14 Member Since 2011

    rambunctiously soft spoken.

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    "Nothing good about this"

    This kills me to say because I love these books ,but this was just bad ,there is nothing good about it the story it's long and boring were nothing really happens , even the narrator who is usually tip top fell flat I felt so sorry for my New Zealand cousins who's accent is massacred in this snore feast but having said this , I do beg of you do not judge this sires based on this hic up ,a bad egg in a good bunch .

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    Purple Reader Washington 12-19-12
    Purple Reader Washington 12-19-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Love these books"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, fun to listen to


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just plain love these books


    What about Stephanie Daniel’s performance did you like?

    I enjoy these books and her reading


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "A Most Enjoyable Voyage"
    Would you listen to Death By Water again? Why?

    Superb descriptions of places in time gone by


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Death By Water?

    Milford Sound - it brought back many memories


    Which character – as performed by Stephanie Daniel – was your favourite?

    Phryne - of course


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lynne
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    "Good Listen"

    I started listening to these books just before leaving for New Zealand, I have been here now for 6 Mths and finally got around to listening to this book. What a great book, I have enjoyed, others of her's more, some of the readers pronunciation of Maori language was poor, and disappointing, but I did learn things that I didn't know.
    If you like these books then this is another winner

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    maghera, United Kingdom
    11/10/08
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    "Brilliant period drama thriller"

    When I began to listen to this audiobook,I knew is was a winner.It has everything,a strong lead character,loads of intrigue with a touch of risk!
    It is a superb thriller or murder mystery and the narrator was fantastic.
    I highly recommend this audiobook and is I feel superior to other leading 1920s books.It reminds me of the very best of Agatha Christie with spice,and hot spice!
    Brilliant listen,superb period piece.At the end the author speaks about why she wrote this book and this even enhances the experiences.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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