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Raisins and Almonds: A Phryne Fisher Mystery | [Kerry Greenwood]

Raisins and Almonds: A Phryne Fisher Mystery

In investigating the poisoning of a young man in a bookshop at the Eastern Market, and the wrongful arrest of one Miss Sylvia Lee, Phryne Fisher is plunged into a world of Jewish politics, alchemy, poison, and chicken soup. Stopping only for a brief but intensely erotic dalliance with the beautiful Simon Abrahams, Phryne picks her way through the mystery with help from the old faithfuls: Bert, Cec, Dot, and Detective Inspector "Call Me Jack" Robinson.
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Publisher's Summary

In investigating the poisoning of a young man in a bookshop at the Eastern Market, and the wrongful arrest of one Miss Sylvia Lee, Phryne Fisher is plunged into a world of Jewish politics, alchemy, poison, and chicken soup.

Stopping only for a brief but intensely erotic dalliance with the beautiful Simon Abrahams, Phryne picks her way through the mystery with help from the old faithfuls: Bert, Cec, Dot, and Detective Inspector "Call Me Jack" Robinson. But ultimately it is her stealth and wit that solve the crime - and all for the price of a song....

Solve another case with Phryne Fisher.

©2007 Kerry Greenwood; (P)2009 Bolinda Publishing

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    Etta Huntsville, UT, United States 03-19-12
    Etta Huntsville, UT, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2014
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Raisins and Almonds to be better than the print version?

    I have not read a print version but I think the performance is a big part of my enjoymentment


    Would you recommend Raisins and Almonds to your friends? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't recommend it because there was too much description of the sexual aspect of the story.


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

    Her voice and inflections bring a personality to the charaacters that would be missing in print.


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

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Schulz Decorah 05-01-15
    Sue Schulz Decorah 05-01-15 Member Since 2011
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    Enjoyable read in the Phrynie Fisher series. Really getting a kick out of the characters and Phrynie's sleuthing. Looking forward to the next book.

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    Up North upstate, NY 04-05-15
    Up North upstate, NY 04-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Terrific story, great reading!"
    Would you listen to Raisins and Almonds again? Why?

    Absolutely! There was so much interesting detail about Judaic culture in early 20th century Australia. The first time I listened for the story, the second listening would be to pay attention to culture and characters.


    What other book might you compare Raisins and Almonds to and why?

    Most of the Phryne Fisher stories are fundamentally the same: Phryne learns as much as possible about a culture, group of people or individual and uses that knowledge and the good will she has earned by treating everyone decently to solve the puzzle. But each book is different and interesting for the culture it explores.


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

    I think Stephanie Daniel reads all the Phryne Fisher books and she does a superb job! Each voice is distinct and you learn a lot about the character simply from the voice. She does female and male, upper class and lower all equally well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending was sweet. I can't explain why without giving away some of the mystery, but Phryne uses her sensitivity to culture and people, and her attention to detail to finally solve the mystery. This shows Phryne's respect for all people and all cultures.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the whole Phryne Fisher series, and will it will be sad when I've listened to them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra TAFT, CA, United States 04-26-13
    Sandra TAFT, CA, United States 04-26-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Thorougly enjoyable!"

    I've been thoroughly enjoying the Phryne Fisher stories. The history of 1928 Australia is very interesting. Having Jewish grandparents, I particularly enjoyed this this book. And Stephanie Daniel did GREAT Jewish accents, nu?

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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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    "Another great story about Phryne's adventures"
    Where does Raisins and Almonds rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Just as enjoyable as all the other books up to this point in the series. Probably not the best one but still a fantastic listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved all the new Jewish characters that were introduced. Stephanie Daniel did a great job with the accents.


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    ellen 09-26-10
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    good mystery; great narrator but not sure if I will do another by this author

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    I absolutely loved this audio book. very well acted out.a very good yarn! I will get more of these

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    If you could sum up Raisins and Almonds in three words, what would they be?

    An exciting, gripping yarn. Loved this story, was introduced to Phryne Fisher through the Australian Television network and was a little worried that the audible would not.match up to the audible, not the case. Stephanie Daniel's narrated it wonderfully .


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Raisins and Almonds?

    Loved Dot's continuing innocence and the exploration of Jewish culture, found this really interesting and looking at the perceptions of finding a Jewish state from a 1920's Jewish perspective.
    Greenwood weaver this into the story and for me added further interest into the mystery.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Loved the scene with the scientist's house where the mystery finally unfolds, found it funny as well as exciting.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Greenwood weaves humour, sadness and excitement throughout the book, just loved it!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Worth a listern"

    I can't get enough of these books at the moment and I recommend them to anyone!

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