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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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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • 06-02-12

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.<br/>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.<br/>Give the books a go and you'll be well rewarded.

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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

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  • michele
  • mackay, Australia
  • 02-02-12

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.

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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.

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Loads of fun and dange!

It takes a couple of chapters to get into, but after the first school professors party it gets more and more complex,dangerous, and fun!

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  • Pamela
  • Bigfork, Montana
  • 07-28-17

A visit to the big city

I am a big fan of this series and even though the stories are implausible, I find the telling and the narration delightful. Fortunately in this installment, the magic is all artifice and Phryne's insights into human nature are the tricks that win in the end.

I do not like it when authors insert paragraphs in foreign languages without a translation (although that may have been in a footnote). I think it is arrogant to assume that every reader knows the same modern and extinct languages as the writer. There are probably half a dozen of those inserts here - more than any others of this series, but that is probably due to the academic setting. Not enough to make me dislike the book, but plenty to bother me a little.

I missed Lin Chung - he is mentioned but does not appear in this volume. There is a hint about his future without Phryne; that would be a loss to both the heroine and the readers. We will see in the next installment.

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A mystery and a game

In this mystery we have again many layers involved as well as a cricket match. Kerry Greenwood describes both beautifully

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  • Tracy
  • DALLAS, TX, United States
  • 02-24-16

Classic Phryne

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.

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  • R
  • 06-30-09

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.

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  • Emski
  • 02-16-16

Great listening

Really enjoyed this. The story was as good as ever with Kerry Greenwood and the narrator was spot on.

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  • Perranmaid
  • 01-19-16

Cricket

What did you like most about Death Before Wicket?

I enjoyed the diversity of the people in this story and our heroine is as glorious and promiscuous as usual.

What did you like best about this story?

Phrynne

What about Stephanie Daniel’s performance did you like?

Excellent naration

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

Very easy to as it isn't very long

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Caro McIntosh
  • 07-24-15

Crime and Cricket

Would you consider the audio edition of Death Before Wicket to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Death Before Wicket?

"The Well" each time it appears

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

As always Stephanie Daniel's reading of this draws me into the story. She is a great choice for this series of stories.

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

Yes and if not for interruptions would have done so.

Any additional comments?

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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  • Noots
  • 07-01-17

Excellent story and very well read.

Most enjoyable, especially if you like cricket. I loved the mention of a promising Donald Bradman!

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  • Lisa
  • 09-07-14

Production error - there's a 'change CD' prompt

What did you like most about Death Before Wicket?

Production error - there's a 'change CD' prompt right in the middle of an exciting bit :(