Death Before Wicket

Death Before Wicket

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Heading for Sydney for a holiday, Phryne Fisher finds her plans interrupted when her maid Dot discovers that her respectable married sister Joan has vanished, leaving her small children to the care of a resentful husband, and Phryne trawls the city's underworld to find the missing woman, all the while investigating the theft of some valuable items from the university dean's safe.

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Phryne Fisher is on holiday. She means to take the train to Sydney (where the harbour bridge is being built), go to a few cricket matches, dine with the Chancellor of the university, and perhaps go to the Arts Ball with that young modernist, Chas Nutall. She has the costume of a lifetime, and she’s not afraid to use it.

When she arrives there, however, her maid Dot finds that her extremely respectable married sister Joan has vanished, leaving her small children to the neglectful care of a resentful husband. What has become of Joan, who would never leave her babies? Surely she hasn’t run away with a lover, as gossip suggests?

Then while Phryne is visiting the university, the very pretty Joss and Clarence ask her to find out who has broken into the Dean’s safe and stolen a number of things, including the Dean’s wife’s garnets and an irreplaceable illuminated book called the Hours of Juana the Mad. An innocent student has been blamed.

So Phryne girds up her loins, loads her pearl-handled .32 Beretta, and sallies forth to find mayhem, murder, black magic, and perhaps a really good cocktail before more crime erupts in Sydney.



Publisher: Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2008
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2003
ISBN: 9781590581704
1590581709
Branch Call Number: MYS Greenwood, K 100.10 2008
Characteristics: 232 pages ; 23 cm

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maipenrai
Dec 06, 2016

The tenth book in the Phryne Fisher series)

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KatherineHere
Dec 04, 2015

I especially enjoyed the part where she fell down the well, lit her undies on fire, and ravished the prof.!

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KCWeimer
Jul 08, 2015

This is the 10th Phryne Fisher mystery. It was a relatively quick read but felt a bit disjointed. It was as though there were two mysteries Greenwood had started but not enough of either to make a complete book. She then tossed them together in this book, but they were not particularly connected. I would recommend others before this one

31foster Jul 05, 2012

My introduction to the Phryne Fisher series; I'm off to get more! Australia in the 1920's, delightful characters and interesting bits of history. Those who know nothing about cricket beyond bats and wickets will find there is quite a lot of incomprehensible description of the game but it adds to the atmosphere and doesn't detract from the plot.

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