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 “Cleverly plotted and one of one of Greenwood's best in this long-running historical series.” –"Library Journal" of "Murder on a Midsummer Night"“Phryne's devoted following will rejoice as she glides through dangerous situations and survives the sizzling summer in inimitable style.”  –"Kirkus Reviews" of "Murder on a Midsummer Night"“Phryne on the rampage makes for fine entertainment all on its own, but Greenwood effectively combines her inimitable heroine's antics with thought-provoking details about the struggles of women in the 1920s, forced to adjust to the loss of the unprecedented independence they had enjoyed during the war. This series is the best Australian import since Nicole Kidman, and Phryne is the flashiest new female sleuth in the genre.”         –"Booklist" Starred Review of "Away With the Fairies"

About the Author

Kerry Greenwood is the author of more than 40 novels and six non-fiction books. Among her many honors, Ms. Greenwood1 has received the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award from the Crime Writers’ Association of Australia. When she is not writing she is an advocate in Magistrates’ Courts for the Legal Aid Commission. She is not married, has no children and lives with a registered Wizard.
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Product Details

  • Series: Phryne Fisher Mysteries
  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press; Reprint edition (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590587340
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590587348
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is the 15th and just keep getting better.
Camille Smith
Yes, indeed, a good story with characters well defined along with an interesting plot.
L. Eveland
I always love reading Greenwood's Phryne Fisher mysteries!
Sara W. Tucker

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By E Rice on June 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
my favorite sleuth, the stylish, independent phyrne fisher goes to sea in this volume of one of the best mystery series in existence.

as usual, greenwood has done her homework, and makes the days of the great ocean liners come to life. her characters are well drawn, the dialogue is believable, and the gleefully intricate plot pays homage to at least two of the traditions of the so-called golden age of mystery. there are wonderful descriptions of new zealand, and liberal doses of humor.

however, if you haven't read any of the earlier titles, i wouldn't recommend starting with this one. most of the usual cast of characters make only brief appearances, but some previous familiarity with our phyrne would add to the enjoyment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike Billington on October 3, 2014
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Phryne Fisher, Kerry Greenwood's intrepid-flapper-turned-private-detective heroine, is back for another high-speed adventure, this time on a cruise to New Zealand. She's aboard because she's been asked to discover the identity of a jewel thief who has been stealing fabulous gems from some of the ship's passengers. Seems pretty straightforward but things are never all that straightforward when Miss Fisher is involved, much to the delight of Greenwood's readers.
"Death By Water" has all the requisite Greenwood touches: Well-drawn (and very interesting) characters that include a wife-beating husband, an aging anthropologist who specializes in Maori customs, an old India hand living out his retirement by traveling and a host of others; exotic locales and a really interesting mystery wrapped within a larger puzzle. If you are a fan of Miss Fisher's, you'll also recognize some familiar touches. For example: Her companion, the ever-respectable Dot Williams, is aboard and provides a nice counterpoint to the amorous, and not always discreet, Phryne (named, incidentally, after a famous courtesan in ancient Greece) and a love interest, in this case a handsome - if somewhat cheeky - photographer who would love to get the delectable Miss Fisher to pose for him. If you haven't read any of Miss Fisher's adventures, Greenwood's characters will probably delight you as they have so many of us who love these offbeat mysteries set in Australia just after The Great War and just before The Great Depression.
My advice: Take "Death By Water" out for a cruise to Australia in the Roaring Twenties. If you do, I think you'll want to read more of Phryne's adventures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara J. Miller on January 30, 2013
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Kerry Greenwood is one of my favorite authors. I am most eager to read the first book of her new series about Egypt. Til then, I re-read the Phryne Fisher and Corinna Chapman stories and have started buying them on CDs.
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By Damaskcat on April 4, 2012
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Phryne Fisher is not looking forward to Mr and Mrs Butler going away for a fortnight while she has her sister, Eliza and her partner Alice staying with her. Fearing that she will have a disorganised and noisy time of it she decides to accept a request from P&O to go on a cruise to see if she can discover who is stealing passengers' jewellery.

She takes her companion, Dot Williams with her, and looks forward to a quiet two weeks with a little light detecting on the side. When she arrives on board she is given a fabulous sapphire necklace to wear so that she can act as bait for the thief and she is seated at a table with a group of passengers who have been on previous cruises when robberies have taken place. Dot, meanwhile eats with the servants and crew so that she can find out whether there is anyone suspicious.

This is a fascinating story with plenty of suspects and some intriguing relationships between passengers and crew. I loved the descriptions of life on board a cruise ship and the way the relationships between the characters are brought to life. The book is well written with sparkling dialogue and many humorous touches. Many of the characters will find their lives have changed - for better or worse - before the end of the story when the villains are unmasked.
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By Cloggie Downunder on October 22, 2013
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Death By Water is the fifteenth book in the popular Phryne Fisher series by Australian author, Kerry Greenwood. This instalment is a version of closed room mystery, with the closed room being the First Class section of the P&O liner SS Hinemoa on a voyage from Melbourne to New Zealand. Phryne accepts an invitation from P&O to help them catch a jewel thief who has managed to boldly lift diamonds, pearls and emeralds from passengers on three separate cruises, once on a crowded dance floor. Dot goes along as a companion, but is grateful to eat in the second class dining room, which excuses her from eating with the upper classes and allows her to find out what the crew, service personnel and musicians are saying. Phryne becomes bait with a large sapphire pendant gracing her cleavage. The large and varied cast is involved in blackmail, jewel theft and revenge killing; there is talk of frozen ships and the Titanic sinking; Dot and Phryne go to a hangi, see fjords, Milford Sound and keas; the ship's cat plays a pivotal role; Dot is drugged and Phryne is almost drowned. Each chapter is concluded with correspondence from or about prospective Titanic passengers, and one of these contains a clue. A clever mystery set amid 1928 luxury. Greenwood at the top of her game.
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