Kerry Greenwood

Phryne Fisher Mysteries: A Question of Death (Paperback)

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Book FormatPaperback
AuthorKerry Greenwood
Publication DateDecember, 2014
ISBN-139781464203626
GenreFiction/Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
The Honourable Phryne Fisher--she of the Lulu bob, green eyes, Cupid's Bow lips, and diamanté garters--is the 1920s' most elegant and irrepressible sleuth. This sparkling collection of Phryne short stories and other Phryne miscellany--including Phryne's favourite shoes and hats, delicious cocktail recipes, and her best tips for discouraging unwanted admirers-- forms a gorgeously collectable treat for all Phryne fans. Lavishly illustrated with divine color illustrations by Beth Norling, A Question of Death will bring joy to the hearts of Phryne Fisher fans everywhere.

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The Honourable Phryne Fisher--she of the Lulu bob, green eyes, Cupid's Bow lips, and diamanté garters--is the 1920s' most elegant and irrepressible sleuth. This sparkling collection of Phryne short stories and other Phryne miscellany--including Phryne's favourite shoes and hats, delicious cocktail recipes, and her best tips for discouraging unwanted admirers-- forms a gorgeously collectable treat for all Phryne fans. Lavishly illustrated with divine color illustrations by Beth Norling, A Question of Death will bring joy to the hearts of Phryne Fisher fans everywhere.Praise for A Question of Death... "Fans of the inimitable Phryne Fisher will rejoice in this cornucopia of short stories, recipes, lists of Phryne's favorite things, and other tidbits about the life of this female James Bond." -Helene Williams, Historical Novels Review The Honourable Phryne Fisher-she of the Lulu bob, green eyes, Cupid's Bow lips and diamanté garters-is the 1920s' most elegant and irrepressible sleuth. This sparkling collection of Phryne short stories and other Phryne miscellany-including Phryne's favourite shoes and hats, delicious cocktail recipes and her best tips for discouraging unwanted admirers-is a gorgeously collectable treat for all Phryne fans. Lavishly illustrated with divine colour illustrations by Beth Norling, A Question of Death will bring joy to the hearts of Phryne Fisher fans everywhere. Kerry Greenwood's novels include the Corinna Chapman series and the Phryne Fisher mysteries, recently made into an acclaimed TV program currently in its second season (Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries). She is not married, has no children, lives with a registered Wizard, and when she is not writing she stares blankly out the window. www.phrynefisher.com

Specifications

Series Title
Phryne Fisher Mysteries
Publisher
Poisoned Pen Press, Inc.
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
272
Author
Kerry Greenwood
Title
A Question of Death
ISBN-13
9781464203626
Publication Date
December, 2014
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches
ISBN-10
1464203628

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This collection of sho...

This collection of short stories runs the gambit from the early days of Phryne's career to the current time frame. They were all fun to read!

Average Rating:(3.0)out of 5 stars

I was first introduced...

I was first introduced to Phryne Fisher through Netflix. I stumbled across a series, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries and fell immediately in love. Phyrne is a lady detective in the 1920's living in Australia. She's a very modern, sassy, sexy kind of woman. So imagine my excitement when I learned that the series is based off a book series by Kerry Greenwood. A Question of Death is a collection of thirteen short stories starring the fantastic Phryne Fisher. I love and hate short stories because they are never long enough to suit my tastes. Plus in mysteries, there is not a lot of setup and buildup before the case is solved. But despite that this book was still good. For me, it was the perfect book to read just before bed. In addition to the short stories, this book also has illustrations strewn throughout. They give the book a quaint touch. At the end of each story a recipe is included for either food or drink. I didn't try any of the recipes yet, but I will in the future. Overall I enjoyed this book. There was, however, a concern with the first few stories. They had an excessive amount of typos and missing words. I sincerely hope that this is just an oversight of the publisher and they've since corrected the errors.

Average Rating:(3.0)out of 5 stars

I dont think I ever w...

I don't think I ever wrote a review before but I thought I try. I'm open to any critiques or questions =) I picked up "A Question of Death" because the cover intrigued me. The artwork is lovely and I'm interested (fashion wise) in the early eras of the 20th century. The flap of the book indicated that this was a book of short stories involving a main character named Phryne Fisher and it could be read by those who read her series and those who never read a single book of it. I'm in the latter. The stories take place mainly in 1920s Australia. I have no idea what 1920s Australia was like and can only assume this is all accurate. Some of the stories do have references to other parts of history (like quotes from Chaucer's works and a story of St. Mungo). The star of course is Hon. Miss Phryne Fisher - a black haired, green -eyed woman who has impeccable fashion taste and sleeps with so many men, the brothels at the time would've been out of business. She's (from what I gather from this book) a well off lady who came to Australia to become a detective. She's pretty much perfect. Miss Fisher does not seem to have any flaws - unless you count smoking, drinking and being a cougar which doesn't affect her work really. I love that she's a feminist and knows how to handle almost any situation but it feels like I'm being told constantly that she's amazing and mentioning of her hair and eye color almost every story was annoying. There are a few other characters that are seen more than once but I didn't read any of the series and the focus is on PHRYNE FISHER so its hard for me to really judge their personalities sand their relationships with her really. The cases are either about murder or a missing item. To be honest, I only figured out the answer pretty quickly to ONE of the stories but then again, my puzzle solving skills are not the greatest in the world. The mysteries are amusing and their endings very satistying. The illustrations are beautiful. At the beginning of each story, there's a colorful drawing of Miss Fisher and sprinkle of pictures on some of the pages. They're really lovely. The recipes are interesting and I may try a couple. The book also has a glossary for all those old words that young people like me have never heard of outside of an ancient gangster movie set at that time. I wish it put more words that were use in. On whole, I like the book but something feels empty about the main character to me. She's an interesting personality but maybe it's the fact I don't see flaws or being reminded that's she such an awesome person when it should be up to the reader to figure it out. I have no idea why I feel that way. I'm going to read a book or two from the series as to me it feels like I have to have more backbone to appreciate the book more and end this conflicted feeling about Phryne.

Average Rating:(3.0)out of 5 stars

Considering I am a Phr...

Considering I am a Phryne fan, I scored this collection of short stories rather low. I liked them (kind of) but not particularly. The short stories, were, well...Short and lacked substance, as well as the fact some were repeated themes from her novels with different outcomes.I could have done without the interview of Phryne (which was trite) and illustrations. I don't need or want to know what Phyrne's favorite headpieces, shoes are, or what is in her handbag. I did like the recipes, especially for the Tea Cake & Champagne Punch:4 ripe pineapples peeled & cubed)2 cups sugar1 bottle white rum2 cups lemon juice1 cup grenadine1 bottle brandy (get the good stuff...it does matter)1 cup cherry liqueur8 bottles of champagneMarinate the pineapple in the rum & sugar overnight. Add all the ingredients except the champagne (in a punch bowl) and mix well. Pour the champagne in just before serving. Whoo hoo!

Average Rating:(3.0)out of 5 stars

This is a book of shor...

This is a book of short stories with lots of lovely drawings of Phryne Fisher, the thoroughly modern detective in the 1920s Australia. Phyrne is lots of fun and has a great circle of friends to help her.


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