Death by Water: Phryne Fisher's Murder Mysteries 15: Phryne Fisher 15 Kindle Edition
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"Greenwood's prose has a dagger in its garter." (The Australian)
"Phryne Fisher hits the high seas for her latest adventure. The management of a luxury liner, the S.S. HINEMOA, are worried because there's been a spate of jewel thefts on the ship. Phryne has been called in to investigate as the ship sails to New Zealand. Narrator Stephanie Daniel expertly recreates the mood and vocabulary of the 1920s. She also excels with the diverse accents of Dot, Phryne's feisty maid and companion; the Maori staff; and the ship's all-female orchestra. As Phryne wears a priceless jewel and puts herself in danger, she flirts 'naughtily' in the line of duty. These scenes are cleverly rendered by Daniel. Both the story and its narration are a delightful reminder of a bygone era." (AudioFile Magazine) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
From the Back Cover
The nice men at P+O are worried. A succession of jewellery thefts from first class passengers is hardly the best advertisement for their cruise liners, particularly when it is likely that a passenger is doing the stealing.
Phryne Fisher, with her Lulu bob, green eyes, Cupid's bow lips and Chanel travelling suits, is exactly the sort of elegant sleuth to take on a ring of jewellery thieves aboard the high seas - or at least, aboard the SS Hinemoa on a luxury cruise to New Zealand. With the Maharani - the Great Queen of Sapphires - as the bait, Phryne rises magnificently to the challenge.
There are shipboard romances, champagne cocktails, erotic photographers, jealous husbands, mickey finns, blackmail and attempted murder, all before the thieves find out - as have countless love-smitten men before them - that where the glamorous and intelligent Phryne is involved, resistance is futile.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- File size : 434 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 302 pages
- Publisher : Allen & Unwin; Main edition (1 June 2005)
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- ASIN : B003MU9D26
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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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.