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Death Before Wicket by Kerry Greenwood
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Death Before Wicket (1999)

by Kerry Greenwood

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Series: Phryne Fisher Mysteries (10)

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Synopsis: Phryne loves cricket so she and Dot are off to see some matches in Sydney. It's summer and the city doesn't really appeal to Phryne, but she has met two interesting young men who not only want to escort her to cricket but also want her to solve a mystery and clear their friend of a charge of theft. If he is convicted, he will be send town from University and won't have a chance to graduate and go on to an academic life. As Phryne pursues this matter, she finds that it is all tied to hypnotism, magic, and other occurrences at the University. She must channel Isis, thrash the magician, and straighten out University politics before she is able to enjoy her cricket matches.
Review: The descriptions of cricket are deadly dull, but the rest of the book in quite intriguing, especially when Phryne channels Isis and ends up in the bottom of a wine cellar well. Cleverly written, it is a mystery worth trying to unravel. ( )
  DrLed | May 5, 2017 |
A bit more cricket that I wanted, in fact I felt like it sometimes got in the way of the story. Phryne goes to Sydney and takes in some cricket and gets involved in a mystery about a bright young thing and Dot's sister.

Not bad but there were times when I could feel myself losing interest under the cricket. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Sep 26, 2016 |
While I continue to adore Phryne, and the books in the series- this really has a LOT of cricket. For most of us that meas a large part of the book is impenetrable.

Fortunately, the cricket parts are not vital to the plot, as least not in their more complicated aspects, so just skipping or skimming the cricket matches works.

The mystery itself is set in academia, with a strong element of occultism as something that can disturb the status quo.

Minor quibble: unless it was entirely a ceremonial tool, there is no way anyone would make a hand-axe out of malachite; it's far too fragile to be used in this application. Decent plot-point, though.

I have given this 4 stars because really- the cricket sequences were interminable and obscure.

Still, as always, it's fun to hang out with Phryne! ( )
  cissa | Jan 28, 2016 |
I listened to this book and it was difficult to keep all the characters straight. ( )
  csobolak | Mar 19, 2015 |
Phryne goes to Sydney in this episode, to watch cricket and to unravel a mystery in the midst of the groves of Academic. The writer's fondness for classic British crime fiction is clearer than usual in this episode, which features an eccentric cast of academics. The story also features an appealing new man encountered under interesting circumstances. Phyrne, however, is beginning to miss her Chinese lover, suggesting untapped depths in our flighty heroine. And also upcoming plot twists. ( )
  annbury | Sep 11, 2014 |
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This book is dedicated to the remarkable and excellent Helen Gordon-Clark. Never a Xword between us.
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Sydney struck Phryne Fisher, quite literally, in the face.
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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 celebrated 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. She rescues the children, but what has become of Joan, who would never leave her babies?… (more)

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