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Dead Man's Chest


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Kerry Greenwood was born in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray and after wandering far and wide, she returned to live there. She has degrees in English and Law from Melbourne University and was admitted to the legal profession on the 1st April 1982, a day which she finds both soothing and significant. Kerry has written three series, a number of plays, including The Troubadours with Stephen D'Arcy, is an award-winning children's writer and has edited and contributed to several anthologies. The Phryne Fisher series (pronounced Fry-knee, to rhyme with briny) began in 1989 with Cocaine Blues which was a great success. Kerry has written twenty books in this series with no sign yet of Miss Fisher hanging up her pearl-handled pistol. Kerry says that as long as people want to read them, she can keep writing them. In 2003 Kerry won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Australian Association.


In Greenwood's breezy 18th Phyrne Fisher novel set in the 1920s (after 2009's Murder on a Midsummer Night), the irrepressible Phyrne and her entourage start their holiday in Queenscliff, a small Australian coastal town, with a puzzle: the Johnsons, the cook and houseman of the house they are to stay in, have vanished. Despite their having been happy in their situation, the couple apparently had a moving van transport all their possessions, without leaving a note or any explanation. Phyrne adds another to her constantly growing ranks of strays she takes in with Tinker, a young boy whose help she enlists in her inquiries, and who, like almost everyone the PI encounters, is instantly smitten with her. A second puzzle in the form of an unknown person who's been cutting off girls' pigtails adds to the fun. As usual, the charming lead more than compensates for the minimal mystery solving. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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