A Question of Death

A Question of Death

An Illustrated Phryne Fisher Treasury

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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.
Publisher: Scottsdale, Ariz. : Poisoned Pen Press, 2008, c2007.
ISBN: 9781590589670
Characteristics: xiii, 258 p. :,col. ill. ;,20 cm.


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Sep 15, 2016

Dear Phryne, delightful as always.

Jun 16, 2016

Ms. Greenwood has developed a wonderful set of characters in the Phyrne Fisher series. I got a bit carried away and requested all the titles so I was lucky enough to read almost all of them over the last few weeks.
This book was not the most enjoyable, and a couple of the short stories were later (?) developed into full novels, but it was fund to read the cocktail recipes.

DanniOcean May 28, 2012

reviewed in the Stratford Gazette

Apr 24, 2011

fun and easy to read, a feel good book. For Collingwood supporters the story of Jock McHales hat is a must read.. Love Phryne!

Dec 26, 2010

cute stories - light reading - fluff - definitely enjoyable


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DanniOcean May 28, 2012

What was old is new again, the Roaring Twenties are fashionable once more. Cropping up in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, the recent Shelf Life-reviewed book Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin, about four female writers of the twenties, has been out of the library ever since Shauna’s review hit the paper. Now meet the fictional detective of the flapper set, the Honourable Phyrne Fisher. As someone who appreciates the bundles of money and title her family inherited that brought them out of poverty, Phyrne openly adores her clothes, alcohol and men – not to the extent of Zelda Fitzgerald, however – and in this illustrated edition of short stories, she shares some of her favourite fashions, adventures and cocktail recipes of the 1920’s (although the author advises not indulging in too many green chartreuses). The colourful illustrations by Beth Norling are reminiscent of Erté (whose name Phryne drops in an included “interview”), but these are second banana to the stories themselves, which perfectly illustrate the clash of two worlds – the conservative, class-conscious previous generation and the rather freer, more bohemian world of the (admittedly) wealthy flapper set. Australian by birth, English by inheritance and jet-setter by choice, Phryne solves each case with a cool nerve and a few trusty associates – her maid Dot, her friend Dr. Elizabeth MacMillan plus a few others who return now and then. These short stories are a perfect introduction to Phryne and her wonderfully described era, and if you like these stylish and glamourous mysteries, there is a whole series of full novels out there to enjoy as well. And although the series was televised in 2012 as Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, it was on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, so we will have to wait awhile to catch it in North America. You may want to stock up on gin and tonic in any case.

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