Kerry Greenwood

Kerry Greenwood

Melbourne, Victoria

Kerry Greenwood (born 17 June 1954 in Footscray, Victoria) is an Australian author and defence lawyer. She has written many plays and books, most notably a string of historical detective novels centred on the character of Phryne Fisher. She writes mysteries, science-fiction, historical fiction, and children's stories, as well as plays. She is unmarried but lives with a "registered wizard".

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Stormbringer l: The Rat and the Raven

Ten years after a terrible accident that stripped the earth with laser burns seven kilometres wide and brought an end to most of human civilisation, patches of settlement still survive. One is the University, which maintains a population and a structure and now has time and resources to find out what happened to some of its students, sold as slaves, while the University was ruled by a despot. Bran assembles a group, including a very cautious thief, twin girls and the strong man Mill the Hill, as well as Swart, a brother of one of the lost slaves. They set out for their first mission by train, for a place now called The Rat's Town, where Bran meets a transmitting empath called Scathe, who joins the group as they go further; first to find the lightning maker, the Stormbringer and then, further still, to return to find that their minds are not their own, and that their very worst nightmares are becoming very real indeed.

Stormbringer ll: Lightning Nest

The heroes of THE RAT AND THE RAVEN have returned to the University, but they are restless. They don’t fit in any more. Swart is told dreadful news by his father, and at the same time a petitioner comes on foot from far away, begging the wise people of the University for help against an enemy who wields lightning as a weapon. So it is time for Bran to gather his group again: the giant Mill the Hill, the dangerous twins Aethelflaed, the cowardly Dismas who can open any lock if he is scared enough, and Bran's beautiful, strange lover Scathe, a transmitting empath. They must find the Lightning Nest – a Tesla construct, and disable it. Harder things will also be asked of them before the end.

Ruddy Gore: Miss Phryne Fisher Investigates (Phryne Fisher's Murder Mysteries)

Running late to the Hinkler gala performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore, she meets some thugs in a dark alley and handles them convincingly before they can ruin her silver dress. Phryne then finds that she has rescued a gorgeous Chinese man, Lin Chung, and his grandmother, and is briefly mistaken for a deity. Denying divinity but accepting cognac, she later continues safely to the theater. But it's an unexpected evening as her night is again interrupted by a most bizarre death onstage. What links can Phryne possibly find between the ridiculously entertaining plot of Ruddigore, the city's Chinese community, and the actors treading the boards of His Majesty's Theatre? Drawn backstage and onstage, Phryne must solve an old murder and find a new murderer, and, of course, banish the theater's ghost, who seems likely to kill again.

Electra (The Delphic Women Book 3)

'My sandals were made to glide over the marble floor of the Palace of Mycenae, not to walk the road like a common market trader. Of course, as a princess, I was unused to walking. Only female slaves and whore are seen in public. Only female slaves and whores walk...' Electra is the final book in The Delphic Women trilogy. Electra is forced to flee her home after witnessing the shocking murder of her father, Agamemnon. But life outside the palace walls is frightening. The free and easy ways of her foreign companions disturb her - especially the scandalous relationship between the Trojan woman, Cassandra, and the two men - but she needs their help to survive. Along the way, Electra's travels - driven by a burning desire for revenge - become a different kind of journey. Electra evokes the dark perils and pleasures of the ancient world with a contemporary sensual intensity.

Cassandra (The Delphic Women Book 2)

Cassandra is the second in the Delphic Women trilogy. Doomed, magnificent Troy is burning... Cassandra, the golden-haired princess cursed with the gift of prophecy, and Diomenes, the Achaean with the healing hands, become puppets of the gods. Their passions are thwarted, their loves betrayed, their gifts rendered useless for the sake of a wager between two immortals. Will Cassandra and Diomenes find each other in the light of the burning city? And, if they do, can their love survive the machinations of malicious gods and men?

Medea (The Delphic Women Book 1)

Medea, Princess of Colchis, is a priestess of Hecate, Three Named, Lady of Phantoms. She is the custodian of the wood in which the Golden Fleece is hung. She alone can tame the giant serpent which guards the grove. And then Jason and his Argonauts come along, and she falls catastrophically in love. She helps him steal the Golden Fleece and sails with him to claim his throne. And that’s when things go wrong… and she must attempt to reclaim her humanity through abandonment, murder, grief and heavy seas.

Out of the Black Land

Eighteenth Dynasty Egypt is peaceful and prosperous under the dual rule of the Pharaohs Amenhotep III and IV, until the younger Pharaoh begins to dream new and terrifying dreams. Ptah-hotep, a young peasant boy studying to be a scribe, wants to live a simple life in a Nile hut with his lover Kheperren and their dog Wolf. But Amenhotep IV appoints him as Great Royal Scribe. Surrounded by bitterly envious rivals and enemies, how long will Ptah-hotep survive? The child-princess Mutnodjme sees her beautiful sister Nefertiti married off to the impotent young Amenhotep. But Nefertiti must bear royal children, so the ladies of the court devise a shocking plan. Kheperren, meanwhile, serves as scribe to the daring teenage General Horemheb. But while the Pharaoh’s shrinking army guards the Land of the Nile from enemies on every border, a far greater menace impends. For, not content with his own devotion to one god alone, the newly-renamed Akhnaten plans to suppress the worship of all other gods in the Black Land. His horrified court soon realize that the Pharaoh is not merely deformed, but irretrievably mad; and that the biggest danger to the Empire is in the royal palace itself.

Heavenly Pleasures: Corinna Chapman #2

Life is sweet for Corinna Chapman, proprietor of Melbourne’s Earthly Delights bakery. Her apprentice's skills are developing quite nicely, as is her relationship with the hunky, socially-conscious ex-IDF P.I., Daniel Cohen. Unfortunately, things aren't going nearly so well for the Belgian chocolatier sisters up the street—someone’s started tampering with their confections, randomly injecting chili and soy sauce into what should be delicious bonbons. Is it mere mischief, or a plot to ruin their reputation? With a mysterious new tenant upstairs, bomb scares, beatings, a kidnapping, polygamy, stolen computer files and rooftop thuggery, Corinna's sweet life seems inexorably drawn toward intrigue. If nothing else works out, at least Jason has perfected the Chocolate Orgasm muffin recipe.

Devil's Food: Corinna Chapman #3

As owner of the Earthly Delights bakery, Corinna Chapman is used to unusual requests, but she’s never been asked to make a recipe taste worse before. The monks of the Discarnate Brotherhood prefer their “famine bread” on the more sawdusty-side of unpalatable—curious customers. And they’re not the only mortifiers of the flesh preaching hunger as the solution to Melbourne’s troubled masses. Someone’s peddling a particularly potent herbal “diet tea” that almost does-in Corinna’s two young shop assistants; a body turns up in the park, dead of malnutrition; Corinna’s mother arrives unexpectedly, ejected from her commune for forcing her own extreme dietary views on the collective. There are a lot of people with food issues making life pretty complicated for a plus-sized baker who just wants to make the perfect muffin.

Forbidden Fruit: Corinna Chapman #5

Corinna Chapman detests Christmas. In Melbourne, Australia, where Christmas is a summer festival, the shoppers are frantic and the heat is oppressive. While she dreams of air conditioning and deals with the advances of a rosewater-addicted donkey, Corinna's private eye boyfriend, Daniel, is on the trail of a couple of young star-crossed runaways. Assisted by a troupe of free-spirited freegans, three very clever hackers and a vegan chorus, Corinna and Daniel go head-to-head with a sinister religious cult, and a band of Romanies out for revenge.

Earthly Delights: Corinna Chapman #1

Corinna Chapman is living her dream. She’s left the buttoned-down world of accounting behind—along with a less-than-lovable husband—to open a bakery in downtown Melbourne. The neighborhood could be nicer—performing CPR on an unconscious junkie is no way for a baker to start her morning—but the neighbors are something else again. Corinna’s bakery, Earthly Delights, is on the ground floor of a particularly eclectic apartment building, whose occupants promise to make life interesting. A mysterious moralist has taken offense at the building's professional dominatrix; poisoned pen letters find their way to all residents; suddenly more heroin addicts seem to overdosing than usual; and then there are the vampires. Someone’s got to get to the bottom of it all, and it might as well be Corinna.

Cooking the Books: Corinna Chapman #6

Corinna Chapman, talented baker and reluctant investigator, has closed her shop until the New Year and is trying very hard to do nothing at all on her holidays. Her private eye boyfriend, Daniel, is busy investigating a corporate theft. Her apprentice, Jason, is off learning to surf. And her two shop assistants, Kylie and Goss, have found roles in a soap opera. It should be a time of quiet reflection, but quiet doesn’t suit Corinna—she’s bored. Scenting a whiff of danger, she accepts a caterer friend’s offer to do the baking for the soap in which Kylie and Goss have parts, and discovers that all is not sunshine and light on the set. Twists and turns and complications ensue, involving—bizarrely—nursery rhymes and a tiger called Tabitha. On the other side of town, a young woman is being unmercifully bullied by her corporate employers, who spend a lot of time cooking the books.

Trick or Treat: Corinna Chapman #4

Corinna Chapman, baker extraordinaire, returns, along with the eclectic and lovable community of characters that populate her world. A franchise bake-shop has opened down the street, selling low-priced (and low-quality) wares. Hallowe’en brings an international convention of witches to Melbourne, casting wild magic in the air. Daniel Cohen investigates wartime secrets and ancient betrayals among Melbourne's expatriate Greek community. A mysterious voice is singing out in the night, wassailing and calling for soul cakes. An unidentifiable drug seems to have hit the streets, creating chaos in Calico alley. An old friend of Daniel’s is coming to visit—with intentions that Corinna suspects are less-than honorable.

Blood and Circuses: Miss Phryne Fisher Investigates (Phryne Fisher's Murder Mysteries)

Phryne Fisher is bored. Life appears to be too easy, too perfect. Her household is ordered, her love life is pleasant, the weather is fine. And then a man from her past arrives at the door. It is Alan Lee from the carnival. Alan and his friends want her to investigate strange happenings at Farrells Circus, where animals have been poisoned and ropes sabotaged. Mr. Christopher has been found with his throat cut in Mrs. Witherspoon’s irreproachable boarding house and Miss Parkes, an ex-performer, is charged with his murder.Phryne must go undercover deeper than ever to solve the circus malaise. She must abandon her name, her title, her protection, her comfort, even her clothes. She must fall off a horse twice a day until she can stay on. She must sleep in a girls tent and dine on mutton stew. And she must find some allies.Meanwhile, in Melbourne, the young and fresh-faced policeman Tommy Harris has to solve his own mysteries with the help of the foul-spoken harridan Lizard Elsie, or Miss Parkes will certainly hang. Can Phryne uncover the truth without losing her life?

Raisins and Almonds: Phryne Fisher #9 (Phryne Fisher Mysteries)

When a young Jewish scholar is found dead of poisoning, community leader Benjamin Abrahams hires Phryne Fisher to investigate. He fears the killing may presage a wave of anti-Semitism in Melbourne. Phryne soon finds herself deep in the fabric of Australia's refugee Jewish community, learning about the Zionist movement, pogroms, coded messages and gefilte fish. She picks up a little Yiddish, too… Abrahams’ wickedly handsome son, Simon has a number of valuable skills Phryne would like to take advantage of.

Death Before Wicket: Phryne Fisher #10 (Phryne Fisher Mysteries)

Phryne Fisher is off to Sydney, where she plans to take in a few cricket matches, dine with the University set, attend an art ball and generally pursue the life of the bonne vivante on holiday, detecting be-damned. When she arrives, however, she's immediately pressed into service investigating a theft from the Dean's safe, and discovers that her maid's sister has vanished. There's no rest for the wicked (and that's Phryne all over). Girding her loins, the Honorable Miss Fisher loads her pearl-handled Beretta and sallies forth into Sydney's less-savory side, in search of mayhem, murder, black magic, and—if she's lucky—a really good cocktail.

Unnatural Habits:Phryne Fisher Mystery #19 (Phryne Fisher Mysteries)

1929: pretty little golden-haired girls are going missing in Melbourne. But they're not just pretty. Three of them are pregnant, poor girls from the harsh confines of the Magdalen Laundry. People are getting nervous. Polly Kettle, a pushy, self-important Girl Reporter with ambition and no sense of self preservation, decides to investigate - and promptly goes missing herself. It's time for Phryne and Dot to put a stop to this and find Polly Kettle before something quite irreparable happens to all of them. It's a tale of convents and plots, piracy, murder and mystery... and Phryne finally finds out if it's true that blondes have more fun.

Death at Victoria Dock (Phryne Fisher Mysteries)

Driving home late one night, Phryne Fisher is surprised when someone shoots out her windscreen. When she alights she finds a pretty young man with an anarchist tattoo dying on the tarmac just outside the dock gates. He bleeds to death in her arms, and all over her silk shirt. Enraged by the loss of the clothing, the damage to her car, and this senseless waste of human life, Phryne promises to find out who is responsible. But she doesn’t yet know how deeply into the mire she’ll have to go: bank robbery, tattoo parlours, pubs, spiritualist halls, and anarchists. Along this path, Phryne meets Peter, a scarred but delectable wharfie who begins to unfold the mystery of who would need a machine gun in Melbourne. But when someone kidnaps her cherished companion, Dot, Phryne will stop at nothing to retrieve her.

Ruddy Gore: Phryne Fisher #7 (Phryne Fisher Mysteries)

Phryne Fisher is trying to enjoy a gala performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore at His Majesty's Theatre, but there are dark doings afoot. The leading man is poisoned, followed by his understudy, then a massive curtain weight crushes a company member to a pulp. It certainly looks as if someone has it in for the production, but the show must go on! Murder and poison make this a case for the Melbourne police, but as a friend of the troupe's manager, Phryne can't help but become involved. The specter of a deceased actress haunts the theater, gloves go missing, whiskey goes green, the elusive scent of hyacinths wafts though the wings, a child with a tell-tale birthmark is sought. And, love appears to be blossoming between Phryne and the handsome young scion of a Chinese merchant family.

Dead Man's Chest: Phryne Fisher #18 (Phryne Fisher Mysteries)

It's high summer in Melbourne—the ideal time, Phryne Fisher thinks, to pack up the Hispano-Suiza and withdraw to the quiet vacation town of Queenscliff, at the mouth of the Bay. And yet, there is mystery and intrigue almost from the moment of her arrival. The Johnsons, who staff the holiday house, are nowhere to be found… along with much of the home's contents. When their bedraggled dog shows up days later, the Johnsons’ absence begins to look like something more sinister. Between the missing staff, coastal smugglers, daft surrealists and a pigtail thief, Phryne’s vacation is proving to be anything but.

Murder in Montparnasse: Phryne Fisher #12 (Phryne Fisher Mysteries)

The divine Phryne Fisher returns to lead another dance of intrigue. Seven Australian soldiers, carousing in Paris in 1918, unknowingly witness a murder and their presence has devastating consequences. Ten years later, two are dead - under very suspicious circumstances. Phryne's wharfie mates, Bert and Cec, appeal to her for help. They were part of this group of soldiers in 1918 and they fear for their lives and for those of the other three men. It's only as Phryne delves into the investigation that she, too, remembers being in Montparnasse on that very same day. While Phryne is occupied with memories of Montparnasse past and the race to outpace the murderer, she finds troubles of a different kind at home. Her lover, Lin Chung, is about to be married. And the effect this is having on her own usually peaceful household is disastrous.

The Castlemaine Murders: Phryne Fisher #13 (Phryne Fisher Mysteries)

The Honorable Miss Phryne Fisher and entourage intend to spend a diverting afternoon at Melbourne’s Luna Park, but in the dark and dusty Ghost Train, a bullet-riddled mummified corpse falls to the ground in front of them. Phryne’s pleasure trips do have a way of becoming business outings. It's an investigation that will take her much farther afield, to the gold rush boomtown of Castlemaine, where long-lost treasure provides more than motive enough for murder.

Queen of the Flowers: Phryne Fisher #14 (Phryne Fisher Mysteries)

In 1928, the tony Melbourne suburb of St. Kilda is inaugurating its Flower Festival. The streets are hung with fairy lights, and tea dances, yacht races, tango competitions, lantern shows, and picnics on the beach are all on the schedule of events. Who but the inestimable Phryne Fisher could reign over it all, as Queen of the Flowers? Unfortunately, where Phryne is involved it seems trouble is never far behind. When one of her flower maidens vanishes, followed by Phryne's adopted daughter, Ruth, the game is once more afoot. Elephants, old lovers, prostitutes and ne'er do wells be warned: Miss Fisher may be Queen of the Flowers, but she also packs a pearl-handled .38.

Murder on the Ballarat Train: Phryne Fisher #3 (Phryne Fisher Mysteries)

When the Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher arranges to travel inland to Ballarat for the week, she eschews the open-road excitement of her red Hispano-Suiza for the stately safety of the train. But as the passengers sleep, they are poisoned with chloroform! Phryne keeps her wits about her and saves her fellow travelers, but is left a hodgepodge of clues to piece together: a young girl who remembers nothing—not even why she's aboard; whispered rumors of white slavery and black magic; and the body of an old woman, lying beside the tracks. Then there's the rowing team and the choristers, all deliciously engaging young men. At first they seem like such a pleasant diversion…

Murder in the Dark: Phryne Fisher #16 (Phryne Fisher Mysteries)

It’s Christmastime, and “the Golden Twins”—Isabella and Gerald Templar—are hosting The Last Best Party of 1928, a four-day extravaganza of excess destined for the history books. Phryne Fisher knew the Templars years ago in Paris, where their legendary soirées caused a sensation, but is of two minds about attending this year’s affair. Fortunately, the decision is made for her when a threatening letter arrives, warning her off—of course Miss Fisher will be delighted to attend! In an atmosphere of cold cocktails, hot jazz, handsome swains and clouds of hashish smoke, Phryne might concede that it’s the Best Party of 1928… but the Last? It might very well be the last party ever for three attendees who are kidnapped. Phryne must puzzle her way through a scavenger hunt of cryptic clues to retrieve the hostages and save the party from further disaster.

Death by Water: Phryne Fisher #15 (Phryne Fisher Mysteries)

The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company has a problem: someone's been stealing jewelry from its first-class passengers. Fortunately, the elegant Phryne Fisher, doyenne of detectives Down Under, is uniquely positioned to mingle seamlessly with the upper classes in search of the culprit. And so, carrying the Great Queen of Sapphires, the Maharani, she boards the S.S. Hinemoa on a luxury cruise to New Zealand. Shipboard romance, champagne cocktails, hot jazz, erotic photography, jealous swains, Mickey Finns, blackmail and attempted murder all swirl about Phryne, and both the innocent and the guilty will discover that where the glamorous and intelligent Phryne is concerned, resistance is futile. Death by Water is the fifteenth in Kerry Greenwood's series of Phryne Fisher Mysteries.

The Green Mill Murder: Phryne Fisher #5 (Phryne Fisher Mysteries)

Phryne Fisher is doing one of her favorite things—cutting the rug at the Green Mill, Melbourne’s premier dance hall. In a sparkling lobelia-colored georgette dress, dancing to the stylings of Tintagel Stone’s Jazzmakers, nothing can flap the unflappable flapper. Nothing except death, that is. The dance competition is trailing into its final hours when suddenly, in the middle of “Bye Bye Blackbird,” one of her fellow contestants slumps to the ground. No shot was heard, and Phryne, conscious of how narrowly the missile must have missed her own bared shoulder, undertakes to investigate. This leads her into the dark and smokey jazz clubs of Fitzroy, the arms of eloquent strangers, and finally into the the sky, on the trail of a complicated family tragedy of the Great War and the damaged men who served at Gallipoli. In the Australian Alps, she meets a hermit with a dog called Lucky and a wombat living under his bunk… and risks her life on the love between brothers.

Murder on a Midsummer Night: Phryne Fisher #17 (Phryne Fisher Mysteries)

The year is 1929, and the Honorable Phryne Fisher has been engaged to investigate the drowning death of a young Melbourne antique dealer. The police and coroner believe it was suicide, but the victim's grieving mother knows otherwise and trusts Phryne to see justice done. He certainly had some strange friends—a Balkan adventuress, a dilettante with a penchant for antiquities, a Classics professor, a medium… At the same time, Phryne is on the hunt for a long-lost illegitimate child, potentially heir to a handsome estate, much to the displeasure of the remaining relatives.

Urn Burial: Phryne Fisher #8 (Phryne Fisher Mysteries)

The redoubtable Phryne Fisher and her lover, Lin Chung, are holidaying at Cave House, a Gothic mansion in the heart of Australia’s Victorian mountain country. But the peaceful surroundings mask danger: her host is receiving death threats, lethal traps are being set without explanation, and a parlormaid is found strangled to death. Between a pair of young lovers, an extremely eccentric swagman, an angry outcast heir, and the luscious Lin Chung, Phryne’s attention is definitely caught. And then someone starts leaving funeral urns about for her to find. The search for answers takes her deep into the dungeons of the house and into the limestone Buchan caves, but what will she discover this time?

Flying Too High: Phryne Fisher #2 (Phryne Fisher Mysteries)

Walking the wings of a Tiger Moth biplane in flight is excitement-enough for most people, but not Phryne Fisher, aviatrix, socialite, and private investigator. Whether she's seducing beautiful young men, foiling nefarious kidnappers, or simply deciding what to wear to dinner, Phryne handles everything with inimitable panache and flair. In this, the second Phryne Fisher mystery, Australia's most glamorous detective flies even higher, handling murder, a kidnapping and the usual array of beaus—all before adjourning to the Queenscliff Hotel for breakfast.

Murder and Mendelssohn: Phryne Fisher #20: A Phryne Fisher Mystery (Phryne Fisher Mysteries)

To the accompaniment of heavenly choirs singing, the fearless Miss Phryne Fisher returns in her 20th adventure with musical score in hand. An orchestral conductor has been found dead and Detective Inspector Jack Robinson needs the delightfully incisive and sophisticated Miss Fisher’s assistance to enter a world in which he is truly lost. Hugh Tregennis, not much liked by anyone, has been murdered in a most flamboyant mode by a killer with a point to prove. But how many killers is Phryne really stalking? At the same time, the dark curls, disdainful air and the lavender eyes of mathematician and code-breaker Rupert Sheffield are taking Melbourne by storm. They’ve certainly taken the heart of Phryne’s old friend from the trenches of WWI, John Wilson. Phryne recognizes Sheffield as a man who attracts danger and is determined to protect John from harm. Even with the faithful Dot, Mr. and Mrs. Butler, and all in her household ready to pull their weight, Phryne’s task is complex. While Mendelssohn’s Elijah, memories of the Great War, and the science of deduction ring in her head, Phryne’s past must also play its part as MI6 become involved in the tangled web of murders.

Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher Mysteries)

The London season is in full fling at the end of the 1920s, but the Honorable Phryne Fisher—she of the gray-green eyes and diamant garters—is tiring of polite conversations with retired colonels and dances with weak-chinned men. When the opportunity presents itself, Phryne decides it might be amusing to try her hand at becoming a lady detective in Australia. Immediately upon settling into Melbourne's Hotel Windsor, Phryne finds herself embroiled in mystery. From poisoned wives and cocaine smuggling, to police corruption and rampant communism—not to mention erotic encounters with the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse—Cocaine Blues charts a crescendo of steamy intrigue, culminating in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.

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