Death By Water: A Phryne Fisher Mystery by Kerry Greenwood

By Kerry Greenwood

The good males at P&O are fearful. A succession of bijou thefts from the first class passengers is rarely the simplest commercial for his or her cruises. particularly while it's most probably passenger is the thief. Phryne Fisher, along with her Lulu bob, eco-friendly eyes, cupid’s bow lips, and feel that the ends justify the capacity, is simply the individual to mingle seamlessly with the higher periods and tackle a case of robbery at the excessive seas or at the very least at the S.S. Hinemoa, on a luxurious cruise to New Zealand. She is wearing the nice Queen of Sapphires, the Maharani, as bait. Shipboard romances, champagne cocktails, erotic photographers, jealous swains, Mickey Finns, jazz musicians, blackmail, and tried homicide mingle prior to the thieves discover, as have numerous love-smitten males prior to them, that the place the glamorous and clever Phryne is worried, resistance is futile.

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Phryne spread out the towel, lay down on the sun lounge and delved in her bag for smoked glasses, her cigarettes and a lighter. Yes. The mousetrap had been sprung. She allowed Mr Aubrey to light her gasper. ‘I don’t approve of young women smoking,’ the professor said severely. ’ ‘And your apology,’ said Jack Mason, flinging himself down beside her and almost spilling her off the sun lounge. He took up one of Phryne’s pale bare feet and kissed the toes. ‘Abject,’ he said. ‘Oh, very well,’ said Phryne crossly.

Dot had already dressed in a sensible beige skirt, coffee coloured blouse and brown cardigan. ’ she asked. ’ Phryne asked, shocked at such a suggestion. ‘Croissants, Dot dear, or hot rolls, with butter and jam. ’ Dot who could not understand anyone who could afford to eat porridge and eggs and bacon and kidneys and mushrooms and kedgeree every morning of her life opting for flaky sort of French bread things, shrugged, smiled and went out. She left Phryne with the coffee pot. Early in the morning, the coffee pot was always Phryne’s favourite companion.

Made some very good investments for my clients—and for me. This is the fourth cruise I have been on. My Jonquil said I needed a rest. My children . ’ Are exigent, thought Phryne, and don’t approve of this new wife, who is probably younger than they are. And likely to inherit all the old man’s money. Mr Aubrey came through as the silence lengthened. ‘And you, Professor, didn’t I read your excellent book on Maori culture? What was it called, now, dear me, memory going at last . ’ ‘‘‘Moko and Maori Warrior Culture’’,’ said the professor.

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