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Publisher's Summary

The divine Phryne Fisher returns in the 15th seductive installment in the classic Phryne Fisher whodunnit series. This one includes shipboard romances, champagne cocktails, erotic photographers, jealous husbands, mickey finns, blackmail, and attempted murder.

A succession of jewelry thefts from first-class passengers is hardly the best advertisement for a cruise liner, particularly when it is likely that it is a passenger who is doing the stealing. Phryne Fisher, with her Lulu bob, green eyes, Cupid's bow lips and Chanel traveling suits, is exactly the sort of elegant sleuth to take on a ring of jewelry thieves on the high seas - or at least, aboard the SS Hinemoa on a luxury cruise to New Zealand. With the Maharani - the Great Queen of Sapphires - as the bait, Phryne rises magnificently to the challenge.

©2005 Kerry Greenwood (P)2007 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"Brimming with glamour, high life, and a hint of debauchery, Greenwood's series delivers a literary glass of champagne, lifting readers' spirits while tickling their fancies." ( Booklist)

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Love it.... but

Overall this book is amazing, the story is really interesting and it's fun to see Miss Fisher solving crimes without all her regular minions. The narrator is brilliant I only have one issue. The Maori words. They are pronounced so badly that some aren't recognisable as the words they are supposed to be. I wish in the lead up to recording they had at least looked up the pronunciation online and actually listened to them. Maori is a beautiful language and although some sounds are hard to get when you aren't born to the language it should at least have been given the effort to try and get it right- especially since effort is made in other books containing languages outside of English.

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one of her best.

I loved it. Kerry Stephanie and Phryne work so well together. The story was very clever and entertaining

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Sail away to New Zealand

Loved it! Another great mystery story from Kerry Greenwood, beautifully read by Stephanie Daniels. Adventurous.

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Another Hit

Great listen full of lovely imagery. Not keen on the kiwi accent, bit over done and a few Maori words need to be checked for pronunciation . Despite that a fun listen.

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  • Leslie
  • 29-03-2009

Stylish cruise ship mystery with unusual heroine

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have read several others now in the series. The heroine is a very unusual, brave single woman who rose from rags to riches and leads a unique household and life. Original mystery series set in 1920's Australia.

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  • jodic
  • 08-10-2008

Phryne Fisher is a delight!

This is part of the Phyrne Fisher series. Offers a fascinating look into Turn of the Century Australia, with a plucky, independent heroine.

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  • Nancy
  • 11-07-2015

Great story, characters, narration.(but...).

Would you listen to Death By Water again? Why?

LOVE the whole "Phryne" series and the narrator does such a great job that I hate to quibble about this: I wish she'd quit trying to sing. She has a middling-pleasant singing voice but her pitch is off and it gets rather excruciating. On the whole, she is not alone, as most narrators come up with a monstrous "fail" when it comes to this. She's not quite as bad as some narrators tho.One was awful at singing to the point that I "returned" the book. Other than that, she does a terrific job with characterisations, voices and, esp accents. I'll just put my fingers in my ears for the singing.
As to a re-read, the characters and dialogue are so good that this is half the pleasure of reading Ms Greenwood's work. She creates a wonderful milieu that pulls right into the world of her characters.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

ALWAYS a great plot and it's hard to guess "who dunnit." I hate a mystery-plot where I have a good idea about halfway thru as to who the malefactor is, so appreciate that this writer can keep you guessing.

What about Stephanie Daniel’s performance did you like?

Voices, characterisations and ACCENTS! (a lot of narrators fall short..a HORRIBLE example being "Miss Partridge's Home for Peculiar Children" which inspired me to ask for a return/refund!)

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Thank God, it's Phryne!

Any additional comments?

see above about the singing.

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  • Blanchette
  • 09-09-2011

A great "who done it" with a fun flapper flair

Would you consider the audio edition of Death By Water to be better than the print version?

While this mystery would have been a wonderful read in hard copy, being able to hear Aussie or British accents added immeasurably to this story that depends so heavily on cultural and linguistic characteristics to add depth to the story. The journey would not have been nearly as satisfying on paper.

What did you like best about this story?

The interesting information you pick up throughout keeps the reader engaged between major plot moves and, while this is a murder mystery, getting to know all of the passengers aboard nearly did away with the need to even find a "body" to make it a complete story.

Have you listened to any of Stephanie Daniel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first Stephanie Daniel's performance, and I was highly pleased. You forget that this is a single person, as it feels more like an entire cast. She really lends life to the people she's reading - you develop a sense of person that adds immensely to the enjoyment of the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

The story and the performance were very engaging and I found that I really looked forward to getting back in my car to continue the journey. In fact, it wasn't unusual for me to take the long way home just to reach the end of a chapter.

Any additional comments?

I'm definitely going to find more stories by Kerry Greenwood and performances by Stephanie Daniels.

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  • Kimberly
  • 27-01-2016

Entertaining mystery w/ Phryne on the high seas.

This is my favorite Phryne. I loved the story, and the singing is minimal, thankfully. Phryne takes Dot on a cruise in an attempt to unmask a jewel thief. Along the way, we meet some interesting fellow passengers. The story is entertaining, the descriptions of the events, people and places are vintage Kerry Greenwood and are just lovely. Not the most intricate mystery, but enough twists to keep you involved in the story.
A refreshing romp to 1920s Australia and New Zealand alongside Phryne and Dot.

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  • Sandra
  • 25-06-2012

1920s lives in this Excellent story.

What made the experience of listening to Death By Water the most enjoyable?

Stephanie Daniel is an extraordinary narrator, she has the wonderful talent of making you "see" the characters. Her voice is just so right for narration.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Death By Water?

When Phryne meets Scragger in her bedroom on board ship, they say cats are intuitive about people.

What does Stephanie Daniel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Stephanie brings the whole story to life, one does'nt get the right intanation on the words of the era when reading a book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I definitely could have sat listening to the whole story, its like chocolate you want to save some for later, I like things to look forward to.

Any additional comments?

I am a fan of the Miss Fisher Mysteries on TV. I will be downloading some more Phryne Fisher stories quite zoo from Audible.

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  • Sikudhani
  • 14-12-2016

Memories

This book reminded me of how intrigued I've always been oh the titanic. Thumbs up

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  • Purple Reader
  • 19-12-2012

Love these books

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, fun to listen to

What did you like best about this story?

Just plain love these books

What about Stephanie Daniel’s performance did you like?

I enjoy these books and her reading

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  • SAF48
  • 09-10-2020

Splendid cruise with great New Zealand scenes

Starting with trying to solve some jewel robberies on a cruise ship, Phryne and Dot run into some weird shipmates and a possible murder. There are also some anecdotes related to the Titanic which gives added poignancy to the story. Great read and more wonderful narration from Stephanie Daniel who gets more chances to sing - sounding very like Marlene Dietrich.

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  • Lilith
  • 20-05-2020

So much fun

Since I can’t physically spend time with the beguiling & beautiful Phryne Fisher, then following Stephanie Daniel through Miss Fisher’s adventure is the next best thing!! Perfect escape!! Terrific main character!!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-11-2008

Brilliant period drama thriller

When I began to listen to this audiobook,I knew is was a winner.It has everything,a strong lead character,loads of intrigue with a touch of risk!
It is a superb thriller or murder mystery and the narrator was fantastic.
I highly recommend this audiobook and is I feel superior to other leading 1920s books.It reminds me of the very best of Agatha Christie with spice,and hot spice!
Brilliant listen,superb period piece.At the end the author speaks about why she wrote this book and this even enhances the experiences.

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  • Book Lover
  • 05-02-2019

FABULOUS IN EVERY WAY !!!

One of my Favourite Phryne Fishers Adventures Fabulously Narrated. THANK YOU to KERRY & STEPHANIE. XX

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  • Transformer Books
  • 23-11-2018

Sparkling

This one is a joy from beginning to end, witty, charming, interesting, and the denouement delightfully unexpected. I have been a fan now through about a dozen Phryne audiobooks, and this has been the most purely enjoyable. They are always interesting, but many have a very dark side, to the point of harrowing in some cases, and this one is just sheer entertainment. A lot of fun.

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  • Jackie B
  • 15-05-2016

Brilliant

I have watch episodes of the TV series on Netflix and thoroughly enjoyed them with an added bonus of such beautiful clothes. I have a number of the books too but have enjoyed the chance to have one read to me. Thank you.

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  • Mrs S
  • 14-10-2013

A Most Enjoyable Voyage

Would you listen to Death By Water again? Why?

Superb descriptions of places in time gone by

What was one of the most memorable moments of Death By Water?

Milford Sound - it brought back many memories

Which character – as performed by Stephanie Daniel – was your favourite?

Phryne - of course

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  • Lynne
  • 06-03-2010

Good Listen

I started listening to these books just before leaving for New Zealand, I have been here now for 6 Mths and finally got around to listening to this book. What a great book, I have enjoyed, others of her's more, some of the readers pronunciation of Maori language was poor, and disappointing, but I did learn things that I didn't know.
If you like these books then this is another winner

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