Kerry Greenwood

Kerry Greenwood is the author of many bestselling novels and the editor of two collections. Previous novels in the Phryne Fisher series are Cocaine Blues, Flying too High, Murder on the Ballarat Train, Death at Victoria Dock, Blood and Circuses, The Green Mill Murder, Ruddy Gore, Urn Burial, Raisins and Almonds, Death Before Wicket, Away with the Fairies, Murder in Montparnasse, The Castlemaine Murders, Queen of the Flowers, Death by Water, Murder in the Dark, Murder on a Midsummer Night and Dead Man's Chest.

The Phryne Fisher series (pronounced Fry-knee, to rhyme with briny) began in 1989 with Cocaine Blues which was a great success. Kerry says that as long as people want to read them, she can keep writing them.  Find out more about the series at: www.phrynefisher.com

She is also the author of the Corinna series, which includes Earthly Delights (2004), Heavenly Pleasures (2005), Devil's Food (2006), Trick or Treat (2008), Forbidden Fruit (2010) and Cooking the Books (2011).She is also the author of several books for young adults and the Delphic Women WC series. When she is not writing she is an advocate in Magistrates' Court for the Legal Aid Commission. She is not married, has no children and lives with a registered wizard.

See Kerry Greenwood in conversation with Tara Moss

Kerry Greenwood on Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: Why I Did It

When did you start writing?
As soon as I could form the letters. My first sentence was 'the world is round and spins in space' and it still strikes me as a poetic and important statement.

Who or what was the biggest inspiration for you to become a writer?
Just about everyone, really - I read everything - Chaucer, Shakespeare, Keats, Wallace Stevens, Dylan Thomas. Dickens is my favourite novelist along with Mrs Gaskell, Dorothy Sayers and John Buchan.


If you had to recommend everyone to read just one book what would it
be?

No fair. One book? Only ONE book? Well, all right, The Lord of the Rings.  And the bible. And the Collected Works of Wm Shakespeare.

Where do you do your writing?
In a small office at the front  of my small house, where I can see people walking past. In a nice seaside cottage I just stare at the sea. I once tried to shut myself away to write a book and nearly went off my head with loneliness. I need a nice urban landscape, with passing cats.

When you’re not writing what do you do?
I'm a duty solicitor with Victoria Legal Aid once a week. I also embroider, make clothes weed the garden contemplate the goldfish and go for long walks. And read a lot. My TBR (To Be Read) pile is now taller than I am.

What’s your earliest memory?
Being picked up out of my seawater pond by my father when i was eighteen months old. It was a frightfully hot night and we had gone down to the beach so my mother could put her swollen ankles in the sea. Then she went into labour, my father picked me up, and I screamed because I liked it where i was. I can still recall the feeling of his hands closing around my torso. It felt very safe.

What makes you laugh?
P G Wodehouse, Terry Pratchett. Verbal humour. I do not, even reflexively, laugh when someone slips on a banana skin.

What is your proudest moment?
When I graduated from Melbourne University with two degrees, or when I held my first book in my hand. I slept with it under my pillow for a week, in case i had imagined it.


Books by this Author

The Castlemaine Murders

The Castlemaine Murders

Published: June 2003

In this thirteenth Phryne Fisher mystery, Phryne returns with a flourish to solve the most horrifying crime yet which takes her from a funfair ghost train to an abandoned mine in the old gold fields.

Death Before Wicket

Death Before Wicket

Published: June 2003

The sassy Phryne Fisher comes to Sydney! This is the tenth, classic Phryne Fisher mystery.

Urn Burial

Urn Burial

Published: June 2003

Phryne Fisher, intelligent, brave and stunningly chic, is back in this most entertaining mystery. With a brand new stylish 1920s cover, this seventh Phryne Fisher murder mystery is superb.

Earthly Delights

Earthly Delights

Published: January 2004

Introducing baker and amateur sleuth Corinna Chapman ... mysteries filled with gastronomical delights, humour and unexpected twists from the bestselling author of the Phyrne Fisher mysteries.

Queen of the Flowers

Queen of the Flowers

Published: June 2004

The utterly delightful Phryne Fisher makes her very welcome appearance as St Kilda's Queen of the Flowers. But when a body washes up on the beach, she must leave the carnival and find the killer. This is the fourteenth seductive installment in the classic Phryne Fisher whodunnit series.

Ruddy Gore

Ruddy Gore

Published: June 2004

Put the delectable Phryne Fisher and one of the more preposterous Gilbert + Sullivan shows on stage together the result is another fantastic read of 1920s life, crime and dresses.

Heavenly Pleasures

Heavenly Pleasures

Published: January 2005

The owner of Heavenly Pleasures (maker of the most gorgeous chocolates in town) is distraught. Someone is spiking her very expensive chocolates. Is it an elaborate and horrible joke, or is it a warning that worse may yet happen? Baker and (reluctant) sleuth Corinna Chapman is compelled to investigate.

Death by Water

Death by Water

Published: June 2005

The divine Phryne Fisher returns in the fifteenth seductive instalment in the classic Phryne Fisher whodunnit series.

Blood and Circuses

Blood and Circuses

Published: February 2005

Phryne Fisher goes to the circus for her sixth mystery. Stripped of her identity and wealth, it's only Phryne's keen wit and sharp thinking that will help her now.

The Green Mill Murder

The Green Mill Murder

Published: February 2005

Phryne Fisher's fifth mystery intrigues with excitement, glamour, murder, dance halls and blackmail.

Death at Victoria Dock

Death at Victoria Dock

Published: March 2005

Phryne Fisher returns in her fourth magical mystery amidst bullets, sexy ex-anarchists, furs, tattooists and silken lingerie.

Murder on the Ballarat Train

Murder on the Ballarat Train

Published: March 2005

In Phryne's third adventure, Phryne is off to Ballarat for a week of fabulousness, but the sedate journey by train turns out to be far from the restful trip she was planning.

Cocaine Blues

Cocaine Blues

Published: June 2005

This is where it all started! The first classic Phryne Fisher mystery, featuring our delectable heroine, cocaine, communism and adventure. Phryne leaves the tedium of English high society for Melbourne, Australia, and never looks back.

Flying Too High

Flying Too High

Published: June 2005

The second in the classic Phryne Fisher series from Kerry Greenwood, featuring the irresistible heroine Phryne. Whether she's foiling kidnappers, seducing beautiful young men or simply deciding what to wear for dinner, Phryne handles everything with her inimitable panache and flair.

Murder in the Dark

Murder in the Dark

Published: September 2006

The delectable Phryne Fisher has been invited to the Last Best party of 1928. When three of the guests are kidnapped Phryne finds she must puzzle her way through the scavenger hunt clues to retrieve the hostages. Another sparkling mystery from Australia's Queen of Crime, Kerry Greenwood.

Devil's Food

Devil's Food

Published: January 2006

Someone is poisoning people with weight loss herbal teas and then there are odd things happening at the Cafe Vlad Tepes (which attracts a very strange clientele indeed) . . . Another delicious recipe for murder, mayhem and mystery in the Corinna Chapman series.

Away With the Fairies

Away With the Fairies

Published: April 2001

Exciting, gorgeous, adventurous and brave. That's Phryne Fisher, returning in her tenth crime mystery novel.

Murder in Montparnasse

Murder in Montparnasse

Published: June 2002

Always enticing in divine twenties fashion, Phryne, one of the most exciting and likeable heroines in crime writing today, leads us through a tightly plotted maze of thrilling adventure set in 1920s Australia.

Raisins and Almonds

Raisins and Almonds

Published: June 2002

Super-sleuth Phryne Fisher steps, like an elegant cat, through this, her ninth adventure.

Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat

Published: September 2007

Will the opening of a hot bread shop nearby spell the end for Corinna Chapman's Earthly Delights Bakery? Our amateur sleuth and baker extraordinaire returns in another criminally entertaining and delicious adventure from the author of the bestselling Phryne Fisher series.

A Question of Death

A Question of Death

Published: December 2007

A celebration of the divine Phryne Fisher, this special collectable treat for her fans is lavishly illustrated in full colour and includes all-new Phryne short stories, plus recipes and other miscellany.

Murder on a Midsummer Night

Murder on a Midsummer Night

Published: November 2008

The fabulous Phryne - the 1920s most elegant and irrepressible sleuth - returns for her seventeenth adventure investigating the death of a man at St Kilda while at the same time trying to find a lost child who could inherit an old woman's fortune.

Forbidden Fruit

Forbidden Fruit

Published: October 2009

Corinna Chapman returns in her fifth adventure, witty and wise as ever - running rings around the villains, courageous on behalf of the helpless, and committed to the pursuit of baking excellence.

Raisins and Almonds

Raisins and Almonds

Published: December 1997

Raisins and Almonds is the ninth Phryne Fisher mystery.

The Thing She Loves

The Thing She Loves

Published: November 1996

A book of essays about women who kill.

Dead Man's Chest

Dead Man's Chest

Published: October 2010

The unflappable Phryne is off on a quiet seaside holiday with Dot, Jane and Ruth - surely they won't be disturbed by a murder ...

Cooking the Books

Cooking the Books

Published: October 2011

When Corinna Chapman, talented baker and reluctant investigator, accepts an offer to do the baking for the film set of a new soap called 'Kiss the Bride', twists and turns ensue, with complications involving nursery rhymes and a tiger called Tabitha!

Unnatural Habits

Unnatural Habits

Published: October 2012

Phryne is back in a thrilling mystery that takes her into dark convents and dank cellars in a frantic search for missing girls.

Evan's Gallipoli

Evan's Gallipoli

Published: April 2013

A gripping novel about an incredible journey behind enemy lines, told in diary form.

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