Kerry Greenwood

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Kerry Greenwood is the author of more than 40 novels and six non-fiction books. Among her many honors, Ms. Greenwood has received the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award from the Crime Writers’ Association of Australia for the Phryne Fisher series. When she is not writing she is an advocate in Magistrates’ Courts for the Legal Aid Commission. She is not married, has no children and lives with a registered Wizard.

Books by Kerry Greenwood at Poisoned Pen Press


Cassandra: A Delphic Woman Novel #2

From Mount Olympus, Aphrodite, the goddess of love, yawned. Even perfection can be tedious. “My Lord,” she called to Apollo, “Sun God and brother. Let us play a game with mortals—my power against yours.” And so […] Read More →


Cocaine Blues: A Phryne Fisher Mystery #1

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. The […] Read More →

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Devil’s Food: A Corinna Chapman Mystery #3

If there’s one thing that Corinna Chapman, baker extraordinaire and proprietor of the Earthly Delights Bakery, can’t abide, it’s people not eating well, particularly when there are delights like her very own, just-baked, freshly buttered sourdough […] Read More →


Electra: A Delphic Woman Novel #3

In this, the third and final book in Kerry Greenwood’s Delphic Women series, Greenwood takes us into Troy as it struggles to rise from the ashes of the Trojan War. But while others have told the […] Read More →


Flying Too High: A Phryne Fisher Mystery #2

Phryne Fisher has her hands full in this, her second adventure. And just when we think she’s merely a brilliant, daring, sexy woman, Phyrne demonstrates other skills, including flying an airplane and doing her own stunts! […] Read More →

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Forbidden Fruit: A Corinna Chapman Mystery #5

Corinna Chapman, owner of the bakery Earthly delights, detests Christmas. The shoppers are frantic and the heat oppressive in Melbourne, Australia, where Christmas is summer festival. Corinna loathes the festival and the heat. She is a […] Read More →

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Introducing the Honorable Phryne Fisher

Meet Phryne Fisher, the 1920s’ most elegant and irrepressible sleuth, in her first three adventures bound together in one great value volume. This is the perfect way to introduce your friends to your favourite and most […] Read More →


Medea: A Delphic Woman Novel #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 […] Read More →

Out of the Black Land

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 […] Read More →


Ruddy Gore: A Phryne Fisher Mystery #7

Running late to a gala performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore, Phryne Fisher meets some thugs in dark alley and handles them convincingly before they can ruin her silver dress. She then finds that she has […] Read More →

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Trick or Treat: A Corinna Chapman Mystery #4

When a cut-price franchise bakery opens its doors just down the street from Earthly Delights and crowds flock to purchase the bread, baker Corinna Chapman is under-standably nervous. Meanwhile, her lover Daniel’s old friend Georgiana Hope […] Read More →


Urn Burial: A Phryne Fisher Mystery #8

The redoubtable Phryne Fisher is 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 set […] Read More →

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36 Responses to Kerry Greenwood

  1. I have enjoyed the Phryne Fisher books and just finished Murder and Mendelssohn (US First Edition, hardcover, 2014, Poisoned Pen Press).

    I noticed what I think may be typos in the book and thought perhaps you might want to make changes for future editions.

    On more than one occasion, it appeared to me that Mr. Butler’s last name was omitted from a sentence. I did not count exactly how many times I noticed it, but I did go back and found 2 instances, and I think there may be others…

    — Chapter Eight, Page 110, the paragraph starting with “Phryne read a few smouldering….” ended with “…here is the very man. Yes, Mr.?”

    — Chapter Eighteen, Page 283, the paragraph begins with “Maybe they aren’t,” offered Jack accepting a tea cup. “Thanks, Mr.. ……”

    It seems likely that both of these sentences were meant to end with “Butler”.

    I hope this information is of help.

  2. Re: Phryne Fisher
    Thanks so much for your well researched descriptions of Australian society in 1928. As a math person, I enjoy Jane’s mathematical explorations.
    I am curious about 2 items:
    (1) Punctuation: Why the switch in “Midsummer” to enclosing dialog in double quotes?
    (2) There seem to be a few anachronistic descriptions (carefully never attributed to Phryne’s thoughts, I notice) that would only be understood by a modern reader. Deliberate for clarity or test of reader alertness? I particularly remember the comment about people scrambling around as it they had just heard the broadcast of a Well’s play, which suggests awareness of both HG and Orson (Welles, 1938).

  3. I now know what I’m doing this summer! Solving mysteries with Phryne Fisher! Love everything about the books!

  4. Just finishing up Cocaine Blues (and liking it a lot!). Phryne uses the expression “U.P.” at least twice in CB, and I can’t find out what it means. Google is no help. Please?
    Dave Perry
    Pennsylvania, USA

  5. I really love your Corinna Chapman series. Will you be putting out a new Corinna? Please don’t leave me hanging! LOL

  6. Dear Ms greenwood I love your Phryne Fisher books and the best one so far that I have read is
    The Castlemaine Murders…however, I have seen in several of the Fisher books mistakes in English most notably…whenever someone uses a sentence and they are making a comparison and use than with you following than versus I.
    You’ve worked here much longer than I have.

    I find people speak incorrectly as well and I had a teacher for a parent,,,therefore I hear and see the mistakes.
    Thanks again for your art!

  7. Kerry,

    Your books are fabulous … I have listened to each of the Phryne Fisher books and have thankfully found and began the Corrina books. They are all wonderful. I’m now collecting print versions of each book for my personal library. You are fabulous. And how interesting that you are also an attorney. I also practice law and do felony indigent defense work. If you ever find yourself in the United States and close to Kansas you would be a most welcome guest. Hope there is more to come …. if not I will just have to start and reread them all.

  8. We have just completed “Murder in the dark” . Enjoyed as all your Miss Fisher stories.What is next? In the poison pen editions?

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  10. My family and I all thoroughly enjoy your books, thank you! I’ve just finished listening to ‘Unnatural Habits’ on audio, and loved the inclusion of the poem ‘If no one ever marries me’. I wasn’t sure if you know, but Natalie Merchant released an album a few years ago, called ‘Leave Your Sleep’, putting music to poetry, and this poem was included as a very sweet song.

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  12. Thank you so much, Kerry for pure reading pleasure. Your books are so much more ‘meaty’ than the films – your talent as a storyteller is not matched by the scriptwriter, but the casting is brilliant isn’t it? Bert and Cec are so true to type and Essie is perfect as Phryne. I think it is wiser to see the film before reading the book, though.

    • Hi,

      I have recently become absolutely absorbed by the Miss Fisher’s murder mystery series on TV. I’ve actually asked for one of the books for Christmas as I haven’t read any yet. I am curious as to why you say it is wiser to watch the show before reading the books? Is it that the books are “meatier”?
      I was afraid that watching the shows would ruin the books.
      A fellow fan

  13. We have just retired and have time to read voraciously now, love the Phryne books but have now discovered the Corrina Chambers series. Wonderfull! Thank You.

  14. I’m loving the Phryne Fisher books on my Kindle but nos. 5-10 have been removed from Amazon.
    Is this because of the formatting issues mentioned on February 13th? When can I get my hands on them? I don’t want to jump from no.4 to 11.

    • They’re back! Books 5 & 6 are available for Kindle on Amazon!
      Thanks to whoever was responsible – I’m buying

  15. Kerry — I love reading your Phryne Fisher novels. Phryne is so much fun — she makes me (a little old retired Sr Citizen) wish I had the sense of freedom to make the choice of lifestyle Phrynee lived. What Fun!! I have read all the published Phryne Fisher books. I am looking forward to the next Phrynee Fisher book “Murder & Mendelsson” which, I understand, will be out in Oct of this year. You are a fantastically imaginative Author!
    Thank you.
    Faith Delevante, Arlington, TX USA

  16. I’ve read 9 Phryne books in the past 2 days. Loads of fun.

    I am bothered that Phryne Fisher is supposed to be the daughter of a Duke but styles herself as “The Honorable” – as though she were the daughter of a viscount or baronet – instead of the correct “The Lady.” What’s that all about? She seems like the type to own all the flash and grandeur she has been endowed.

  17. Thanks, Ms. Greenwood! An Aussie friend turned me on to Phryne and I’m now thoroughly addicted! What a stellar detective series!

  18. Phryne is my favorite detective, and Corinna runs a close second. Thank you for the glorious entertainment!

  19. Does anyone know what ‘karez drawers’ are? This is used in ‘Murder in the Dark”: ‘she had not thought to have someone make her a new set of karez drawers, which prevented unintended consequences to the Templar Feast of Love.’

    • karez drawers are close-fitting underwear so that participants might enjoy each others’ bodies without public embarrassment.

  20. Kerry,
    I had your email address but it no longer works… So I’m putting it here in hopes that you see it.

    I’ve been collecting the Kindle version of Phryne for a while now and when Unnatural Habits came out I bought it and went on a Phryne orgy! I started with Cocaine Blues and went straight through to Unnatural Habits… WOW!!!!!

    The books are, as always, wonderful!!!!

    But the Kindle editions need some attention. They’ve got formatting problems. Run together paragraphs, two or three characters dialog all run together in a single rather strange paragraph… Missing or incomplete italics… egg-and-bacon pie with and without dashes.

    Ruddy Gore is where dialog runs together in all too many places… you’ll have closing quote and then the opening quote for the next dialog one right after another with no paragraph returns in between… confusing…

    Murder in the Dark has hyphenation problems… words hyphenated were they were probably broken for the printed version.

    In Murder on a Midsummer Night there are a couple of places where the paragraphs are a bit strange… the paragraphs below are formatted as they appear in the Kindle edition:
    ‘Am I safe here?’ asked James, staring around wildly. ‘As houses,’ said Phryne. ‘Come now, who is trying to kill you?’ ‘My sister,’ said James. “Blanche White. Val and Luke.
    Stephanie, Veronica. And that bastard Gerald Atkinson.’ ‘Oh,’ said Phryne blankly. ‘Why?’ ‘Because they think that I’ll tell about the treasure.’ ‘And about the murder… Kerry, I’ve typed it as it appears in my Kindle edition and it continues to be a bit confused until the phrase, ‘Lunch!’ announced Mr. Butler.

    If it isn’t read carefully it gets very confusing as to who is speaking to whom… missing paragraph return or, as is the case between “…Luke.” and “Stephanie” an extra paragraph return.

    In Dead Man’s Chest did you intend thankyou to be one word? It is at least once… I don’t know if you meant it to be one large paragraph but the tale of Puss in Boots is just that… one large paragraph…

    Unnatural Habits – In the dining room Jack Robinson says: ‘I’ve set Collins on to tracing every big black car in the area, but that’s a bit of an ask.’ Ask or Task??? Also, later when Phryne is walking in her hall on the way to calling the bishop there are several lines where she’s thinking in dialog… shouldn’t those lines be in italics? “How anyone ever gets anything done in the tropics I can’t imagine, she thought.” And this isn’t the only occurrence… And shouldn’t the French be in italics??? It is in some of the other Phryne books… also the Latin? And in a couple of other places… except for parts of quotes at the beginning of various chapters there are no italics.

    All of them need to have someone who can format them for Kindle to go over the files and make sure the formatting works!

    The TV Series…

    Then I found that AcornTV had the TV series available! I’ve subscribed to Acorn for a while since I have a Roku and can watch all those wonderful English and Canadian TV shows using it. And now, Australian ones! So I had a double Phryne orgy!!!

    Overall I liked it very much… as long as I take it as its own thing and not a representation of the books… though it’s wonderful to see the clothes!!!! I know that they’re not the same ones as described in the book but it’s lovely to see the fashions! But I could have done with a bit more explanation of Phryne’s background. And I loved seeing the interiors! I want the bathroom in the TV series!!!!

    It’s a bit weird that they’re combining some of the books and, of course, they don’t completely follow the books… it doesn’t do much for the chronology and they’ve also left out a few characters… but that’s to be expected in a TV adaptation. And where did Aunt Prudence come from?

    Don’t like the fact that they’ve made Hugh protestant and Dot catholic when they’re both catholic in the books.

    And I miss Mrs. Butler and the kitchen!!! She’s been mentioned but so far never seen… And Ruth!!!! I miss Ruth!!! The interaction between the two girls was a big part of the books. And I miss Ember and Molly! Also Jack Robinson is looking a bit like a love interest which is a bit weird…

    Does the house they used in the series bear any resemblance to the look of Phryne’s bijou house in the books???? Is it really what a bijou house looks like?

    Keep them coming!!!! PLEASE!!!


    • I’ve only just found this website and Kathleen probably won’t get to see this reply, but either you aren’t an Australian or are very young.

      In your comments above, you’ve discussed Unnatural Habits and the comment from Jack where you question the sentence, “I’ve set Collins on to tracing every big black car in the area, but that’s a bit of an ask.” That is a very common comment in Australia and it’s just one of many ways of speaking that non-Australians have a bit of a problem with.

  21. I have loved Phyrne Fisher for a while, she always seemed to me to be a combination of Djuna Barnes, Josephine Baker, Dolly Wilde and Gertrude Stein with a big helping of Nancy Wake! All of those ladies who were so fiercely independent in Europe during the 1920’s-50’s. She has the panache, the audacity and the style of all of those enlightened muses. I would love to know if Kerry Greenwood actually used any of these characters to inspire the exceptional Ms Fisher (Hon).

  22. I have all of Kerry Greenwood’s books and eagerly await any new ones she is going to write.
    I would like to get a copy of the reference book used in her last novel it is called.
    Pitch your tents in a distant place. I have not been able to find it in the book stores. Please help me.

    I will be hearing Kerry speak in Upway on the 10 th February 2013 and would like to have read the
    reference book by then. Thank you

    • I bought it at a religious publisher’s in Lonsdale Street. The Sisters website mjight be able to sell it to you. It’s very heavy and very expensive


  23. I have just descovered your books and am addicted! I love Phyrne and Corinna…they are so unique and the stories are original and fascinating….I have been reading mysteries since I was in grade school and find many of the American female authors are boring and preditable…you never are….

  24. I have collected all of Phryne Fisher audios and am waitiing for the next after dead mans chest.
    I am wondering when the Chapman books “cooking the book”, “Earthly Delights” and Forbidden Fruit is going to be made into audio books. I have enjoyed both Phryne Fisher and Corrnie Chapman audio’s to date but did not like the ABC series of Phyrne Fisher. I was expecting the actual stories and the ABC just did not cut it, sorry. Is it possible for you to answer my above questions about future audio books.
    Thank you and please keep writing your stories are great to listen to especialy read by Stephen Daniels.

  25. my first Phryne Fisher book was an advanced reader that came to my bookstore. I am hooked, have read every one! Such a well rounded yet erudite character who is set in the perfect, for her, time and place. Then I discovered Corinna! What fun! It is hard to wait for Ms. Greenwood’s next mystery.

  26. Just had a wonderful summer, I found Kerry Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher & Corrine Chapman; before the ABC series of Miss Fisher’s murders went to air. I have recommended Kerry’ s books to friends & anyone else who would listen, so have spread the joy. Thank you

  27. I have just discovered Kerry Greenwood and Stephanie Daniel, could not be happier! Lovely easy to listen to stories and Stephanie is absolutely brilliant in her reading and portrayal of all the characters. I am listening to the audio books non stop to them and would make a great film. Thank you for all the work!

  28. I recently read and thoroughly enjoyed “Earthly Delights.”

    I would comment though that brief thanks to PDB Wimsey was in order though!

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