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Raisins and Almonds (Phryne Fisher Series #9)

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Phryne Fisher loves dancing, especially with gorgeous young Simon Abrahams. But Phrynes contentment at the Jewish Young Peoples Society Dance is cut short when Simons father asks her to investigate the strange death of a devout young student in Miss Sylvia Lees bookshop located in the Eastern Market.

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Raisins and Almonds: A Phryne Fisher Mystery

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Phryne Fisher loves dancing, especially with gorgeous young Simon Abrahams. But Phrynes contentment at the Jewish Young Peoples Society Dance is cut short when Simons father asks her to investigate the strange death of a devout young student in Miss Sylvia Lees bookshop located in the Eastern Market.

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The mysterious strychnine poisoning of scholarly Jewish immigrant Simon Michaels leads to one of the more complex and somber cases in the career of Greenwood's Australian Jazz Age amateur sleuth Phryne Fisher (Urn Burial, etc.). Fearing that the killing may signal a rise in anti-Semitism, affluent community leader Benjamin Abrahams hires Fisher to clear the name of his tenant, bookseller Sylvia Lee. Fisher, only slightly distracted by Benjamin's devastatingly handsome son, quickly exonerates Lee and dashes off in pursuit of the theory that Michaels was killed for a coded message that might be related to the local Zionist movement. Compared with some of the other entries in Greenwood's popular series, the mood is more serious and the identity of the murderer more mysterious, but fans will have no cause for complaint. (Sept.)

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Australian social pillar Phryne Fisher's penchant for offbeat lovers involves her in a case that requires the close study of Judaism. Anyone would enjoy dancing with handsome young Simon Abrahams. But that tango isn't close enough for Simon's wealthy father, who wants Phryne Fisher (The Green Mill Murder, 2007, etc.) to investigate the arsenic death of a young student in a bookshop owned by Sylvia Lee, the suspect arrested by Phryne's pal DI Jack Robinson. With the help of her companion Dot, Phryne quickly satisfies herself that Miss Lee is innocent and that the student was killed while looking for something hidden in a book at her shop. The victim has left behind papers written in an obscure Hebrew code and pictures that relate to alchemy. In order to interpret them, Phryne must immerse herself in a world foreign to her, picking up a little Yiddish, interviewing students and a rabbi, learning about refugees, pogroms and Zionism, and along the way enjoying chicken soup and gefilte fish. Since someone clearly feels the information in the coded message is worth killing for, Phryne and her friends, old and new, must crack the code. The clever heroine manages to carry on an affair with Simon, placate his doting mother, improve her knowledge of all things Jewish and ultimately solve a tricky and dangerous case. Another smashing tale of mystery and manners between the world wars.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590585160
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
  • Publication date: 5/10/2008
  • Series: Phryne Fisher Series , #9
  • Pages: 207
  • Sales rank: 129,902
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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. 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2014

    Thistlestar

    (So terribly sorry this has been delayed. Im posting this late tuesday night, but we can just etend its sunday...) The SandClan leader raised an eyebrow at the quarreling she-cats. "Mistpaw is now in our possesion, being held prisoner. We are deciding what to do with her next." With a sideways glance at Willowstar, he murmured, "and I'm assuming no more RainClan apprentices will innocently wander out of the border and kill cats, for StarClan's sake. I think I'm speaking for everyone when I say Control your apprentices." Thistlestar quickly moved on before any more arguments could break out. "We have a new member to SandClan. Hawk join almost a week ago, and is already proving himself brave, loyal and sly. And just on a sidenote, I'm sorry to say that I agree with Lilywolf, Foxstar. It would be a tragedy to the Original Pact Clans for AshClan to leave us. Especially with few cats in your Clan." He gave Foxstar a quick glance that meant his apologies.(Ok, pretend I never said the following if I'm completely wrong about why AshClan is moving.) "Although, if twoleg's are disturbing AshClan, they might spread to the rest of the Clans. That's something to consider. And why not foreshadow and travel ahead of time? If the twolegs /will/ invade the other four clans, it just might make sense to travel together to somewhere safer. Gathering is dismissed." He lept off his low-hanging branch, something clearly hidden in his hazel eyes. He didn't make eye contact with any cat until he reached his Clan. (Willowstar, didn't really mean all that in person, you probably already know! :D trying to stir up tension.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2014

    Willowstar sat, listening. When Lilywolf spoke, she kept up with

    Willowstar sat, listening. When Lilywolf spoke, she kept up with a furious hiss. "Perhapes you never considered that Mistpaw is no longer apart of Rainclan! She was banished! I will not allow you to put RainClan in the rut of blame for Mistpaw!"She lashed her tail, dismayed that her first gathering as leader, and she was already getting slammed. "Besides, Horseclan was the one who allowed her to escape! My warriors told me that the scented Mistpaw traveling from Horseclan's territory, to Sandclan's!"She hissed once more, than turned to the crowd. Suddenly nervous at the sight of all the cats, she swallowed and began to speak. "Rainstar was having increasing troubles, and stepped down. I, Rainstar's deputy, became leader. I have yet to name a deputy, I must attend to that after the gathering. Rainclan has been blessed with kits."She purred. "A litter of my own, as well as another, and one to come."She sat back and nodded to Thistlestar.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2014

    Foxstar |Ashclan|

    He leapt up after Poppystar and mewed, "Ashclan hs been blessed with 2 new kits, Rockkit and Bluekit whom were born to Stormflower." He glanced slightly at Poppystar, and continued, " but there is a more pressing issue that you need to be aware of. As most of you have noticed, there are Ashclan kits attending this gathering.", flicking his tai towards the newest Ashclanners. "This is because the twolegs have completley taken over our territory. We can no longer survive on the border, therefore we are moving to the field on the other side of Northclan. Yes, it will be a longer journey to moonpool and gatherings, but its the safest way for Ashclan to live. We will be moving immediatley after this gathering." He turned towards Lilywolf, Thistlestar, Willowstar, and Poppystar and mewed, "Starlan has warned us. The twolegs will not be satisfied with just Ashclan's territory. I believe that all clans need to find a new place to live. The forest is no longer safe, and if we dont find a new place to live, many cats will suffer the consequences." He leapt off and trotted over Poppystar

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2014

    Poppystar

    "Hello!" She called from the Great Oak. "Welcome to the Gathering. I will start by saying that we have had several new members: Blitzshade, Jaypetal, and Riversplash. Also, Petalstorm and Brownstripe have returned to us." She paused. "We have two new Apprentices: Thistlepaw and Thrushpaw!" She let everyone cheer for the 'paws. "Two new kits have joined with Northclan. Blizzardkit and Flowerkit, kit of Barkgaze." She found Barkgaze in the throng of cats, picking him out purposly. "Now, Dovewing, our previous Deputy, has died. We have yet to find out why. I never had oppurtunity to pick a new Deputy, so instead of waiting, and announcing who at the next Gathering, l shall say who. Northclan's Deputy is Seedstorm." She took a breath before continuing. "Lastly, Dawnlily is our new Medicine Cat." She purred, finished.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2014

    Mistpaw

    Emerges from the forest, carrying another dead thing. This time it was a fox's body she had found by a farm. It smelled like dog, which was perfect. She sets it carefully on one of the branches and pads away, leaving bloody footprints that lead towards Sandclan. (Check your camp borders and the main clearing please!!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2014

    |The Great Oak|

    ┬┐At the center of the gathering

    |The Great Oak| <br />

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    ¿At the center of the gathering clearing grows an ancient oak. From it's massive branches the entire gathering can be seen. Here the leaders will announce the news of their clans while their clanmates listen from below. The twisted roots at its base serve as perches for each clans' deputy as well. This is an important place. What is said from the top of this mighty tree will shape the very destiny of the pact clans. <br />

    ¿<br />

    ¿Here is The Great Oak and a list of reminders pertaining to it. <br />

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    ¿1. ONLY pact clan leaders should post here. If you are not the leader of Horseclan, Sandclan, Ashclan, Northclan, or Rainclan, then you should not be posting here. Please respect this. It is to ensure that everyone can easily read what each clan leader has to say. The only exception is if your clan leader gives his/her deputy permission to announce in his/her place or if they are pronounced missing. Remember they have all day Sunday to post their speeches. The last leader should also dismiss the gathering. So depending on how quickly the leaders arrive and share their news, the gathering could be long or short. All other cats besides leaders can respond to these announcements in The Gathering Clearing. <br />

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    ¿2. Remember if a leader has gone missing by the time of one gathering and has not returned by the next (or is only briefly on), then the deputy should take on role as leader. This gives the leader at least a full two weeks to be active. Of course if the leader gives warning in advance of his/her absence, then this will not apply. Also if a very active leader were to come back then the two leaders would have to work something out. But clans are only as active as their leaders and I believe leaders should earn their place through hard work. <br />

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    3. Leaders, please try to post your announcement first thing or asap. You are in charge of these gatherings and I want them to be fun for everyone. That involves being timely. Thanks! <br />

    <br />

    ~ The Great Oak: Lilywolf, Original Pact Clan Organizer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2014

    Lilywolf |Horseclan|

    Lilywolf listens to the other leaders silently, wondering if Stormflower had gone against the Warrior Code and chosen a mate from another clan. It seemed the only reason a mother would give her kits to another clan. "That would not be tolerated in Horseclan." She thinks. But it is the end of Foxstar's speech that makes her leap to her paws in shock. Her fur bristles and she glares at Foxstar as she growls, "You cannot be serious Foxstar! The clans have always lived here! It is our home! Besides Horseclan has not had any unusual twoleg activity! It would be suicide to leave if we don't even know where to go! Perhaps you do not care but we have queens in our clan with kits and possible expecting mothers! A journey like you propose could easily kill them! My clan has received no such warnings about the twolegs. Perhaps they merely mean Ashclan must leave. Horseclan will not base their decisions on the words of a cat from another clan. You don't even have a plan!" The tabby is quite irritated that Foxstar would even suggest something as rediculous as abandoning what has been her home nearly all her life. Lashing her tail, she continues, "Horseclan for one will not be swayed by a few twolegs! We have had plentiful prey this newleaf and we are strong. However one of our warriors, Redspirit, betrayed us when he took one of Goldensar's lives. He is also the reason Goldenstar could not come tonight. He has officially been banished and Horseclan takes no responsibility for his future actions. However he is dangerous and his motives are unknown so I recommend that you keep a close watch for him. We have also had particular trouble with another tresspasser." The deputy turns to Willowpool and narrows her eyes, "Mistpaw has once again been intruding on our territory! It is obvious you cannot control your apprentices! We have warned you several times now and we will tolerate it no longer! That cat has caused more trouble than the whole of any other clan! If we spot her on our territory again..." Lilywolf unsheaths her claws. "She will not be returning to Rainclan unscathed. And we will not allow your clan to disrespect our borders again! You have been warned." Turning from the Rainclan shecat, the deputy of Horseclan adds, "Horseclan has a new apprentice, Cinderpaw, and new warriors, Whitefury, Heronstripe, Greyflower, and Wolftooth." The shecat glances at Poppystar, wondering what her reaction will be to the last warrior. "We are prepared for anything and will protect what is ours!" Giving each leader a warning glance, she dips her head and steps back to allow Willowpool or Thistlestar to speak. However inwardly she still scoffs at Foxstar's suggestion and Willowpool not keeping her cats under control. "Seems only Thistlestar has respect for our ways now." She thinks, also remembering Stormflower. The tabby sits waiting for another leader to speak. ~ Lilywolf &hearts P.S. Okay let's be be here. No clan is going to simply want to pact up and leave that quickly, especially when there is no plan. We need to make it much more interesting and dire of a situation before that happens. We don't have to have select cats go on a journey before hand like the books unless you want to. But somehow we need to figure out how they would know where to go. And Lilywolf's fed up with tresspassers so naturally she's going to have a stick up her butt! XD

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    Posted March 24, 2014

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