Raisins and Almonds

Raisins and Almonds

by Kerry Greenwood


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Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, now streaming on Netflix, starring Essie Davis as the honourable Phryne Fisher

"One of the more complex and somber cases in the career of Greenwood's Australian Jazz Age amateur sleuth Phryne Fisher." —Publishers Weekly

Phryne Fisher's contentment at the Jewish Young People's Society Dance is cut short when her dancing partner's father asks her to investigate the strange death of a devout young student in Miss Sylvia Lee's East Market bookshop. Miss Lee has been arrested for the murder, but Phryne believes that she is a very unlikely killer.

The investigation leads her into the exotic world of refugees, rabbis, kosher dinners, Kadimah, strange alchemical symbols, Yiddish, and chicken soup. Picking her way through the mystery, Phryne soon finds herself at the heart of a situation far graver and more political than she expected. And all for the price of a song....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781464207686
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 06/06/2017
Series: Phryne Fisher Series , #9
Edition description: Reprint
Sales rank: 620,963
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Kerry Greenwood was born in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray and after wandering far and wide, she returned to live there. She has degrees in English and Law from Melbourne University and was admitted to the legal profession on the 1st April 1982, a day which she finds both soothing and significant. Kerry has written three series, a number of plays, including The Troubadours with Stephen D'Arcy, is an award-winning children's writer and has edited and contributed to several anthologies. The Phryne Fisher series (pronounced Fry-knee, to rhyme with briny) began in 1989 with Cocaine Blues which was a great success. Kerry has written twenty books in this series with no sign yet of Miss Fisher hanging up her pearl-handled pistol. Kerry says that as long as people want to read them, she can keep writing them. In 2003 Kerry won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Australian Association.

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Raisins and Almonds 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again Ms. Fisher saves an innocent and weaves a good story.
Anonymous 24 days ago
It was okay. I did like learning more about Phryne’s family and friends. I am getting tired of reading about her sexual romps.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yet another entertaining yarn featuring a cast of characters both believable and not-so-trustworthy ... except for Miss Fisher.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Raisins and Almonds by Kerry Greenwood is the ninth book in Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Phryne Fisher is enjoying the Foxtrot Competition run by the Jewish Young People’s Society with Simon Abrahams. While the judges are debating on who won the competition (best couple versus best Jewish couple), Phryne is asked to meet with Simon’s father, Benjamin Abrahams. Benjamin wishes to hire Phryne to help Miss Sylvia Lee, owner of Lee’s Books. Miss Lee has been accused of murdering Simon Michaels, a frequent customer, in her shop. Phryne goes over the crime scene and is certain Miss Lee is innocent of the crime. Phryne dives into a new world with this investigation. She must enter the Jewish community to find out more about the victim and tangle with a difficult Rabbi when she needs a Hebrew translation. Phryne is soon knee deep in Yiddish, Zionism, the Jewish cultural, alchemy, and so much more. Phryne with the help of Bert, Cec, the Butlers, Dot and Jack will prove Miss Lee’s innocence and capture the killer. Raisins and Almonds lets readers join Phryne Fisher on another adventure. I enjoyed the descriptions of Phryne’s gorgeous frocks (I would love her wardrobe). Most of the story was easy to read, but some parts were more difficult. The sections on alchemy, Zionism, chemistry and the Jewish religion were tedious (they will put a person to sleep). Ms. Greenwood needs to find a way to incorporate the information into the story in a more engaging manner (instead it feels like I am in a lecture hall with a professor who talks in a monotone voice). I do commend the author on her excellent research. The book does have good, snappy dialogue. I give Raisins and Almonds 3 out of 5 stars. The mystery was easily solved early in the book. Two tiny little bits of information provide the killers identity. The method of murder was not difficult to figure out. It was no surprise when the solution was revealed. I liked how Phryne’s home life is developing. A puppy joins the family thanks to Phryne’s wards. In Raisins and Almonds, I enjoyed the cozy elements more than the mystery (which everyone knows is not the norm for me).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Drop to ho hum. The advantage to borrow before you buy to re read .the pbs movies are really the best as the clothes and cars etc of the era are diffucult to imagine in print finally figured out where she was in one where there was snow
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(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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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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"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.