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Thursday Quotables – Raisins and Almonds (Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries)

RAISINS AND ALMOND (Kerry Greenwood) 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.

Phryne knew the signs. This was a maternal lioness on guard against a predator who was stalking one of her cubs. This could be borne, as Phryne knew that her intentions were honourable. However, if this dinner was not going to be unbearably dull, she needed to get Mrs. Abrahams alone. An explanation would either clear the air or expel Miss Fisher from the house – and either would be preferable to this subdued hostility.

‘Mrs. Abrahams, perhaps you could show me the paintings in the hall? I should like another look at that Renoir,’ she asked, and the lady of the house accepted reluctantly.

When the door had safely closed on the slightly puzzled male faces, Phryne said, ‘What have you got against me, Mrs. Abraham?’ and watched the closed face come alive in dazzling rage. Porcelain, she fancied, cracked as Julia Abrahams demanded, ‘What do you want with my son?’

‘I just want to borrow him,’ said Phryne sweetly. ‘I’ll give him back when you want him. I know I can’t keep him, and I won’t hurt him.’

Mrs Abrahams cocked her sleek black head and considered her visitor. When she spoke again, her voice had the same lilt as her husband’s.

‘You don’t want to marry him?’


There was a pause, then Simon’s mother demanded, ‘What’s wrong with him?’

Phyne released the laugh she had been suppressing, and after a moment, Mrs. Abrahams joined in. Her finished school poise slid from her like a cloak from the shoulders, and she laughed so hard that she had to lean her immaculate back against the wall.

Thursday Quotables Meme

This is another nice mystery adventure of Miss Fisher, the unflappable flapper. It involves the Jewish community of Australia and I really enjoy learning about it. There is a lot of insight into that culture. The Jewish culture and history at large, but also the very specific incarnation of it that was forged in Australia. In the 1920s, this community was fighting to have a new homeland in Palestine. It was kind of strange but very interesting to see how this was perceived inside the Jewish community since there were many different stances toward it.

The mystery was a bit less intriguing, I’m afraid. I’m particularly disappointed that I guessed the murder before it was revealed. But the movement of the story was nice. I enjoyed finding all the usual cast again, which admittedly is one of the cosiest parts of this series. Every time, it’s like going back to a familiar and dear place.

This was a good one.

In post is part of the Thursday Quotables meme. If you want to discover more about this meme and maybe take part in it, head over to Bookshelf Fantasies

RAISINS AND ALMONDS (Kerry Greenwood) Can a book be deadly? That's what Prhyne Fisher has to discover, juggling between politics of Palestine and the new Promice Land, the Kabbalah, weird phylosopher and a new Jewish lover
REISINS AND ALMONDS (Kerry Greenwood) Can a book be deadly? That's what Phryne Fisher has to discover, juggling between politics of Palestine, the Kabbalah and a new Jewish lover (bopok review)


  • Margot Kinberg
    Posted July 27, 2017 at 22:49

    I’m glad you highlighted this one, Sarah. I like the way that Kerry Greenwood does her research for her novels. It gives you a strong sense of place and time, without overloading on information.

    • Post Author
      Posted July 28, 2017 at 07:29

      I agree completely. It’s very clear that she did very in-depth research, but then she uses it is such wise, seamless way that a reader barely notices, if not for the strong sense of setting they get.
      I really like her.

  • Hilary Melton-Butcher
    Posted July 28, 2017 at 14:45

    Hi Sarah – love the video clip – I’d happily watch these as total switch-off release … and if the books are better – then I’d happily read them too … when I need light entertainment. They sound informative -that helps! – cheers Hilary

    • Post Author
      Posted July 28, 2017 at 16:57

      The book series is really uneven in terms of quality, there are fanastic novels and just ok novels. I think the tv series is more cohesive in this, maybe because there’s a tighter recurring cast and some ideas have been consolidated, so to strengthen the overarching story.
      I think novels and tv series have pros and cons of their own, but I’d suggest both. It’s a great series 🙂

  • Ali Isaac
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 02:21

    The unflappable flapper??? I love that! Sounds like a fun read!

    • Post Author
      Posted August 2, 2017 at 08:41

      LOL! That’s a definition that is very familiar to Miss Fisher’s fan.
      It is a fun series, both in book and tv. Well research and with sympathetic recuriing characters.

  • Teagan R Geneviene
    Posted August 19, 2017 at 13:09

    This post is a treat, Sarah. I’m glad Netflix runs the Miss Fisher shows, else I would never have known about them. I didn’t know until recently that it is based on books (though of course that is no surprise). I look forward to having some free reading time to check them out.
    I enjoyed this episode a lot too.
    You’re the cat’s pajamas!

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