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Audiobook Review: Raisins and Almonds by Kerry Greenwood

on March 6, 2010

This past week I listened to another audiobook from the “new releases” section of the library.  “Raisins and Almonds” is a historical mystery featuring the intrepid Fryne Fisher – a 1920’s flapper detective in Australia. I had never read a Fryne (pronounced Fry -ah -nee) Fisher novel before, but have discovered that she has her own Wikipedia entry with info on the series and her background. While this audiobook was in the new release section, the novel was published in the late 1990’s.

In this story, Fryne gets involved with a murder of a young Jewish man who occurred in a bookstore. As she sets off to prove that the supposed murderer is innocent, she uncovers an intricate web of international proportions, dealing with alchemy, Judaism, Zionism, arms dealing, poisons, and bookstores. This was a carefully plotted mystery that kept me guessing until the end. While I would consider it a cozy mystery, it was a bit more graphic than other cozies and it certainly had more “adult” scenes in it than most cozies do. (Fryne is a woman who appreciates her lovers – enough said!).  I really enjoyed listening to this story and will look for more Fryne Fisher mysteries at my library!

I give it 4 Stars!

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