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Kerry Greenwood Kerry Greenwood i(A22250 works by) (a.k.a. Isabelle Lewis)
Born: Established: 1954 Footscray, Footscray - Maribyrnong area, Melbourne - West, Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Female
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The daughter of a wharf worker, Kerry Greenwood has worked in a variety of occupations, including folk singer, factory hand, director, translator, costumer-maker, and cook. A qualified solicitor, she graduated from Melbourne University with degrees in English and Law, and works part time for Legal Aid in Victoria.

Greenwood wrote her first novel at the age of sixteen and is the author of a series of twelve crime fiction novels set in Melbourne in the 1920s. The protagonist in this popular series is detective Phryne Fisher, a character the author has described as a female James Bond, who is "without guilt, with boundless self-esteem".

Greenwood writes in a number of literary genres. In addition to her crime fiction, she has written drama, historical novels, science fiction and short stories. Her work as an advocate in the Magistrate's Courts and previous experience working with abused women provide a background for her non-fiction books about crime and the law. These include a collection of essays about true crime, and an exploration of the motivations and personal circumstances of women who murder.

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Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Death in Daylesford Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2020 19846429 2020 single work novel mystery

'Surrounded by secrets, great and small, the formidable Miss Phryne Fisher returns to vanquish injustice.

'When a mysterious invitation arrives for Miss Phryne Fisher from an unknown Captain Herbert Spencer, Phryne's curiosity is excited. Spencer runs a retreat in Victoria's spa country for shell-shocked soldiers of the First World War. It's a cause after Phryne's own heart but what could Spencer want from her?

'Phryne and the faithful Dot view their spa sojourn as a short holiday but are quickly thrown in the midst of disturbing Highland gatherings, disappearing women, murder and the mystery of the Temperance Hotel.

'Meanwhile, Cec, Bert and Tinker find a young woman floating face down in the harbour, dead. Tinker, with Jane and Ruth, Phryne's resilient adopted daughters, together decide to solve what appears to be a heinous crime.

'Disappearances, murder, bombs, booby-traps and strange goings-on land Miss Phryne Fisher right in the middle of her most exciting adventure.' (Publication summary)

2021 longlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
y separately published work icon The Spotted Dog Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2018 14150179 2018 single work novel crime

'Corinna Chapman, baker extraordinaire, talented sleuth, stalwart friend and lover is back! When a distraught Scottish veteran from Afghanistan is knocked unconscious, waking up to find his beloved ex-service dog missing, Corinna and her lover, Daniel, find themselves inextricably drawn into the machinations of a notorious underworld gang of drug runners. Corinna and Daniel need to pull together all the strings to find the connections between their wandering Scottish veteran, his kidnapped dog, a student dramatic society that's moved into Corinna's building, burglaries, and the threatening notes that begin to mysteriously appear in Corinna's apartment. Between her forays into danger, there is still time in Corinna's life for tender encounters as the delicious aromas of newly baked breads, muffins and treats waft out of Corinna's bakery, Earthly Delights.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 shortlisted Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best Novel
2019 longlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
y separately published work icon Tamam Shud : The Somerton Man Mystery Sydney : NewSouth Publishing , 2012 Z1903554 2012 single work biography crime mystery 'In 1948 a man was found dead on an Adelaide beach. Well-dressed and unmarked, he had a half-smoked cigarette by his side, but no identity documents. Six decades on we don't know who he was, how he got there or how he died.

'Somerton Man remains one of Australia's most mysterious cold cases. Yet it is the bizarre details of this case that make it the stuff of a spy novel. The missing labels from all his clothing. The tiny piece of paper with the words "Tamam Shud" found sewn into the lining of the dead man's coat. A mysterious code found etched inside the very book of Persian poetry from which this note was torn.

'Brimming with facts that are stranger than fiction, the case has intrigued novelist Kerry Greenwood for almost her whole life. She goes on a journey into her own past to try to solve this crime, uncovering a new way of writing about true crime - and herself - as she goes.' (From the publisher's website.)
2013 winner Davitt Award Readers' Choice Award
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