Kerry Greenwood

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Kerry Greenwood
Kerry Greenwood
Kerry Greenwood signing books at the launch of Forbidden Fruit
Born Kerry Greenwood
(1954-06-17)17 June 1954
Occupation Writer, locum solicitor
Language English
Nationality Australian
Education Bachelor of Arts (English)/Bachelor of Laws
Alma mater University of Melbourne
Genre Crime, historical, science-fiction
Notable works Phryne Fisher series
Notable awards Multiple, see below
Partner Registered wizard
Children None

Kerry Greenwood (born 17 June 1954 in Footscray, Victoria[1]) is an Australian author and defence lawyer. She has written many plays and books, most notably a string of historical detective novels centred on the character of Phryne Fisher. She writes mysteries, science-fiction, historical fiction, and children's stories, as well as plays. She is unmarried but lives with a "registered wizard".

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Aurealis Award for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction, Young Adult Division, Best Novel, 1996: joint winner for The Broken Wheel
  • Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award, Book of the Year: Younger Readers, 2002: honour book for A Different Sort of Real : The Diary of Charlotte McKenzie, Melbourne 1918–1919
  • Davitt Award, Best Young Fiction Book, 2002: winner for The Three-Pronged Dagger
  • Davitt Award, Best Young Fiction Book, 2003: nominated for The Wandering Icon
  • Davitt Award, Best Adult Novel, 2003: nominated for Murder in Montparnasse : A Phryne Fisher Mystery
  • Ned Kelly Award for Crime Writing, Lifetime Contribution, 2003
  • Ned Kelly Award for Crime Writing, Best Novel, 2005: shortlisted for Heavenly Pleasures : A Corinna Chapman Novel
  • Ned Kelly Award for Crime Writing, Best Novel, 2005: shortlisted for Queen of the Flowers : A Phryne Fisher Mystery
  • New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Books, 2006: shortlisted for Journey to Eureka
  • Davitt Award, Readers' Choice Award, 2006: joint winner for Heavenly Pleasures : A Corinna Chapman Novel
  • Davitt Award, Readers' Choice Award, 2007: joint winner for Devil's Food
  • Ned Kelly Award for Crime Writing, Best Novel, 2008: nominated for Trick or Treat


Phryne Fisher historical mysteries[edit]

  1. Cocaine Blues (1989) aka Death by Misadventure[2]
  2. Flying Too High (1990)
  3. Murder on the Ballarat Train (1991)
  4. Death at Victoria Dock (1992)
  5. The Green Mill Murder (1993)
  6. Blood And Circuses (1994)
  7. Ruddy Gore (1995)
  8. Urn Burial (1996)
  9. Raisins and Almonds (1997)
  10. Death Before Wicket (1999)
  11. Away With the Fairies (2001)
  12. Murder in Montparnasse (2002)
  13. The Castlemaine Murders (2003)
  14. Queen of the Flowers (2004)
  15. Death By Water (2005)
  16. Murder in the Dark (2006)
  17. Murder on a Midsummer Night (2008)
  18. Dead Man's Chest (2010)
  19. Unnatural Habits (2012)
  20. Murder and Mendelssohn (2013)
  • The Phryne Fisher Mysteries:

Cocaine Blues / Flying Too High (omnibus) (2004)

  • A Question of Death (short story collection) (2008)

Corinna Chapman mysteries[edit]

  1. Earthly Delights (2004)
  2. Heavenly Pleasures (2005)
  3. Devil's Food (2006)
  4. Trick or Treat (2007)
  5. Forbidden Fruit (2009)
  6. Cooking the Books (2011)
  7. The Spotted Dog (2015?)

Delphic Women[edit]

  • Cassandra (1995)
  • Electra (1996)
  • Medea (1997)

Spinouts (with Michael Pryor and Catherine Randle)[edit]

  • The Bold and The Brave (2000)


The Broken Wheel, Whaleroad, Cave Rats and Feral are prequels to the Stormbringer trilogy. Characters in Stormbringer refer to events in those books, but are otherwise independent.

  • The Rat and the Raven (2005)
  • Lightning Nest (2006)
  • Ravens Rising (2006)


  • The Wandering Icon (1992)
  • The Childstone Cycle (1994)
  • Quest (1996)
  • The Broken Wheel (1996)
  • Whaleroad (1996)
  • Cave Rats (1997)
  • Feral (1998)
  • Whaleroad, Cave Rats and Feral published in one volume in 2002
  • Alien Invasions (2000) (with Shannah Jay and Lucy Sussex, edited by Paul Collins and Meredith Costain)
  • A different sort of real: the diary of Charlotte McKenzie, Melbourne 1918–1919 (2001)

Also entitled The Deadly Flu as printed in 2012

  • The Three-Pronged Dagger (2002)
  • Danger Do Not Enter (2003)
  • The Long Walk (2004)
  • Journey to Eureka (2005)
  • Out of the Black Land (2010)


  • Recipes for Crime (1995) (with Jenny Pausacker)

Anthologies edited[edit]

  • Bad to the Bones (2002)

Short fiction[edit]

"Jetsam" (1998) in Dreaming Down-Under (ed. Jack Dann, Janeen Webb)


  • On Murder (2000)
  • On Murder 2 (2002)
  • Tamam Shud: The Somerton Man Mystery (2012)

TV and film[edit]

The Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries television series was filmed in and around Melbourne in 2011 and premiered on ABC1 on 24 February 2012. A second series was commissioned in August 2012 and filming began in February 2013.[3]


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