Kerry Greenwood

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Kerry Greenwood
Kerry Greenwood
Kerry Greenwood signing books at the launch of Forbidden Fruit
Born Kerry Isabelle Greenwood
(1954-06-17) 17 June 1954 (age 64)
Melbourne, Australia
Occupation Writer, locum solicitor
Language English
Nationality Australian
Education BA, LL.B
Alma mater University of Melbourne
Genre Crime, historical, science-fiction
Notable works Phryne Fisher series
Partner David Greagg

Kerry Isabelle Greenwood (born 17 June 1954 in Footscray, Victoria[1]) is an Australian author and 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".

Early life and education

Greenwood grew up in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray, where she still lives today. She attended Geelong Road State School (now Footscray Primary School), Maribyrnong College and the University of Melbourne, where she graduated with Bachelor of Arts (English) and Bachelor of Laws degrees in 1979. Whilst at university, Greenwood worked at a women's refuge. In 1982, she was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria, and worked full-time as a criminal defence lawyer for Victoria Legal Aid until becoming a professional writer. Since that time, she has remained a locum duty solicitor for Legal Aid, practicing in the Sunshine Magistrates' Court.


Phryne Fisher historical mysteries

  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

  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 (2018)

Delphic Women

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

Spinouts (with Michael Pryor and Catherine Randle)

  • 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 titled 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

  • Bad to the Bones (2002)

Short fiction

"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

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 and aired starting 6 September 2013.[3]

Awards and nominations

  • 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


  1. ^ "Kerry Greenwood". Austlit. Retrieved 15 June 2008.
  2. ^ Kerry Greenwood at Fantastic Fiction
  3. ^ Every Cloud website Archived 15 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine.

External links

  • Phryne Fisher's website
  • Corinna Chapman's website
  • Interview with Kerry Greenwood at Allen & Unwin
  • Sue Ryan-Fazilleau, "Kerry Greenwood's 'Rewriting' of Agatha Christie", JASAL 7 (2007)
  • "On the couch with Kerry Greenwood". The Age. 14 August 2003. Retrieved 15 June 2008.
  • "Getting Feral With Kerry". Diverse Universe. September 2003. Retrieved 30 November 2009.
  • "George Negus Tonight with Kerry Greenwood". ABC. 23 February 2004. Retrieved 30 November 2009.
  • "Death by Water – Review". The Age. 26 June 2005. Retrieved 30 November 2009.
  • "Crime According to Kerry Greenwood". Kathleen Fisher's Tiny Purple Fish blog. September 2007. Retrieved 30 November 2009.
  • "Author Interview: Kerry Greenwood". Sydney Writers' Centre blog. 19 October 2007. Retrieved 30 November 2009.
  • "Author Interview: Kerry Greenwood". Festival Online Magazine'. December 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
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