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Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood
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Cocaine Blues (1989)

by Kerry Greenwood

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Series: Phryne Fisher Mysteries (1)

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    Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: The Royal Spyness mysteries are set in England in the 1930s; the Phryne Fisher mysteries take place in Australia in the 1920s. Both cozy historical mystery series feature smart, independent, and unconventional heroines, and strong evocations of time and place.… (more)
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A nice read, an engaging, perhaps too-resourceful heroine, in an relatively untrodden setting. Miss Fisher is a wealthy, attractive woman with modern sensibilities, the tale was not too cosy and also not too violent (so perfect, for me), so on to book two!

(Note: 5 stars = rare and amazing, 4 = quite good book, 3 = a decent read, 2 = disappointing, 1 = awful, just awful. There are a lot of 4s and 3s in the world!) ( )
  ashleytylerjohn | Sep 19, 2018 |
this is light, easy, feminist, smart, and fun. not a straightforward mystery but nothing too complicated either. phryne is witty, interesting, intelligent, caring/thoughtful, and fun to be around. i even found all the descriptions of fashion charming, which wouldn't normally be the case.

"Cec did not talk much, finding in general that words conveyed nothing of what he wanted to say."

"A jazz orchestra was damaging the night somewhere, but not near enough to preclude speech."

"'A young man in one's hotel bedroom is capable of being explained, but a corpse is always a hindrance.'" ( )
  elisa.saphier | Jun 9, 2018 |
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  Critterbee | Apr 16, 2018 |
Holy moly, how fun is this series! I can't wait to read 'em all.

Edit: so good, I've read it twice already this year :-D ( )
  gossamerchild88 | Mar 30, 2018 |
I picked this up specifically because I so enjoyed the television adaptation, so my enjoyment of it is certainly influenced by that. I enjoyed the book, it was fun to meet the original versions of the characters (who are pretty close to their adapted forms) and it was a light and breezy read. Fun setting, fun characters, and a fair mystery - perfect light reading if you enjoy historical mysteries. ( )
  duchessjlh | Mar 16, 2018 |
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Kerry Greenwoodprimary authorall editionscalculated
Daniel, StephanieNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Norling, BethCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Miss Phryne Fisher Investigates
Death by Misadventure
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 159058385X, Paperback)

This is where it all started! The first classic Phryne Fisher mystery, featuring our delectable heroine, cocaine, communism and adventure. Phryne leaves the tedium of English high society for Melbourne, Australia, and never looks back.


The London season is in full fling at the end of the 1920s, but the Honorable Phryne Fisher--she of the green-grey eyes, diamant garters and outfits that should not be sprung suddenly on those of nervous dispositions--is rapidly tiring of the tedium of arranging flowers, making polite conversations with retired colonels, and dancing with weak-chinned men. Instead, Phryne decides it might be rather amusing to try her hand at being a lady detective in Melbourne, Australia.


Almost immediately from the time she books into the Windsor Hotel, Phryne is embroiled in mystery: poisoned wives, cocaine smuggling rings, corrupt cops and communism--not to mention erotic encounters with the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse--until her adventure reaches its steamy end in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:13:35 -0400)

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Phyrne Fisher heads for Melbourne, Australia, where she encounters a mystery involving poisoned wives, cocaine smuggling, corrupt cops, and communism.

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