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Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher Mysteries) (original 1989; edition 2006)

by Kerry Greenwood

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Title:Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher Mysteries)
Authors:Kerry Greenwood
Info:Poisoned Pen Press (2006), Hardcover, 326 pages
Collections:mystery, Your library
Tags:historical mystery, series

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Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood (1989)

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The first book in the series by Kerry Greenwood is Cocaine Blues and it introduces the reader to Phryne Fisher, a most unusual choice for a detective. She's brash, fearless, wealthy, and (if you didn't catch on) a woman. The series is set in late 1920s Melbourne, Australia and features an interesting assortment of main characters which include but are not limited to working class taxi drivers, a dutiful maid, a stolid detective inspector, and Phryne at the center of it all. In the first book of the series, Phryne manages to solve 3 crimes (only two of which feature the illegal substance mentioned in the title of the book). A young girl is given a back alley abortion that nearly kills her by a man that the police have yet to pin down, a woman seems to be a victim of poisoning by her husband, and the cocaine trade is rampant in Melbourne and the King of Snow is at the heart of it all. Picture an attractive young woman sailing onto a crime scene bedecked in the latest fashion of 1920s London carrying a small pistol in a tiny purse who effortlessly solves crimes while simultaneously beguiling all of the attractive men (and women) in the vicinity. So why aren't you reading this series already?! ( )
  AliceaP | Sep 25, 2015 |
Lots of fun! The Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher is a filthy rich flapper with a keen eye for the ridiculous who takes up detecting as a way to fill her time. In this first one, our heroine returns in grand style to her native Melbourne, where she has been asked to investigate whether a young married woman is being poisoned by her husband. She is soon entangled with a very attractive Russian dancer and investigating both an illegal abortionist and the cocaine trade. Even when she is in mortal peril, her breezy confidence and take-charge attitude never fail. ( )
  jholcomb | Aug 15, 2015 |
I picked up the first book of the series after being amused by the Miss Fischer Mysteries on my local PBS station but the book was not quite as charming as the TV series. It dragged for a while and had too many competing plots lines and Phryne was a bit too much for me. I am inclined to agree with another reviewer that she is a bit overdone; detective, race car driver, pilot, etc. It was light and breezy enough to not have her character be annoying like Maise Dobbs but I won't be seeking out the rest of them but will stick with the visually interesting froth of the TV series.
  amyem58 | Apr 20, 2015 |
Kindle had this first in the series for 99¢ so it was easy to try it out. Now I can't wait to read the next one in the series. Phryne Fisher is a fun woman - amateur detective, air pilot, racing car driver, smoker, drinker, not above some good gratuitous sex, etc etc etc. Plus, she's filthy rich with a poor little rich girl's view of the world that says all women should be given the same opportunities she has, so let's make it happen. In this first one she's off to Australia to find out why a young Englishwoman seems to be very ill with no one to figure out why. Great characters, many of whom I'm betting will become regulars in future adventures. Reminds me a lot of the Maisie Dobbs series. ( )
  tututhefirst | Feb 6, 2015 |
The writing is a bit choppy, but the characters and the Australian dialects are delightful. Nicely translated to TVER, with a few character changes.
  LibraryGirl11 | Jan 25, 2015 |
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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.

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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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