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Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher Mysteries (Paperback)) (original 1989; edition 2007)

by Kerry Greenwood

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Title:Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher Mysteries (Paperback))
Authors:Kerry Greenwood
Info:Poisoned Pen Press (2007), Edition: First Paperback Edition, Paperback, 175 pages
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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 |
First in series. Also seen on PBS. ( )
  bogopea | Jan 17, 2015 |
This series is fun to read and really not much different than the series from TV. Very enjoyable and I'm looking forward to the next one. Listened on audio. ( )
  csobolak | Jan 16, 2015 |
Cocaine Blues, the first Phryne ("Fry-nee") Fisher novel by Kerry Greenwood is a short, light cozy mystery. The book features a bright young flapper who travels to Australia in 1920. The author meticulously details the clothing of the era as well as the sumptuous dinners enjoyed by our young aristocrat.

While the tone is light, the subject matter is not - abortion and drug abuse, and there's a certain amount of sex enjoyed by our liberated heroine.

A few minor anachronisms niggled at me: there was a mention of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre which didn't occur until 1929 and the phrase "bottle blonde" which according to Merriam Webster dictionary only came into usage in 1963.

These small criticisms aside, Cocaine Blues has perhaps more style than substance and would make for good filler reading between heavier books or when you just need some cotton candy for the brain. I enjoyed it. ( )
  Zumbanista | Jan 16, 2015 |
The first in the Phrynne Fisher series set in 1920s Melbourne. In this case the mystery is almost a sideline, the main story being an introduction to the excellent characters and details of our stylish heroine's origins. Most of Phrynne's stories involve some serious topic (this time back-street abortion and cocaine dealing) yet maintain a high fun level. She has to be loved and admired for her spirited attitude and social conscience. ( )
  VivienneR | Jan 13, 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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