Cocaine Blues

Cocaine Blues

A Phryne Fisher Mystery

Book - 2007 | First U.S. trade paperback edition.
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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-gray 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.
Publisher: Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2007.
Edition: First U.S. trade paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©1989
ISBN: 9781590583852
Branch Call Number: FIC Green
Characteristics: 175 pages ; 21 cm.

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patcarstensen
Aug 15, 2017

I enjoyed learning the background of the characters in the series, but the clothes get pretty boring.

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blue_cat_9633
Mar 08, 2017

Wonderful book. Essie Davis portrays the character of Phryne Fisher perfectly in the tv series. The books are not as easy to follow as the tv series though. Still a great book and i can't wait to read the rest of the books.

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maipenrai
Dec 06, 2016

(Death by Misadventure)
(The first book in the Phryne Fisher series)

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AtheenWilson
Sep 05, 2016

I got into this series by the back door, so to speak; that is to say, I saw the movies on TV first and decided to read the books. While I enjoy the books, I have to say that the series is better. I usually wouldn't, but in this case I make an exception. It has more to do with the visual appeal of the TV version rather than any failure of the author's skill. In particular, the presentation of stunning costumes, jewelry, hats, and hairstyles, carry the imagery of the 1920's without effort, while the simple "name dropping" of stylists, etc. in the book just doesn't have the impact. To carry it off in a novel would have required reams of written words, which most of us wouldn't have read anyway. I therefore suggest that if you haven't seen the TV version yet, you should probably wait and read the books first. You'll enjoy them more. I believe this is the author's first book in the series, and for a first-off, it's really quite good. It marries period style, with early twentieth century social issues, and the "new" notion of the "liberated" woman in a glamorous, flamboyant manner. It mixes history with mystery and humor. The characters are fun and "real"--as long as you don't give it a good think--and you hate to give them up when the end of the book is reached. The sign of a talented author, in my opinion.

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herpwop1
Jul 02, 2016

I had enjoyed the TV series based on Greenwood's mysteries and decided to read some of the novels. Phryne (pronounced "Fry-knee") is an independent woman in the 1920s who comes to Melbourne searching for a British couple's daughter. There are a couple plots in the novel, and some major characters are introduced. The first TV program followed the book pretty well, although the relationship between Phryne and the the policeman Jack Robinson is built up for the TV series. Greenwood describes Phyrne's scandalous, but beautiful, clothing - something that didn't interest me as much as it might interest others - and shows the character as a "take charge" woman in an era when women were just coming into their own. The main mystery is interesting and I didn't guess the ending. All in all, an excellent beginning to the series.

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Rubicat
Jun 16, 2016

I'm glad that I had read several other of Ms. Greenwood's Phryne Fisher book first - not that this one is bad, but I don't think it is quite as good ad her late ones. But don't let this silly comment keep you from reading this. Ms. Fisher is always bright, intelligent and enjoyable.

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bibliochola
Sep 13, 2014

Too fun! Too right!

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lozza1401
Sep 10, 2013

I love discovering a new series. This is set in 1920s Melbourne, a nice change from the tyoical 1920s locations like Paris and New York.

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Cecilturtle
Jan 04, 2013

Greenwood concocted a nice little mystery: I liked this story more for the ambiance, the characters and the description of the times than for the plot which is sometimes annoyingly breezy and tangled. The comments about feminism, communism and socialism, however, make this book interesting: a social commentary of the times, especially with the issues of abortion and drug abuse at the forefront.
I will be getting back to Phryne Fisher's adventures: her sprightliness and defiance of conventions are definitely attractive!

Infolass Sep 27, 2011

I liked the feel and description of 1920s Melbourne and getting to know the strong female lead character - not enough to dive into all the other books in this series though, perhaps from time to time. If you like detective stories, or historical (Australian) fiction, this might be for you. The ABC are currently making a TV series on Phryne Fisher the central character and it will be interesting how it turns out.

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