Friday, March 10

Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood

Review by Andrea Maloney

Cocaine Blues is the very first Phryne Fisher mystery where we learn how Phryne first got involved in solving mysteries. 

The London Season is in full fling at the end of the 1920's, but Phryne finds herself bored with the usual high society trivialities.  So she decides that it might be fun to try her hand at being a lady detective in Melbourne, Australia. The Colonel and his wife have asked her to look into the matter of their daughter.  She has been sickly since she married and moved to Australia and they feel that there is more to it than meets the eye. Phryne leaves the tedium of English high society for Melbourne, Australia, and never looks back.  From the time she arrives Phryne is entangled in mysterious goings on: poisoning, cocaine smuggling, corrupt cops and communism. Not to mention erotic encounters with a handsome Russian dancer.

I really enjoyed this book. Phryne is a high spirited, delightful and memorable character who I can't wait to read more about.  She has more fun and adventure in a day than most people have in a lifetime. It was a terrific read from beginning to end.  A fun romp thru the 1920's yet with gripping details about the struggles of women during this time. The story line was wonderful, the characters were intriguing, the period detail was just great (love the clothing), and  the dialogue spirited and witty. Phyrne Fisher is a heroine you will want to read about again and again.

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