Cocaine Blues

A Phryne Fisher Mystery

Greenwood, Kerry

Book - 2006
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Cocaine Blues
Phyrne Fisher heads for Melbourne, Australia, where she encounters a mystery involving poisoned wives, cocaine smuggling, corrupt cops, and communism.

Publisher: Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2006
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781590583852
Characteristics: 175 p. ;,23 cm


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Detective Phryne Fisher is an unstoppable flapper from an era of excess. Set in Australia in the style of classic British mysteries.

Australia: Phryne Fisher is a a liberal, rich, aristocratic P.I. in this series set in the 1920s and 30s in Melbourne.

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Sep 13, 2014
  • bibliochola rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Too fun! Too right!

Sep 10, 2013
  • lozza1401 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jan 04, 2013
  • Cecilturtle rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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!

Sep 27, 2011
  • Infolass rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

Jun 04, 2011
  • Caz1310 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Don't let the title put you off...the Phryne Fisher detective series is wonderful. I like this one because it details Dot, Cec and Bert meeting Phryne, and Phryne getting her gorgeous red car.

Oct 25, 2010
  • Cait_Sidhe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The first book in a fun, easy to read mystery series set in 1920s Melbourne. The range of characters and their personality traits from that of returned ANZACs to Chinese immigrants to English makes this series not only enjoyable but also provides the reader with a look into the past and an insight into events and ideas of the time. A well researched and very interesting series. Definately my favourite mystery series.

Nov 10, 2009
  • Roundcat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Kerry Greenwood's first Phryne Fisher book is an introduction to a strong woman with unlimited resources and a moral code of her own. It's a well written romp.


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