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Unforgettable characters and a fascinating 1920s setting.
It's the end of the roaring twenties, and the exuberant and Honourable Phryne Fisher is dancing and gaming with gay abandon. But she becomes bored with London and the endless round of parties. In search of excitement, she sets her sights on a spot of detective work in Melbourne, Australia. And so mystery and the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse, appear in her life. From then on it's all cocaine and communism until her adventure reaches its steamy end in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.
©2006 Kerry Greenwood (P)2006 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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“A delicious bon-bon of a book that will have readers eagerly looking forward to the sequel." (The Weekend Australian)
"A scintillating start to the series." (The Advertiser)
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By Barbara on 02-01-11

A series that just gets better

Cocaine Blues is the first book in the Phryne Fisher series, but one of the last to be published on audible. Which may be a good thing, because the series gets blazingly better as it progresses. The series is interesting because it addresses a wide range of people and ideas grinding against each other, but the best of whom cheerfully flow through Phryne's dining room, parlor, and (yes) sometimes her bedroom. I never appreciated, until I began this series the amazing social changes that took place in a very short time between the beginning of the 1900s to the end of the roaring twenties. F. Scott Fitzgerald's Bernice did more than just bob her hair.

Phryne Fisher is a young woman living on the edge of a world changing from the Victorian ideas of women as angels in the home, to the young women who drive ambulances in World War I and are thus allowed/forced to do and see things that even five years earlier would be unthinkable for most females. Phryne herself goes from a child in Australian poverty being called "hey you", to a young woman in England called the Hon. Miss Fisher. Her reasons for returning to Australia would make Agatha Christies proud. As the series goes along we find that she has a very good time in spite of any curves life throws her. The books are well researched as to historical accuracy, and I can't wait to see how Kerry Greenwood goes from the roaring twenties to a very angry thirties, and what Phryne will do next.

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By Ilana on 08-03-12

Just the right amount of cheek and naughtiness

In the first book of Greenwood's Phryne Fisher Mysteries, we're introduced to our heroine, who might at first be mistaken for a wealthy English aristocrat, though we learn she was born in Australia where she lived in poverty with her parents until the passing of a rich relation in England. Phryne, all grown up and living in England, now has more money than she knows what to do with, and is wondering what she should do with her life, since marriage isn't an option she especially looks forward to. After she uncovers a jewel thief during a dinner party, a couple asks her to investigate their son-in-law, as they suspect he might be poisoning their daughter who lives in Melbourne. Phryne doesn't hesitate to leave boring London society behind and make her way to the colonies for a bit of adventure and excitement. She finds plenty there when she encounters a communist taxi driver, meets a gorgeous Russian male dancer and is on the trail of a cocaine ring that seems to be operating out of a Turkish bath house.

This series is firmly set in the roaring 1920s, but there's no mistaking that it was written in modern times. The doctor friend heading the women's hospital in Melbourne is a feminist who uses language to describe female troubles and anatomy that would have made a 20s female author blush. Phryne isn't afraid to use her feminine allure with an attitude that harks back to the flapper girls of old, who could have taught our modern femme fatales a lesson or two in the art of seduction. You can't help but like a girl with attitude who is also kind and caring, and takes such obvious delight in dressing to perfection for every occasion. This is pure chick lit and no mistake, all good fun and good times, with just the right amount of cheek and naughtiness.

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By Alexis on 12-24-12

A positively delightful find

This was a delightful find - kept my interest right to end. A most unusual set of characters which build up as the books develop. I would recommend this series to everyone.

Based in the 1920,s, the heroine is extremely unique having colleagues and acquaintenances from all walks of life and a varitious appetite for life, adventure and love.

Just wonderful!

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By Jax on 06-03-14

Very enjoyable

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This is a beautifully narrated book and narration is one of the most important features in an audiobook. I've had perfectly good books which I've enjoyed reading completely ruined because the reader's voice/accent is jarring. Phyrne, the heroine, is very engaging and the story moves along at a good pace. All the other characters are well-rounded. Heartily recommended and I've just downloaded two more Phryne Fisher audiobooks.

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By Dandylion on 01-31-14

I'm addicted to Kerry Greenwood

[{ "answer" : "It's authenticity , it was a genuine time travel experience ,there are books that are researched with in an inch of it's life this is one of those ,I don't doubt that someone who lived in that era would swear she had recorded a memory .", "type" : "Overall", "question" : "What did you like most about Cocaine Blues?", "id" : 43, "typeString" : "overall" }, { "answer" : "Playing Bettie bow ,a Aussie classic also set in Melbourne.
", "type" : "Story", "question" : "What other book might you compare Cocaine Blues to, and why?", "id" : 2, "typeString" : "story" }, { "answer" : "I cant not rave about Stephanie Daniel enough ,she is perfect on every level there are a phone book of characters in this and she gives each and everyone a distinct voice and personality . ", "type" : "Performance", "question" : "What about Stephanie Daniel’s performance did you like?", "id" : 27, "typeString" : "performance" }, { "answer" : "The unflappable flapper ,is on the case,and she always gets her man.", "type" : "Genre", "question" : "If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?", "id" : 61, "typeString" : "genre" }, { "answer" : "Phryne Fisher is a unique and wonderful character ,all of them are wonderful they fell like a breath of fresh air ,this book is witty and fun .", "type" : "Misc", "question" : "Any additional comments?", "id" : -1, "typeString" : "misc" } ]

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By William Edward Hatto on 08-24-17

Very entertaining

Spoken well in keeping with the TV series. Most enjoyable. looking forward to more of the series.

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