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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,009 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kerry Greenwood Narrator: Stephanie Daniel Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN:
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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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 2/17/2014

    " Not a bad first book in a series, though a bit pat in its delivery. The main character is a little too devil-may-care to seem real. Still a fun read, and I will be looking for the others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 1/18/2014

    " Phryne Fisher is one heck of a heroine - tall, beautiful, intelligent and a strong, independent woman in 1920's Melbourne. The adventures she gets into are fabulous. You can't help but love her and fortunately this is the first book of a whole series. I hear she just gets better and better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 12/31/2013

    " Wild and crazy Phryne Fisher is not afraid of anything or anybody! And in 1920's Australia, if you're of the criminal bent, you best not get in her line of fire. Cocaine Blues is the first in a series of Phryne's adventures and in this book, we meet all her compatriots--Cece and Bert, the cab driving communists, Dot, her newly adopted ladies maid, Dr. Maxwell, a handy female doctor who can analyze any chemical component! Maybe it will be a fun ride to read more! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexandra | 12/23/2013

    " Fell in love with the show then decided to check out the books to see how they are and wow was I so taken back at the differences. Phryne Fisher is a bored aristocrat from England who goes to Melbourne not sure what to do with her life but is told to spy on a friend's daughter for fear she may be poisoned. There, Phryne meets a maid Dot who was recently dismissed because she was assaulted and hires her to be her personal secretary where Dot is naive but very traditional to where she needs someone like Phryne in her life. There is another story going on where girls are being murdered after seeing an abortionist and while the show that case along and with the poisoned aristocrat are connected they are separate cases being told where the only thing in common is Phryne gets stumbled into it after having an affair with the sexy Sasha. This book is the first one in the series and while I like the show a bit better, these books are interesting to check out. Phryne is smart, great to hang out with and gives a lot of insight into what she sees while still having fun in her cases. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 BridgetT | 12/20/2013

    " exciting, sexy, glamorous, very entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachael | 12/3/2013

    " Good old Phryne. Nice to get the story from the beginning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 12/3/2013

    " This was a fast, easy and entertaining look into crime, drugs, violence and fashion in the 1920s through the amateur detective genre. Phryne Fisher is a true roaring 20s flapper but a great detective with a good heart. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kgwhitehurst | 11/23/2013

    " Fast, furious, and, ultimately, unbelievable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olivia Crisp | 10/7/2013

    " Loved my first Phryne Fisher mystery. Will be back for more! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ebony | 8/22/2013

    " Phryne beats Stephanie Plum any day.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bev Hankins | 7/22/2013

    " I'm glad I didn't read this first book first. Phryne comes into her own in the later books. This one is okay...but they get better! Two and a half stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirl | 7/18/2013

    " Greenwood has a different style of writing. She is easy to read and refreshing. Good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 1/23/2013

    " My new FAVORITE series! I am in love with Phryne Fisher, she is magnificient! Wonderful detective series set in Australia during the 1920's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ms. Randorf | 12/30/2012

    " A bit uneven, you can see the difference when you get to her later novels and she develops her characters and style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 11/7/2012

    " This light mystery was fun to read, although most readers will probably solve the mystery before Phryne does. The chief attraction of the book for me was the setting--1920s Australia. The descriptions of the clothing and cocktails are a delight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Notalice | 9/28/2012

    " Light, enjoyable style with an interesting heroine. Audio version is stellar - spare prose elegantly read by Stephanie Daniels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 6/9/2012

    " Meh...No one beats Agatha Christie for mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 2/18/2012

    " excellent period mystery set in Australia. Very smart and interesting. I'm sure I'll read them all. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tara | 10/29/2011

    " This book stunk it up. I found myself skim reading the last third- thinking hurry up and be over already! Which is sad because it was such a small book- there shouldn't have been space for it to be slow... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 8/8/2011

    " A cozy mystery featuring a irrepressable flapper named Phrynee Fisher. Miss Fisher All in good fun "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evamaria | 5/14/2011

    " Enjoyed meeting irresistible flapper and heiress Phryne Fisher on her first adventure in australia - will definitely read more of these bubbly mysteries! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 4/26/2011

    " I loved the amusing dialogue, elegant language and delightful plot and heroine. It is a refresihing to read a historical mystery novel set in Australia. A bit Agatha Christie, PG Wodehouse and something original. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 4/24/2011

    " Awesome start to a great series! I've re-read it a couple of times and never tire of the titles. I love recommending this book to people: well-written characters, interesting time period and location. Phryne Fisher is an unexpected and engaging detective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tasula | 4/10/2011

    " The lst book in the Phryne Fisher series- quite fun- former poor girl suddenly rich gets bored and turns her hand to solving crimes as sleuth. Very light hearted, but not a cozy mystery, because Phryne (named for a courtesan) has unorthodox views and has lovers whenever she pleases. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 3/23/2011

    " Fabulous fun. Don't let the title dissuade you from it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 3/21/2011

    " I really like this series. read it if you like smart, strong female characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 The Library Lady | 3/19/2011

    " There are aspects of the plot straight from Dorothy Sayers, and Phryne sometimes verges a little too much on the Superwoman side. Still, a lot of fun, and I'm looking forward to reading more in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 3/12/2011

    " This was a fast, easy and entertaining look into crime, drugs, violence and fashion in the 1920s through the amateur detective genre. Phryne Fisher is a true roaring 20s flapper but a great detective with a good heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edward | 2/23/2011

    " Phryne Fisher is cool! I solved it differently than she did. Beware of the Rose is actually, with letters switched, "Beware of HETEROS" and that led me to believe a lesbian woman was behind it all. Anyway it was an enjoyable read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 2/21/2011

    " My new FAVORITE series! I am in love with Phryne Fisher, she is magnificient! Wonderful detective series set in Australia during the 1920's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pukapuka | 2/13/2011

    " Lightweight but with a very sassy heroine detective. It was fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/29/2011

    " This book was a fun, fast read. The character of Phryne Fisher is memorable and interesting, and the mystery moved at a quick pace. I enjoyed the characters and look forward to reading about them again. "

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About the Author
Author Kerry Greenwood

Kerry Greenwood was born in Footscray, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, and after wandering far and wide, she returned to live there. She has degrees in English and law from Melbourne University and was admitted to the legal profession in 1982. She is the author of many crime novels, science fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books, as well as a number of plays. She has won numerous awards, including the Aurealis Award for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction, Young Adult Division, Best Novel, 1996; and the Davitt Award in 2002, 2006, and 2007. In 2003 she was awarded the Ned Kelly Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Crime Writers Association of Australia.