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  • Audio CD: 5 pages
  • Publisher: Bolinda Audio; Unabridged edition (28 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1743107536
  • ISBN-13: 978-1743107539
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.6 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,024,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With Phryne Fisher, the indefatigable Greenwood has invented the character-you-fall-in-love-with genre." "--The Australian""The tricky plot, lively writing, likable flapper sleuth, and superb sense of period will delight readers who have already read (or will be motivated to seek) later books in the series already issued by Poisoned Pen." --"Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine""The growing American audience for Phryne Fisher, Australian author Greenwood's independent 1920s female sleuth, will be delighted that her diverting first mystery is finally available in the U.S." --"Publisher's Weekly""This series is the best Australian import since Nicole Kidman, and Phryne is the flashiest new female sleuth in the genre." --"Booklist" starred review of "Away with the Fairies" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"A scintillating start to the series." (The Advertiser)

"Cocaine Blues is a delicious bon-bon of a book that will have readers eagerly looking forward to the sequel." (The Weekend Australian)

"In the 1920s Phryne Fisher goes from Melbourne, Australia, to London to crack a cocaine-smuggling ring. There she encounters prostitutes, a hilarious feminist doctor from Scotland, and gorgeous Russian dancer Sasha de Lisse. Narrator Stephanie Daniel expertly portrays this array of characters, as well as that of Lydia, whose babyish voice contrasts with her evil intentions. With her expert accents and delivery of various emotions, Daniel's appealing voice is perfect for every situation. She deftly captures Phryne's modern approach to life and her pluckiness as she disguises herself to foil the drug trade. This delightful period piece is sure to entertain." (AudioFile Magazine) --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By V. O'Regan on 5 May 2013
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With the Australian TV series currently showing on UK's Alibi channel this series of charming cosy mysteries are finally getting published in the UK, though only the first three to date have appeared via C&R Crime's imprint.

For some reason though they decided to ditch the original title: 'Cocaine Blues' for a more generic title without drug reference even though cocaine and drug dealing does figure in the plot. There was more information given about characters than in the TV series and the plot was a little fuller, so even though I'd seen its TV adaptation there was plenty of new material to enjoy.

This was delightful and dazzling story and one I found totally addictive. More please C&R!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Love to Read on 23 Jun. 2006
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A fantastic mystery the story line was capativating. I couldn't put the book down. A light interesting read. The charecters and settings are well discribed and I felt that I was there; part of the mmystery I am looking forward to reading more books from this series.

Well done MS Greenwood
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Williams on 18 Dec. 2007
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Phryne Fisher is brilliant, beautiful, wealthy and down to earth, bored with the diversions of 1920's society and looking for something else to keep her amused. On a whim she takes the offer of going to Melbourne to investigate why the daughter of Colonel and Mrs Harper repeatedly took ill. Phryne sails to Australia where before long she is embroiled in discovering who is behind cocaine rings and illegal abortions while all the while keeping her humour, her sass and her slighly outrageous appreciation of men.

I just adored her and I can't wait to read more. The story is light and the characters are amusing. I couldn't put the book down either - it was just too tempting to find out what Phryne would do next. The author has not tried to drown you in depth or literary weight. What she has done is produced a cracking good read which will leave you smiling and looking for more.

I found the first couple of chapters had been edited a little too severely and didn't have the flow of the rest of the book but it was well worth persisting.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dizzie on 22 Feb. 2013
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This is the first Kerry Greenwood book I have read and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Good characterisation and interesting story line. It is a light read, and this particular story isn't very long. I found i was there with the problem solved before I was half way through, and you will wonder why the police are so stupid as the answer is fairly self-explanatory, but it is very witty and a glimpse into another well healed world! Worth buying.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. R. J. Westwell on 31 July 2011
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At first sight, the title of this crime novel suggests a book that dwells on the wickedness of drug taking. However, while the book is about capturing a major drug baron, its style, its pace and the unavoidably captivating character of the main character, the Honourable Phryne Fisher and her acute sense of style and adventure make the book more of an exciting detective novel than a tale of drugs. Another endearing quality of the book is that the necessary violence is ever present but does not quite touch the soul of the reader, making the book highly entertaining.
For me, the most interesting part was the setting: Melbourne, Australia some years before I studied for my music degree at the university in that city. Many of the familiar names and attitudes of the characters brought back memories of my time in Melbourne and tiny details caught my imagination exquisitely.
This is a great read for anyone looking for something that lifts you right out of your environment and sweeps you into a fascinating world of privilege eccentricity and intrigue.
Rosemary Westwell
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Jan. 2012
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The Honourable Phryne Fisher has moved to Melbourne, Australia. It is the nineteen twenties and she is rich, beautiful and glamorous with a well-developed sense of justice. She has been asked to find out what is happening with Lydia Andrews by her parents, as Lydia always seems to be ill when her husband is at home and well when he isn't. Her worried parents fear he is trying to murder her in order to inherit her money.

Inadvertently Phryne becomes involved in tracking down and exposing an illegal abortionist and a cocaine racket. Then there's the gorgeous Sasha and the mysterious Princesse de Grasse. Ably assisted by the very down to earth Dot who is Phryne's maid and assistant, Phryne cuts a swathe through Melbourne society and routs out the wrong doers with admirable panache. The book is humorous and fast paced and even though it is dealing with serious subjects it is an entertaining read.

If you like mystery stories with plenty of life and adventure then you will love this book. I first read it nearly two years ago and enjoyed it then but on second reading it is even better. If you enjoy series such as Daisy Dalrymple by Carola Dunn then you will love Phryne Fisher.

NB: This book was originally published under the title of 'Cocaine Blues'.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 July 2012
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I wasn't sure that I needed another series of books well into double figures in my life, but as soon as I heard about her I knew that I had to meet the Honourable Prynne Fisher.

As the story opened she was a socialite, in London, in the Roaring Twenties. And, lovely though that may sound on a damp, grey evening in the twenty-first century, she was just a little bit bored.

A misjudged practical joke at a society party was the catalyst that changed her life. Prynne saw what had happened, and stepped in to save the day with a wonderful combination a charm, diplomacy and quick thinking. I couldn't help but like her.

The next day Prynne was summoned by a Colonel and Mrs Harper. They had concerns about their daughter in Australia. They had doubts about her husband. Would Prynne consider making the long journey to find out what was going on?

Our heroine was intrigued. She had been born in Australia, and her family had been dirt poor until they received a substantial legacy from a distant relation and stepped into a brand new life. That made her a very interesting proposition: a wealthy, independent, modern young woman with a depth of understanding that her contemporaries lacked.

No wonder she was bored with London society! And of course she said yes!

From then on the story was a whirl.

Prynne travelled with a pioneering lady doctor - like Prynne, a supporter of Doctor Stopes - and that brought a backstreet abortionist to her attention. She had to do something about that!

She found a young woman in a desperate situation and stepped in to help, transforming her into a lady's maid.

And of course there was the case that sent her to Australia in the first place.
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