Stuff and Nonsense: Cocaine Blues: A Phryne Fisher Mystery


Cocaine Blues: A Phryne Fisher Mystery

After foiling a robbery at a posh English party, the Honourable Phryne Fisher is asked to investigate the probable poisoning of a society woman in Australia. Bored with society and at loose-ends, Phryne agrees to travel to Melbourne and find out the truth behind the woman's illness, but strictly on her own terms. Arriving in Melbourne, Phryne quickly begins a series of adventures that will introduce her to the heights (and depths) of Melbourne society ... and to the mysterious King of Snow who so mercilessly runs Melbourne's cocaine trade.

Cocaine Blues was a light and entertaining romp through 1920s Melbourne, full of interesting characters and beautiful descriptions of clothes. Its lightness and sheer entertainment value is a little surprising considering the heavy topics dealt with in the novel -- back-alley abortions, drug trade, domestic abuse, street life, communism, sexism, etc -- and I applaud Greenwood for pulling it off so deftly. I enjoyed Cocaine Blues very much and look forward to reading the other nineteen books in the series.

If you haven't watched ABC's Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, starring Essie Davis, you're missing quite a treat and I strongly recommend you get them out from your library or watch them on Netflix. Yes, they are rather different from the books, but that just means you now have two new things to enjoy.

Cocaine Blues: A Phryne Fisher Mystery by Kerry Greenwood (Poison Pen Press, 2006)

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