I recently read or listened to the entire series of Phryne Fisher books by Kerry Greenwood in chronological order. I highly recommend doing it in order. I own about half of them and got the others from my library. Some were books and some were audiobooks on Audible.com or on CD. I think that listening to the books adds a great deal to the stories, since they are performed so well. The performance adds depth and definition to the characters and gives you a better feeling for the setting and the story line. As the first book in the series, listening to Cocaine Blues sets you up for visualizing the characters in other books, even if you are just reading them. Doing a mixture of both kept the characters fresh in my mind and helped define their personalities.
The Phryne Fisher mysteries are fun to read and give you a lot of background on Melbourne and other parts of Australia in the 1928+ era. The descriptions of clothes, food, settings, and activities are very interesting, and enhance what are good, light mysteries. There are recipes for cocktails, which is entertaining even if you do not plan to try them and adds to the story.
This is a new series for me. I was reluctant to purchase. I am so happy that I took a chance. I was so enthralled that the story was over before I knew it. I will be purchasing the rest of the series and look forward to many hours of listening pleasure.
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One of the top ones but I've read so many wonderful books it's hard to assign a number. I've read 4-5 Phryne Fisher books thanks to trying a couple during a sale and I just love them. Wish I could see the show that was on PBS.
Yes. Multiple mysteries: is the husband trying to poison the wife? Who is the King of Cocaine responsible for the death of Sasha's mother? How can Phryne catch Butcher George, the murderous abortionist slaughtering hapless young women? Whisked from one scene and thread to the next, the book's pace was perfect.
Well, I was pretty happy with the ending when the police finally arrived to "save" Phryne. Loved Phryne's meeting with Dot. But I guess the best of all was when the hotel manager warned Phryne and Sasha, in dishabille, that the police were there to search the hotel room and the way Phryne handled the entire episode!
No idea. "Phryne Come to Melbourne" ?
I've read a number of Phryne Fisher books thanks to discovering her during an audible sale. I just love them. This is one of the best because it is the first, and running characters populating later books who are basically members of Phryne's "posse" are introduced in this book: Dot, Bert & Cec, Dr. MacMillan, Detective-Inspector Robinson...
As a fan of the television series, I wanted to love this but the characters were vastly different in my opinion. It's not a book I would normally pick up, so maybe I'm just not the target audience!
As most of the world I first met Phryne Fisher series via my locat PBS station, here in DC, WETA and WETAUK. The plot lines in her book are organized a bit differently than the TV Series, actually they give you more of the details to Phryne and her life, that you don't get in the 60 mins segment on TV. As a lover of mysteries, I was completely entranced by the book, so much so that I went past my bedtime many nights.. stitching and listening.
The reader Stephanie Daniel's really makes the story really come alive, with her different accents for the Russian's Sasha and Dutchess, and common voice of Dot and others. She made all of it seem so real, and even gave more character to Bert and Cec.
I cannot recommend this series more highly. You will not regret your purchase, I didn't I even have the next to downloaded and ready to go...
What a great read! I stumbled upon this as a TV series on Netflix and I am thrilled to say this is one of those rare instances where both book and TV are fantastic! If you love strong female leads and great mystery start this series!