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Cocaine Blues Audiobook

Cocaine Blues

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

“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)

What Members Say

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    Crispin Haskins 08-12-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Class Act All Around"

    Excellent voice work by the reader delivers this tale that is both engaging and exciting. A lot of fun!

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    O. Campbell Florence, Italy 06-16-15
    O. Campbell Florence, Italy 06-16-15
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    "Good story, narrator not great"

    The lady who reads the story has an annoying way of turning up at the end of almost every sentence. You get used to it after a while, but it grates on you a bit

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    Rosie 06-16-15
    Rosie 06-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Charming!"

    A lovely, well-written and engrossing whodunnit in a charming period setting. A very worthwhile listen.

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    Maya 03-22-15
    Maya 03-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful!"

    Simply wonderful! The narrator was quite amazing. Such an incredible story with equally amazing characters! I highly recommend this book.

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    MB of Brooklyn Brooklyn, NY USA 03-05-15
    MB of Brooklyn Brooklyn, NY USA 03-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Reader not right"

    This series is based in Australia, yet reader doesn't try in the least to bring any accent into her reading. Really takes a great deal from story.

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    Tim Gee 02-22-15
    Tim Gee 02-22-15 Member Since 2003
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    "Very Enjoyable"

    Good listen. Very enjoyable even if you've seen this episode in the TV series; very interesting differences

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    Debbie Pleasant Garden, NC, United States 02-05-15
    Debbie Pleasant Garden, NC, United States 02-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "I love the series Miss Fishers Murder Mystery"

    Yes as above I've enjoyed two seasons of the series on Netflix. So I wanted to listen to the books.

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    James Audubon, NJ, United States 02-03-15
    James Audubon, NJ, United States 02-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A lot like the show."

    It's good. The sound editor should have cleaned it up a bit more though.

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    Monika 01-21-15
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    "Great Fun!"

    This series was recommended to us and we purchased book two before we even took a ride in the red roadster!

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    Kristina Cedar Rapids, IA, USA 07-19-14
    Kristina Cedar Rapids, IA, USA 07-19-14 Member Since 2009
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    "THIS SERIES IS WORTH THE CREDITS/CASH"
    Would you listen to Cocaine Blues again? Why?

    Definitely. I have all but 5 books of the series in my library and I can't gush enough about the stories or the narrator. Even though I know who the murderer (or criminal) is at the end, Phryne's spirit and integrity and bad-ass class is enough to keep me around, even if it's hanging around listening to stories I've heard before. (After all, isn't that what we do for our friend's? Listen to the same stories over and over?)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Phryne and Dot and the Butler's, Jack Russell, and the doctor, and...all of them. Phryne is my hero and I would like to believe that I'd be that bad ass in the same situation as her's: tons o' money but making the world a better place.


    Have you listened to any of Stephanie Daniel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    As above, I've got all but 5 of the Phryne series in my library and I love them all.


    If you could take any character from Cocaine Blues out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Phryne; she would know the best place to go and the best dishes and she would be known and feared/loved by the chef so I know we'd get something excellent. I imagine she would also be full of great stories and I'd be willing to listen to them all.


    Any additional comments?

    I initially held off listening to this series. I'd just completed Kerry Greenwood's "Corinna Chapman" series and being so enamored of that series, I was afraid that this one wouldn't measure up, but I am so glad I took the chance and began listening. I love British and Australian accents so I was in bliss for the couple of months it took to get through both series.

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  • Alexis
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    12/24/12
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    "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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  • Jax
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    6/3/14
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ms Lixie
    London, United Kingdom
    1/29/14
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    "A little monotone but a good story"
    What did you like most about Cocaine Blues?

    The Miss Fisher character was well developed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cocaine Blues?

    Using sex to save the day.


    Have you listened to any of Stephanie Daniel’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    The narrator was the downside with this recording. I found her voices a bit hard to stomach and suspect this is a case of just not liking her voice. But if you listen to the sample and don't mind it you'll enjoy the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I came to these books the wrong way round - having watched the Miss Fisher TV series from Australia first. I couldn't help comparing the characters with those I'd seen on TV. The book comes off really well with lots of touches that would not have worked on tv but which you can do in a book without seeming silly. Well, not too silly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Okilpokim
    3/20/16
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    "Quirky and enjoyable"

    Not quite in the league of Agatha Christie but definitely arousing and clever. nice work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sam Watts
    11/23/15
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    "fun mystery"

    loved every minute of this book. its read with clarity and enthusiasm. I'll be reading more of this series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • elly gausden
    London, United Kingdom
    5/16/15
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    "Weirdly long gaps mid sentence in reading"

    The story is great, different enough from TV show to be interesting, and the narrator is fine, but the editing is dreadful. Gaps of several seconds occur mid-sentence, so much so you think playback has stopped

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle
    4/4/15
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    "Not too good"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I didn't really enjoy this book. Story was a bit dull and the narrator spoke like a darlek although she was good at different voices, but general narration was awful.


    What could Kerry Greenwood have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    More action!


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Stephanie Daniel?

    Diana Rigg


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think I'll be listening to this series again, far too dull.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    Nuneaton, United Kingdom
    9/29/12
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    "Promising start"

    An interesting series being set up here, though the plot owes much to improbable coincidences. The ending comes as no surprise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alex
    Kingston, Ontario, Canada
    3/26/15
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    "Get Ready to Really Suspend Disbelief"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    If you wish a relaxing listen to a cartoonihs-type story, then this is for you.


    What didn’t you like about Stephanie Daniel’s performance?

    Her narration was flat and her Australian accent non-existent.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was quite preposterous. If you are really prepared to suspend belief beyond belief and are looking for a very light listen, then okay.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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