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Cocaine Blues | [Kerry Greenwood]

Cocaine Blues

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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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)

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    jocelyn melbourne, Australia 10-02-12
    jocelyn melbourne, Australia 10-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A delight for anyone who loves Melbourne"

    A great heroine, good story and visually delightful - can just picture the Melbourne of the era

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    Ursula Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada 06-09-12
    Ursula Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada 06-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The time just flew"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christina Keysborough, Australia 03-07-12
    Christina Keysborough, Australia 03-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Poor narration"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I enjoyed the novel overall. Phryne was a little too two-dimensionally goddess-like for me to really sympathise with the character (surely she has SOME flaws?). I do feel, however, as if I would have enjoyed the content of the story much more if I hadn't found the narration so irritating and had been able to focus more on the plot.


    Would you recommend Cocaine Blues to your friends? Why or why not?

    In this case I would recommend reading the ebook as a fun, lighthearted mystery novel, but recommend against the audio version! This is a shame because I do love audio books as a medium.


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

    Stephanie Daniel's narration had two major drawbacks for me:

    Firstly, she was simply a bad casting choice, as the novel's protagonist and tone are young and vibrant, and her voice made every character and the tone of the novel sound middle-aged.

    Secondly, she uses a frustrating


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    John Portland, Oregon, United States 03-05-12
    John Portland, Oregon, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Miss Fisher begins"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The inimitable Phryne Fisher is an absolute delight, and this book sets her in her time (the roaring twenties), city (the not so roaring Melbourne) and introduces us to her entourage. The plot is a bit clunky at times, but Kerry's series is enchanting and it is fun to see how it all began.


    Would you recommend Cocaine Blues to your friends? Why or why not?

    Absolutely.


    Did Stephanie Daniel do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She did a very good job overall.


    Did Cocaine Blues inspire you to do anything?

    I have already listened to other books in the series, and I am delighted to say that a new TV series is being produced in Melbourne.


    Any additional comments?

    Get yourself immersed in Phyrne Fisher's world. She's a delight.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Toowoomba, Australia 03-05-12
    Susan Toowoomba, Australia 03-05-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Witty, Pithy and Fast"
    If you could sum up Cocaine Blues in three words, what would they be?

    Humorous, Fast, busy


    Which scene was your favorite?

    going to the baby minders hovel


    Who was the most memorable character of Cocaine Blues and why?

    Dot, very real, and thrust into a world she does not understand. She deals with it by adhering to what she knows.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Milperra, Australia 02-20-12
    Alan Milperra, Australia 02-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A NEW PLEASURE"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cocaine Blues to be better than the print version?

    Yes as I am a keen fan of Audio Books as I can moe often find time to listen for small grabs of time than actually read the physical book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The lead Character Phrynne


    What does Stephanie Daniel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A voice that actually suits the Lead Character


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All of the book was exciting, particualrly when I found it was set in Australia


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, I was greatly impressed when I found that this book and twelve others have been made into a 13 part TV series by the ABC [Australian Broadcasting Corporation] in Australia

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    RNeill 02-11-12
    RNeill 02-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Phryne Fisher Rocks!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cocaine Blues to be better than the print version?

    Can't wait listen to the next book in the series.


    What other book might you compare Cocaine Blues to and why?

    One for the Money by Janet Evanovich. Great female herione, fun engaging story that kept you on the edge of your seat.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The jail scene. She just takes it a step too far. Sooo fun!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Absolutely Brillant!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peter perth, Australia 11-24-11
    Peter perth, Australia 11-24-11 Member Since 2008
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    "a first book"

    great listen and enjoyable story line with complex but nice heroine , liked the supporting cast almost as much and sure to develop further later on in the series ..

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    Norman Wendth Lancaster, MA United States 03-03-11
    Norman Wendth Lancaster, MA United States 03-03-11 Member Since 2003

    I'm a retired college professor in love with books in all formats.

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    "Some lovely touches but???"

    Much of this book I liked. The basic story was full of fun possibilities, the heroine unexpected and herself a fun possibility for future adventures. Best of all, to me, was the sense of humor that pervaded.

    However, the story is less developed than it should be. There are so few suspects available that the "mystery" was far too easy to figure out and I got annoyed at how long it sometimes took the heroine to catch on. This apparently is first in a series, and that series has promise, but this opening listens like a first novel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susie Buggs Wisconsin 10-22-10
    Susie Buggs Wisconsin 10-22-10 Member Since 2008

    Susie Buggs

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    "Not Impressed"

    Phryne Fisher is the female version of a pompous ass. I so disliked the lead character that it spoiled what could have been a quite enjoyable story. The plot was a bit questionable. How did she magically drop into just the right places and meet just the right people to further her investigation? But beyond that I just did not find her supposedly free spirited and bold personality at all appealing. She's too much like one of those popular and nasty high school girls who rule the social roost and pass judgement on the peasants around her. I won't be buying the next one in the series.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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