by Kerry Greenwood
A Phryne Fisher mystery
The first novel in a series, Cocaine Blues introduces readers to Phryne Fisher, a thoroughly modern woman of the 1920s. Sexy and gorgeous, Phryne is a daring detective.
In her first outing, she travels to Melbourne (from London) to investigate Lydia Andrews, whose parents are concerned that she is being poisoned. Once she arrives, Phryne not only investigates the Andrews, husband and wife, but she also helps to arrest an abortionist and break up a cocaine ring. It’s all in a day’s work for Phryne.
And she does it all with great style. The clothing descriptions are magnificent, and Phryne’s bedroom exploits keep things interesting.
I read this after seeing it dramatized on PBS, and I was not disappointed.