My friend Barb suggested a book to me a couple of weeks ago, a mystery/suspense novel by Kerry Greenwood, an Australian writer.
Her character, a woman with the impossible name of the Honourable Phryne(fry-knee) Fisher, has moved back to her native Australia from England. Multiple deaths in WWI of the sons of one aristocratic family left her father an Earl and her with an English education and a fortune.
Cocaine Bluesis her first adventure.
After the Honourable Phryne Fisher solves a country-house jewel robbery in record time, she is asked by Colonel and Mrs. Andrews to look into the matter of their daughter in Australia, who they fear may be being poisoned by her husband. Having grown bored with English social life, Phryne is happy to have an excuse to put off making decisions about her future for the next few months or so, and promptly relocates to Melbourne.
The twenties were roaring in Australia too, if one had money and status. I love the description of Phryne’s clothes and car and jewellery. Greenwood recreates the world of the rich, bored and drugged-up in an adventure with a twist at the end.
Phryne loves beautiful young men and Greenwood doesn’t stint in detailing her heroine’s sexual adventures.
Phryne is engaging, clever, quick-witted and brave. I’ve read books 1 through 5 and recommend them all. The good news is there are twenty all together as well as another series to go.
Available at Amazon.com in paper and e-book.