Phryne Fisher

21 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,256 ratings

Cocaine Blues 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
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  • Book 1

    • Cocaine Blues

    • By: Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
    • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A positively delightful find

    • By Alexis on 24-12-12

    Regular price: £22.99

  • Book 2

    • Flying Too High

    • A Phryne Fisher Mystery
    • By: Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
    • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64

    Danger, excitement and love - this is how the glamorous Phryne Fisher is determined to live her life in her second enticing adventure. Walking the wings of a Tiger Moth plane in full flight ought to be enough excitement for most people, but not Phryne Fisher, amateur detective, woman of mystery, as delectable as the finest chocolate and as sharp as razor blades.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • More Phyrne please

    • By Anonymous User on 30-10-09

    Regular price: £22.99

  • Book 3

    • Murder on the Ballarat Train

    • A Phryne Fisher Mystery
    • By: Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
    • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67

    In Phryne's third adventure, Phryne is off to Ballarat for a week of fabulousness, but the sedate journey by train turns out to be far from the restful trip she was planning. What was planned as a restful country sojourn turns into the stuff of nightmares: a young girl who can't remember anything, rumours of vile white slavery and the body of an old woman missing her emerald rings.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant

    • By kitty67 on 05-06-16

    Regular price: £22.99

  • Book 4

    • Death at Victoria Dock

    • A Phryne Fisher Mystery
    • By: Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
    • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60

    The devastating Phryne Fisher is under fire again in her fourth mystery. A very young man with muddied hair, a pierced ear and a blue tattoo lies cradled in Phryne's arms. But sadly it's not another scene of glorious seduction – this time it's death. The Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher, beautifully dressed in loose trousers, a cream silk shirt and a red-fox fur has just had her windscreen shot out inches in front of her divine nose.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent as usual

    • By Mrs. Rm Walters on 01-10-14

    Regular price: £22.99

  • Book 5

    • The Green Mill Murder

    • A Phryne Fisher Mystery
    • By: Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48

    Phryne Fisher is doing one of her favorite things -dancing at the Green Mill (Melbourne's premier dance hall) to the music of Tintagel Stone's Jazzmakers, the band who taught St Vitus how to dance. And she's wearing a sparkling lobelia-coloured georgette dress. Nothing can flap the unflappable Phryne -especially on a dance floor with so many delectable partners. Nothing except death, that is.

    Regular price: £22.99

  • Book 6

    • Blood and Circuses

    • A Phryne Fisher Mystery
    • By: Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
    • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    The Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher is feeling dull. But is shebored enough to leave her identity, her home and family behind and join Farrell’s Circus and Wild Beast Show? There have beenstrange things happening at the circus. And when Phryne is asked by her friends – Samson the Strong Man, Alan the carousel operator and Doreen the Snake Woman – to help them, curiosity gets the better of her.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Not my favourite

    • By Torlus on 08-07-16

    Regular price: £22.99

  • Book 7

    • Ruddy Gore

    • A Phryne Fisher Mystery
    • By: Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
    • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    The glorious Phryne Fisher returns to the spotlight in her seventh adventure. Fisher is an independent, unconventional PI with competence, unflappability and flamboyance in equal measures.

    Running late to the Hinkler gala performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore, she meets some thugs in a dark alley and handles them convincingly before they can ruin her silver dress.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Unable to immerse myself in this story

    • By Rosie on 26-03-18

    Regular price: £19.69

  • Book 8

    • Urn Burial

    • A Phryne Fisher Mystery
    • By: Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
    • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53

    Phryne Fisher, scented and surprisingly ruthless, is not one to let sleuthing a horrific crime get in the way of an elegant dalliance. The redoubtable Phryne Fisher is holidaying at Cave House, a Gothic mansion in the heart of the Victorian mountain country. But the peaceful country surroundings mask danger. Her host is receiving death threats, lethal traps are set without explanation around the house and the parlour maid is found strangled to death.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • fabulous!!!!! i love miss fisher murder mysteries

    • By susii on 25-06-17

    Regular price: £22.99

  • Book 9

    • Raisins and Almonds

    • A Phryne Fisher Mystery
    • By: Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
    • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    In investigating the poisoning of a young man in a bookshop at the Eastern Market, and the wrongful arrest of one Miss Sylvia Lee, Phryne Fisher is plunged into a world of Jewish politics, alchemy, poison, and chicken soup. Stopping only for a brief but intensely erotic dalliance with the beautiful Simon Abrahams, Phryne picks her way through the mystery with help from the old faithfuls: Bert, Cec, Dot, and Detective Inspector "Call Me Jack" Robinson.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Worth a listern

    • By Lynne on 05-04-10

    Regular price: £22.99

  • Book 10

    • Death Before Wicket

    • By: Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
    • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    It all sounds simple enough as Phryne sets new investigations into motion. But when greed and fear are the motivating factors, people become ruthless and Phyrne quickly finds herself enmeshed in blackmail, secrets, lies and the dangerous influences of deep magic.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • GREAT PERIOD FUN THRILLER

    • By R on 30-06-09

    Regular price: £19.69

  • Book 11

    • Away with the Fairies

    • A Phryne Fisher Mystery
    • By: Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
    • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 39

    Phryne Fisher is asked to investigate the death of a famous author and illustrator of fairy stories. She takes a job within the women's magazine that employed the victim. While Phryne is learning the ins- and-outs of magazine publishing first hand, her personal life is thrown into chaos. While waiting for her lover Lin Chung's return from a silk-buying expedition to China, she receives an unusual summons from Lin Chung's family followed by a series of mysterious assaults and warnings.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Away with the fairies.

    • By c.silk on 11-06-17

    Regular price: £19.49

  • Book 12

    • Murder in Montparnasse

    • By: Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    The divine Phryne Fisher returns to lead another dance of intrigue. Seven Australian soldiers, carousing in Paris in 1918, unknowingly witness a murder and their presence has devastating consequences. Ten years later, two are dead ... under very suspicious circumstances. Phryne's wharfie mates, Bert and Cec, appeal to her for help. They were part of this group of soldiers in 1918 and they fear for their lives and for those of the other three men.

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  • Book 13

    • The Castlemaine Murders

    • A Phryne Fisher Mystery
    • By: Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
    • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    Phryne Fisher, her sister Beth, and her faithful maid Dot take a trip to an amusement park with Phryne's two daughters Ruth and Jane. But in the dusty dark Ghost Train, a mummified bullet-studded corpse falls to the ground in front of them. Digging to the bottom of this long-standing mystery takes her to the country town of Castlemaine where it soon becomes obvious that someone is trying to muzzle her investigations. Meanwhile, Phryne's lover Lin Chung has his own mystery to solve.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good fun.

    • By robert on 25-03-17

    Regular price: £20.69

  • Book 14

    • Queen of the Flowers

    • A Phryne Fisher Mystery
    • By: Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
    • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 32

    With more than a dash of glamour and serious helpings of style, the witty and courageous Phryne Fisher returns. In 1928 St Kilda’s streets hang with fairy lights. Magic shows, marionettes, tea dances, tango competitions, life-saving demonstrations, lantern shows, and picnics on the beach are all part of the Flower Parade. And who else should be chosen to be Queen of the Flowers but the gorgeous, charming and terribly fashionable Hon Phryne Fisher?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Better than the TV!

    • By Caryl L. Dyson on 08-07-13

    Regular price: £22.99

  • Book 15

    • Death By Water

    • A Phryne Fisher Mystery
    • By: Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    The divine Phryne Fisher returns in the 15th seductive installment in the classic Phryne Fisher whodunnit series. This one includes shipboard romances, champagne cocktails, erotic photographers, jealous husbands, mickey finns, blackmail, and attempted murder.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant period drama thriller

    • By r on 10-11-08

    Regular price: £22.99

  • Book 16

    • Murder in the Dark

    • A Phryne Fisher Mystery
    • By: Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
    • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38

    The delectable Phryne Fisher has been invited to the Last Best party of 1928. When three of the guests are kidnapped, Phryne finds she must puzzle her way through the scavenger hunt clues to retrieve the hostages. This is another sparkling mystery from Australia's Queen of Crime, Kerry Greenwood.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wodehouse meets Christie

    • By Lynne on 02-10-09

    Regular price: £13.79

  • Book 17

    • Murder on a Midsummer Night

    • By: Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
    • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50

    Melbourne, Australia, 1929. The year starts off for glamorous private investigator Phryne Fisher with a rather trying heat wave and more mysteries than you could prod a parasol at. Simultaneously investigating the apparent suicide death of a man on St Kilda beach and trying to find a lost, illegimate child who could be heir to a wealthy old woman's fortune, Phryne needs all her wits about her, particularly when she has to tangle with a group of thoroughly unpleasant Bright Young Things.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another great story by Kerry Greenwood

    • By Grandma4919 on 10-07-15

    Regular price: £23.69

  • Book 18

    • Dead Man's Chest

    • A Phryne Fisher Mystery
    • By: Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
    • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    Travelling at high speed in her beloved Hispano-Suiza, accompanied by her maid and trusted companion, Dot; her two adoptive daughters, Jane and Ruth; and their dog, Molly, The Hon Miss Phryne Fisher is off to Queenscliff. She'd promised everyone a nice holiday by the sea with absolutely no murders, but when they arrive at their rented accommodation that doesn't seem likely at all.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Well read mostly.... Some dodgy pronunciation

    • By Sar on 08-06-18

    Regular price: £22.99

  • Book 19

    • Unnatural Habits

    • By: Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
    • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 39

    29: Girls are going missing in Melbourne. Little, pretty golden-haired girls. And not just pretty. Three of them are pregnant, poor girls from the harsh confines of the Magdalene Laundry. People are getting nervous. Polly Kettle, a pushy, self-important Girl Reporter with ambition and no sense of self-preservation, decides to investigate - and promptly goes missing herself. It's time for Phryne and Dot to put a stop to this and find Polly Kettle before something quite irreparable happens to all of them

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant book

    • By Mrs. Rm Walters on 17-03-14

    Regular price: £16.39

  • Book 20

    • Murder and Mendelssohn

    • A Phryne Fisher Mystery
    • By: Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
    • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47

    An orchestral conductor has been found dead and Detective Inspector Jack Robinson needs the delightfully incisive and sophisticated Miss Fisher's assistance. Hugh Tregennis has been murdered in a most flamboyant mode by a killer with a point to prove. But how many killers is Phryne really stalking? At the same time, the dark curls and disdainful air of mathematician and code-breaker Rupert Sheffield are taking Melbourne by storm. They've certainly taken the heart of Phryne's old friend from the trenches of WWI, John Wilson. Phryne recognises Sheffield as a man who attracts danger and is determined to protect John from harm.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Lost the story line?

    • By S. Phipps on 19-09-13

    Regular price: £19.69

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