1st in the Phryne Fisher mystery series
by Kerry Greenwood
Poisoned Pen Press, 1989
Adult Historical Mystery
4 cups of tea out of 11
Summary: Phryne goes to Melbourne, Australia because she’s bored of her high-class life. She meets an interesting cast of characters, including a Russian dancer, and gets caught up in an investigation to bust a cocaine ring.
Likes: I liked that this was set in the 1920’s and in Australia. That was different.
Dislikes: It’s pretty obvious who the leader of the cocaine ring is. I also didn’t connect with Phryne. I have trouble with apathetic characters as narrators in general though.
Overall I didn’t hate this but I won’t be continuing the series.
Language – Mild
Drug Use – Medium: smoking, alcohol, cocaine
Sexual – Medium, there’s a sex scene but it isn’t graphically described. You know what’s happening though.
A woman gets an abortion and abortion is discussed.