fisherPhryne Fisher by Kerry Greenwood
Release Date: April 1, 2007
Publisher: Poison Pen Press
Source: Library
Rating: starstarstarstarblank_star
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This is where it all started! The first classic Phryne Fisher mystery, featuring our delectable heroine, cocaine, communism and adventure. Phryne leaves the tedium of English high society for Melbourne, Australia, and never looks back.

The London season is in full fling at the end of the 1920s, but the Honorable Phryne Fisher–she of the green-grey eyes, diamant garters and outfits that should not be sprung suddenly on those of nervous dispositions–is rapidly tiring of the tedium of arranging flowers, making polite conversations with retired colonels, and dancing with weak-chinned men. Instead, Phryne decides it might be rather amusing to try her hand at being a lady detective in Melbourne, Australia.

Almost immediately from the time she books into the Windsor Hotel, Phryne is embroiled in mystery: poisoned wives, cocaine smuggling rings, corrupt cops and communism–not to mention erotic encounters with the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse–until her adventure reaches its steamy end in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street. – Goodreads

Review:

I am in the middle of a love affair with all things post World War I, pre World War II. It has nothing to do with the fact I was a history major and has everything to do with Downton Abbey. THANKS LAUREN. Because of my love affair with Downton Abbey and a recommendation from a coworker, I found Ms. Phryne Fisher. Phryne (pronounced Fry-knee) is light years ahead of her time. She is progressive, knows what she should say and then doesn’t because she doesn’t agree with it. She sleeps with numerous men, until she finally settles down with one many books into the series and then defends him to everyone because many think he isn’t worthy to her status.

The thing about Phryne is there are many things that bother me about her. When reading this series I often feel like you shouldn’t like her, but you do. Because she is awesome, rarely takes no, scares almost all of her friends and staff. Plus, while being awesome she solves murders. She doesn’t set out to solve murders; Phryne is really good at being in the wrong place at the wrong time Yet with the help of a lovely police officer (Detective Inspector John Robinson: ‘call me Jack, everyone else does,’) her staff (Butler, Mrs. Butler and Dot) and friends she solves murders. I have yet to solve one of the murders before she does, which I always find to be a plus when reading mystery novels. So yes, this review is supposed to be about the first book in the series, but I can’t recommend the first book without recommending the series.