Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood
Published May 22, 2013
- Author Kerry Greenwood
Another book that is the first in a series of crime novels, but this one is a little bit different. Set in what appears to be the flapping 1920s, Phryne Fisher (a terrible name, I must say) heads to Australia and becomes a private investigator. She’s got more money than sense and enough bravery to do the job, managing to gather a collection of characters around her along the way.
I mostly enjoyed the story, and it was fun to read of crime in a different sort of setting, with a different kind of heroine. I liked that Phryne bucked plenty of traditions, driving a fast car, flying a plane, telling people what she really thinks of them even when in polite society. Sometimes I think the story was a bit bogged down in the details - the fashion side didn’t do it for me, so descriptions of the precise colour of things (peacock blue, etc) were unnecessary. All the talk of specific beauty products, powders, plus alcohols and food only just tipped the scale to overdone, but were still more prevalent than I would have liked.
Overall it was an interesting book. I’m not sure I am intrigued enough to read any sequels but I enjoyed what I read and was happy with the neat ending.