Greenwood, Kerry: Cocaine Blues

More backlog clearing: Kerry Greenwood’s Cocaine Blues is the first in the Phryne Fisher mystery series, set in Australia in the 1920s. I got it one day when it was free from Amazon and heard it recommended by various people.

This was very fluffy and not very difficult, as mysteries go. I don’t mind the wish-fulfillment fantasies that are Phryne’s life, but I found the book’s head-hopping very distracting, and I am pretty dubious about the villain being (spoilers, ROT-13) rvgure na rivy nfrkhny be fbzrbar rkgerzryl genhzngvmrq ol frkhny nohfr, naq orvat riraghnyyl birepbzr ol ure bja erihyfvba gbjneq frk. So, not a successful book for me.

There is a TV show that people seem to enjoy, which would at least avoid the head-hopping problem, though I’ve so little time that I can’t imagine I’ll ever get around to it.


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  1. I recently watched the first season of the TV show. I think, if I am correctly matching up adaptation to original (having never read the books myself), that the TV show changed the squiffy plot point you mention. It gets weird about race though.

  2. Thanks for the information, I appreciate it.

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