The first of Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher series introduces this unique and intriguing character, who eschews the London society scene of the 1920s to become a detective in Melbourne, Australia. Greenwood’s Australia-based mysteries are now almost all available from Poison Pen Press in the United States, and they are a real treat. Phyrne Fisher is a feisty, smart and flashy woman with as much sense as she has money and a real flair for the dramatic. The books drop one into the somewhat unfamiliar cultural setting of Australia of the 1920s and learning a bit about that world, its people, its culture and traditions is part of the fun. You’ll have to take a bit of time to get yourself acclimated! This first book explains how Phryne found her way back to Australia to do a bit of sleuthing on a lark and discovers that she is rather good at it. This is a fun series with a unique voice and clever characters. Recommended by Sarah Young.
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.