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SusannaG

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Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari Dr
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages

Cocaine Blues, by Kerry Greenwood

Cocaine Blues - Kerry Greenwood

This is the first volume in a series of historical mysteries (now going on 20 volumes, I think), set in the 1920s, about the Hon. Phryne Fisher, a Bright Young Thing who really is quite bright, and has the utmost confidence in herself, who decides becoming a detective would be fun.

 

She gets her first case from one of London society's worried fathers, concerned that his daughter may be being poisoned by her fortune-seeking husband, so that he can inherit her money.  Miss Fisher takes the case, which involves a move from London to Melbourne, Australia.

 

Miss Fisher has the best wardrobe in town (possibly in all of Australia), diamante garters, birth control, and a discreet little gun, as well as her wits.  But what do cocaine smuggling, an illegal abortionist, a  nouveau riche couple with more money than sense, and Russian dancers have to do with the case?

 

This book is as light and bubbly as a glass of vintage champagne.  The mystery plot itself is not the greatest, but the cast of characters and the setup for the series I found charming.  (I believe Australian TV have made a series out of these books, as well.  That sounds fun, too.)