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This is where it all started! The first of Phryne's adventures from Australia's most elegant and irrepressible sleuth.

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-gray 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.

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About the Author

Kerry Greenwood is the author of more than 40 novels and six nonfiction books. Among her many honors, Kerry was awarded the Sisters in Crime's Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 at its 13th Davitt Awards for Australian women's crime writing, which joins Kerry's previously awarded Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award from the Crime Writers' Association of Australia. When she is not writing she is an advocate in Magistrates' Courts for the Legal Aid Commission. She is not married, has no children, and lives with a registered Wizard.

Reviews

"The growing American audience for Phryne Fisher, Australian author Greenwood's independent 1920s female sleuth, will be delighted that her diverting first mystery is finally available in the U.S. Fisher's off-the-cuff solving of a high society jewel theft leads her to her first professional engagement when a witness to her brilliance asks her to investigate a possible poisoning-in-progress. The detective's admirable willingness to intervene to help those in distress involves her in a variety of other puzzles, including identifying the King of Snow, who has taken over the Melbourne drug trade. Many of the members of Fisher's entourage familiar from later novels make their debuts as well." -Publishers Weekly "The tricky plot, lively writing, likable flapper sleuth, and superb sense of period will delight readers who have already read (or will be motivated to seek) later books in the series already issued by Poisoned Pen." -Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine "With Phryne Fisher, the indefatigable Greenwood has invented the character-you-fall-in-love-with genre." -The Australian "The growing American audience for Phryne Fisher, Australian author Greenwood's independent 1920s female sleuth, will be delighted that her diverting first mystery is finally available in the U.S. Fisher's off-the-cuff solving of a high society jewel theft leads her to her first professional engagement when a witness to her brilliance asks her to investigate a possible poisoning-in-progress. The detective's admirable willingness to intervene to help those in distress involves her in a variety of other puzzles, including identifying the King of Snow, who has taken over the Melbourne drug trade. Many of the members of Fisher's entourage familiar from later novels make their debuts as well." -"Publishers Weekly" "The tricky plot, lively writing, likable flapper sleuth, and superb sense of period will delight readers who have already read (or will be motivated to seek) later books in the series already issued by Poisoned Pen." -"Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine" "With Phryne Fisher, the indefatigable Greenwood has invented the character-you-fall-in-love-with genre." -"The Australian"

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