COCAINE BLUES, by Kerry Greenwood

1/series. Since the London Season is proving so tedious, fashionable-on-the-surface Phrynne Fisher decides to take on Melbourne, Australia, where she agrees to go find a friend’s daughter. But the daughter has vanished, the irate husband is on a drinking spree (having tied the two little girls in the back yard), and Phrynne must discover the lost woman’s whereabouts. Soon there’s a poisoning (to say nothing of poisoned words and poisonous people), cocaine, and an exotic Russian dancer named Sasha who’s as adept horizontally as he is vertically. A romp, a sassy, gun-toting, Poirot-wearing heroine to adore, a 5. See all the books at