The beginnings of Phryne Fisher, the lady detective Edit
It all started in 1989 with the first Phryne Fisher book Cocaine Blues written by Kerry Greenwood. Set in Greenwood's home city of Melbourne, Australia -- the book was such a success that she was inspired to write a whole series. As of 2014, there are now 20 books and one companion book. The ABC (Australian Broadcasting Comission) took notice of the book's success and developed a TV series that debuted in 2012. There are now two released seasons with a third season under development.
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