Murder on the Ballarat Train

Murder on the Ballarat Train

A Phryne Fisher Mystery

Book - 2006
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When the 1920s' most glamorous lady detective, the Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher, arranges to go to Ballarat for the week, she eschews the excitement of her red Hispano-Suiza racing car for the sedate safety of the train. The last thing she expects is to have to use her trusty Beretta .32 to save lives. As the passengers sleep, they are poisoned with chloroform. Phryne is left to piece together the clues after this restful country sojourn turns into the stuff of nightmares: a young girl who can't remember anything, rumors of white slavery and black magic, and the body of an old woman missing her emerald rings. Then there is the rowing team and the choristers, all deliciously engaging young men. At first they seem like a pleasant diversion....
Publisher: Scottsdale, Ariz. : Poisoned Pen Press, 2006.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9781590582411
1590582411
Branch Call Number: X
Characteristics: 151 p. ; 23 cm.

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maipenrai
Dec 06, 2016

(The third book in the Phryne Fisher series)

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cknightkc
Dec 04, 2016

MURDER ON THE BALLARAT TRAIN is another quick, entertaining period mystery (third in the series) featuring the "unflappable" flapper and sleuth, Phryne Fisher, a woman definitely ahead of her time. Set in one of my favorite countries, Australia, this is the kind of book I like to sandwich between longer, “weightier” reads. Keep handy a dictionary of local slang/terms to get the most out of this series - go to phrynefisher.com for a helpful glossary.

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AtheenWilson
Sep 05, 2016

Unlike the other books in this series that I've read, I enjoyed this book more than I did the TV version this time. This was probably in part because it relied more heavily on character than on setting and period data. It got beyond the "Perils of Pauline" story line, though it relied on it, and focused on character. In short I liked the outcome of the story in the book. It affirmed more than the heroine does, that a woman can have a complete and quite happy life without a man in it. I found that particular individual very believable, probably the most believable of any of the Phryne Fischer characters. Given the post-World War I time period, I would imagine there were probably many women confronted with the issues this one was. It also made me realize more than most of the stories had, how much had been sacrificed by the TV version to fit the story into the requisite time frame and to focus on a central thread of plot.

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Shelley51
Dec 27, 2015

I recently discovered the television show, Miss Fisher's Mystery. I really enjoy the show so I decided to try one of her books. Envisioning the characters made the story more interesting!

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Reading_Right
Nov 28, 2015

Wow. What is it with these women authors? (4th one in a row.) Were they all traumatized and beat by men for 15 years while they were growing up??
Aside from the usual "woman character has to grossly (unrealistically) dominate & physically assault all the bad guys" (all male, all the time), the lead character (female model type) is a tramp who apparently can simultaneously put Superman & Einstein to shame.
Hint: The Hero (or Heroine) should be l-i-k-a-b-l-e.
Other than that, the story is absurd and predictable.

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KatherineHere
Nov 10, 2015

Way different from the TV version. This is the one where she finds Jane, plus another.

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Kettle
Apr 24, 2011

of all the Phyrne Fisher strories, this one is my favourite, I don't know why - perhaps this is where all her characters come into being, but I wouldn't be without this book, I can get lost in it anytime!

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