Murder on the Ballarat Train

Murder on the Ballarat Train

eBook - 1992
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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 the passengers' lives. As they 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 with 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: New York :, McPhee Gribble,, 1992
ISBN: 9781464206221
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Dec 26, 2017

One of the worst books I've read. Author did not know whether she wanted to write an erotica or a detective. The mix that she produced is neither or. It is impossible to read, the plot is ridiculous, the main character is not likable nor logical. Author is also seem to be fascinated with child rapists, she always puts them in the books and seems to be enjoying describing them. Save your time and read something else

Dec 06, 2016

(The third book in the Phryne Fisher series)

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 for a helpful glossary.

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.

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!

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.

Nov 10, 2015

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

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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