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Murder on the Ballarat Train: A Phryne Fisher Mystery [Paperback]

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Pages   151
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 15, 2007
Publisher   Poisoned Pen Press
ISBN  1590584058  
EAN  9781590584057  

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Phryne is giving her red Hispano-Suiza a break: this week she is travelling by train to Ballarat. But what should have been the trip of her dreams, soon turns into the stuff of nightmares. Phryne has to use her Beretta .32 to save her life and that of her traveling companion Dot. And someone has poisoned the other passengers with chloroform.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kerry Greenwood's novels include the Corinna Chapman series and the Phryne Fisher mysteries, recently made into an acclaimed TV program currently in its second series (Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries). She is also the author of many books for young adults, the Delphic Women series and" Out Of The Black Land, " a novel of ancient Egypt." Murder and Mendelssohn" is the 20th Phryne Fisher mystery and her 62nd novel. She is not married, has no children, lives with a registered Wizard, and when she is not writing she stares blankly out the window

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A fabulously fun mystery series.  Jul 17, 2008
I started reading the Phryne Fisher series when a friend gave me the first title recently and I haven't been able to stop! This is yet another creative and entertaining installment in the series. What a blast to read about a heroine who is earthy, intelligent, independent, open-minded and successful - all in the 1920's!
even better than cocaine blues  Nov 17, 2007
I thought I was so grateful to have found Cocaine Blues. Miss Fisher keeps getting better.
Murder on a train  Aug 28, 2007
The third installment of the Phryne Fisher series 'Murder on the Ballarat Train' begins quite literally, with a bang, when Phryne decides to leave Melbourne with her trusty and reliable companion Dot, and travels by train leaving behind her beautiful, fast Hispano-Suiza. Some sinister plot is afoot and Phryne has to shoot out the window of a train compartment to save the passengers. Thus begins the highly amusing investigation into an old lady's murder and a child's background suffering from amnesia and now given into Phryne's care. As the previous books, the story is vastly entertaining and Phryne solves the cases with her usual flair and common sense. The cast of secondary characters is growing and they are immensely likable, as is the heroine. I would definitely recommend reading the series in their publishing order as each of the characters becomes more rounded and a full picture begins to build.
Amusing Throwback to the Golden Age  Mar 8, 2007
"Murder on the Ballarat Train" hearkens back to the English Golden Age of Mysteries, where amateur detectives work hand in glove with obsequious police officers, the servants tip their caps and serve tea and where college boys are not louts and college girls are not sluts. Golden, in this book, if you overlook the stomping of a corpse, the rape and sexual enslavement of girls and the detective's requited lust for college boys.

Weighing in at a mere 150 pages, this 1991 Australian vintage, imported and published last year by Poisoned Pen Press, is set in the late 1920s and features the Honorable Phryne (pronounced Fry-knee) Fisher. This Carrie Bradshaw of Melbourne is slim, successful and acerbic, especially on the subject of unruly children. She carries herself like a duchess, except when she's trolling bawdy houses to hunt for missing girls, or mingling with the members of the college rowing squad in her pursuit of a murderer. Except for her unabashed admiration for the male gender, there's little else that distinguishes her, but she's surrounded by enough interesting characters that it doesn't matter.

The mystery centers around a verbally abusive harridan who is tossed from a train after her daughter's been gassed with chloroform. Miss Fisher is in the same car (and nearly overcome herself), but effects a rescue and is drawn into the investigation. But there's not much of an investigation, and the case quickly gets shunted aside for Miss Fisher to deal with an abandoned child who she takes into her home. This leads elsewhere for awhile and to the aforesaid collegians, until it's all brought together near the end.

There's some grim material about white slavery, and the story threatens to fall apart when the old tropes that were moldy in that era reappear, and especially when Miss Fisher draws a conclusion out of thin air, but by that time you're either rolling with Miss Fisher and her crew -- enjoying a time when motoring is still new, murders were few and notorious and the college boys wonder if they should admit girls into their glee club so they could sing the Brahms "Liebeslieder" -- or you've already set it aside to return to Christie or Sayers or Marsh.
Another Runaway for Phyrne  Jan 9, 2007
Love this series. It's always something new but Phyrne and her 'gang' are always reliable. Kerry Greenwod captures the spirit of this character and you become submersed in the caper.

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