Murder on the Ballarat Train

Murder on the Ballarat Train

Large Print - 2014
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When Phryne Fisher arranges to go to Ballarat for a week, she eschews the excitement of her Hispano-Suiza for the sedate safety of the train. But as the passengers sleep, they are all overcome by chloroform poisoning. In the morning Phryne is left to piece together all the clues: a young girl suffering from amnesia, the body of an old woman missing her emerald rings and rumours of white slavery and black magic - the last thing Phryne was expecting of this train journey was that she will have to use her trusty Beretta .32 to save lives!
Publisher: Long Preston, North Yorkshire : Magna Large Print Books, 2014, c1991
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9780750538312
Branch Call Number: LPF GRE NVD
Characteristics: 253 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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tsekhovaya
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

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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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