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Murder on the Ballarat Train: A Phryne Fisher Mystery | [Kerry Greenwood]

Murder on the Ballarat Train: A Phryne Fisher Mystery

In Phryne's third adventure, Phryne is off to Ballarat for a week of fabulousness, but the sedate journey by train turns out to be far from the restful trip she was planning. What was planned as a restful country sojourn turns into the stuff of nightmares: a young girl who can't remember anything, rumours of vile white slavery and the body of an old woman missing her emerald rings.
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Publisher's Summary

In Phryne's third adventure, Phryne is off to Ballarat for a week of fabulousness, but the sedate journey by train turns out to be far from the restful trip she was planning. What was planned as a restful country sojourn turns into the stuff of nightmares: a young girl who can't remember anything, rumours of vile white slavery, and the body of an old woman missing her emerald rings. And Phryne is at the centre, working through the clues to arrive at the incredible truth before another murder is committed. Fortunately, Phryne can still find a little time for a discreet dalliance and the delicious diversion of that rowing team of young men.

Solve another case with Phryne Fisher.

©1991 Kerry Greenwood (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

What the Critics Say

"This latest mystery to feature the irrepressible Phryne Fisher, Melbourne's uninhibited 1920s private detective, begins with Phryne saving the lives of a group of travelers when someone chloroforms their train compartments. Unfortunately, an elderly woman is discovered missing and then found murdered. It's left to Phryne to unmask the killer while rescuing a young girl who suffers from amnesia. This series continues to offer a feisty main character and a vividly created and definitely unusual historical setting - the flapper Down Under." (Booklist)

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    Kathi 05-31-13
    Kathi 05-31-13 Member Since 2010

    Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.

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    "Phryne's back--another really fun listen!"

    This is a delightful series--entertaining characters, perfectly paced, colorful settings & escapades, amusing romantic romps, and oh yes--always a mystery to solve as well. Stephanie Daniel reads these books so well--and along with the peppy accompanying 20's style music--they make the perfect complement to the writing. (In fact, after listening to the first three books in the series, I doubt reading one would be as good!)

    In this book, Phryne is riding with Dot, her companion, on a train--when the entire car is sedated by chloroform being sent through the ventilation system. Phryne practically single-handedly rescues most of the people herself (no surprise, if you know Phryne from past books), and immediately is immersed in the crime (murder of one of the passengers). This leads to all sorts of complications as side issues--including the introduction of two girls whom I presume we will see in future books. (Don't know, since I'm listening to them in order). Agatha Christie would have loved this book, with it's modern style of writing about a crime on a train--taking place in her era :-)

    There is everything to love about this series and this book. The only reason I gave the story 4 stars instead of 5 this time was because it was WAY to easy to finger the culprit early on. However, even if the culprit had been named in the first paragraph, this book would still be a super read/listen. It has a kind of charm to it that simply captivates my imagination. Highly recommend!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy J Tornado Alley OK 02-22-13
    Nancy J Tornado Alley OK 02-22-13 Member Since 2011

    Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover

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    "What fun! A romp through 1920s Australia"

    The Phryne Fisher series is great fun, featuring a heroine who is beautiful, smart, sophisticated, wealthy, independent, courageous and funny. As indicated by the title, this installment features a murder committed on a train under mysterious circumstances. Phryne, of course, takes the lead in solving the murder with great panache. She is assisted in various ways by her maid Pat, her friend Inspector Robinson, and her pet taxi drivers and investigators Bert and Cec. Along the way, she acquires two adopted daghters (Jane and Ruth), a cat (Embers), and the obligatory new lover (this one a young law student).

    These books are lighthearted and filled with atmosphere. However, each book does deal with a serious subject. In this case, it is sex trafficking of young girls.

    Phryne is the epitome of the independent woman of the 1920s, displaying great elan, living life on her own terms, and breezing through all challenges and difficulties. The very essence of Phryne is enhanced by the wonderful performances of Stephanie Daniel, who depicts Phryne's character exactly with a breezy, self-assured voice that is perfect for these books.

    Highly recommended for a lighthearted break from all those dark mysteries and thrillers.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Yvette 03-12-10
    Yvette 03-12-10
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    "First book with Jane & Ruth - Great!"

    The book opens with an entire train-car being drugged, and things just keep getting better - or worse if you're the victim. Phryne is fun & sophisticated as usual, and the story is never boring - I love this series! Plus, this is the book in which we meet Jane & Ruth & Ember the cat!!! If you've never met Phryne Fisher before, imagine James Bond & the Saint mixed together, and then make that person into a beautiful woman in 1920's Melbourne, Australia. Add to that mix Stephanie Daniel, a fabulous reader who makes a great book even better. This book is definitely credit-worthy, and so is the entire series. I just wish that Audible would get the few that it does not have yet.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    E.D. California 10-17-12
    E.D. California 10-17-12 Member Since 2008

    Goldenthreads

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    "A real Whodunit"

    This series came to me out of left field. I got Book 2 on a Sale and now I'm hooked. These are excellent mysteries, great characters, and just enough "Cozy" to be satisfying. Don't get me wrong, the main character is edgy, more than modern. These are well crafted, and deal with some very seamy stuff. Rather than taking a formula list of items and forcing them into an outline, these plots are CRAFTED seamlessly into a fine, smooth story. This is NOT your "Grocery Store Checkout Line Romance." These are BOOKS. Very entertaining, and well written.
    That said, the mysterious death on a train at night and you are off on an amazing and dangerous adventure. How was it done? Who did it? Why? I couldn't out guess it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    CatBookMom 04-16-13
    CatBookMom 04-16-13
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    "Outstanding!"

    I am a huge fan of the Phryne Fisher mysteries, both in print and in audio, and this is one of the best. Stephanie Daniel is an excellent narrator, and I cannot say enough about how well she does voices and background, timing and emphasis.

    I've recently listened to a couple of new audio versions of long-time sci-fi/fantasy favorites, and I wish the narrators had listened to Ms Daniel as a training exercise.

    Very highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dandylion 02-23-13
    Dandylion 02-23-13 Member Since 2011

    rambunctiously soft spoken.

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    "The Bees Knees"

    A tale of murder most fowl ,lucky Miss Fisher outstanding lady detective is on the
    case ,never rattled by the horror of a found battered body Miss fisher takes all in stride. I enjoy the humor and and the care and detail to the world and the foke that inhabit these pages ,Stephanie Daniel dose an absolutely superb job at giving each and everyone a personally, I hope you get as much joy out of this as I did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judith Brogue, PA, United States 01-25-12
    Judith Brogue, PA, United States 01-25-12 Member Since 2004
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    "enjoyable and educational"
    Where does Murder on the Ballarat Train rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 20%


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder on the Ballarat Train?

    when murderer is unmasked


    Have you listened to any of Stephanie Daniel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes; always good


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    don't know what a tag line is


    Any additional comments?

    love Phryne Fisher books!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wadie Santa Ana, CA, United States 05-17-14
    Wadie Santa Ana, CA, United States 05-17-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Fabulous Phryne strikes again"

    This is an excellent Phryne Fisher story. The narrator IS Phryne. The usual cast is present and doing as they should. 'nuff said!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. 04-28-14
    L. 04-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "not all its cracked up to be"
    What would have made Murder on the Ballarat Train better?

    plot development. I was hoping that the modern mystery wolud be better.


    Has Murder on the Ballarat Train turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I may try another modern mystery.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Stephanie Daniel?

    Yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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