Murder on the Ballarat Train by Kerry Greenwood
A Phryne Fisher Mystery

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When the Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher arranges to travel inland to Ballarat for the week, she eschews the open-road excitement of her red Hispano-Suiza for the stately safety of the train. But as the passengers sleep, they are poisoned with chloroform! Phryne keeps her wits about her and saves her fellow travelers, but is left a hodgepodge of clues to piece together: a young girl who remembers nothing—not even why she's aboard; whispered rumors of white slavery and black magic; and the body of an old woman, lying beside the tracks. Then there's the rowing team and the choristers, all deliciously engaging young men. At first they seem like such a pleasant diversion…
 

About Kerry Greenwood

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Kerry Greenwood is the author of more than 40 novels and six non-fiction books. Among her many honors, Ms. Greenwood has received the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award from the Crime Writers’ Association of Australia. When she is not writing she is an advocate in Magistrates’ Courts for the Legal Aid Commission. She is not married, has no children and lives with a registered Wizard.
 
Published January 1, 1991 by McPhee Gribble. 151 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels, Young Adult, Crime. Fiction

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The third Phryne Fisher mystery is one of the standouts of the series, effortlessly matching a compelling plot with its irresistible heroine. Fisher and her faithful companion, Dot, narrowly escape de

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Australian author Greenwood’s fine Phryne Fisher mystery combines suspense and humor with a taut race to unmask a master assassin before he can strike again.

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Set in the 1920s, Australian author Greenwood's U.S. debut introduces the engaging Phryne Fisher, an independent, unconventional PI whose competence and unflappability call to mind Dorothy Sayers's Harriet Vane.

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While fans of Australian author Greenwood's light and humorous Phryne Fisher mystery series (Cocaine Blues, etc.) may expect the plot to be subordinate to the heroine's displays of wit and libido, the degree to which that is the case this time out makes this a less successful entry than most.

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Fisher and her faithful companion, Dot, narrowly escape death while riding on a train when Fisher awakens to find chloroform fumes have rendered the other passengers unconscious-before succumbing herself.

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The third Phryne Fisher mystery is one of the standouts of the series, effortlessly matching a compelling plot with its irresistible heroine. Fisher and her faithful companion, Dot, narrowly escape de

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She eats what she pleases, dresses as she pleases, and dallies with handsome young men as she pleases.

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