Murder on the Ballarat Train: Miss Phryne Fisher Investigates, Paperback

Murder on the Ballarat Train: Miss Phryne Fisher Investigates Paperback

Part of the Phryne Fisher series

4 out of 5 (1 rating)


Another runaway adventure with glamorous heroine Phryne Fisher! 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!


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781780339542



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This is one where the TV episode follows the book quite closely. Phryne Fisher is on a train going to Ballarat when she is partially wonn by the cloying smell of chloroform. Using her gun she shoots a window and then goes to investigate. Finding several unconscious passengers she also notices that an old obnoxious woman is missing. When the train stops they discover that in fact the woman is dead. They also find a girl with amnesia that Phryne takes under her wing.As the story unfolds Phryne uncovers several plots and enjoys herself as well as puts herself in peril. Deals with some disturbling ideas (child prostitution and slavery) but not too deeply. Entertaining as always.

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