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on 27 April 2013
Very much enjoyed this book, not intellectually demanding and didn't pretend to be. A little different from the tv series but nothing to throw you as the book clearly came first. Bit of a page turner and has encouraged me to buy more.
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Murder on the Ballarat Train is Kerry Greenwood's third installment in the popular Phryne Fisher series. Ms Greenwood has Phryne dealing with, in her inimitable fashion, matters as diverse as chloroform poisoning, amnesic victims of the child sex trade, kidnapping, mesmerism and murder. Bert and Cec make a useful appearance, and Dot and the Butlers play their usual dependable roles. Phryne takes a youthful lover, adopts two young girls and still manages to solve the cases of amnesia, kidnapping and murder before the week is out. Phryne's train trip may not have been too pleasant, but your journey with her in this novel is guaranteed to be very enjoyable.
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on 11 March 2015
A five star thriller. Good complicated plot. Miss Fisher does not shirk from the seedy sleazy side of life so we have underage girls being procured, vile Madams, decent chaps...all too willing to fall into sexy Phryne's sea green bed...The whole told graphically but with a sense of the goodness that can emerge when the right things are done. In Miss Fisher's world the evil get their just deserts. Very satisfactory. Brilliant writing, conveying time, place, and social ethics without preaching....and with a wry sense of humour to lighten the undoubted horrors. Highly recommended.
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on 22 April 2016
Miss Fisher continues to delight. A crime book that does not threaten to gives nightmares with gruesome detail and description of injury and torture. It is set in early 20th Century Australia and the vibrancy of the new country comes through. The characters are well drawn and develop well. Criminals get their just desserts and all ends reasonably well.
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on 10 April 2013
I enjoyed this book. She is cool character. Am watching series on television at moment and books are mostly the same. Not very big books so didn't take long to read. Will buy more.
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VINE VOICEon 2 January 2014
I bought this book and some others in the same series after watching the TV series that is based upon them.
The books are excellent .....Miss Phryne Fisher is a flapper....she is rich,an honourable and adores beautiful clothes and beautiful men....She is not, however, an airhead. She is an original feminist....self reliant, tough and clever....with an insightful mind and the bravery of a lion.....
In this book a murder happens on a train that Miss Fisher is travelling on and she sets out to investigate what has happened...it has themes of love,distrust,class, child abuse and misogyny within it....so cool...
Each of the books is a stand alone story but using many of the same central characters....They are of particular interest as they are set in Australia.....so more interest there too....
The books are not old....only having been written in the last 15 years or so....They are however, entertaining and a fun mystery read.....Excellent....
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on 13 May 2013
Great fun with interesting people. I would say Phyrne Fisher is the closest I have ever read to a female version of 'The Saint' with the same taste in cars as Simon Templar and similar methods of investigation
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on 27 November 2013
This is a light, almost frothy novel, which I read for pleasure when I want a tale that zips along but doesn't challenge my brain too much. Read it three days ago, and have almost forgotten the plot. Phryne Fisher novels are a bit formulaic, so the intellectual interest is to see the variations within the formula. This also means that it's not a good idea to read too many too close together.
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on 18 July 2014
I started this book and could not put it down. It is one of the easiest book to reed that I have in my collection.I have enjoyed it so much that I must get another. I would recommend this book to any q who like to read at a fast and reckless pace
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on 15 January 2014
Thi is the third book innthe series of Miss Fisher's murder mysteries. apart from a good plot and interesting characters it also developes her own personal life story and sets the scene for further mysteries. I bought the first three books because I watch the YV series and I thoroughly enjoyed them. Good value for money
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