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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,127 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kerry Greenwood Narrator: Stephanie Daniel Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN:
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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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 2/18/2014

    " Interesting period, but not period mystery...sometimes hard to follow with a lack of knowledge of Australia. (But this was an American edition, so not a language issue) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellen | 2/6/2014

    " An easy read. Entertaining and light. I was not particularly "mesmerized" by Phrynne (honestly I thought it was pronounced Fern) and found her constant sarcasm and know-it-all attitude pretty annoying. I thought the desdcriptions of her clothes and car were the best parts of this very short book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 2/4/2014

    " A great book for those who like a fun, short mystery with camp & style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 1/25/2014

    " If Miss Marple were a flapper.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tequila | 1/22/2014

    " Amazon was quite clever to offer the first book in the Phryne Fisher series, "Cocaine Blues," free on Kindle. There must be over 25 in this series. And unlike most of the heroines in the historical mystery books I love - and not disparaging those characters - Phryne Fisher is a real swashbuckler and Casanova, whether it is seducing college students, pulling out her little pearl-handled pistol or skulking around the docks in disguise. Phyrne Fisher is bad to the bone but you just have to love her as she tears around Flapper-Era Melbourne in her red race car. A lot of new vocabulary as well, though unfortunately some of the hard core Australianisms are not in the Kindle Oxford dictionary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenne | 1/18/2014

    " See, Phryne Fisher is not going to let some guy tell her what to do, unlike SOME PEOPLE. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 alex | 1/10/2014

    " all these are good but this one is definatley the standout "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Val Sanford | 1/10/2014

    " Phyrne is at it again. This time a simple train-ride turns deadly and Phryne, of course, rescues the passengers from a noxious gas filling the train car as it rumbles down the tracks. As she works to find the culprit, she uncovers a ring of monstrous kidnappers bent on stealing young girls to sell to the highest bidder. Her ire is riled, her blood is boiling and soon Bert and Cec are on the case. Silk dresses and silkier cocktails don't get in her way. I wish Myrna Loy was still around to bring Phyrne to live on the silver screen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 1/6/2014

    " Felt quite short, but loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 1/1/2014

    " This was a lot of fun. Admittedly, it was pretty light reading, but the author did a good job of crafting a clever mystery and providing a bright and entertaining portrait of 1920s Australia. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Casey | 12/4/2013

    " I love Phryne Fisher books, and I enjoyed this one. But, she's kind of like James Bond, and sometimes I wish that she was more fallible or had more depth. The books are really fun, and I enjoy reading them after particularly intense books, for a breather. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 12/2/2013

    " A woman is murdered on the "Ballarat Train" and Phryne is right there to help solve the mystery! The plot moves quickly and it is fairly easy to follow! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 11/26/2013

    " Another good mystery from Greenwood. I have read this series out of order so nice to see how Jane and Ember came to be part of her family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 9/20/2013

    " Another light, quick, fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 kenpen | 5/7/2013

    " I'm really enjoying these books. I'm definitely going to keep reading this series. I love Phryne Fisher. She's such a great character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Swanbender2001 | 3/29/2013

    " I love reading the Phryne Fisher books and getting to know more about her escapades and attitudes on life and love. She never lets me down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mnr_t | 12/17/2012

    " Very witty and enjoyable. Great summer fantasy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie_ian_curtis | 11/16/2012

    " introduction of Ruth and Jane "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lemonitsa | 7/3/2012

    " Another wonderful Phryne mystery. This one seemed like it was flowing at a faster pace and at the same time it was a little easier to figure out who the murderer was. I liked learning how Jane and Ruth came to Phryne's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 5/20/2012

    " great book . . . .i read them out of order but thats ok cause Phryne Fisher is a honest, helpful, out going lady of the 1920. it is a must read and it does not take long to get into the books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 4/16/2012

    " Australian crime fiction! 1920's glamorous female detective. Fabulous "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Texaskcr | 1/28/2012

    " A fun discoverry- foor fans of Gladys Mitchell's Mrs. Bradley series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 10/30/2011

    " Very entertaining, Greenwood has a reverence for and a playful engagement with the English language. Phryne Fisher is superb. Divine. Somewhat unrealistic, but lovable nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 3/22/2011

    " Still yummy, although a quick one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 3/1/2011

    " This was a lot of fun. Admittedly, it was pretty light reading, but the author did a good job of crafting a clever mystery and providing a bright and entertaining portrait of 1920s Australia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tasula | 2/24/2011

    " Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher series set in 1920s Australia is amusing- a light, pleasant read. This book is especially quick read at only 150 pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 2/21/2011

    " This was a good introduction to the world of Phryne Fisher and Melbourne of the 1920s. Typical that a bad guy came from my old stomping grounds though. I recommend this as a light and relatively fluffy mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Texaskcr | 1/17/2011

    " A fun discoverry- foor fans of Gladys Mitchell's Mrs. Bradley series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 12/1/2010

    " great book . . . .i read them out of order but thats ok cause Phryne Fisher is a honest, helpful, out going lady of the 1920. it is a must read and it does not take long to get into the books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 10/19/2010

    " As always Phryne saves the day. I like that although these books are short, they hold more than books three times this size. I can't wait to see what falls her way next! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lemonitsa | 2/2/2010

    " Another wonderful Phryne mystery. This one seemed like it was flowing at a faster pace and at the same time it was a little easier to figure out who the murderer was. I liked learning how Jane and Ruth came to Phryne's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 9/7/2009

    " I really enjoyed reading about Phryne's adventures. This open with a murder on a train and introduces some new characters. Lot's of fun in this series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 3/25/2009

    " The irrepressible Phryne strikes again. Another romp set in 1928 Melbourne Australia. In this one Phryne solves a murder, an abduction and adopts two young girls (victims of the villains). An thoroughly enjoyable series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 11/6/2008

    " First time reading this author. My grandmother grew up around Balarat so it was great to read the descriptions of the country side. Author was able to transport me to another time and place and was sad to get to the end and have to come back to reality "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenne | 6/29/2008

    " See, Phryne Fisher is not going to let some guy tell her what to do, unlike SOME PEOPLE. "

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About the Author
Author Kerry Greenwood

Kerry Greenwood was born in Footscray, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, and after wandering far and wide, she returned to live there. She has degrees in English and law from Melbourne University and was admitted to the legal profession in 1982. She is the author of many crime novels, science fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books, as well as a number of plays. She has won numerous awards, including the Aurealis Award for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction, Young Adult Division, Best Novel, 1996; and the Davitt Award in 2002, 2006, and 2007. In 2003 she was awarded the Ned Kelly Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Crime Writers Association of Australia.