Genre: Crime Published: 1991 Series: Phryne Fisher Read: January 2018 Set in Australia in the 1920s. Phryne Fisher, a lady of independent means and an amateur sleuth, travels by train to rural Ballarat with her companion to collect Phryne’s new car. The passengers are gassed, and one is murdered. Phryne flirts with university students and identifies the killer in a tense and suspenseful scene. At the same time, she adopts a girl who has lost her memory and unravels a nasty plot exploiting children. Features, among other things, a crackingly beautiful car, an appalling boardinghouse, and an oily hypnotist. Great story, and the TV adaptation, while simplified, is still pretty good. Highly recommended.
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