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…
January 10, 2012  |  161 pages
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