Phryne Fisher, accompanied by her new maid Dot, finds her journey on the Ballarat Train interrupted when their rail-car is gassed with chloroform. Phryne offers her detective skills to ...
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Phryne Fisher, accompanied by her new maid Dot, finds her journey on the Ballarat Train interrupted when their rail-car is gassed with chloroform. Phryne offers her detective skills to solve the case of a young amnesic girl and the murder of a fellow passenger. Written by
Phryne and her maid Dot are taking a trip to Ballarat. While on the train, Phryne finds and revives a young woman, Eunice Henderson, who has been chloroformed. Eunice's mother, the obnoxious Mrs. Henderson, is missing from the train. Also missing are some valuable jewels. Although the local cop finds Phryne annoying (but not nearly as annoying as she must find his "this is not a matter for you to worry your pretty little head about" remark), it is Phryne who leads to the discovery of the body of the murdered Mrs. Henderson. Eunice hires Phryne to investigate her mother's murder. A runaway girl is soon found with the jewels and Phryne takes her under her wing and gradually learns the girl's story. Phryne takes the girl, Jane, and Eunice to her newly acquired house in Melbourne. We're introduced to a new series character in the butler with the somewhat unfortunate but appropriate surname of Butler. To Bert and Cec's great amusement, Mr. Butler comments to them how "It will be nice to work for a respectable lady who appreciates the quiet life." Phryne's investigation takes her to the Melbourne University Boating Club where Eunice's fiancé, Alastair, and cousin, Lindsay, are rowers. Meanwhile, Bert and Cec visit the dinghy boardinghouse where Jane had been staying and find the disreputable Mrs. Gay and hypnotist Mr. Merton - and other downtrodden orphan girls. Phryne's and Detective Inspector Jack Robinson's relationship becomes more cordial than it had been. This is a classic murder mystery and the period production values are great. I'm warming up to the Phryne character who although a bit of a hedonist, is engaging and witty and kind hearted. I also like the small touches in the show such as the one showing Phryne reading 'Lady Chatterly's Lover.'
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