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Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries 2 Seasons

Season 1
4.6 out of 5 stars (738) IMDb 8.4/10

In 1920s Melbourne, the Honorable Phryne Fisher is a thoroughly modern woman operating in a mostly male world. The glamorous "lady detective" goes about her work with a pistol close at hand--and, more often than not, a male admirer even closer.

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Essie Davis, Nathan Page

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Season 1

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1. Cocaine Blues

Invited to a relative's home where a murder has just occurred, Phryne soon finds herself in a world of drug smuggling and illegal abortion. As she sets about solving the first crime, she ends up getting embroiled in the other two.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 56 minutes Release date: February 24, 2012

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2. Murder on the Ballarat Train

On a train ride to the country, Phryne saves the life of a fellow passenger--but can't prevent the death of the young woman's mother. In tracking down the killer, she picks up a couple of runaway girls and begins to earn the respect of Inspector Jack Robinson.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 54 minutes Release date: March 2, 2012

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3. The Green Mill Murder

Phryne goes out for a night of dancing at Melbourne's top club, but the fun comes to an end after one of the patrons is stabbed to death. When a friend becomes the chief suspect, Phryne not only has to prove he didn't do it--she has to prove who did.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 55 minutes Release date: March 9, 2012

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4. Death at Victoria Dock

The shooting death of a Latvian anarchist sets Phryne off in pursuit of the dead man's fiancée. In the process, she enters a dangerous underworld and puts not just herself in danger but her maid, Dot, as well.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 56 minutes Release date: March 16, 2012

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5. Raisins and Almonds

Phryne investigates a murder in Melbourne's Jewish community, where the motives are masked by politics, romance, and religion. Though the police make a quick arrest, Phryne believes the key to the case lies in an ancient Hebrew text.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 55 minutes Release date: March 23, 2012

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6. Ruddy Gore

Two deaths onstage at a Gilbert and Sullivan show are followed by an attempt on Phryne's life and, eventually, a new romance in Chinatown. At first Phryne thinks the killings are connected with the modern-day opium trade, but soon she turns her attentions to explanations from the past.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 55 minutes Release date: March 30, 2012

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7. Murder in Montparnasse

The widow of a French painter visits Melbourne, reawakening in Phryne memories of her time in Paris after the Great War. When the woman disappears, Phryne begins to fear for the safety of her two assistants, Bert and Cec.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 52 minutes Release date: April 6, 2012

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8. Away with the Fairies

When a magazine columnist dies under mysterious circumstances, Phryne finds petty jealousies, deception, and, perhaps, a motive for murder among the dead woman's colleagues. Following the paper trail, Phryne searches for clues in the writer's unpublished files.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 54 minutes Release date: April 13, 2012

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9. Queen of the Flowers

A leisurely walk along the beach leads to Phryne's newest case after the body of a young woman washes ashore. Meanwhile, an unexpected visitor shows up at her house--the supposedly dead mother of one of Phryne's wards.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 52 minutes Release date: April 20, 2012

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10. Death by Miss Adventure

A female night-shift worker dies when her hair gets caught in the factory machinery. The police suspect accidental death, but Phryne smells foul play and Dot goes undercover to get at the truth.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 52 minutes Release date: April 27, 2012

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11. Blood and Circuses

Phryne joins the circus to investigate a murder the police have little chance of solving--and takes a journey into a dark part of her own past. When Phryne gets some unexpected news, she fears the case closest to her heart may now be closed forever.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 53 minutes Release date: May 4, 2012

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12. Murder in the Dark

Suspicion falls on the entire household when a body is found in the pool at Phryne's aunt's house on the eve of a lavish party. While Jack Robinson investigates the case, Phryne discovers a link to her sister Janey's death.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 53 minutes Release date: May 11, 2012

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13. King Memses' Curse

With a madman on the run, Phryne throws caution to the wind in order to find answers she has been seeking since childhood. However, she may have to put herself in the clutches of her nemesis in order to finally lay her ghosts to rest.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 52 minutes Release date: May 18, 2012

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By Jody TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 26, 2013
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When I read Cocaine Blues, I fell hard for Phryne (FRY-KNEE) Fisher, Dot, the Butlers, Inspector Robinson (call me Jack) Bert and Cec and the rest of the characters in Kerry Greenwood's delightful series and have since read every Phryne I could get my hands on.

Imagine my joy when, through the miracle of Roku and an Acorn Premium membership, Miss Fisher's Mysteries showed up as a January-February offering and I realized that this was indeed MY Phryne! I've now, at great sacrifice of housekeeping and household nutrition, watched every episode in Season One. I can, without reservation, hereby pronounce Miss Fisher's Mysteries a triumph!

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation spared no expense in recreating the Melbourne of the late 1920s nor the luxurious accoutrements of Phryne's world from Hispano-Suiza, to steam train, to Phryne's spectacular wardrobe. Essie Davis is perfect; fully portraying the many facets of Phryne, champion of the underdog, sensuous vamp, keen detective and tango dancer extraordinaire. The TV writing is exceptional and the stories are faithful as they can be to the books, given the limitations of 54 minutes and contemporary sensibilities probably unforgiving of Phryne's and Lin Chung's "arrangement" after his marriage and the decidedly decadent protagonists of the Murder in the Dark book have been cleaned up a lot. The musical score is splendid, mixing original work with jazz standards.

Don't expect every subplot each book contains when viewing that episode. Instead, sit back and let the sights and sounds of Jazz Age Melbourne become real and become a part of Phryne's inner circle. It's a more than fair trade-off and rarely, rarely does translation from page to screen get it so right!
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Move over, Mrs Bradley - there's another jazz-age lady sleuth in town! Author Kerry Greenwood first began writing her series of "Phryne Fisher" books in 1989, and earned legions of fans worldwide with her glamorous, sharp-witted 1920's heroine, Miss Phryne Fisher.

The Hon. Phryne Fisher has returned to Melbourne, Australia after many years of living abroad. Despite her well-heeled manner, Phryne hides a hardscrabble childhood spent in abject poverty, and is still haunted by the mysterious disappearance of her beloved sister Janey. It takes only a few moments after Phryne's arrival on the Melbourne dock for the murders and mysteries to start, but with her talent for attracting friends from all walks of life, including cab drivers Bert (Travis McMahon) and Cec (Anthony Sharpe), Mr Butler (Richard Bligh), Constable Hugh Collins (Hugo Johnstone-Burt), Aunt Prudence (Miriam Margolyes), Dr Mac (Tammy Macintosh) and new ward Jane (Ruby Rees Wemyss), Phryne is ready for anything!

Phryne's delicious "will they-won't they" banter with Detective Jack Robinson (Nathan Page) drives a great deal of the tension within the series. The early episodes rattle along gloriously and are hugely enjoyable as "single" adventures, however things take a darker tone starting in the 11th episode, "Blood and Circuses", as Phryne's quest to finally avenge her sister's needless death at the hands of criminal Murdoch Foyle (Nicholas Bell in a chilling performance) comes to a thrilling climax. The final three episodes careen along at breakneck speed, taking Phryne, her family and friends through their most terrifying and deadly brushes with Foyle.

Essie Davis plays the resourceful Miss Fisher and it is indeed a sensational performance.
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The Honorable Phryne Fisher has a lot in common with Emma Peel. Smart, dresses to kill, athletic, sexy and courageous. And they both solve mysteries. Except Phryne (pronounced FRY-knee) lives in 1928 and her foes are more realistic than the I-vant-to-rule-the-world type usually found in "The Avengers".

We first meet Phryne disembarking at Melbourne, Australia. She almost immediately receives an engraved invitation to dine with her old friends, Lydia and John Andrews, and her indefatigable gossip of an aunt.

When Phryne arrives at the Andrews', it's just in time to see her host's body carried out on a police stretcher. According to Aunt Prudence, "It seems that John collapsed suddenly after a light breakfast of tea and kumquat marmalade toast. And the maid found him, purple in the face and cold to the touch on the bathroom floor."

Phryne's investigation leads her to several interesting characters, including a French-Russian tango dancer, a Turkish bath owner and a handsome police detective. The last because, yes, John Andrews was murdered - with poison in the sugar bowl.

But what's especially interesting is when we get the first inkling of why Phryne really came to Melbourne. She visits a man in jail. We aren't given much information in the beginning, except we know it has to do with her late sister Janey. Phryne tells him, "I've come half way around the world to make sure that you never get out of here alive..... Whatever horrors you visited on her [Jane], I have imagined tenfold, and given the chance, I will do the same to you without smearing my lipstick."

This Australian Broadcasting Corporation series is based on the mysteries written by Kerry Greenwood. I haven't read the books, so I had no preconceptions.
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