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“A blockbuster hit” —The Sydney Morning Herald
“Witty and elegant” —The Australian
Seen on public television
In 1920s Melbourne, the Honorable Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis, Girl with a Pearl Earring) 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.
To the dismay of Detective Inspector Jack Robinson (Nathan Page, The Secret Life of Us), Phryne’s investigations take her through back alleys, jazz clubs, and shady neighborhoods. Ignoring the dangers all around her, she glides through life determined to enjoy every moment. But beneath her devil-may-care attitude, Phryne hides ghosts from the past that continue to haunt her.
Gorgeously costumed and evocatively shot, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries also stars Hugo Johnstone-Burt (Cloudstreet), Ashleigh Cummings (Tomorrow, When the War Began), Miriam Margolyes (Little Dorrit), and Nicholas Bell (Shine). Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings) guest stars.
Contains violence, coarse language, nudity, sexual situations, and drug use
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great series. Will likely buy the later seasons as well. It's a shame we have to go outside the US, such as to the UK or Australia, to find really good television versus the mostly... Read morePublished 1 day ago by C.T. Robertson Jr.
I absolutetly love the English/Canadian/Australian series.. Mostly because they are softer, gentler, no cussing and gorgeous scenery. The music is also great. Read morePublished 3 days ago by sunshine
Love this series. Witty and swanky like Nero Wolfe and fast and intriguing like new Sherlock.Published 3 days ago by flipcar
Miss Fisher is a great series. She is a lady detective with different skills and Essie Davis plays the part perfectly. We highly recommend this series.Published 5 days ago by tricia h
I first read a book then started watching the series and am enjoying itPublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer