Thanks again to Netflix, I’ve been introduced to another fantastic show; this time the Australian Broadcasting Channel’s: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries!
This show is an absolute delight! It’s set in the 1920’s before the world wide economic collapse, so times are high. Miss Phryne Fisher (pronounced ‘Fry-nee’) has just returned from England to Melbourne. As the last in line to inherit a title and a nice chunk of money, she returns to settle down and find a way to occupy her time in a worthy pursuit. As it turns out, she has a knack for solving mysteries and decides to become a private investigator.
Along the way, she invariably crosses paths with (and attracts the eye of) Detective Jack Robinson of the city police. With his constable, the adorable Hugh Collins, Jack tries (unsuccessfully) to keep Miss Fisher’s nose out of his investigations. The trouble is, Miss Fisher always seems to be one step ahead of the police. She is not above bending (and breaking) the rules of investigation to achieve her aims and well, inevitably, shenanigans ensue! All of this makes for a lively and light-hearted mystery show!
In addition to the weekly case to solve, the running plot line to the show is the disappearance of Phryne’s sister, Jane. When the two Fisher sisters were small, Jane disappeared and her body was never recovered. The man who was arrested for the crime, Murdoch Foyle, has never confessed to the crime and insinuates that he was not responsible. Miss Fisher visits him in prison when he proposes a deal.
If you enjoy a zany adventure, a naughty heroine with a heart of gold, a handsome hero and some fabulous period costumes and cars, then please check out Miss Fisher’s Mysteries on Netflix!
Thanks to Wikipedia, here is the cast:
• Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis), an independent, glamorous private detective, who is determined to solve any crime.
• Detective Inspector John “Jack” Robinson (Nathan Page), a police detective who works reluctantly with Miss Fisher.
• Dorothy “Dot” Williams (Ashleigh Cummings), is Miss Fisher’s companion (i.e. one employed to live with and serve another). Dot is a devout Catholic.
• Constable Hugh Collins (Hugo Johnstone-Burt), is Inspector Robinson’s right-hand-man, and Dot’s beau and later husband.
• Mr Butler (Richard Bligh), is Miss Fisher’s loyal butler, an excellent household manager who provides good advice when needed.
• Bert Johnson and Cec Yates (Travis McMahon and Anthony Sharpe) – Two working-class friends and devout communists, who often assist Miss Fisher’s investigations.
• Dr Elizabeth “Mac” Macmillan (Tammy MacIntosh), is Miss Fisher’s close friend and doctor at a women’s hospital in Melbourne.