The little sliver of paper fluttered out my journal “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries An Australian Jessica Fletcher at her crime solving (and sexual) peak!” I quickly logged on my library website thinking it would be a great time to find a new bed time read. I was pleasantly surprised to learn it was a TV series (I have since learned they are based on books) so I watched this without preconceptions. I am happily already into the final third season( I found the show on Netflixs .). Here is my review and the backstory.
The Hon. Phryne Fisher has returned to Melbourne, Australia after many years of living abroad. Despite her well-heeled manner, Phryne 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! All of this with Australian accents (but never a problem with understanding everything that is said – no hard to decipher local slang that I’ve noticed).
There are occasional flashbacks to some horrific event in Miss Fisher’s past, which apparently helps us to understand why in the world she would adopt a pick-pocket juvenile delinquent orphan. The orphan, and everyone else in the household, gradually gets into the detective business to help Phryne Fisher “get her man”. What some may find more difficult to get used to if you are used to the tamer “cozy” mysteries of Agatha Christie is that there is a lot more explicit violence with blood and wounds. Also, Miss Fisher “gets her man” in another way besides capturing the criminal in every episode so far. There some sex scenes but it is still low key by today’s standards. Altogether, an enjoyable and breezy watch. If murder mysteries are not your thing, Ms. Davis starred in a horror movie called THE BABADOOK. I watched it at Halloween and it scared the crap out of me.