Netflix has all 3 seasons of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, the Australian series that I first reviewed some time ago. Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries season 3, the focus of this post, is as much fun as the first 2 seasons were.
With Essie Davis as the fabulous, free-spirited sleuth Phryne Fisher leading the cast, everything about this series is a romp. The series is set in 1920s Melbourne. Phryne’s a detective when a woman shouldn’t have been, at home in society or in a back-alley jazz club. She’s smarter than the police most of the time, and absolutely delightful all of the time.
The costumes are just luscious! The music is exceptionally good. I always sit through all the credits at the end, just to hear the final song playing the episode out. I don’t know Melbourne, so I can’t speak for the outdoor landmarks shown, but the indoor sets and the props are meticulously detailed and rich.
Detective Jack Robinson (Nathan Page) is her crime-solving helper in the police department, as are many others around her from all sorts of social levels. Miss Fisher’s companion/protégé Dot (Ashleigh Cummings), in particular, gets called upon to do detective assistant chores for the dashing heroine.
This is the season 3 trailer for the Australian ABC network.
In season 3, Phryne deals with her slick-talking father’s escapades in several episodes, all the while trying her best to send him back to England. I particularly enjoyed the episode in which Phryne’s Aunt Prudence (Miriam Margolyes) opens her home to a shady doctor who is running a sanatorium for ‘hysterical’ women. His method of treatment is a new invention that we now call a vibrator.
Here’s the season 2 trailer. Ignore the dates and channels mentioned, those applied to Australian TV.
Another season 2 promo offers glimpses behind the scenes.
If you haven’t yet learned to love Phryne Fisher and her elegant world, get over to Netflix and let her transport you into 1920s Melbourne.
You will also find Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries on YouTube, Amazon Video, iTunes and Google Play, if you don’t have Netflix.