Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

This Australian TV series (13 episodes) is a real gem. It was shown in Australia this spring and was released on DVD early this summer.

Based on Book Series

The series is based on a series of books by Kerry Greenwood. I had neither heard of the books nor the author before I saw the TV series.

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries reminds me a bit about Miss Marple, that is if Miss Marple had been a lot younger, more into girl power and also had a knack for ending up in bed with a different man in each episode…

Storyline

The series takes place in Australia in the 1920s. Miss Phryne Fisher… or sorry, The Honorable Miss Phryne Fisher (she was born poor but inherited a title and an enormous fortune after the war) is the main character and she is a woman who knows how to end up in trouble. When she gets involved in, and also solves, a murder mystery, she decides to become a private detective. That is the basis for the story.

Unlike other similar detective series, the episodes are not entirely independent. There are a few threads that run through the whole series, which really gives it another dimension! The main one is about Miss Fisher’s younger sister, who disappeared as a child. A man, who claims he is innocent, is serving time for the abduction, but is he really guilty and if so, what happened to the sister?

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  1. I have not been able to find it in the U.S. Anyone who has?

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    10 July 2012 1:21