Cast: Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Hugo Johnstone-Burt
Melbourne, Australia, 1928. Wealthy, titled, free-spirited knockout Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis), a feminist of the post-WWI Western world, has returned to Australia to make sure imprisoned child killer Murdoch Foyle (Nicholas Bell) remains behind bars. Phryne is convinced that Foyle is the man responsible for the disappearance (and presumed death) of her little sister years ago well she can’t prove it. In the meantime, Phryne quite by accident because she has brains and guts proves herself to be adept at solving crimes and murders, leading to her new career path as a private detective for hire. Along the way, she acquires an extended family: Dot Williams (Ashleigh Cummings), a shy Catholic girl whom Phryne rescues to be her servant; Bert and Cec (Travis McMahon and Anthony Sharpe), two laborers who serve as Phryne’s chauffeurs, and other things and Mr. Butler (Richard Bligh), who is her butler. Detective Inspector Jack Robinson (Nathan Page), of the Melbourne Police, is at first irritated by Phyrne’s pushy, interfering ways…but once he sees how clever and useful she can be in an investigation, he develops an admiration for her skills.
Based on the novels by Kerry Greenwood, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries fans of the book are going to appreciate this little well done, filmed, and well written series. The stories revolves around Miss Fisher who is a strong independent woman, free-spirited, marriage is out of the question as well as kids but is this sexually liberated woman who makes a go of it at solving crimes. They took a chance with this character to be sexually loose and free-spirited, Okay there were women like that already back in the day plus I love the fact that she has a gold-plated gun. She is going from Jazz club to jazz club drinking and dancing all night. Viewers might find this series over the top but seriously it stand out. It is a smart, savvy, sophisticated and endless of fun series that is worth watching.