I just discovered MISS FISHER'S MURDER MYSTERIES Bluray and I'm hooked. I've never heard of or read any of the Phryne (Fry-Knee) Fisher books by Kerry Greenwood before watching, but I would see the cover of the bluray set in an Acorn TV catalog.
After reading the reviews, I decided to give the series a try and I LOVE it!
The show takes place during the twenties in Australia and the title character is Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis). She's a modern woman (flapper) who has a zest for life, men, and solving mysteries. She has money and can afford the finer things in life. I don't think she was born into money though because in later seasons Phryne is able to hang in the poorest of slums and knows her way around picking a lock and holding her liquor. There's also hints that she's had a tough past but it's never really clear. She does have a rich relative, Aunt Prudence (Miriam Margolyes), so maybe that's where she gets her money. In any case, Phryne is classy and sassy, and she's pretty much at home no matter where she is or what she is doing.
Anyway, this first season has many episodes titled after the books, but since I haven't read any I can't say if the plots are similar or not. In the first episode, Cocaine Blues, you get to meet the other regular characters that will be part of "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries" like Dorothy "Dot" Williams (Ashleigh Cummings), Inspector Jack Robinson (Nathan Page), Office Hugh Collins (Hugo Johnstone-Burt), Bert & Cec (Travis McMahon & Anthony Sharpe), and Dr. Mac (Tammy Macintosh).
The costumes and locations are stunning and the story lines are clever, dealing with racism, sexism, and homophobia, all of which was acceptable back in the day. If you enjoy watching mysteries like [[ASIN:B00IK43YOM Agatha Christie's Poirot: Complete Cases Collection [Blu-ray]]], [[ASIN:B003YCI238 Agatha Christie's Marple: Geraldine McEwan Collection]], or [[ASIN:B00ANGICW4 MURDOCH MYSTERIES COLLECTION: SEASONS 1-4 (BLU-RAY)]], you'll love MISS FISHER'S MURDER MYSTERIES.
This set also has a bunch of extras including a behind the scenes look at MFMM, meet the creators, set tour, cast interviews and more.
So far there are three seasons of MFMM and I hope they continue with the series.