Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

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In 1920s Melbourne, the Honorable Phryne Fisher is a thoroughly modern woman operating in a mostly male world. The glamorous "lady detective" goes about her work with a pistol close at hand--and, more often than not, a male admirer even closer.
Starring
Nathan PageEssie DavisAshleigh Cummings
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Cocaine Blues
    February 24 2012
    57min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
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    English
    Invited to a relative's home where a murder has just occurred, Phryne soon finds herself in a world of drug smuggling and illegal abortion. As she sets about solving the first crime, she ends up getting embroiled in the other two.
  2. 2. Murder on the Ballarat Train
    March 2 2012
    55min
    13+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    On a train ride to the country, Phryne saves the life of a fellow passenger--but can't prevent the death of the young woman's mother. In tracking down the killer, she picks up a couple of runaway girls and begins to earn the respect of Inspector Jack Robinson.
  3. 3. The Green Mill Murder
    March 9 2012
    55min
    13+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Phryne goes out for a night of dancing at Melbourne's top club, but the fun comes to an end after one of the patrons is stabbed to death. When a friend becomes the chief suspect, Phryne not only has to prove he didn't do it--she has to prove who did.
  4. 4. Death at Victoria Dock
    March 16 2012
    56min
    13+
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    English [CC]
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    The shooting death of a Latvian anarchist sets Phryne off in pursuit of the dead man's fiancée. In the process, she enters a dangerous underworld and puts not just herself in danger but her maid, Dot, as well.
  5. 5. Raisins and Almonds
    March 23 2012
    56min
    13+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Phryne investigates a murder in Melbourne's Jewish community, where the motives are masked by politics, romance, and religion. Though the police make a quick arrest, Phryne believes the key to the case lies in an ancient Hebrew text.
  6. 6. Ruddy Gore
    March 30 2012
    55min
    13+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Two deaths onstage at a Gilbert and Sullivan show are followed by an attempt on Phryne's life and, eventually, a new romance in Chinatown. At first Phryne thinks the killings are connected with the modern-day opium trade, but soon she turns her attentions to explanations from the past.
  7. 7. Murder in Montparnasse
    April 6 2012
    53min
    13+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    The widow of a French painter visits Melbourne, reawakening in Phryne memories of her time in Paris after the Great War. When the woman disappears, Phryne begins to fear for the safety of her two assistants, Bert and Cec.
  8. 8. Away with the Fairies
    April 13 2012
    55min
    13+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    When a magazine columnist dies under mysterious circumstances, Phryne finds petty jealousies, deception, and, perhaps, a motive for murder among the dead woman's colleagues. Following the paper trail, Phryne searches for clues in the writer's unpublished files.
  9. 9. Queen of the Flowers
    April 20 2012
    52min
    13+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    A leisurely walk along the beach leads to Phryne's newest case after the body of a young woman washes ashore. Meanwhile, an unexpected visitor shows up at her house--the supposedly dead mother of one of Phryne's wards.
  10. 10. Death by Miss Adventure
    April 27 2012
    52min
    13+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    A female night-shift worker dies when her hair gets caught in the factory machinery. The police suspect accidental death, but Phryne smells foul play and Dot goes undercover to get at the truth.
  11. 11. Blood and Circuses
    May 4 2012
    54min
    13+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Phryne joins the circus to investigate a murder the police have little chance of solving--and takes a journey into a dark part of her own past. When Phryne gets some unexpected news, she fears the case closest to her heart may now be closed forever.
  12. 12. Murder in the Dark
    May 11 2012
    54min
    13+
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    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Suspicion falls on the entire household when a body is found in the pool at Phryne's aunt's house on the eve of a lavish party. While Jack Robinson investigates the case, Phryne discovers a link to her sister Janey's death.
  13. 13. King Memses' Curse
    May 18 2012
    53min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    With a madman on the run, Phryne throws caution to the wind in order to find answers she has been seeking since childhood. However, she may have to put herself in the clutches of her nemesis in order to finally lay her ghosts to rest.

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Directors
David CaesarKate DennisClayton JacobsonDaina ReidTony TilseEmma Freeman
Supporting actors
Nicholas BellMiriam MargolyesMiranda OttoHugo Johnstone-Burt
Producers
Deborah CoxFiona EaggerChristopher GistCarole Sklan
Season year
2012
Network
Acorn Media
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aunt2puppiesReviewed in the United States on March 14, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
An exciting and decadent period masterpiece
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This series of mysteries set in the 1920's is so rich in the architecture, costumes, scenery and acting skills it almost could be a work of art. A lot of attention to detail into the making of this production makes it a most pleasant and somewhat divine experience to watch. Stories circle around a strong female character in an age where women were expected to take a back seat to men, but Phryne Fisher is not one to let anyone stop her from advancing women's equality while using all her wiles to achieve her goals, helping others along the way.
This is truly an enjoyable experience and my only regret is that there are only 3 seasons to the series.
The video quality is excellent and the behind the scenes special features are a delight and will make you appreciate the creation that this television series has become. It really is beautiful.
I have just discovered that this series is based on the novels of Kerry Greenfield who consulted on the series and may just have to go check those out for myself.
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Mike Billington author of Murder in the Rainy SeasonReviewed in the United States on February 10, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Stylish with a dash of sass
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I have long been a fan of Kerry Greenwood's fictional detective Phryne Fisher so I greeted the news that her most famous creation was going to be the subject of a television series with equal amounts of anticipation and trepidation. Those feelings were heightened when I also learned that Essie Davis was going to star in the series. The reason: While Ms. Davis is still one of the world's most beautiful women, she is a tad bit older than the vivacious Phryne, a woman who carries a gold-plated revolver, can tango with the best of them and is prone to late nights in unusual circumstances.
I needn't have worried. Essie Davis is marvelous as the detective who was inadvertently named - by her drunken father - after a famous Greek courtesan. She brings just the right amount of smoldering looks, sassy retorts and intelligence to the role of the no-holds-barred private detective who went from poverty stricken child to wealthy woman when several rich relatives were killed in the "War To End All Wars." Dashing through life in the Twenties, Phryne is an unusual heroine: She not only uses her keen brain to solve crimes, she also dallies with assorted "unsuitable" men and takes the time to right a few wrongs along the way. It's this combination of beauty, brains and her unswerving desire to "do the right thing" even if that means bending the rules (or occasionally breaking an unjust law) that makes her adventures so much fun to read. The producers have taken some liberties with Ms. Greenwood's formidable Miss Fisher and her supporting cast of characters but I don't believe that detracts overmuch from this delightful series. Like Phryne herself, the series is stylish and sassy and watching Essie Davis do justice to one of the great private detectives in crime fiction is a great way to spend a few hours.
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Alex HReviewed in the United States on March 8, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
If You Like Period Mysteries Like Poirot, Marple Or Murdoch...You'll Love Miss Fisher!
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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.
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ChemProfReviewed in the United States on March 1, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Entertainment With A Message
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The Miss Fisher Mysteries series is entertaining and generally well acted. Miss Fisher operates as sort of a female combination of Sherlock Holmes, Lord Peter Wimsey, and James Bond. Like Holmes she is portrayed as a very careful observer whose skills and thoroughness outshine those of the police, and there is a hint that the police simply are not very good. Like Wimsey she lives the life of a wealthy aristocrat, and bosses her servants like one, but simultaneously tries to treat them in a benevolent fashion and to some extent promotes a social egalitarianism that never quite catches on. Like Bond she seems fearless and oversexed. I am not sure what age Miss Fisher is supposed to be, but she is portrayed by an actress in her forties, and in spite of good makeup, she doesn't quite come across as someone in her twenties or thirties. Instead she seems like a randy cougar always on the lookout for attractive young male flesh to indulge her active carnal urges. Her character promotes of lifestyle of cost-free promiscuity with the purpose of physical gratification, obtaining useful information for her investigations, or both. Although set in the post WW I era, at least implicitly, the lead character and her adventures actively promote a world view or philosophy of life which is generally embraced by much of the 21st century wealthy, privileged, secular social elite who populate large swaths of elite universities, national media and sites of political power in Western countries. This involves a benevolent-sounding social justice overtone, perhaps a nominal embrace of socialistic economic policies, sexual libertinism, a denigration of traditional social/family values, denigration of religious values, and an arrogant assumption that the unwashed masses need them, the elites, to think for the said masses and organize society for them. Nevertheless it is possible to avoid either applauding or booing the social values messages depending on your own world view and simply enjoy an entertaining, although probably not quite realistic, piece of theater.
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JohnReviewed in the United States on January 3, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Neat little detective stories with historical twist
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These are cool one-hour detective stories based in 1930's Australia. It's a nice change from modern US / British procedurals, more in the Agatha Christie style. The protagonist is an interesting strong-minded feminist with a history and a penchant for adopting lost-causes. The writing and sets in 1930's Australia are fantastic. Davis does a wonderful job giving an historical character a vibrancy that makes you forget the setting is 90 years old. The plots are somewhat predictable, for those of us who watch such detective shows, but the characters and settings make it worthwhile.
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Jacqualyn SaundersReviewed in the United States on April 16, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
LOVE LOVE LOVE!
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Great series from Australia. Wonderful characters, great ensemble work, and a who's who of Australian and New Zealand actors. Great chemistry, especially between Essie Davis and Nathan Page! Fabulous costuming and automobiles, as well as locations.

I will admit to not having read the original books until after watching the series, and in a rare turn around for me, I much prefer the series to the books! I think there is a better balance between the characters in the series.

Looking forward to further movies!
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C. HigginsReviewed in the United States on July 13, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Speech is often very fast.
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This is a clever, light set of mysteries with a gorgeous heroine (self-titled detective) and a marvelous set of actors around her. The girl who plays Dot is a great little actress with a set of subtle facial expressions that tell you what she REALLY thinks. The young cop is equally talented and the inspector plays beautifully against Miss Fisher. Set in the Flapper era, the scenes and costumes are beautiful. My 4-star rating is only because it follows a format which makes me thing it could get flat.
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littlemac2Reviewed in the United States on October 10, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fun from Australia
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When I ordered this series I had no idea what to expect. The back of the jacket suggests violence, strong language, and nudity. But, fear not. I'm presently half way through the series and have so far not heard any strong language, only minor violence and Miss Fisher resting her hand on a man's naked butt in a sauna scene, which I don't think the director really intended as it looks very funny in a very desperate situation. Miss Fisher is a wealthy socialite who per chance finds she is very good at investigating murders. So she becomes a private investigator. Sad to say she does not have an Australian accent. Neither does her maid. But do not fret two men who do much of her leg work have that wonderful accent so not all is lost. Miss Fisher is not a pansy as one might think of a rich socialite. She carries a Smith And Wesson J frame 38 special which happens to be gold plated (why not ) and a dagger in her garter belt. She has no qualms about using either lf the situation dictates. She also ventures into dangerous areas in search for answers during her investigations, which usually results in her need to be rescued by a certain police detective. Will a relationship develop between them? I haven't got that far yet. It is quite noticeable that Miss Fisher is not a moral person. She seduces men she desires and one night stands are the norm. Miss Fisher is not the masculine karate kicking dame. She is very feminine and a flashy dresser but that doesn't keep her from climbing up gutters and crawling around in the dirt. She is also a compassionate individual that only a woman can display without going over board. This is a very good series. I hope there will be more.
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