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Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

Series 1
(DVD - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
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Our lady sleuth sashays through the back lanes and jazz clubs of late 1920's Melbourne, fighting injustice with her pearl-handled pistol and her dagger sharp wit.
Title: Miss Fisher's murder mysteries
Series 1
Publisher: [United States] : Acorn Media, [2013]
Edition: Widescreen presentation
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (706 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Acorn Media, All3Media, ABC Television, Film Victoria
Notes: Title from web page
Based on the novels by Kerry Greenwood
Originally broadcast as single episodes of a television program
Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Contents: Disc 1. Cocaine blues
Murder on the Ballarat Train
The Green Mill Murder
Death at Victoria Dock Disc 2. Raisins and almonds
Ruddy gore
Murder in Montparnasse Disc 3. Away with the fairies
Queen of the flowers
Death be Miss Adventure Disc 4. Blood and circuses
Murder in the dark
Kin Memses' curse
Summary: Our lady sleuth sashays through the back lanes and jazz clubs of late 1920's Melbourne, fighting injustice with her pearl-handled pistol and her dagger sharp wit.
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama MISS1
Performers: Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Hugo Johnstone-Burt.
System Details: DVD, region 1, widescreen (16:9) presentation; Dolby Digital
Other Language: Subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing
Subject Headings: Fisher, Phryne (Fictitious character) Drama Women private investigators Drama Australia Drama
Genre/Form: Television series
Detective and mystery television programs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Fisher, Phryne (Fictitious character)
Women private investigators
Publisher No: 8934 Acorn Media
AMP-8934 Acorn Media
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Our lady sleuth sashays through the back lanes and jazz clubs of late 1920's Melbourne, fighting injustice with her pearl-handled pistol and her dagger sharp wit.

Miss Fisher sashays through the back lanes and jazz clubs of late 1920's Melbourne, with her young assistant Dot, fighting injustice with her pearl-handled pistol and her dagger sharp wit.

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Nov 19, 2014
  • greekurn rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Well, I am not familiar with the author's books, but I found the series to be a pure
delight! The cast and performance are VERY entertaining, and I think capture the
20's free wheeling era beautifully. and in Australia. Granted some of the plots are more complex than others but this doesn't detract from the general excellence over all!
If nothing else, the opening credits are a joy
to watch and visual creativity at its finest!!

Oct 20, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

High marks for the free spirited character of the independently wealthy feminist turned detective. Watched disc 1 of 3 and decided that the detective stories are too mundane and transparent even for 1920's Melbourne. Return to the library.

Sep 04, 2014
  • miaone rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This TV series is a shallow oversimplification of the Phryne Fisher books. The omission of Mrs Butler and adopted daughter Ruth from the cast makes for huge gaps in the stories. The minimization of Lin Chung's role is also a loss, not to mention that the actor playing Lin doesn't even look Chinese. Finally, the TV flirtation between Phryne and detective Jack Robinson feels positively creepy. In the books Jack is much older than Phryne, and happily married, and Jack and Phryne are detecting buddies and friends, no more than that. For them to flirt with each other in the TV show seems almost incestuous to this loyal reader of Kerry Greenwood's excellent detective series.

Aug 23, 2014
  • rslade rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Great series and characters. Very similar to "Murdoch Mysteries" in a number of ways.

I'm reading the books and waiting to get a hold of the DVD. It's great fun. I too disagree with LadySugar. Everything I've read about the time between the wars-- particularly before the great depression-- suggest that in some places, and some societal groups, women were exercising a great deal of independence, and there was a lot of sexual experimentation. I'll admit I know nothing about life in Melbourne at that time...but in the 1920's in Eastern US, England and western Europe there's more than a little similarity with our 1960's.

Jul 31, 2014
  • jane8210 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Absolutely loved this series. Brilliant acting and costumes. And the story lines are superb. Disagree with LadySugar. My mother was a nurse and a flapper; she had some exciting stories to tell! We forget that every generation had their men and women who were ahead of the times!

Can hardly wait for Season 2 which has already aired in Australia and got great reviews. Season 3 is in the making.

Jul 14, 2014
  • LadySugar rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

It was very exciting, and I admit the stories I watched were engaging, pretty, and well done but then I grew so disgusted. I just could not get into the character of Phryne Fisher..she was intelligent and witty but then she was entirely portrayed as too loose for a lady of that time who wanted to be taken seriously. It was like a modern day person that they were trying to pass off in the 1920's. I want period drama complete with the vintage standards not dressed up 21st century tomfoolery. Stop.

Jul 02, 2014
  • spurvalleyranch rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Absolutely LOVED this series! I hope they bring in series 2 soon! The acting , storyline and costumes were fantastic . Lots of fun to watch! Would highly recommend this to anyone wanting to watch a fun, period murder mystery.

Apr 02, 2014
  • cameralover53 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very well done mystery series from the Australian Broadcasting Corp. Set during the roaring '20's, Miss Fisher is the lead character who involves herself in solving murders much to the dismay of the police detective, Jack Robinson. Reminds me of the series Nero Wolfe with Timothy Hutton and Maury Chaykin, which is set in the late 1930's - 1940's. Top notch acting, costumes, photography, music and plots. Rated 8.3 stars on IMDb (which seems to give great movies/series' fairly low ratings!) There is a series 2, and I have made a formal request for the WPL obtain the second series. There is talk of a series 3, but nothing definite yet!

Mar 15, 2014
  • bisbiglio rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I'm only halfway through this first series but so far it has been truly delightful. Perhaps the fact that it is an Australian production is what makes it so refreshing, but I'm finding almost everything about it a breath of fresh air, even though theatrically speaking it seems quite sophisticated - the costumes, the sets and the acting are definitely tops. The feminine touch of Miss Fisher is refreshing in the detective setting, rescuing young girls from backgrounds either abusive or humdrum, for example, and giving a little assist to the romance of Dot and her constable, showing great tact in dealing with a man's mother. I too look forward to the second series! Oh, and the series is set in the jazz age and does not disappoint in this aspect either - have a listen to Deni Hines! (Australia is far away and I had not heard her until this.)

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Oct 23, 2013
  • DanniOcean rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you missed this series on TVO you now have the chance to pick it up at Stratford Public Library. Based on the mystery novels by Kerry Greenwood, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries stars Essie Davis as Phryne (pronounced FRY-nee) Fisher, a 1920's "bright young thing" party-girl - on the surface. The writers of the television show have given Phryne a rather tragic back story which is lightly touched upon in the pilot "Cocaine Blues" and becomes the focus of the series during the last few episodes of the first season. Set in Melbourne, Australia (like the novels), the series is both glamorous - Phryne is the epitome of flapper fashion - but the series has a slight 'wild west' vibe; for instance one episode has Phryne riding the Ballarat train through the Australian outback, another has her going undercover at a frontier circus - not something one can imagine Miss Marple ever considering. Indeed, although these mysteries do not have the most complicated plots, they are not quite cozies, as from time to time they can be surprising in their goriness (the episode with live mummification comes to mind). Plus, Phryne Fisher is no lace-knitting wallflower - she carries a pistol, is not above using her feminine wiles to get information, and has a healthy sex-drive for a gal of the 1920's - something that shocks her very naive but adorably sweet maid-companion, Dot. The rest of the supporting cast is equally watchable - Dot (Ashleigh Cummings) manages to crack the shell of her strict-Catholic upbringing, the cute-as-a-button Hugh (Hugo Johnstone-Burt) starts to come into his own as a Constable, and the distinguished, unflappable DI Jack Robinson (Nathan Page) may even start to enjoy Phryne's prying by season's end. The word that immediately comes to mind to describe Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is "charming", and highly addictive. Season two is only on air now in Australia, so it will be awhile before North American audiences get a chance to glimpse it so my advice is to check out this DVD series but try not to gulp it back by watching it all the way through - savour it through the winter - if you can!


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Jun 11, 2013
  • EuSei rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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