Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

Series 1

DVD - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
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.

Publisher: [United States] : Acorn Media, [2013]
Edition: Widescreen presentation
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama MISS1
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (706 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in


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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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Feb 08, 2015
  • janicecg rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Absolutely loved this series. Essie Davis is marvelous as are the rest of the cast. And the costumes are magnificent. Definitely waiting for the next series of episodes.

Feb 07, 2015
  • suzirox rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Absolutely delightful! Essie Davis is perfection, and the production values are flawless.

Feb 07, 2015
  • jalyth rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is my favorite thing ever. I have been recommending it to everyone I know. I think I was taken when there was a lesbian in the very first episode. (you find out later, unless you have gaydar)

I love the costumes! Essie Davis is awesome!

I don't know if it is historically accurate, and I do not care one whit. Even if it is written with modern sensibilities about a time in the past, well, I don't actually want to watch history... history is full of terribleness, and this is not.

I learned just now from other comments that there is a book series, and am about to check those out too.

Feb 07, 2015
  • 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.

Jan 05, 2015

delightful and fun, love the 1920 theme and the actors really portray the period and are so likeable.

Nov 25, 2014

A most enjoyable series. Costuming is fantastic.
Looking forward to watching Series 2

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.

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.

Aug 05, 2014

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.

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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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