I wasn’t looking for a new crime series to binge watch when I recently came across Miss Fisher, but hours later I found my chores undone, my book club book unread, and my cat staring longingly at her empty food bowl. Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries has it all: it’s cozy enough to appeal to fans of gentler mysteries, but it doesn’t shy away from serious issues like class, racial discrimination, and women’s rights. The tone of the series can be a little bit dark at times, with lots of funny, clever, and sexy bits in between. By the end of each episode, Miss Fisher always solves her case, all while dressed impeccably I might add.
If you’re like me and aren’t familiar with Kerry Greenwood’s novels, her heroine Miss Phryne (pronounced Fry-Knee) Fisher is a thoroughly modern and independently wealthy woman living in 1920s Melbourne, Australia. Phryne has quite a knack for solving mysteries and becomes a private detective. She is dismissed by the local police leader Inspector Jack Robinson as a nosy pest, but sooner than later Robinson realizes how valuable her skills of deduction can be. Phryne’s little sister was kidnapped and murdered when they were kids. Her killer is in prison, but has never admitted to the crime, nor revealed where her body is buried.
I do feel guilty not having read any of the Miss Fisher novels before watching series one, but I plan to remedy that before moving to series two. A third series has been commissioned so we have more episodes to look for in the future. Essie Davis, whose name is gaining notoriety after starring in the 2014 horror film The Babadook, is absolutely superb as Miss Fisher. The supporting cast is excellent as well. And the historic setting of Melbourne is so much fun to experience. There’s only one thing left to say – watch it and I guarantee you’ll be entertained!