MISS FISHER’S MURDER MYSTERIES (2014)

Series 2

 

Producer(s): Deborah Cox, Fiona Eagger

Director(s): Tony Tilse, Ken Cameron, Declan Eames, Sian Davies, Peter Andrikidis, Catherine Millar

Writer(s): Kristen Dunphy, Ysabelle Dean, Jon Banas, Michelle Offen, Chris Corbett, Elizabeth Coleman

(Based on the novels by Kerry Greenwood)

Cast: Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Ashleigh Cummings, Miriam Margolyes, Tammy Macintosh…

Genre(s): Crime/Drama/Mystery
60 minutes per episode (Australian TV series – seen on PBS)
MPAA Rating: NR
Price: $59.99 (Available for less at many online sources)

 

Reviewed by Cherie Jung
(December, 2015)

 

Set in the late 1920s Melbourne, Australia, Essie Davis reprises her role as Phryne Fisher (pronounced Fry-nee). The “lady detective” continues to tangle with Detective Inspector Jack Robinson (Nathan Page) over the resolution of his/her/their cases. Jack laments, she knows there’s a case even before he does.

Miss Fisher is a spunky heroine sure to appeal to a wide range of viewers, both female and male. 

This series continues to be hugely popular, I believe, because of the high production values –attention to detail with authentic costumes, set design, locations, interesting secondary characters, intriguing plots, witty dialogue, and the wonderful ensemble cast. There is a good balance between the development of the regular characters and their interpersonal relationships and the crimes that are the impetus for that change.

 

There are thirteen episodes in Season 2.

 

"Murder Most Scandalous" – Dot’s sister, Lola, wants to hire Miss Fisher to find the killer of one of her co-worker friends. Detective Inspector Robinson must deal with his former father-in-law who appears to have killed a woman in a locked room.

"Death Comes Knocking" – Aunt Prudence invites a famed spiritualist to contact her dead god son, who died in the war.   Miss Fisher is skeptical, especially when the séance seems to lead to murder.

"Dead Man’s Chest" – A trip to the seaside resort of Queenscliff involves Miss Fisher in a legend of buried pirate’s treasure.

"Deadweight" – Skirmishes between local rival gangs seems to lead to the death of one of the gang leaders and to an equally dangerous, unsavory fight rigging scheme.

"Murder à la Mode" – A death at Madame Fleuri’s fashion salon while Phryne is there for a fitting, pique’s her interest. Though the handsome, much younger husband is a suspect, especially in the eyes of the police, Miss Fisher thinks there is more going on behind the scenes than just murder.

"Marked for Murder" – When a leading Australian football player is found dead, suspicions fall on the rival team.

"Blood at the Wheel" – The Victorian Automobile Association sponsors an annual rally. As the women’s team is preparing for the competition, their driver is found dead in her roadster. Phryne insists the death was murder. The police aren’t so convinced.

"The Blood of Juana the Mad" – When a fresh corpse shows up in Dr. Mac’s anatomy lecture instead of the cadaver she was expecting, suspicion falls on one of the medical students, a brilliant but eccentric young woman named Beatrice.

"Framed for Murder" – Production of a silent movie by one of Phryne’s friends is threatened by death, deception, and the coming age of “talkie” motion pictures.

"Death on the Vine" – When Phryne and Dot travel to an idyllic but isolated vineyard to meet  Phryne’s next client, the townsfolk appear sinister and some are outright hostile!

"Dead Air" – Murder on the airwaves, literally. Not just in a script.

"Unnatural Habits" – The death of a young girl who ran away from a home for pregnant and wayward girls leads Phryne in a disturbing direction and danger, as she stubbornly works to solve the mystery.

"Murder Under the Mistletoe" – When Aunt Prudence, Dr. Mac, and Phryne head off to the mountains for Christmas in July, they become snowbound and trapped with a cunning killer.




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