Thursday, March 12, 2020

Have You Watched Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries?

By Gayle Leeson

I started watching Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries on Netflix and fell in love with the show. If you haven't seen it, it's an Australian show in which glamorous, sassy private detective Phryne Fisher solves crimes in Melbourne in the late 1920s. (The show is based on a series of books by Kerry Greenwood, but I haven't read them.) Phryne lives in a gorgeous home, drives a convertible roadster, wears beautiful outfits, and is talented in just about everything. Plus, she has an assistant named Dot, a butler named Mr. Butler, and drivers Burt and Cec to help her in her crime-solving. What's not to love?


I'm looking forward to the upcoming movie, Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears. It's scheduled to debut on Acorn TV on March 23. I have Acorn through my Amazon Prime membership. I feel like I'm invested in this movie since I took part in the crowdfunding for it. I bought the package giving me insights into the costuming because I found it incredibly interesting (the costumes in the show are fantastic) and because I based my character Maxine "Max" Englebright of the Ghostly Fashionista Series partially on Phryne Fisher.

I watched the Acorn series Miss Fisher's Modern Mysteries, set in the sixties and based on the adventures of Phryne's niece. It's cute, but there were only four episodes in the first season (no word as to whether or not there will be a second season), and I didn't get as invested in it as I did the Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.

Have you seen the show or the movie? If so, what did you think?


13 comments:

Gram said...

No I have not seen either. I tried to read this series by Kerry Greenwood because I liked one of her her other series so much, but could not get into it. If anyone decides to read the other series it is one where you should start at the beginning with Earthly Delights.

Grandma Cootie said...

I love it!! Funny, witty, good mystery, gorgeous costumes, great characters, yep, I love it. Can't wait for the movie.

catladymac said...

She sounds a bit like a grown-up Nancy Drew !

Gayle said...

I didn't want to go back and read the books because I was afraid it would be too different from the series. Which series of Kerry Greenwood's did you enjoy?

Gayle said...

Me too!

Gayle said...

It's a really good show. :)

Lorraine Bartlett said...

I loved the series. My SIL got us hooked on it. And I, too, contributed to the crowdfunding for the movie. I don't have Acorn, so I'll just have to buy the DVD when it becomes available.

TL TL said...

Loved the show - it's one of the only two DVD sets I've ever purchased (Murdoch Mysteries is the other).

Effie Davis is marvelous as Phryne Fisher. Phryne is independent, doesn't care much about societal norms, yet cares deeply about the people in her life. Her character reminds me of my much-loved Rosalind Russell version of Auntie Mame.

I've since read some of the Kerry Greenwood books and am glad I saw the shows first. Now, as I read I can picture the characters so clearly in my mind.

Counting the days to the movie !!

Meg85242 said...

I love and miss this series. My Phred was named Phryne until the vet told us she was a he. Being a fan of British television, it was his idea to change Phryne to Phred, keeping the Ph. I loved it!

Gayle said...

I'm counting down the days. If it isn't on my version of Acorn, I'll have to buy the DVD too.

Gayle said...

I've never seen Auntie Mame. I'll look for it! :)

Gayle said...

That's adorable!

laurie said...

our local PBS started airing this series this winter. My husband and I thoroughly enjoy it. The other one that follows is Franki Drake Mysteries i think Acorn also
does the production on that one...both enjoyable but i want to get the books once our library opens up again.