Reviewed by David Savage
Starring: Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Ashleigh Cummings, Hugo Johnstone-Burt
Running Time: 734 minutes (approx.)
The Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher is back for a second series!
Miss Phryne Fisher is a glamorous, independent, modern and flirtatious women who also happens to be a private detective or lady detective as she is known. Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is set in “between-the-wars” 1920’s Melbourne, Australia.
Miss Fisher (Essie Davis) along with her trusted assistant, Dorothy “Dot” Williams (Ashleigh Cummings) seem to find murder wherever they go. Miss Fisher always finds herself investigating murders with Detective Inspector Jack Robinson (Nathan Page), whether he requires her help or not, and his right hand man Constable Hugh Collins (Hugo Johnstone-Burt) who is also Dot’s beau.
Series Two starts with an unconscious deputy police commissioner with a dead woman on his rug in a locked room (from the inside), but did the police commissioner kill her? She also finds murder in fashion houses, brothels and a circus among other places.
Overall, having never seen the first series or even heard of it before I was disappointed when I started the DVD as my immediate opinion was that is was an Australian crime drama set in the 1920s – how good could it possibly be. Well I got a BIG surprise, it was actually brilliant and I loved every minute of it. A well-to-do lady detective running around solving murders, flirting with all the men she comes across (although she seems to more interested in DI Jack Robinson), while women are expected to be at home. Alongside her she has her devout Catholic sidekick who is a complete contrast to Miss Fisher.
The storylines are entertaining and mixed in is some light-hearted humour. A good, fun crime drama with period costumes and some good acting.
Definitely worth watching.
Available to buy from Acorn DVD here.