In her mystery novels built around heiress-turned-amateur sleuth Phryne Fisher, Australian author Kerry Greenwood created a heroine who is smart, sexy, fiercely independent, a bit scandalous and definitely ahead of her time. It's a character who, as personified by actress Essie Davis, easily made the transition from page to screen. Phryne (pronounced Pry-nee), is perfect for television.
Here's a brief look at "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries."
Year it began: 2012
Are they making new episodes?: Possibly, plus a movie is in the works.
Where it can be seen: Streaming on Netflix and Acorn Media. PBS also has aired some episodes.
Who’s in it: Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Hugo Johnstone-Burt and Ashleigh Cummings
Typical episode length: 53 minutes
Number of episodes to date: 3 seasons/32 episodes
Brief plot description: An enchanting heiress solves murders in 1920s Melbourne.
Why it’s worth watching: Somewhere between Nancy Drew and Jessica Fletcher is Phryne Fisher, a woman of impeccable taste with a nose for murder.
With her trademark bob, bright red lipstick and outstanding fashion sense, she’s hard to miss – and resist. This female James Bond knows how to defend herself (note the gold, pearl-handled gun in the garter) and she’s skilled in the art of seduction. (Single by choice, her true affection is for the long-suffering Detective Inspector Jack Robinson).
The mysteries are interesting, Davis is loads of fun as Phryne and the 1920s costumes are so stunningly impeccable they are the focus of a new exhibit in Australia.