Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries – a brief review

essie davisMiss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries – a brief review

Available on Netflix, "Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries," is a sort of Australian version of the "Avengers" TV series, where Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis) plays Mrs. Peel (Diana Rigg) to Detective Inspector John "Jack" Robinson (Nathan Page) as John Steed (Patrick McNee). Here it is Jack who is already married (though both Emma’s and Jack’s spouses remain forever off-screen,) so that Jack and Phryne’s personal relationship remains strictly professional  (Series 1 Episode 2: "A marriage is still a marriage, Miss Fisher" "Especially to a man of honor.")

The time period is 1920’s vs. 1960’s and the treatment is more “serious with occasional fluff” (ala Hercule Poirot TV series) vs. “refusal to take too seriously with campy exaggeration” (details, details). But both Miss Fisher and Avengers charm through strong dual leads (differential expertise balanced with respect and affection) and entertaining, period-related plot issues.

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

The Avengers (TV series)

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