It's no secret that I love murder mysteries, especially period ones, so I thought I'd try to start a new regular post to feature some of my favourites. I'm not very fussy when it comes to murder mysteries, though, so quality may vary! And I'll probably stick to TV shows for the time being.
Anyway, for my inaugural Murder Mystery Monday, I thought I would post about Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.
The show is based on the Phryne Fisher detective novels by Kerry Greenwood. I still haven't read any of the books but if you take a look at my Goodreads 'to read' shelf I think you'll know why! Starring Essie Davis as Phryne, the show is set in Melbourne in the 1920s. Davis is magnificent as Miss Fisher and she is rarely, if ever, let down by her supporting cast, both regulars and guest stars.
Aside from the acting and production, the costumes are all very lovely. The '20s aren't my forte so I couldn't say how accurate the costuming is but I think it works very well and all the costumes are perfectly suited to each character.
I've got a few screenshots to show off some of the clothes - all of these are from the first episode, Cocaine Blues, which aired on the 24th of February last year. It would take me too long to get shots from every episode, unfortunately.
Miss Fisher has plenty of fabulous hats, gorgeous coats and handsome men...
Essie Davis looking beautiful in one of her many lovely hats.
The sets are exquisite, too.
Miss Fisher is always shocking someone (this time it's her aunt on the right).
One of my favourite aspects of the show is the relationship between Miss Fisher and Detective Jack Robinson, pictured left.
Her maid/companion, Dot, is so funny and lovely. And a great contrast to Phyrne's 'wild' ways.
And the show looks great, too.
We get some guest stars, like Miranda Otto in the first episode...
I think some people described it as 'hammy' and I suppose there are elements of that but, considering the kinds of movies and TV shows that tend to be my favourites, I may have a different scale by which to judge hamminess. Ha. Plus...it's a cosy murder mystery!
Sure, it's not 100% historically accurate (what is? Some people were nitpicking on the ABC forum and, whilst it can be fun to do that sometimes, I understand why things can't be 100% accurate all the time - funding, time constraints, etc.) but it's entertaining and it's just a lot of fun.
It also has great stories each episode and a fairly interesting arc that ties the series together overall as well as being a good showcase of Australian talent, I think. And I was happy to have an Australian murder mystery that I wholeheartedly love!
I know quite a few of my Australian friends loved this show from reactions on twitter, so who else loves this show as much as I do? Wikipedia tells me it is airing in Canada and may be airing in the UK this year.
Now I have to go through my list and pick out another show for next Monday (if enough people enjoy this post)...
Edit on the 23rd of February - I forgot one of the most important parts of a murder mystery show! Them theme!
Andi B. Goode