With series 3 filming now complete, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is set to return in 2015 on ABC in Australia and on a number of public television stations in America. Armed with her pearl-handled pistol and, let’s just say, a rather adventurous outlook on life for a woman of that era, Essie Davis returns as the glamorous Phryne Fisher to continue her fight against injustice in the back lanes, jazz clubs and shady neighborhoods of late 1920’s Melbourne.
Together with Detective Inspector Jack Robinson (Nathan Page), Phryne Fisher is the creation of Australian author, Kerry Greenwood. “Phryne is a hero, just like James Bond or the Saint, but with fewer product endorsements and a better class of lovers,” says Greenwood. “I decided to try a female hero and made her as free as a male hero, to see what she would do.”
In every sense of the word, the Honourable Phryne Fisher complements DI Robinson’s by the book police procedures as she uses her endless charm and daring wit to get the information she needs while continuing to leave a trail of admirers in her rear-view mirror. She is equally at home solving murders with her Smith & Wesson as she is with a cocktail in hand, charming paramours in her full-length white silk coat.
Like her male counterpart, she offers private services in the tradition of Sherlock Holmes in 1920s Melbourne. She’s the female embodiment of the world’s greatest consulting detective with striking looks that make her both thrilling and dangerous all at the same time. She is perfectly at home in Melbourne’s Parisian-style bistros but has no problem mixing it up in the city’s darkened side streets right around the next corner.
And, she also has a brief message for us all as we get ready for series 3, coming in 2015.