Heads up, Australia, the Honourable Miss Phryne (pronounced Fry-nee) Fisher returns for series three beginning Friday, 8 May on ABC. Not to worry, America, series 3 is headed to public television stations in the not-too-distant future. While Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries may not make you immediately abdicate your allegiance to Sherlock or forget about James Bond, but it is, without a doubt, well worth your time.
If, by chance, you’re new to the world of Phryne Fisher, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is definitely not your parents’ Miss Marple. Phryne Fisher is a fashionably beautiful investigator with both a penchant for murder cases that take her through back alleys, jazz clubs and shady neighborhoods and a rather adventurous outlook on life for a woman of that era. She is equally at home solving murders with her pearl-handled Smith & Wesson as she is in her full-length white silk coat, cocktail in hand, leaving a trail of admirers in her rear-view mirror.
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, Miss 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.
So, grab some popcorn and get ready for series 3 with this brief message from Essie Davis.
In case you missed it, we had the great good fortune to catch up with Miss Fisher star, Essie Davis, during filming of series 2 for bit of Q&A with the actress that brings 1920’s Melbourne to life. In the meantime, here’s a brief look at what is in store beginning 8 May.
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries returns Friday, 8 May on ABC-TV, Australia