Sunday, June 29, 2014

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: Season One on DVD

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: Season One
based on the books by Kerry Greenwood [DVD Miss]

Despite their ongoing popularity, I'll have to admit, I've never really gotten into the printed mystery novels by Kerry Greenwood featuring Phryne Fisher, an Australian socialite who solves mysteries in Melbourne and Sydney in the Golden Age of Mystery Fiction (1920s-1930s) But, I was intrigued enough by what I actually have read to give this Australian TV series (now released in the U.S. on DVD) a chance, and I'm glad I did. This is a superb production -- very stylish and rich with period detail. The series (which has had two seasons produced thus far), is direct adaptations of the Greenwood novels, rather than "original" stories for the screen. The show stars Essie Davis as Miss Phryne Fisher, Nathan Page as Detective Inspector Jack Robinson and Ashley Cummings as Dorothy "Dot" Williams. The look of the show is sumptuous in its details, the music is catchy, and the attention to detail with props and costumes is marvelous. I've heard from fans of the books that readers seem to think the books are much better than the series. But speaking as somebody who couldn't get "into" the books, I highly recommend this television series on DVD. -- recommended by Scott C. - Bennett Martin Public Library [ See Scott's Reviewer Profile ]

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try the novels by Kerry Greenwood that it is based upon.]

[This was one of the titles Scott featured in the Golden Age of Mystery Fiction issue of his library newsletter, It's All Geek to Me!]

[ Internet Movie Database entry for this series ] | [ Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries episode guide at ] | [ Official Australian TV site for this show (some content not viewable outside Australia) ]

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