Mystery shows, generally speaking, are an entertaining experience, especially if there are a few murders involved. However, as is the case with everything these days, we have one too many series out there. Repetitions have become, almost, unavoidable and after watching a few of these shows, you feel like you’ve seen them all. Which is why it is imperative that mystery lovers watch a show as refreshing and unique as Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Based on the book series Phryne Fisher (the first name is pronounced as “fry-knee”) by Australian author Kerry Greenwood, it has been quite the favourite in the land down under. Now, thanks to Netflix, Miss Fisher has found a place in the hearts of millions of adoring fans all across the world. There are more than 13 reasons why you should see this show, but for the sake of our collective sanity, I’ll just give you four.
I know this sounds pretty morbid, but the murders are actually quite nice. As the story is set in post-World War I Australia, a lot of the crimes have to do with people’s position in society, and the way certain people are treated, or rather mistreated. In the very first episode of the first season, we are shown the workings of an illegal abortion clinic, which stays in business because several young women are abused by their employers. Many of the murders are connected to the migration of people from other countries, which is relevant since the bulk of Australia’s population consists of migrants. There are also murders connected to mythology, forensics, Femme Fatales and organised crime. All in all, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries has a murder for everyone.
Miss Fisher and Her Friends
The protagonist of this series, The Honourable Phryne Fisher, is in no way any less interesting than the murders she solves. Born poor and nearly homeless, Phryne would go on to become a nurse, serving on the frontlines during World War I, would travel half the world, and then become an incredibly rich heiress after the death of one of her relatives. Needless to say, Miss Fisher is quite the character, and an interesting role model. She is a free spirit, not bound to or by anyone, yet she is caring and comforting. She makes a home filled with people from various walks of life, all held together by the love they feel for one another. For instance, within Miss Fisher’s household, Mr Butler (who, as it happens, is also the butler) is an army veteran, the drivers Bert and Cec are communist hardliners, Miss Fisher’s companion Dorothy is a devout catholic, and her ward Jane Ross was a juvenile criminal. As is evident, they are as far apart from one another as can be, but Miss Fisher brings them all together with her compassion, charm, and unfailing sense of humour.
Old School Romance, With New School Ideas
Of course, the series has romance. Even Sherlock Holmes, who was almost asexual, had his fair share of romantic encounters. Miss Fisher has many dalliances and even more heartbreaks, but she fixes herself to no one. There is, however, striking chemistry between her and Detective Inspector Jack Robinson. Now, the thing to remember is that the show is set in the late 1920s, and the position of women in society was quite inferior to that of men. The show does its best to show Miss Fisher defying any and all nonsensical social rules, for example, by being the one and only “lady detective” of Australia. Detective Inspector Jack Robinson is also portrayed as a person who is not exactly progressive, but willing to understand the reasons behind Miss Fisher’s actions. But perhaps the most interesting relationship is between Dorothy and Constable Hugh Collins. Like two young lovers, they clash over religion, women’s rights, the idea of marriage, and much more. But, instead of getting mad at each other, they work together to find ways and compromises to their problems. After all, isn’t that what love is all about?
It’s Just a Dang Good Show
Hilarious, witty, sharp and touching, this show will tug at every emotion you are capable of feeling. Each episode is well crafted, and no two stories feel similar in any way. Also, unlike other mystery or detective shows, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries doesn’t feel the need to have a theme to a season. There was a loose theme in the first season, but none in the other two. What this does, is give the show the freedom to fit in various kinds of stories and adventures.
In closing, if you’re feeling bored, or you’ve re-watched Sherlock for the 900th time, give Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries a try. By the time you finish the first episode, you would have found your new favourite detective.