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Series: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is an Australian television drama series, first broadcast in February 2012. The series is based on author Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher murder mystery novels and was created by Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger. Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries revolves around the personal and professional life of Phryne Fisher (played by Essie Davis), a glamorous private detective in 1920s Melbourne.

The series contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: Phryne Fisher
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the novels, Inspector Jack Robinson is a middle-aged man whose major physical trait is that he is instantly forgettable. Here he is ruggedly handsome. And Dot, who is described as plain in the novels, is played by the very cute Ashleigh Cummings.
  • Aerith and Bob: Phryne and her sister, Jane.
  • Always Murder: The case might start out as locating a missing hat, but someone's going to die soon enough.
  • Battle Butler: Mr. Butler's time in the military has left him with useful hand-to-hand combat skills and an impressive arsenal of weapons.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Phryne and Jack in series one; by series two they're well into Will They or Won't They? territory.
  • Blithe Spirit: Phryne changes everyone in her corner of Melbourne. Except maybe Aunt Prudence.
  • The Boxing Episode: "Deadweight".
  • Christmas Episode: "Murder Under the Mistletoe", which aired at Christmas, but in-universe wasn't actually set at Christmas. However, the characters are celebrating 'Christmas in July', an Australian tradition where Christmas-style celebrations are held during the southern hemisphere winter, which falls in the middle of the year.
  • Click Hello: In "Unnatural Habits", Phryne is searching the ship and has just discovered the missing girls when she is interrupted by the click of an automatic being cocked behind her.
  • Cool Car: Loads of them! Phryne's Hispano-Suiza, Jack's '28 Graham-Paige, Bert & Cec's '29 Hudson, a '28 Alfa Romeo worth over a million, even the '16 Overland Amulance seen in a flashback.
  • Cut the Fuse: Phryne shots a burning length of film that is being used as an improvised Powder Trail in "Framed for Murder". However, the burning film flips and lands on the piled celluloid, reigniting it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: How Jack deals with the chaos Phryne brings into his world.
  • Dirty Harriet: Phryne goes undercover as a Spanish fan dancer at a gentleman's club in "Murder Most Scandalous".
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Jack tries this after the accident in "Blood at the Wheel".
  • Engineered Public Confession: In "Dead Air", Phryne confronts a murderer in a radio studio. She switches on the microphone so that the killer's confession is broadcast live.
  • Fair Cop: Jack Robinson and Hugh Collins.
  • Fake-Out Make-Out: Happens between Phryne and Inspector Robinson in "Murder in Montparnasse".
  • Gorgeous Period Dress / Costume Porn: A lot of attention is devoted to Phryne's gorgeous outfits.
  • Hat Damage: Jack Robinson has his hat shot off his head in "Death on the Vine".
  • Iris Out: Used at the end of every episode, to match the time period of the show
  • Knife-Throwing Act: Phryne goes undercover as the target girl in a knife-throwing act in "Blood and Circuses".
  • Not-So-Fake Prop Weapon: In "Framed for Murder", the killer swaps the prop knife being used in a movie for the real knife used for taking stills. When the director demonstrates to the actress how he wants her to stab the leading man, he stabs himself in the heart.
  • Phoney Call: In "Death on the Vine", Phryne makes a call to Jack and pretends to be talking to her mechanic so the people eavesdropping on her call won't know who she is really talking to.
  • Powder Trail: In "Framed for Murder", the murderer uses a long line of celluloid film like a powder trail to ignite a huge pile of unspooled film he is planning to use to burn his victim to death.
  • Pretty in Mink: Phryne has a fondness for fur wraps and fur-trimmed coats.
  • The Roaring Twenties
  • Shipper on Deck: Jack, Phryne and Mr. Butler all ship Hugh/Dot because Everyone Can See It. Jack is surprisingly unsubtle as he leans on Hugh.
  • Shoot the Rope: In "Framed for Murder", Phryne shoots the rope holding a sandbag, causing it to drop and extinguish a fire.
  • The Stoic: Jack Robinson.
  • Throw the Book at Them: In "Raisins and Almonds", Phryne confronts an intruder in a bookstore. The intruder tips over a bookshelf and dumps a pile of books on her.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: Maiden Creek in "Death on the Vine".
  • Vehicular Sabotage: In "Blood at the Wheel", the wheel nuts on a female rally driver's car are loosened, causing the wheel to come off at high speed.

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