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Series / Ms. Fisher's Modern Murder Mysteries

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The next generation.

A Spin-Off of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. It stars Geraldine Hakewill as Phryne Fisher's long lost niece, Peregrine, who has inherited Phryne's estate after she has apparently gone missing, presumed dead.

Having had dozens of odd jobs, Peregine Fisher is capable of filling in her aunt's shoes better than the vast majority of individuals. Assisting her in this is the Adventuress Club, a Amazon Brigade of genius women who were all helped in their careers by Phryne Fisher. Unfortunately, the Melbourne police are now controlled by a dirty cop named Sparrow who attempts to stymie her efforts at every turn.


Provides examples of:

  • The '60s: The series is set in the early-mid 1960s. This even affects the style of the series itself, which plays not unlike the beach movies of the era.
  • Beta Couple: Samuel and Violetta.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: All over the place.
    • Peregrine and Phryne were both born poor, but Phryne had Aunt Prudence's influence and 10 years of wealth to acclimate her to both society and the freedom money buys, while Peregrine, a new sudden inheritor, is more measured and less brash. She also has to live in her aunt's shadow, while Phryne forged her own path.
    • James Steed is as devoted to good policework as Jack Robinson, but Jack was the head of major station, with an impeccable record that put him beyond the reach of less upright cops. James is much lower on the totem pole and often has to work around superiors who want secrets hidden.
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    • Peregrine and Steed are far more open about their attraction, and both make moves to advance it, unlike Jack and Phryne's slow and close waltz. On a professional level, Jack was often frustrated by Phryne's investigations, while Steed welcomes Peregrine's presence and helps pull her into detective work.
  • Distant Sequel: Set some forty years after the original series, in the early-mid 1960s.
  • Dirty Cop: Chief Inspector Sparrow blatantly flaunts his badge and power. His response when Peregine confronts him for breaking into her house and stealing one of her aunt's notebooks is that he has the power to go anywhere he wants. He takes bribes, and even betrays Peregrine's ex to a mobster, putting Peregrine's life in danger.
  • Eternal Sexual Freedom: Since The '60s was the dawn of the Sexual Revolution, Peregrine faces fewer uphill battles as a PI than her aunt did in The Roaring '20s. There's certainly still a great deal of institutionalized sexism, but Peregrine's activities are far less scandalous than they would have been forty years earlier.
  • Everybody Did It: "Reel Murder"
  • The Mafia: The Mafia plays a role in "Dead Beat." Ironically the murder in the episode is virtually unconnected to the Mob's activities, to the point where their involvement is almost a coincidence.
  • Put on a Bus: Pretty much the entire cast of Miss Fisher. In large part it makes sense because almost forty years have passed and many of the cast would have either passed away or retired due to age. However the only character from the original who receives mention at all are Phryne herself and Mr. Butler. Even Jane, who would be about the same age as Birdie, is never discussed. The latter is particularly egregious since Peregrine is the sole heir to Phryne's fortune.
  • Ship Tease: Between Peregrine and Detective Steed. Unlike Phryne and Jack, they're much more open about their attraction early on.
  • Shout-Out: A sixties investigator names J. Steed? Sounds a bit familiar.
  • Taking The Credit: A focus of Series 1 is Peregrine annoyed that Sparrow keeps getting credit for "solving" her cases.

Alternative Title(s): Miss Fishers Modern Murder Mysteries