Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by shoshanalibrarian
Always a sucker for a good period piece, recently I've been binge-watching Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. Phryne (pronounced Fry-nee) Fisher is a well-to-do lady detective living in Melbourne, Australia, in the 1920s. Somewhat improbably, she manages to be connected to, or in the vicinity of, what seems like every murder in Melbourne. I for one am willing to suspend my disbelief, because Phryne is such a fabulous heroine. Fun-loving, kind-hearted, intelligent, sexy, and tough (she's not afraid to use her Judo skills or her little gold gun to get the job done), Miss Fisher is compulsively watchable. And her wardrobe, from her earrings to her shoes, is positively drool-worthy. Supporting characters include her companion/assistant Dot, who, as a pious Catholic, is frequently shocked by her employer's flapper lifestyle; former pickpocket Jane, whom Phryne adopts as her ward; and the sexy-but-unavailable Detective Inspector Jack Robinson (oh, the longing! the smoldering! the sexual tension!).
If you've already devoured the first series and are eagerly awaiting the second, check out this booklist, which includes the first of the series of books the show is based on, in addition to other murder mysteries featuring strong female protagonists of the same period.
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