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Monday Start-Up: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and Why You Should Tune In

by Rachel Yeomans | January 6th, 2014   

Yes everyone was all abuzz last night about the Downton Abbey season premiere, and yes I’ll catch up via the PBS app on my Apple TV tonight. But allow me to recommend another series. Think Downton Abbey meets Sherlock with a fabulously frocked leading lady. Dear readers, I give you Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.

miss fisher murder mystery Monday Start Up: Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries and Why You Should Tune In

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is an Australian television drama series broadcast on ABC1. The series is based on author Kerry Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher Murder Mystery novels with the premise revolving around the personal and professional life of Phryne Fisher (pronounced Frannie – fabulous name, yes?) played by the lovely and talented Essie Davis, a glamorous private detective in 1920s Melbourne. According to Wikipedia, the first thirteen-part series was filmed over a six-month period in and around Melbourne from July 2011. Season 2 just wrapped up in December, and the drama has been bought by 120 territories worldwide. Including…the United States!

main cast of Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries Monday Start Up: Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries and Why You Should Tune In

I discovered the series on Netflix streaming as it was listed as a recommendation. Oh Netflix, you are oh so smart. I was immediately hooked and have probably watched the series three times! The series is well acted, well written and a romp of a storyline – with some dark undertones that add some nice spice to the mix. And the clothes…oh the clothes!

miss fisher murder mystery clothes Monday Start Up: Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries and Why You Should Tune In

miss fisher mystery outfit Monday Start Up: Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries and Why You Should Tune In

Per the work wear angle, my favorite office outfit from Season 1 is below. It was difficult for me to find a decent photo, but the loose version of the skirt suit Essie Davis wore in the episode, “Murder on the Ballarat Train”, is absolutely gorgeous and I immediately wanted to have it for myself and wear the exact ensemble to work the next day…statement scarf included.

miss fisher mystery Monday Start Up: Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries and Why You Should Tune In

I introduced the series to one of my friends who was visiting from out of town for New Year’s. After the first episode, she declared that if writers and producers brainstormed in a room on what series would be perfectly tailored to me, this would be it. And I do think she is right. Mostly because of the main character Phryne. She’s independent (and independently wealthy), strong, confident, adventurous, promiscuous, kind-hearted and drinks scotch! Oh yes, and dresses impeccably. So it’s probably not a surprise that I tweeted the following:

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Due to the handy reporting within Google Analytics, I’ve known for some time that you lovely residents of Australia are quite loyal readers of TheWorkingWardrobe. First off, thank you! And second, you have the lucky opportunity to see some of the costumes worn during the show (and some never seen by viewers!) at the Sydney Costume Exhibition running from March 1st – June 1st, 2014. For those in the area, please attend and I’ll live vicariously through you.

miss fisher murder mystery sydney costume exhibition Monday Start Up: Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries and Why You Should Tune In

While you are oohing and aahing over Miss Fisher’s wardrobe, I’ll be introducing myself to the book series that inspired them! I scanned a few of the books on Goodreads, and the covers were enough to sell me. A pretty outfit and a pretty book cover? (And a great story?) Sold!

Miss Fisher Murder Myseries Books Monday Start Up: Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries and Why You Should Tune In

 

2 comments
RustyStubblefield
RustyStubblefield

I watched all 13 episodes of the first season on Acorn, and it's so wonderful to see a new Miss Fisher every week  this time!  I love all the cast, and hope that Mr Butler still hangs in there for the long run, too:) 

theworkwardrobe
theworkwardrobe moderator

@RustyStubblefieldThanks for the comment Rusty! I have to wait for the 2nd season, but have seen all the trailers on YouTube by now! :) And I just got my mother hooked, so extra bonus there!