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Known for her dagger-sharp wit and pearl-handled pistol, fledgling detective Phryne Fisher fights injustice in the back lanes and jazz clubs of 1920’s Melbourne. Tasmanian actress Essie Davis (The Babadook, Game of Thrones) brings to life the impish socialite at the center of this marvelously seductive Australian adaptation of Kerry Greenwood’s series of detective novels, know collectively as Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.
When the widow of artist Pierre Sarcelle pays a visit, Phryne is reminded of the time she spent in Paris. Ten years earlier, Phryne had posed for the renowned painter. Meanwhile, Bert and Cec witness a fellow war veteran die in a hit and run car accident. Phryne's friends suspect that it was no accident and ask for the sleuth to investigate the murder.
A dead body makes an appearance in a circus act gone horribly wrong. Phryne poses as a magician's assistant to investigate. The scene brings back memories of the last time she saw her younger sister, Janey. As children they would sneak into the big top show, until the night Janey disappeared.
Phryne plays host to ghostly soldiers and exotic spiritualists. Aunt Prudence is swept up in the new spiritualist fad and enlists the famed Mrs. Bolkonsky to contact her dead godson, Lieutenant - Colonel Roland Claremont. The séance leaves Phryne certain there is something amiss - but it has nothing to do with the psychic realm. A message from beyond the grave leads to the death of a war veteran and Phryne uncovers a past murder that lay buried in the battle field for more than ten years.
The captain of a local football team is found hanged before a game against the crosstown rivals, who appear to be the likely suspects. However, Phryne and Jack find evidence that the man may have killed himself and have to figure out why someone might want to make a suicide look like a murder.
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