The action begins with Phryne (pronounced FRY-nee) arriving in Melbourne. She continually scandalizes her Aunt Prudence, but manages to get involved in solving the murder of an acquaintance's husband right away. Her success in the case, as well as the fun she has in outsmarting the police, make her decide to offer her services as a Lady Detective.
|Aunt Prudence, shocked yet again |
by Phryne's behavior!
The cases she takes on also show her sense of justice. There are many conflicts that she must resolve, including many star-crossed romances: interracial, Protestant-Catholic, and homosexual relationships are all accepted as perfectly acceptable and normal to Phryne, even though the rest of society might be scandalized. She also steps in to reunite long-lost relatives, and in her spare time, helps to resolve a labor dispute. There truly is no end to her talents!
I really enjoyed watching the (mostly) carefree Phryne sail her way through Melbourne between the wars. Her overall vitality and her compassion for all makes her a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable character. You can't help but root for her, even if she sometimes puts herself in unnecessary danger!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries from Acorn Media in exchange for this review
Final Verdict for Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: Four Gherkins, for being a delightful look at a thoroughly modern lady detective