- Series Title: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
- Season: Series 3
- Episodes: 8
- Discs: 3
- Network: ABC (Australia)
- Cast: Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Ashleigh Cummings, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Richard Bligh, Travis McMahon, Anthony J. Sharpe
- Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC, R1
Series 3 of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries includes two arc plots: Phryne’s father returns, and, separately, Dot and Hugh prepare for their wedding. Phryne’s father, Baron Harold Gordon Fisher, is a card player, a gambler, and a rake. Even Phryne isn’t sure she can trust him. He arrives in Melbourne, financing a famous magician, but seems to be in serious trouble. Harry and his problems are important to several episodes in the season, including the finale. Hugh meanwhile had proposed to Dot last season. This season the two are determined to get married and set the date. They experience a few issues and problems, but the final episode sees the two married!
The individual stories this season also were better than last season, I felt, although there were good stories in season 2 as well. The reoccurring issues with Phryne’s father, and Dot and Hugh having problems even getting married, though Hugh’s parents disapprove, leads to issues. But the young couple prevails. Phryne and Jack are also more romantic this season, and Phryne is much less likely to chase any convenient man she comes across.
As in previous seasons, the mysteries take place in a variety of settings: a traveling magic show, a championship tennis invitational, a scientific society awards night at a local observatory, The Grand Hotel, a pair of warring Italian restaurants, a women’s health clinic for “hysterical” women, the streets of the poorest section of Melbourne and the hospital van treating the street kids, and an air force base. Phryne, Jack, Dot, and mostly Hugh have their hands full. Hugh is missing from two episodes, he’s sent on a fishing trip. But he returns even more determined to marry Dot. While Hugh is gone, the replacement constable also hits on Dot but she turns him down flat. We even learn Phryne’s one weakness.
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is a wonderful show. The women are strong, independent, and capable. Jack is adorable with Phryne – and he has learned to let her have her head on an investigation. Hugh is still a bit more traditional, but he respects Dot and her career choices. The costumes, wardrobe, wigs, and hats are beautiful, especially Phryne’s outfits. The settings are beautiful and filled with excellent historical detail. The format of the mysteries themselves are more in the “British cozy” vein, but that isn’t a slight. This is a fun, light program. Series 3 is like series 1 in that it’s a bit darker, with the season-long arc about Phryne’s father. Dot and Hugh’s upcoming wedding counterbalances the darkness of the other season-long plot, however.
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is highly recommended.