Miss Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis, Girl with a Pearl Earring) is back with more intriguing mysteries and exquisite fashion. A private detective in 1920s Melbourne, Phryne has a knack for being in the right place at the right timeand shes usually armed with the right weapon. Aided by her maid, Dorothy Dot Williams (Ashleigh Cummings, Tomorrow, When the War Began), Phryne ventures from the citys mansions to its brothels, gaining admirers and enemies along the way. . Miss Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis, Girl with a Pearl Earring) is back with more intriguing mysteries and exquisite fashion. A private detective in 1920s Melbourne, Phryne has a knack for being in the right place at the right timeand shes usually armed with the right weapon. Aided by her maid, Dorothy Dot Williams (Ashleigh Cummings, Tomorrow, When the War Began), Phryne ventures from the citys mansions to its brothels, gaining admirers and enemies along the way. Often assisting their investigations are Detective Inspector Jack Robinson (Nathan Page, The Secret Life of Us) and Constable Hugh Collins (Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Cloudstreet). Jack finds Phrynes eager interest in his cases exasperating, but he comes to rely on her crime-solving instinctsand is increasingly captivated by her other charms. John Noble (Fringe, Sleepy Hollow) guest stars in this series of the hit Australian drama.. Episode 1 - Murder Most Scandalous
Sumptuous brothels and respectable mansions. When Jack's ex father-in-law, Deputy Commissioner George Sanderson, is implicated in the brutal murder of a prostitute, Jack is determined to clear his name. Despite strict instructions from Jack not to meddle in his case which also reintroduces Jacks ex-wife, Rosie - Phryne decides to perfect her fan dance in order to go undercover at the gentlemans club of the notorious Madam Lyon
Episode 2 - Death Comes Knocking
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 then ten years before returning to haunt the perpetrators.
Episode 3 - Dead Man's Chest
Based on Kerry Greenwoods book of the same name. Buried treasure and pirate legends bubble to the surface in the seaside holiday town of Queenscliff. When Aunt Prudence insists Phryne help an old school chum whose holiday mansion has been burgled, Phryne and Jack discover the summer paradise is not so perfect. Things take a deadly turn when more than one body washes up on the beach and Phryne finds herself at the pointy end of a Spanish dagger.
Episode 4 - Deadweight
The gaiety of St Kildas famous Esplanade is marred by the violence of gang warfare and the police who struggle to control it. When a gang leader is found dead outside a travelling boxing tent, Phryne's investigation leads her into the dangerous but thrilling world of fight rigging and tribal payback. As Constable Hugh Collins becomes emotionally embroiled, Phryne digs further to protect him and finds the most formidable fighters are outside the ring
Episode 5 - Murder a la Mode
Set in the Fleuri sisters exclusive fashion salon at the Paris end of Collins Street. When Phryne arrives at Madame Fleuri's for a fitting, she unexpectedly finds herself amidst a crime scene. The salons benefactor has been found impaled on her own hairpiece in the sumptuous powder room, and everyone present is a suspect! Phryne uses her innate understanding of haute couture fashion to help Jack uncover an elaborate scheme.
Episode 6 - Marked for Murder
Inspired by a short story of Kerry Greenwoods and set amidst the passion and fanaticism of 1929 Australian Rules Football. When Phryne is duped into investigating the coachs missing lucky cap, she discovers a gruesome murder instead the local team Captain is found hanging by a rival teams scarf and it seems at first a clear-cut case of murderous sabotage. Phrynes investigation is complicated by the return of Jacks ex-wife, her dashing fiancé and the Deputy Police Commissioners fanatical support for the opposition team. As she uncovers a past crime, Phryne reveals the lengths some men will go to for the sake of the game.
Episode 7 - Blood at the Wheel
In the fast-moving world of an all-womens motorcar garage, Phrynes mechanic Ailsa is preparing for an annual rally put on by the Victorian Automobile Association. Everything changes when Gerty, the driver for the ladies team, is found dead in her roadster. The crash deals a solid blow to the case for women drivers and has Phryne up in arms struggling to convince Jack that her friends death was no accident. Jack has his own inner battle to contend with coming to terms with the absolute desolation he experienced when he mistakenly thought the motorcar accident involved Phryne Fisher and decides that he needs to step away.
Episode 8 - The Blood of Juana the Mad
Loosely based on a Kerry Greenwood short story and set at a university college. When the fresh corpse of Professor Katz turns up in place of a cadaver in Dr Mac's anatomy lecture she demands that Phryne and Jack now estranged work together in her interest. As they step around each other to investigate the murder and the disappearance of a valuable manuscript the Book of Hours of Juana the Mad - a web of college pranking, politics and eugenics theory looks set to unravel. Not only do they solve the crime, but Jack and Phryne accept they work better together in the interests of law and order.
Episode 9 - Framed for Murder
A journey into the twilight world of silent movies. Hollywood has a stranglehold on the Australian industry and with 'talkies' on the way, the exotic 'Bride of Babylon' production is in serious jeopardy. With one of Phrynes oldest friends producing the movie, she has no choice but to get involved when the lead actor is murdered on set. She steps in to solve the crime and save the production juggling the roles of principal investor and private investigator. The show must go on, and when the director is also killed, Phryne takes the reins.
Episode 10 - Death on the Vine
When Phryne arrives at an idyllic vineyard in the countryside to investigate a suspicious death in the past, she lands in the middle of an annual Wine Festival and the recent murder of her own client. She feels obligated to investigate his death and continue with her original case, but the hostile townsfolk decide shes outstayed her welcome and do everything they can to drive her away. Hugh happily rescues Dot from the threatening town as he nervously prepares for the most perfect, poetic proposal he can muster.
Episode 11 - Dead Air
There's a new radio in the Fisher household but theres murder on the airwaves when Dots new favourite show is interrupted by an on air panic. The radio station's bookkeeper and budding announcer is found choked to death but when Phryne gets involved, she finds Jack already undercover as the newsreader. In an ironic turnaround, Phryne is officially engaged to investigate the death - as Jack resorts to more clandestine investigative strategies. In the cut and thrust of the investigation, Dot suffers the terrible realisation that she doesnt want to relinquish working for Miss Fisher when she marries and takes up her wifely duties.
Episode 12 - Unnatural Habits
Based on Kerry Greenwoods book Unnatural Habits. The gothic world of the Magdalene Laundries - a halfway house for pregnant and wayward girls, run by Catholic nuns - sets the scene for the tragic death of an escaping teenager. As Phryne becomes more suspicious of the goings-on behind the convent walls, she and Jack realise the threads of this crime lead higher up and closer to home than they ever suspected
The return of Jacks father-in-law now Chief Commissioner Sanderson his ex-wife, Rosie and her dashing beau - offers a chilling insight into extent of police corruption in Jacks hometown.
Episode 13 - Murder under the Mistletoe
Phryne, Dot and Dr Mac happily accompany Aunt Prudence to a picturesque chalet to celebrate a white Christmas in July. The party arrives to find one of the residents dead electrocuted while hanging festive lights. No more suspicious than the usual Miss Fisher investigation, until the body count starts to rapidly rise. Heavy snowfalls and harsh weather trap them all with a murderer in their midst and any one of them the next victim. Its a race against time for Phryne and Jack to hunt down the culprit and restore enough Christmas joy to take full advantage should they find themselves standing under that bunch of that mistletoe!
BONUS Series 2 promos (5 min.), behind-the-scenes clips (32 min.), seasons greetings (2 min.), and a photo gallery. Cast
Essie Davis ... Phryne Fisher (26 episodes, 2012-2013)
Nathan Page ... Detective John 'Jack' Robinson (26 episodes, 2012-2013)
Hugo Johnstone-Burt ... Hugh Collins (26 episodes, 2012-2013)
Ashleigh Cummings ... Dorothy 'Dot' Williams (26 episodes, 2012-2013)
Richard Bligh ... Mr. Butler (24 episodes, 2012-2013)
Travis McMahon ... Bert (21 episodes, 2012-2013)
Anthony Sharpe ... Cec (21 episodes, 2012-2013)