"Ms. Fisher's Modern Murder Mystery" Acorn-TV Streaming

by Kathleen Costa

I continue to enjoy my Acorn-TV membership having taken advantage of the deal with an annual fee. I greatly enjoy the oldies I never saw, oldies I love repeating, new favorites, and some that are very informative.

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Every month something new is added to the line up, and my favorites are available for an extended amount of time allowing me to watch again and again. I've even started regularly using some British phrases. Recently my interest was piqued by several interesting documentaries, but I still love the purely British sit-coms, crime dramas, family dramas set in various eras, and mysteries with a cozy edge. I am an eager fan of the Aussie gem Miss Fisher's Murder Mystery series, and totally excited about the spin off, Ms. Fisher's Modern Murder Mystery, released in April with four feature-length episodes. Still set in Melbourne, fans move from the Roarin' 20s to the Mod 60s engaged with the next generation of Fisher women.
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YouTube - Ms. Fisher's Modern Murder Mystery Trailer (1:30)
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Rest In Peace, Miss Phryne!

Time does not stand still. The Honorable Miss Phryne Fisher had captured our hearts with her bold, roaring 20s investigating style. She had Melbourne and DI "Jack" Robinson wrapped around her finger. During the years that followed she founded the Adventuress Club and took "adventure" seriously. In her signature-style, Phryne went headlong into the highlands of New Guinea to assist in finding a missing person, but unfortunately she was the one to go missing...no more to be seen. The only possession found was her gold, pearl-handled revolver.

Enter Ms. Peregrine Fisher!
Phryne Fisher discovered she had a half-sister, but her efforts to connect with this previously unknown relative were unsuccessful, and getting to know her niece was also not to be. Peregrine Fisher is very much like her Aunt Phryne, but with a 1960s mod, liberated flair. However, she is floundering unable to find an adequate career path getting fired from her recent stint as a hairdresser. Fortunately, she discovers she is the only living relative and along with inheriting a fortune, a modern purely 60s house, a steel blue Austin-Healey convertible, and the pearl-handled pistol, she seems to have inherited Phryne's adventurous nature, nose-thumbing of authority, and a talent for covert investigation.

The new member of the Adventuress Club is...
Peregrine Fisher (Geraldine Hakewil) may have found her niche with the Adventuress Club, but membership is not a given as the founder's niece. She needs to prove she is "an exceptional woman of high skill, talent, and accomplishment." How do you prove that? Solve a murder! Although she is capable of leading her own investigation, she has the other members of the club as support from a former spy, an inventor, and a scientist, but its her connection with the handsome, by-the-book Detective James Steed (Joel Jackson) that causes sparks to fly. Yes, she is definitely like her Aunt Phryne.
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Just Murdered
A model is found murdered at a bridal show seems to be the perfect audition for Ms. Fisher to showcase her abilities and worth.

Dead Beat
A pop star is electrocuted during a musical performance, and Peregrine's ex-boyfriend is under suspicion.
Space for Murder A car accident seemingly staged sends Peregrine undercover at the government facility where the victim worked on a highly classified project.

Seasoned Murder The head chef at a culinary school is found murdered, and the victim's business partner is under suspicion. Peregrine once again comes to the aide of her friends turned family.

Thoroughly Modern Ms. Fisher earns 5/5 Groovy Fashions...Clever and Entertaining!

This updated spin-off is a "groovy" hit! The first season had four clever murder mysteries highlighting marvelous fashion, music, and a convertible that James Bond would have killed for. The stories, although murder is always the main issue, do take on a contemporary feel with which, as a child of the sixties, I could identify. Peregrine is excellent, smart and independent, a liberated woman of the 60s with some sexual tension oozing between her and Detective Steed. However, the supporting characters do more than support her ventures by taking center stage as collaborators, witnesses, and suspects. I really miss Miss Fisher, Dot, DI Jack, Constable Collins, and the lure of the flapper era, but Ms. Fisher is everything I dreamed I would become.
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One Complaint...or Better a Suggestion!

Phryne (Essie Davis) might not be able to guest star, having been declared dead and all, but Dorothy "Dot" Williams (Ashleigh Cummings), the trusted lady's maid and investigative partner, must pop in for tea! She'd be in her sixties in the 60s, but I know fans would love to see what she's been doing. Just saying...

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Kathleen Costa is a long-time resident of the Central Valley, and although born in Idaho, she considers herself a “California Girl.” Graduating from CSU-Sacramento, she is a 35+ year veteran teacher having taught in grades 1-8 in schools from Sacramento to Los Angeles to Stockton to Lodi. Currently Kathleen is enjoying her retirement revitalizing hobbies along with exploring writing, reading for pleasure, and spending 24/7 with her husband.