Miss Fisher's Murder Msyteries S03E05 - Death and Hysteria

This weeks episode Death and Hysteria kicks off with a group of ladies dancing around on Aunt Prudence lawn whilst music plays on the gramophone. Aunt Prudence comes outside to watch on. Dr Samuels comes out to join her and asks if she has improved and she tells him the medicine has worked wonders. Dr Samuels tells her he thinks he other therapies have helped. Dr Samuels ask if perhaps it is time to talk about Arthur as his loss is recent but Aunt Prudence hasn't mentioned him. Aunt P tells him she farewelled her son at his funeral and the Dr tells her grief is not a simple thing. Aunt P says it is to her and walks away. 

The ladies continue to dance. One of the girls leaves the group and another asks where she is going. She tells the girl to stop following her. The girl heads into the house and into her room. She removes a machine from a case, removes her underwear and gets into bed. Meanwhile Aunt P is wandering the house and places Arthur's picture face down.

The girl plugs in the machine and turns it on as Aunt P continues to wander the house turning over pictures of Arthur. The lights flicker and buzz and a scream is heard. Aunt P enters the room and see the girl electrocuted. She calls out Betsy and then screams for help. 

Credits roll

Phryne and Dot enter Aunt P's house to find one of the dances crying being comforted by another woman. All the women are stood around clearly upset. Aunt P comes to greet Phryne and Phryne asks her what possessed her to hand over her home to a women's sanatorium. Aunt P tells her it was a favour to the doctor who helped out so much with Arthur as he needed temporary consulting rooms but then the Dr was joined by Dr Perkins and the secretary and she could not turn them away. Aunt P says she didn't realise it would be like this and Phryne says she should have called. Aunt P tells her she called her now and Phryne goes to inspect the crime scene. 

Burt comes down the stairs and Phryne tells him that he and Cec were supposed to be keeping Aunt P company. Burt says the place is full of women what does she call that and Phryne tells him failing to be informed.

Dr Samuels and Dr Perkins are wandering down the hallway and greet Phryne and Dot. Dot ask if both Dr are psychiatrists and Phryne says yes. She asks if all the women are mad. Phryne tells her they are far to wealthy for that they are just 'unwell'. Phryne and Dot reach the crime scene but their way is barred by a policeman. Jack opens the door … is leaning on causing him to fall over and greets them. Phryne enters but the policeman bars Dots way. 

Jack shows Phryne the victim Betsy Cohen, 34 and Phryne observed she is extremely wealthy by her large rings and recently divorced and fatally electrocuted as there are scorch marks around the plug socket. She says it was by a fault appliance Betsy was holding in her right hand as she sees the burn marks on Betsy's hand. Phryne observed she was probably lying on the bed and was minus her underwear. Phryne says she could possibly have been in the company of a man who had lost the end of his barbell shirt collar pin (which she finds on the bed). Jack asks if he should leave now and Phryne tells him no as she has a question for him. Jack asks “Just the one” and Phryne says “Where's the appliance?”
In the hallway Dot is looking around under the watchful eye of Constable Neville Martin who tells her not to touch anything Dot tells him she is quite aware of that and introduces herself . The Constable introduces himself and tells Dot he is Jacks assistant and the area has been thoroughly searched. Dot tells him he hasn't done a very good job producing a small item. Neville says it is a piece of rubbish but Dot tells him Mrs P runs a very tidy house so any untidiness is suspicious. She tells him Hugh could have told him that but Neville says not in a hurry as Hugh has gone fishing and he has heard a rumour that he might not be coming back. Jack and Phryne exit the room and Neville asks if he should take notes as he has studied shorthand and is accurate to 100 words per minute. Jack tells him that is very impressive. Dot shows Phryne what she found on the floor and Phryne sniffs it and says it is rubber. She says rubber insulates against electricity so perhaps whoever pulled the plug from the wall came prepared. Jack bags the item and asks Neville to search the house for a possible murder weapon. Phryne tells him he is looking for an electrical appliance perhaps hair crimping irons or a reading lamp that bears scorch marks. Neville asks if he should question suspects and Jack tells him Phryne will help him with that. Phryne tells Neville her shorthand is not quite so impressive but she has other qualities. 

Dot enters the parlour where 3 woman are relaxing whilst one plays the piano. She stops as Dot enters and asks if she has come to shut them down. Dot tells them she is Phryne. Aunt P's niece. The woman asks if Dot knew Aunt P's son died in his sleep. Dot tells them yes as Arthur had a weak heart but it was very sudden and very sad. The women says she heard Arthur was an imbecile who relied on Prudence for everything and it is horrible for Prudence to have another death in the house. 
Another woman who is standing at the window watches their conversation. The piano players says perhaps the rest of them will get the attention they deserve now. 

Phryne and Jack are meeting with Dr Samuel and Dr Perkins who says it is a tragic accident. Phryne tells them they don't believe it was an accident a women knocks and enters and ask Dr Stanley what she should say to the women. Dr Stanley introduces the woman, Harriet Edwards to Phryne. Dr Samuel suggest a reflection session for the ladies and sends Harriet to start.  A man enters the room and Dr Samuels introduces Phryne to him. Eric Edwards, their solicitor. Phryne asks if he is related to Harriet and he tells her he is Harriet's older brother. Jack tells Eric that it is not a formal questioning so a legal presence is not required but Dr Samuels tells Jack that Eric and he had a scheduled meeting that morning and invites Eric to join them. Jack ask Dr Perkins where he was when Betsy was killed Dr Perkins says he was in his office all morning and Harriet can attest to this. Phryne ask Dr Samuels where he was and he says he was right there as he had just finished a hypnosis session with Aunt P. Phryne ask what Betsy was being treated for and the Dr tells her he is not at liberty to discuss that. Eric tells her patients records are strictly confidential. 

Back in the parlour, the piano player tells Dot Betsy was consumed by lust which is the reason her husband left her and the reason Betsy and the woman by the window argued. The woman by the window turns and says someone should let the birds go free but the piano player says “They would not survive in the world Jemima, just like us.” Jemima leaves the room and the piano player tells Dot she needs to go and be free now, Dr Samuels has encouraged her to do it in her room. 

Dot meets up with Phryne and Phryne asks how serious the arguments were between Jemima and Betsy. Dot says she is not sure but Jemima seems very upset. Jemima is sat on the stairs. Phryne offers her condolences and asks if she was friends with Betsy. Jemima says they were best friends as Betsy was kind to her like a mother. Phryne says she had her share of disagreements with her mother but that is inevitable when you care about someone. Jemima agrees but says she is only clinging to the happy memories of hers from now on and Dr Samuels is helping her, he is her salvation. Phryne tells her she still has to recognise the unhappy memories but Jemima tells her no if she does that she starts to breathe too quickly, feel faint and pull out her hair. Harriet sees them and asks Jemima if she is alright. Jemima tells her they were only talking and Harriet says she knows they have all had a big shock and Dr Samuels would like everyone to go to their rooms and change for group reflection.

Phryne meets Aunt P in the greenhouse and asks if she has any ideas who would want to harm Betsy. Aunt P of course not. Phryne says her guests are a little unpredictable. Aunt P tells her their was an incident with a Ming vase. It was some tiff over Betsy retiring early and Jemima tried to push her down the stairs narrowly avoiding the vase. Phryne tells her her staircase is lethal and Aunt P says Phryne's mind always jumps to murder and it is a very bad habit. Phryne asks how long Dr Samuels has been treating her and Aunt P says a few weeks and she is sure she told Phryne he is helping her with her insomnia. Phryne says she hasn't told her, what insomnia. Aunt P says it is gone now as Dr Samuels gave her a very effective herbal tonic. Phryne asks what kind of treatment he was using on Arthur and Aunt P says she has no idea she was just relieved that Arthur came back in a calmer state than when he left. Then Aunt P hurries off. 

Burt tells Phryne that Arthur's treatment was sing-alongs. He would drop into Collins street and they would play the piano which calmed Arthur down. Phryne says music therapy and Burt says except theirs was free but Dr Samuels probably charged Aunt P.  

As they leave the house Neville lists the small appliances found in the house to Jack but says none of them are scorched in any way. Jack thanks him and says they are heading to the morgue as the victims injuries may help narrow down the search. Neville hurries off to get the car. Dot exits the house and tells Jack his new constable seems very keen to impress. Jack asks if there is any word from the old constable but Dot says not since the one about the 20 pound Murray cod. Jack says Hugh is improving as last word he had was a 10 pound golden pearch. Jack asks Dot to let Phryne know he will be at the morgue. 
Jack, Neville and Phryne are at the morgue where Dr Mac is inspecting the body. She looks at the victims hand and says charred flesh a very distinctive odour. She says the electric shock caused a spasm but the victims fingers have been broken by force. Phryne says by whoever removed the appliance. Jack asks Dr Mac is she has met Dr Samuels before. Dr Mac says their paths have crossed. Phryne says that is hardly a glowing endorsement and Dr Mac says apparently he specialises in the treatment of female hysteria. Phryne ask why one of his patients would think they had come to close them down. Dr Mac says the Director of the Medical Association has accused Dr Samuels of inappropriate behaviour. Dr Mac asks Phryne if she has any idea what the appliance was and Phryne says she has a fast developing theory. Phryne says given Dr Samuels controversial treatments, the victims lack of underwear ect it is probably an electrical massager.  Jack ask 'A what?' and Phryne tells him a vibrating machine with a range of applications to sometimes delicate parts of the body. Jack says oh that kind of massager and Phryne asks him if he has seen one before. Jack tells her he once raided a brothel in Chinatown that employed all manner of interesting devices. Phryne says that is a tale she has never heard. Jack says he failed to see the point of most of them and Dr Mac says she has a friend who could enlighten him nodding at Phryne. Jack says it was during his cadet-ship and the whole establishment made a lasting impression. Dr Mac says Mr Freud would be quite interested in that. Phryne says she is quite interested herself. Neville asks what exactly they are looking for and Jack tells him they will discus that later. Jack asks Dr Mac who the current head of the Medical Association is and Dr Mac tells him it is Dr Wilbur Littleton. 

Phryne and Jack visit Dr Littleton who tells them that Dr Samuels was a former collegue but he was asked to leave the board when he failed to answer questions about malpractice as they had received a complaint from a former patient about Dr Samuels tonics and his use of the percussor. Phryne tells Dr Littleton they understand Dr Samuels specialises in womens ailments and he says wealthy womens ailments. He says Dr Samuels picks his targets and he has lost a few paitents to Dr Samuels. Jack asks about Betsy Cohen and Dr Littleton says some paitents you can afford to lose. Phryne tells him Betsy was found dead that morning. Dr Littleton asks how Dr Samuels is involved. Jack tells him the investigation is confidential and stands to leave but Dr Littleton tells him to wait. He tells them his estranged daughter Jemima is a patient of Dr Samuels since she met with Betsy and Betsy persuaded her to go to Dr Samuels. Dr Littleton tells them Jemima is obsessed with Betsy. Phryne asks in what way and the Dr says that Jemima suffers from a severe neurosis. She lost her mother at a young age and she latches on to other people as compensation which makes her vulnerable to influence. Phryne asks if it makes her volatile. But the Dr is angered at the idea she is suggesting Jemima had something to do with Betsy's death. Jack tells him they have to investigate all possibilities and the Dr tells him to worry about stopping Dr Samuels madness before the have another victim on their hands. 

Back at Aunt Prudence house Phryne is sneaking around when she notices a heap of womens clothing in the hallway leading to one of the bedrooms. She picks it up. The bedroom door opens to reveal Delores who is disapointed it is only Phryne. Phryne tells her she is missing her clothes and hands them back. Delores says thank you and that the Doctor probably hasn't even noticed she has gone. She says she thought it would be different without Betsy but Dr Samuels only has eyes for Harriet now. She tells Phryne the heart is a fickle thing and slams the bedroom door. 

Phryne continues on and breaks into the Doctors office and searches through his secretary's desk. She find a wrapped framed picture of Dr Samuels. She then breaks into the filing cabinet and takes Betsys file. She notices a number of files marked deceased. The door to the office opens and Dot enters telling Phryne to hurry as the eurythmics dancing will be over soon. Phryne notices a leaf of a lemon button fern on the floor. 

Phryne and Dot search the greenhouse for a lemon button fern. Phryne finds it and finds the percussor hidden underneath it. The label on the box reads 'Perkins percussor'  Phryne comments that she thinks all their murder weapons should be labelled. She opens the box and Dot asks what it is. Phryne asks her if she remembers the time Ronaldo the rodeo rider came to supper and Dot came to her rescue. Dot says he thought he was doing something awful to Phryne. Phryne says it was just awfully nice. She tells Dot the percussor does the same job without the need of a rodeo rider. Phryne says it is extremely useful unless it electrocutes you. 

At the police station Jack shows Dr Perkins the percussor  and asks if he could tell them why it would be faulty. Phryne plugs it in and asks 'if I were to flick this switch' Dr Perkins shouts no and drops the percussor. She tells Jack she thinks they have their answer. Dr Perkins says someone has deliberately tampered with the wires. He asks who would do that to his machine. Phryne tells him they thought he might as he is the one that hid it in the fernery. Dr Perkins says he found it that way. He rushed into Betsy's bedroom and could see that it had shorted although he didn't know why but thought it was a mechanic oversight on his part. Phryne asks if he thought it would be alright to break a dead woman's fingers and remove a key piece of evidence from a crime scene. Jack asks to avoid a possible manslaughter charge. Phryne tells him or worse and asks him if he has had a look at a pape that shows Betsy Cohen had pledged a $20,000 donation from her estate. Dr Perkins says he was not hiding the percussor to protect himself.

At his office Phryne and Jack ask Dr Samuels how Betsey Cohen would have got hold of the percussor. He says he does not know as it was locked away in his medicine cabinet. Jack asks if his sceretary has keys to the cabinet. He says yes and Dr Perkins and himself. Phryne asks if he recommended the treatment to Betsy and he says no then says yes initially but they had stopped using it as it was only sympotmatic relief at best. Phryne tells him Dr Perkins says he stopped using it to avoid controversy. Jack says the same controversy that had them up in front of the medical association board and saw him evicted from his rooms. Phryne asks why he told Aunt Prudence his lease had expired. He says it is the truth although it was orchestrated by Dr Littleton and his cohorts as they would do anything to discredit him. Phryne asks why they were so worried about him and asks if it has anything to do with the deceased women, handing him their files. He tells her those files are confidential. Phryne says some of them are so confidential they are empty. Dr Samuels tells them Miss Broadford's file was requested by her family for legal reasons.

Outside a man is shouting you have no right. Jack goes to see what is going on. Jack goes outside and finds Dr Samuels lawyer telling Neville they have no right to hold him and demanding to see Jack. Jack tells Mr Edwards Dr Samuels is just there to answer some questions. Mr Edwards says on suspicion of murder. Phryne tells him there has been a misunderstanding and he says he hopes so as he would hate to have to sue for wrongful arrest. Dr Samuels tells him he is sure it won't come to that as the last thing his reputation needs is another court case. Mr Edwards says it is best he represents him from hereon in the investigation and they both leave. Phryne says Victoria Broadford's death must be the subject of some court case. Jack says possibly the complaint to the medical board as well. Phryne tells him if there was an inquest Dr Mac may be able to find out something. 

At the hospital Dr Mac tells them that Victoria Broadford's family believed she was deliberately poisoned by a homeopathic preparation. Jack asks if the coroner committed Dr Samuels to trial but Mac tells him no he failed to find grounds. Phryne says so far the only similarity between the two girls is they both used the percussor.  Neville enters and tells Jack he has just discovered something that might be relevant. Dr Samuels bought assault charges against  a member of the Broadford family. The charges were dropped but the family accused him of hoodwinking Victoria into changing her will. Phryne asks him how he found this out and he told her it is his thorough nature. He requested a record check of the name Broadford. Phryne tells Dot they need to have a closer look at Mr Edwards accounts as there may be other women that has done the same thing. She tells Dot and Neville to cross reference their findings first. Phryne and Jack leave and Neville tells Dot no thank you, he will give her copies of his notes but he wont be needing hers. He says Jack might think Phryne is invaluable to the investigation but he has never needed a woman to do his job and leaves. Dr Mac tells Dot it is men like that that make the rest of them look reasonable. 

Back at Prudence house Phryne and Dot are questioning Miss Edwards. Dot admires her birds and she tells Dot they were a special gift and they are devoted to each other. Phryne says that is a very romantic gesture. Miss Edwards shows Phryne the accounts and says everything is accounted for, all donations and bequests and all expenses. Phryne notices there are no regular consoltation fees and Miss Edwards tells her Dr Samuels runs the practice souly on donations. She says the women who can afford to give more support those who have less. Phryne says luckily most of his paitents are extremely wealthy. Miss Edwards says he has been in private practice in Collins Street so only  a certain calibre of patient will visit. Phryne asks who encourages the patients to donate and Miss Edwards says no one they do it to show appreciation. Phryne asks where the money is held and Miss Edwards says at the bank in a safety deposit box and she has the only key. Phryne notices Victoria Broadford bequeathed her entire estate and her Aunt had given $1,000. Miss Edwards says she should ask her Aunt if she was talked into it. 

Phryne confronts Aunt Prudence and she says she should never have opened her doors. Phryne asks about the hypnosis she has been having and Aunt P says Dr Samuels say it is a state of deep relaxation. Phryne asks if Aunt P can remember everything she agreed to in that state. Aunt P says her personal finances are her own business and she doesn't need to be interrogated at a time like this. Phryne apologises and says all of this on top of losing Arthur is too much.  Aunt P says it has nothing to do with Arthur. She says she wish people would forget all about him. 
Outside Dr Littleton is dragging Jemima to his car. Jemima begs him and says he doesn't understand. Jemima breaks free. Dr Littleton tells her he is sorry but its for her own good. Dr Samuels tells him to calm down and they will discuss it but Dr Littleton punches him. Dr Samuels says he will not let him take Jemima and the pair square up but Phryne stops them. Dr Littleton tries to get Jemima to get in his car as Jack pulls up he tells Dr Littleton if he doesn't leave he will charge him with assault. Dr Littleton says he will willingly face the charge for the sake of his daughter, Delores breaks out from the crowd and starts to strip. Phryne tells Dr Littleton if he does not unhand Jemima Delores will strip naked and she will join her. Aunt P says she will too. Dr Littleton says they are all mad and telling Dr Samuels he will be back leaves. Jack says he should know better than to underestimate the power of the feminine. 
Inside Dr Samuels tells Phryne and Jack Jemima came to see him because her father had consulted with a gynaecologist who recommended surgery. Dr Samuels is upset that a doctor would think removing a woman's womb would improve her mental state. Phryne asks if any of the other women are facing the same choice and he says yes all the women have been diagnosed with female hysteria including Betsy. In Betsys case it amounted to surgical castration. Phryne asks about Aunt P. He tells her unless Aunt P acknowledges the source of her pain through hypnosis or any other method she will never find peace. 

In the dining room Aunt P is seeing to the table setting. Cec and Burt arrive and spot her. Burt advises her to lock he door as there are a few dubious types on the loose. Aunt P tells him it is a home not a fortress and people will just have to learn to behave. Burt says it cant be helping her peace of mind still wandering the halls in her nightdress like the lady in white. Aunt P tells him not to mention it to anyone especially Phryne. Burt tells her she was looking for scallop pies, Arthur's favourite. She says it was a bad dream and she doesn't want him discussing her son. Burt tells her that losing mates in the war was bad enough but pretending someone never existed is plain wrong. 

Dr Perkins asks the ladies if they are wearing comfortable shoes for their nature walk as Phryne and Jack arrive. Jack says even though Dr Samuels rescues the women from surgery he still ends up very rich once they are dead. Phryne says he may not be the one benefiting from all this. Jack asks if she suspects Miss Harriet Edwards and Phryne says anyone who can get $1000 out of her Aunt has a tongue of silk. Harriet arrives clutching a large bag. Dr Perkins greets her and she tells him she won't be walking as she doesn't feel well. Phryne wonders what is ailing her and Dr Perkins and the ladies leave for their walk. 

Phryne heads after Harriet who pauses on the stairs then heads to the office and hides something under a cushion on the chair. Harriet then rips some pages out of the wager and leaves the office locking it behind her. Phryne enters the office and finds the stashed items is a bag full of money. She finds the ripped foil copies and a key stuck to the underside of Dr Perkin's desk.

Back at home Phryne reads the counterfoil with the help of Mr Butler while Dot transcribes. It spells out patent. She says that's what angered Harriet as Dr Perkins was chasing a patent for the percussor. 

At the police station Jack asks Harriet for her keys. Phryne sees the keys have red backs like the one hidden under Dr Perkin's desk as he had taken a wax mould and made himself a copy. Harriet says some money has gone missing from the safety deposit box and she was trying to keep the rest safe. She says she knew Dr Perkins wanted it for his patent but Dr Samuels disagreed so Dr Perkins was pursuing it alone.

They question Dr Perkins who tells them Dr Samuels was not convinced of the percussors therapeutic value but they are sitting on a goldmine. Jack asks if he has such different views to Dr Samuels why did he not leave the practice. He says as a physician he is tarred with the same brush as Dr Samuels so he had to do something. Jack says as he had a commercial interest in the percussor it makes sense for him to remove it from the scene of the crime. Phryne says after he sabotaged it.  Dr Perkins asks why he would want to hurt Betsy and Jack says because payments don't come cheap. Phryne says he had a way of accessing the money Betsy planned to leave the practice showing him the key. Dr Perkins says by rights some of the money belonged to him but he did not know about Betsy's bequest.

At Aunt P's house Dr Littleton tells Dr Samuels the game and he is closing them down as the board has struck him off. Dr Samuels congratulates him on his dogedness and Dr Littleton says he would never abandon his daughter to his depraved ideologies. He tells Jemima he will send a car for her. Harriet says it is terrible. Mr Edwards places a hand on her shoulder saying it will be alright but she shrugs it off. She tells Dr Samuels they cannot do this as he didn't have a chance to defend himself. Dr Samuels tells the ladies he is sorry but he can no longer treat them.

Upstairs Harriet finds her birds dead and screams out. Phryne sees someone has wrung their necks. Dr Samuels tries to calm her but she tells him she has to tell him she can't keep it in. Dr Samuels hypnotises her and calms her then mixes her a tonic. Mr Edwards goes to comfort her but she flinches away.  Aunt P bursts into the room and tells them to come quickly its Jemima. 

Jemima is sat at the top of the tower ready to jump. Dr Samuels tells her to stay there he is coming up. She tells him he has abandoned her and to stay away or she will jump and climbs onto the ledge. Phryne sneaks up behind her and pulls her in. Jemima slips but Phryne pulls her up. Phryne climbs over the ledge too. Phryne tells her that she knows people are always disappearing out of her life. Jemima says her mother then Betsy. She says Betsy left her because she wasn't enough for her. Phryne tells her that someone hurt Betsy, she was taken away she did not leave on purpose. Jemima says she thought she wanted to die. She says she knows something terrible and she promised Betsy to keep quiet but now its over and its her fault. Phryne says she is a young woman with a mind of her own and her father is responsible for closing the clinic not her. Phryne urges Jemima to come back inside but she slips again. Phryne grabs her and tells her she is safe. Jemima tells her Harriet is the one that gave Betsy the percussor but Betsy made her get it because she knew things about Harriet. Phryne asks what sort of things and Jemima says she cannot remember. 

Back inside Dot says Harriet seemed genuinely devoted to Dr Samuels. Phryne says Betsy mus have given her compelling reasons to act so disloyalty and asks where Harriet is. Dot says resting upstairs. They go up to find Harriet dead. Dot says she will got to get Dr Samuels but Phryne tells her to wait. She notices a handkerchief tucked into Harriet's blouse, the same one that was wrapped around Dr Samuel's portrait inside is half a collar stud. Dr Samuels asks how she is and Dr Samuels checks her over. Mr Edwards enters the room and starts shouting asking Dr Samuels what he gave her.

At the morgue Dr Mac tells Phryne and Jack Harriet has be poisoned by the same poison used on Victoria Broadford strychnine. She says it is common in homeopathic preparations but is diluted to harmless levels. Jack looks at the tonic bottle and Mac tells her that tonic is perfectly safe but someone added a lethal does of strychnine to the medicine glass. Phryne surmises that Harriet knew who Betsy's murderer was as there are no other reasons she kept the half of the collar stud. Phryne says the key to it all could be in Jemimas head. Jack says it sounds like an impenetrable place. Phryne says she has trouble recalling trauma like most people including Aunt P. Phryne wonders if hypnosis would help. 

Jack tells Phryne that allowing a prime suspect to help with a witness is a first as Dr Samuels hypnotises Jemima. He asks her to think back to what Betsy told her about Harriet. Jemima says Betsy was shocked by Harriet, by what Harriet was doing in the bathroom. Jemima says she was with a man. Dr Samuels asks who the man was but Jemima says Betsy would not says as she said Jemima was too innocent to understand but she is not so innocent as she did bad things she could not tell Betsy about. Dr Samuels says she can tells him. Jemima says it was wrong. She says she watched them through the keyhole (Flashback to Jemima looking through the keyhole and seeing Harriet and her brother together!) Jemima says she could not look away although it was so depraved. Dr Samuels tells them he cannot push Jemima any further today. He says he knows they need more but Phryne tells him on the contrary she thinks they have a much better idea who they are looking for they just need to make absolutely sure. 

Mr Edwards pulls up in his car and Burt tells him he found the collar stud and asks if it is his. Mr Edwards says it is.

At the police station Mr Edwards asks Phryne and Jack if they think he killed Betsy. Phryne tells him that Harriet told him Betsy was blackmailing her and that she'd arranged for Betsy to have access to the percussor when she died. He arrived early (flashback) unseen and sabotaged the device. He says they cannot prove it and Phryne tells him the found half his collar pin in Betsy's bedroom on the morning she died and Harriet found the rest of it. As she became more suspicious she drew closer to Dr Samuels (another flashback of Harriet shrugging him away) so he retaliated by killing the birds which was his gift to her but Harriet threatened to tell Dr Samuels everything he killed her too. He knew about the strychnine because it had been a key part of Victoria Broadford's case. Mr Edwards asks why he would kill his own sister and Phryne says to hide the truth as Harriet was going to tell Dr Samuels everything including about their incestuous relationship which Jemima had witnessed. Mr Edwards if they would take the word of a clincally diagnosed hysterical woman and Phryne tells him Jemima saw them together but Harriet was leaving him. Mr Edwards blames Dr Samuels and says as soon as Harriet started working for him she started to question their relationship and convinced herself that what they were doing was wrong. Jack tells him it was wrong but he shouts not to me!not to us, I loved her and she loved me. Jack says you killed her and Mr Edwards says you would not understand if she didnt want to be with him he didnt have a choice.

Phryne and Dot head back to Aunt P's house. Neville enters and asks Dot if he can help her with something. Phryne leaves them and Dot asks him why he would need the help of a woman. He tells her a woman has locked herself in the police car with no clothes on. Dot realises it is Delores and rushes out. 

Dr Samuels is leaving and Aunt P tells him Switzerland is such a long way away. He tells her it is very forward thinking and thanks to the generosity of some of his patients he can always start again. Phryne asks about Jemima and he tells them Jemima will be assisting him. He says he cannot fail her like he failed Harriet. Aunt P tells him it was not his fault but he says she was crying out for help and he misread the signs. Phryne says he wasn't the only one guilty of that and asks him before he goes if he can join them as they have a surprise for Aunt P in the parlour. 
In the parlour Cec, Burt, Dot and some of the ladies are gathered. Burt offers her a scallop pie and tells her there is nothing wrong with celebrating the people you miss. Aunt P says perhaps just one. Aunt P tells them on the dreadful day when Arthur was laid to rest it was all she could pray for that there would be scallop pies in heaven for him. Burt escorts her to her seat and the group begin to sing as Dr Samuels enters. Cec tells them the song is for Arthur who is gone but never forgotten and the group sing There's a Long Long Trail A-Winding as Aunt P starts to cry and thanks them. 

Outside Phryne tells Jack poor Aunt P, it has indeed been a long and winding trail. Jack says its a pity it took 2 murders to realise its not healthy to bottle things up. Phryne says that reminds her he never did tell all about the Chinese brothel. Jack tells her he has trouble recalling trauma and Phryne  tells him he promised and asks if she has to put him on the couch and psychoanalise him. Jack says it sounds inviting, perhaps another time in a more intimate setting. Phryne tells him she will hold him to that.  

Miss Fisher Uncovered

An interesting look behind the scenes of the series:

Miss Fisher and the Deathly Maze Game Update

 Unfortunately there is still no word of the release date for Miss Fisher and the Deadly Maze. Tin Man have said that the game will be released in episodes and episode one should be available soon but when soon is I don't know! They have added more info about the game on their site though including these amazing screenshots.

This is what they say about the game:
"Become Phryne Fisher, the independent, feminist super-sleuth. Players will guide the heroine on a modish dance of adventure, murderous mayhem and mystery around the world.

Armed with her golden gun and with her companion, Dot Williams, in tow, the pair chase the trail of the insidious Murdoch Foyle. Foyle has escaped the gallows once again, with Phryne on his trail. Can Miss Fisher and Dot decipher his clues and stay on his trail? Or will they be tricked into pursuing a false lead, causing the trail to run cold?"

An all-new adventure set both in Australia and foreign lands that sends Phryne overseas!
Beautiful full-colour illustrations bring the Miss Fisher world to life!
Play as the intrepid Phryne Fisher, her clever companion Dot Williams, and Detective Inspector Jack Robinson.
Uncover clues, interrogate suspects and solve murders as you chase after Murdoch Foyle.

Featuring music from the show composed by Greg J Walker.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries S03E02 - Murder and the Maiden

 The second episode in season 3 starts late at night with a girl running scared outside an RAF base. She reaches the fence and tries to scale it but a man catches up with her and strangles her. The girl loses consciousness and he lays her on the ground.

Credits roll

The next morning Phryne and Dot attend the air base. Phryne is in good spirits but Dot is a little more nervous. She points to a crashed plane and asked what happened to it. Phryne tells her 'gravity'. They meet with Group Captain Lyle Compton who greets Phryne affectionately. Phryne introduces him to Dot and he asks her if she is interested in planes as he could take her for a spin. Dot declines. He offers a tour of the base instead. Two planes fly over and Captain Compton says the boys are hard at it practising for the air show on the weekend which will be good publicity. Phryne mentions how the papers made a meal of their last mishap and Captain Compton says at least no one was killed and that flying is a dangerous game. Phryne says not half as dangerous as this machine and gestures to Captain Compton's motorbike. Phryne asks what its best speed is and Captain Compton says it could probably go 132mph and Phryne tells him to prove it. They both go for a spin around the base.
Two young boys are watching the planes at the fence of the airbase when they discover the body of the woman. Hugh takes a statement from the boys and sends them on their way. Jack mentions that the body is in full rigor mortis so the murder must have happened last night. Hugh says perhaps she was strangled as there is a roll of bandages near the body. Jack says there are no marks on her windpipe and asks if the boys recognised her. Hugh says no they don't think he is a local. Jack says the woman has no purse or coat and nothing to identify her except for a scrap of paper and a set of keys one of which says RAAF. Hugh notices a large boot print and Jack says it is a serious boot print where around there would the find a serious set of boots and looks to the base.

Mr Griggs is showing Dot around the base. He opens a hangar and shows her a plane belonging to a well decorated pilot. They are interrupted by a group of men laughing. Mr Griggs tells Dot they are a tricky lot, union men not military. Dot asks him if he was a pilot before he retired and he says no but once flying is in your blood you cant get rid of it. Its like being in heaven.

In an office Phryne mentions to Captain Compton that the papers accused the mechanics union of sabotaging the crashed plane. He tells her the fuels was intentionally contaminated. Phryne asks if that is why he called her in and he tells her it gets worse as one of his men. Flight Commander James Manning did not report for duty that morning. He was the pilot of the crashed plane and hell bent on finding out who was responsible.

Captain Compton introduces Phryne to Squadron Leader Willis Jones who is organising the air show. Willis Jones tells her it is difficult with one of their best flyers gone. Phryne asks when they realised James was missing and Willis tells her after flying practice the previous afternoon. Phryne asks what is missing and they tell her his wallet and uniform but everything else is left behind. Phryne asks if there is anyone James was close to that might have any ideas. At that moment an office knocks and announces the police and Jack enters. Phryne asks what he is doing there and he says the same thing as her he imagines. Jack tells Captain Compton that a woman has been found dead near their fence and Phryne is shocked. Captain Compton says he was aware of an incident. Jack asks that she didn't know and Phryne tells him that Compton and she are old friends and she was there on another matter. Jacks asks for a list of people that had been authorised to leave the base in the last 24 hours and Compton tells him no one was authorised to leave. Phryne asks about unauthorised leave. She asks Jack who the woman is and Jack tells her they don't know as yet. Compton tells him that as she is nothing to do with the airforce they cannot help. Jack tells Phryne he will be at the morgue and leaves. Phryne stands up to leave and goes to take the file on the missing boy which Compton snatches away.  Phryne tells him she cant keep all his secrets if it stands between Jack and a murderer. Compton asks her to be discreet.

Back outside Hugh notices Dot and calls her over he asks what she is doing there as it could be very dangerous. She tells him she is there on official business and sometimes Miss Fisher needs her to do dangerous things like pretend to be a hostage or be a racing car driver or go up in a plane. Jack walks out and with Phryne on his heels. She tells him she cannot resist a murder if that's what it is. Jack shows her the keys he found on the body. She turns the key over and sees a number on the back which is the missing airman's service number.

At the morgue Dr Mac is inspecting the body. Phryne looks over the girls cloche and says it was a chilly night to be out without a coat. Dr Mac comments that the girl is severely dehydrated and was asphyxiated presumably from poison. Phryne picks up a chain and Dr Mac says she found it in the girls clothing she assumes it was around her neck. Phryne mentioned the keys and they see the key ring has part of the chain on it. Phryne says perhaps James gave her access to the base because the were lovers. Jack says maybe just 'old friends'. Phryne tells him she met Compton at the end of the war and flew some missions with him. Phryne notices the girl has no lighter and only one cigarette but is a serious smoker as she has yellow fingers. Jack reads the scrap of paper which sounds like a aeronautical love letter. Jack asks if Compton has called on her again and Phryne tells him it wasnt like that and then admits there was romance between them but it was in the grips of war when they thought they could lose their lives at any minute. Jack says the murderer has taken off with anything that would identify the girl and asks Dr Mac to call if she finds anything and leaves. Phryne unravels the bandages the girl was carrying and finds a tram ticket.

Back at home Dot sees that the ticket was for 9 sections. Phryne asks where the mechanic association is and Cec and Burt tell her Sydney Road Brunswick as Phryne knows James was nosing around them trying to find out who sabotaged his plane so he could have met the woman there. They count the sections and it adds up.  Cec mentions Burt would be happy to escort them to the wrong side of town as there is a Russian girl, Tatiana who he is soft on that works at the club

Cec and Burt take Phryne to the club and tell her not to act posh. At the club Mr Higgins is having an argument with someone about the revolution and tells them they might as well hand in their card now. Burt has a word with him and he agrees to talk to Phryne. Phryne shows him James picture and asks if he had attended the club. He says no. She asks him about the woman. Mr Higgins says a woman did attend and pick up some leaflets. She seemed smart and educated so he noticed her. He asks why Phryne is trying to track the woman down. Phryne says they are not and that the woman was found dead.

Downstairs Cec and Burt are questioning Burt's lady friend. She tells them the woman never mentioned a name. Tatiana tells Phryne that the woman was at the club the night before and talking with Mr Higgins who grabbed her by the arm. Phryne notices the woman's missing coat is in the cloak room and asks to take it. Tatiana tells Phryne the woman left it there for her to mend the inside.

At the police station Dot inspects the coat. She says the fabric is excellent quality and would have cost a bit. She says if she can see the whole ensemble she might be able to find a makers mark. Hugh takes her to see the rest of the clothes. Phryne tells Jack she also found something in the pocket of the coat and if he is nice he can see it. He asks her why she isn't at the RAF wing walking or something. She say that isn't nice and he tells her he found something without her help. He says the European club are linked to the mechanics union and the head of the club Mr Higgins is still up on sedition charges. Maybe the woman was passing James information about him. Jack asks if Phryne got James file and his next of kin. Phryne tells him he should be impressed she got James number before Compton whisked the file away. Phryne tells him that he and Compton are very similar and they might even like each other. Jack tells her one does not necessarily follow the other and she gives him 'full points for that' showing him a section of ripped envelope with a stamp that matches the shape of the ripped piece of letter.

Dot is inspecting the clothes and Hugh tells her he was thinking they could try the new pie cart for lunch. He says he knows they have some things (like her job) to settle before their big day but maybe they could settle on a date so she could worry about that and leave the investigating to Phryne. Dot tells him maybe he could try the pie cart on his own as she has lost her appetite and storms out.

Phryne and Jack are inspecting the stamp when Hugh knocks and brings in the size of the boot. He says it is a big one a size 12 and possibly a flying boot. Phryne tells him it could not belong to James Manning as he was only 5ft 6 and would have been a 8,9 or 10.

Back on the base Phryne and Jack attempt to enter but the officer tells Phryne that Compton's orders are her only. Phryne tells the man that surely her fiance can escort her in such a masculine environment. The man says he will check and Phryne tells him there is no need to escort her as she knows the way and drives off.

In the hangar while Jack is giving Phryne a leg up to break into the office Phryne tells him that being a woman has its assets. Jack says while he appreciates her assets she should hurry up with the break in. Phryne takes the key and starts trying all the lockers. One opens, James Manning's and inside they find a picture of James with Willis Jones.

Phryne and Jack are leaving the hangar when they bump into Willis Jones he tells them he has told them everything he knows. Phryne tells him about the woman that they think was involved with James and Willis asks what it has to do with him. Jack tells him that his boots match a print found at the scene. Phryne tells him he also need to tell them more about his relationship with James showing the picture. Willis asks where she got it and so does Compton who is just approaching. He send Willis Jones on his way and tells Jack and Phryne to come with him.

In his office Jack tells Compton that they have reason to believe both James and Willis were at the murder scene. Compton tells him he is not interested in speculation. Phryne tells him she is. What if it is a love triangle as one woman and two men has been known to lead to conflict. Jack tells Compton that he needs to conduct a more thorough search of the grounds but Compton wont allow it.  Jack and Phryne go to leave but Compton asks Phryne to stay to discuss a personal matter. When Jack leaves Compton tells Phryne Willis and James would not fight over 'any' woman that he suspects they were lovers. He says if it gets out it would be a huge scandal for the RAF. Phryne tells him even so they had something to do with the woman and if he wants her to find James she needs full access. Mr Griggs arrives and Compton tells him to escort Phryne on a full tour of the base.

Back at the police station Dot is returning the clothing to Hugh. She asks how he is going with the postmark. He tells her its starts with C and is 9 letters long. Dot tells him to narrow it down to the suburbs of Perth as that is where the clothing was made. Hugh says that might help but it is still not the answer. Dot tells him to stick to the whole of Australia then and leaves.

Back on the air base Mr Griggs take Phryne to Willis office. The union men are working. Phryne tells him it cant be easy to be a military man in charge of union workers and Mr Griggs says he was not the only one that noticed James and Willis sneaking around and from the moment James arrived he prayed on Willis. Willis lost respect for it. Mr Griggs says when the plane came down James pointed a finger at the union. Phryne asks whether he accused them of shoddy work or party politics. Mr Griggs says both and it did not make Willis' life any easier. Phryne asks if Willis will be able to pull off the air show and Mr Griggs says without a doubt as he is a better flyer than James ever was. Phryne searching in a desk finds a packet of cigarettes. She asks Mr Grigg if Willis is a smoker. He says no.

In the morgue Dr Mac confirms that the woman was poisoned by the cigarettes. The one she had matches this packet but her one was harmless whereas these ones contain ricin. Jack mentions how the US and UK were experimenting with chemical weapons involving ricin toward the end of the war until the Hague Convention banned them. Jack says the cigarettes have not been touched but Phryne says the killer must have laced other cigarettes in the packet. Dr Mac says ricin is slow working and can take days. Jack says in that case the killer could have been no where near the girl when she died. Mac's phone rings and she tells Jack he is needed at the station as Hugh has a lead on the woman.

At the station Jack tells Phryne Virginia Forbes went missing from Claremont 6 years ago. She was a nurse at the military hospital. Phryne tells him James was transported to Melbourne from the Claremont airbase in 1923 which must be where they met. Jack says if what Phryne told him is true whatever happened between James and Virginia could not have been romantic. Phryne says he can see now why Compton needs to be discreet. Jack says he does not see as a woman is dead and Compton seems determined to withhold information from him. He says if Compton does not cooperate he will go over his head. Phryne says Jack is turning this into a personal matter. Hugh interupts to say Mr Butler called with a message that Captain Compton would like to see her.

At the European club Burt brings Tatiana a gin but she tells him she cannot speak with him. She tells Burt that Higgins thinks that Phryne is with the police and that Tatiana has been badmouthing him. Burt says he will set Higgins straight but Tatiana tells him there are things he doesn't know. The reporter comes down wipping his nose. He says 'that bastard Higgins' and tells Tatiana she will be next. Tatiana tells Burt some papers from the party went missing from the club and now nobody knows who to trust. Burt says he will tell Higgins Tatiana is trustworthy but she says she doesnt want any trouble.

Burt goes upstairs and grabs Higgins and tells him to leave Tatiana alone. Higgins tells Burt he could lose his membership. Tatiana begs them to stop she says she will tell everyone what Higgins did. Burt quits the party and Tatiana calls Higgins … Burt says its Russian for bastard but she says it means peasant. Cec Burt and Tatiana leave the club.

In his taxi Burt tells Tatiana that he will find her another job. Tatiana tells him she has to go far away as she is illegal and has no passport. Burt tells her that Phryne will help her with that and she can trust her. Tatiana tells him she trusts no one except him.

At the base Compton questions Phryne about the cigarettes and says Jack must be happy they've found out the identity of the girl churlishly. Phryne tells him not to start too. Phryne says she is only interested in the bigger picture and Compton asks how Jack fits into that picture as he is not her usual type. Phryne says she does not have a style and Compton says then he is right about Jack. Phryne says there is “too much ballast for lift off” and Compton asks yours or his. Phryne says probably both. Compton invites her for a drink. Phryne and Compton get cosy and reminisce about the good old day when they got caught in a cyclone with nothing to do but sit it out. Phryne reminds Compton that they found something to do and they embrace.

At the station Jack is trying to find a conection between Virginia, James and Willis. Hugh says he is not sure what a red ragger would have to do with a couple of RAF pilots. Jack says this suggests their meetings were clandestine but it wasnt a private place to meet. Hugh says there is an old century box just inside the base and Jack looks at the other key on the ring.

That night Jack and Hugh sneak into the base and into the century box. Jack tries the key which opens the lock. Inside Jack finds a crate with James uniform and shoulder pads and some … crystals. Then the alarm is sounded and Jack and Hugh flee for the car with the items they found in arm. Hugh makes it to the fence but is cornered when he gets there by Mr Griggs and some sentaries. Jack pulls his gun on them and tells Hugh to get in the car. Phryne runs in wearing just Comptons leather coat and tells them not to shoot. Compton arrives and says they are trespassing. Compton says not with military property and Jack tells him to take it up with the chief commisioner and tells Hugh to get in the car. Compton orders his men to stand down and Jack leaves noting Phrynes bare feet on the way out. Phryne tells Jack to wait running after him and says they were just reminiscing.

Phryne asks Hugh where they found the uniform and Jack tells her it is a police matter and none of her concern. He tells her to keep her eyes turned skyward. Phryne recalls the letter fragment and relises it is a quote from da vinci.
Back at home Phryne and Dot are scaling books to find the quote. Dot finds it “For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” Dot asks Phryne if she thinks Virginia could have been an aviatrix. Phryne says that is a good question and ask Dot to get a couple of small cushion and asks Mr Butler for some bandage. She tells Dot she will meet her upstairs.

At the station Jack is looking over the uniform. In her room Phryne and Dot wrap Phryne in bandages. Dot tells her she is straight as a celery stick except her bossom. At the morgue Dr Mac, Jack and Phryne are inspecting Virginias body. Phryne says she should have picked up on her face being so heavily powdered. Mac tells Jack the crystals he found will both roughen and darken the skin. She applies them to Virginias face and realise she has been masquerading as James Manning!

At the station Willis tells them Virginia swore she would find a way to join the airforce and she did by taking James Mannings idenity after he was comitted to a sanitorium. Virginia knew he was taking up a post in Melbourne so stole his papers and doctored them to say he was fit for duty. Phryne asks Willis if he knew about Ginny's foray into the communist party and Willis says she said she knew who was behind the sabotage. Jack asks if she named any names. Willis says no but Ginny had befriended a Russian girl at the club and was paying her to find proof.
Jack tells Willis they know he was there when Ginny died and Willis says she came back sweating and frantic and couldnt breathe. He says he didnt have time to get help and Ginny died in his arms. Jack said that Willis removed anything that could identify Ginny and left her. Jack asked what he was doing with the cigarettes and Willis tells them that he doesnt know but he didnt know what to make of the way Ginny died. Jack asked Willis if he knew they were poisoned and he said no. Jack dismises Willis but tells him they may need to speak with him again. Willis tries to take the cigarettes but Phryne says they need to hold onto them. Willis and Hugh leave

Phryne says Willis may be lying and Jack says Higgins may have doctored the cigarettes. Phryne says whoever did it why did Willis hang onto the cigarettes. She opens the bottom of the packet and sees a note written in Russian.

At the European club Cec and Burt tell Tatiana that they dont think any of them will be welcome in there and asks if the bag she wants to get is important. She tells them she must get it. She tells Cec it is behind the counter under a loose floorboard. Cec goes to get the bag and Burt tells Tatiana he want to help her. She tells him there is one way and he tells her to name it. Tatiana says she could become an new person with a new name with him and Burt proposes to her!

Tatiana sees men following Cec out of the club and says no. A fight occurs and Tatiana grabs the bag and she Cec and Burt run.

At Phrynes house Phryne is inspecting Tatiana's passport. She asks Tatiana to tell her who she really is as the passport is a fake. Tatiana tells her she was russian aristocracy and she fled after the revolution when all her family were killed. She said she told Ginny after Ginny saw her ripping up pamphlets at the club. Phryne says Ginny asked her to do a lot more than just sewing. Tatiana tells them Ginny said she would fly Tatiana somewhere safe if Tatiana found the information she needed. Phryne reads the evidence Tatiana hands her and says the paperwork outlines plans for further sabotage at the RAF show that weekend. Phryne asks Tatiana to translate what is written on the cigarettes and Tatiana tells her it says it is a meeting place Tuesday 4pm, Phoenix. Phryne says that is today and rushes off to make an urgent phone call.

Burt asks Tatiana what sort of name Krysnaya is and she tells him her father was an adviser to the whit army that fought against the Bolsheviks. Burt says the story about being illegal and needing to get married was just a con and Tatiana tells him she was just a child and knew nothing. She says she thought she would be safe with him as he is a good man, a man that a woman could come to love.

At the police station Phryne says Willis must have known about the note thats why he kept the cigarettes. To honour his lovers promise to help Tatiana.  They see the meeting point is an airfield. Phryne says the report that Tatiana found is not signed so there is no proof Higgins is behind it. Phryne says that is why Tatiana must keep her meeting with Higgins. Jack asks if it is to be a stakeout and Phryne says yes with the full co-operation of the airforce. Jack says they better move fast and Phryne tells him she will put out word at the European club.

Cec enters the club and pays off a man to pass on the message. Back at home Dot and Mr Butler help Phryne pack her flying gear. Dot asks if she can do anything else to help and Phryne says no as she knows how terrified Dot is of leaving the ground. Dot says she wishes she felt about it like Mr Griggs did as he said it is like being in heaven but he was stuck in a factory in Avenmouth during the war. Mr Butler says that is where they made mustard gas.

Hugh, Jack and Compton are staking out the airfield Compton says it is highly unorthdox for police and the airforce to be on joint manovers and Jacks says they know who has manovered them. Cec and Burt pull up in the taxi with Dot hiding in the back and Phryne dressed as Tatiana. Higgins hides himself in the grass, spying on the scene. A plane comes into land. Higgins loads his pistol. Willis gets out of the plane and Phryne goes to meet him. A black car approaches two gunmen get out. Higgins takes his shot hitting Willis in the shoulder Phryne helps him. Higgins approaches firing and Phryne reaches for her pistol and fires at him. Higgins releases it is Phryne not Tatiana and flees. Meanwhile Jack, Hugh and Compton go after the gunmen. Cec and Burt look after Willis and Phryne hops in his plane to chase down Higgins. Jack hops on Comptons motorbike and chases down Higgins. The pair aprehend him and Higgins ask Jack if he is happy now hes scored another 'red' for the government. Jack tells him he wont be locked up because of his politics he will be locked up because he is a murderous thug.
Back at the station Compton asks Jack if they have finished with Willis Jack tells him they need a statement about Higgins and relationship he was having with the woman posing as James Manning. Comtpon asks if Jack will charge Higgins with murder as the airforce will be charging him with sabotage. Phryne arrives. Mr Griggs is surprised to hear James was woman. Phryne tells them it was Virginia Forbes and that Mr Higgins was guilty on many fronts but he didnt murder her. Did he Mr Griggs? She produces a box of ricin coated bullets that were produced at Avenmouth during the war but later banned and yet they were in Mr Griggs locker. Mr Griggs says he didnt know James was a woman. Phryne says yet you laced his cigarettes knowing he would take days to die. Mr Griggs says he thought James was after Willis and yet Compton turned a blind eye and let him be the airshow ace. He call James deprived. He says forget the union James would have brought down the RAF all on his own so something had to be done. Hugh leads him away to the cells. 

Willis tells them that Ginny knew impersonating an officer would be dangerous but she knew it was the only way she could see him. Willis says he tried to warn her off the unions but she said she had no choice as she would do anything for the airforce. She said Compton ordered her to find out the truth and she did. Willis says he thinks Ginny loved him but she loved flying more.

Outside Phryne confronts Compton about perusing the unions being Ginnys idea. Compton says it was initially but then he ordered her to find out everything. Phryne asks why he didn't tell her and Compton says he couldn't condone what Ginny was doing as it was spying. Phryne says and you were keeping up appearances with me. Compton tells her they aren't in Madagascar anymore and he has responsibilities and Phryne says what a shame and leaves.

That night Dot is packing up Phrynes kit when Hugh knocks on the door. They both go to talk and Dot tells him that she only said she was going in a plane because he thought she couldnt but if Phryne wanted her to she would have even if she hated it. Hugh tells her he knows because she is brave and smart and beautiful and it scares him. Dot tells him she wants to chose what she does about her job. Hugh says he will have to find a way about being brave about that and sets the date as Saturday 14th September 1929. The pair kiss.

In the living room Phryne drink to getting two arrest (murder and treason) in one day. Jack tells her he still has a report to write for the chief commissioner about a missing Russian due to give evidence at Higgins trial. Mr Butler comes to tell Phryne that Burt called and the 'Caviar' has arrived. Jack asks where the caviar is going and Phryne tells him Tasmania maybe. Jack asks what he is supposed to tell the Chief commissioner and Phryne tells him that the airforce does not know either even though Compton saved her life 10 years ago. He had a parachute and could bail but he didn't he crash landed the plane and they both survived. Jack says no doubt Phryne has more dashing heroes in her past and she says if there weren't she would not be there. Jack toast to heroes then and Phryne toasts the one as yet unsung hero who has saved me over and over again.

Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries Exhibition 2016

Old Government House in Brisbane is currently playing host to the Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries costume exhibition. The exhibition is on until September 4th and this is your last chance to check out the costumes from the most recent series of the show.

Step into Old Government House and enter the opulent 1920s world of the Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher and her crime fighting associates. Based on the novels of Australian author Kerry Greenwood, the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries series has captured the imagination of Australia.

This brand new exhibition features fabulous series three costumes and props. See up close the outfits worn by Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis) and her cohorts – including Detective Inspector Jack Robinson (Nathan Page) and Aunt Prudence (Miriam Margolyes). Walk through the different sets and touch and feel the sumptuous fabrics. Try on replica costumes and interact with props and furniture from the show as you step deeper into Phryne’s world. Solve a crime by looking out for clues from Detective Inspector Jack Robinson. Become part of the crew and go behind the scenes to discover the inspiration for the costumes and understand how they were made. You will even get the chance to design your own dress.

The exhibition is open daily from 9am to 4pm and tickets are $21.50. for Adults, Concession $19.50 and Children (5-15) $12.00.

Food in A Question of Death - Beouf en Daube

In Putin on the Ritz Mrs Veale ordered boeuf en daube. Phryne convinces her she dropped her pearls in the dish causing them to dissolve. I tried cooking my own here is the recipe:

1 kg lean beef
1 tbs flour
2 onions, sliced
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 slices bacon, diced
1 bouquet garni or a small bunch containing one sprig each of thyme, chervil and parsley
2 zucchini, sliced
1 green pepper, sliced and deseeded
1 tbspn of olive oil
1 finger sized bit of orange peel
250 g stoned black Kalamata olives
500 ml red wine
A pinch of salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Dice the meat and coat it with flour. Fry the onions and garlic. Throw in the meat and cook gently
until it is browned. Pour the wine and all the other ingredients into the pan, and stir gently over low
heat until it has all combined and begins to look silky. If it looks a bit dry, pour in another 500 ml of
water, and if it still absorbs liquid add some more wine.

Put this in a very slow oven for about three hours, or longer if your guests are always late. This
peasant dish is from the south of France

A Question of Death - The real Camberwell Wonder

In the Camberwell wonder Mr Slade convinces a simple boy working for him to confess to his murder which he has faked so he can elope with his mistress. This story is based on the Campden Wonder (which Phryne incorrectly calls the Camden wonder in the book)

On 16 August 1660 a 70-year-old man named William Harrison left his home in Chipping Campden, intending to walk two miles to the village of Charingworth. When he did not return home at the expected time his wife sent his manservant John Perry to look for him. Neither Harrison nor Perry had returned by the next morning.

Edward Harrison, William Harrison's son, was then sent out to look for the pair and on his way to Charingworth he met John Perry. The servant said that he had not been able to find his master, and he and Edward continued to Ebrington, where they questioned one of the tenants whom Harrison had been going to see. The tenant said that Harrison had been there the previous night. Edward Harrison and John Perry then went to the village of Paxford, but their search proved fruitless.

Edward and John then headed back to Chipping Campden. During the journey they heard that some items belonging to William Harrison had been discovered on the main road between Chipping Campden and Ebrington. These included a hat, a shirt and a neckband. Although the hat had been slashed by a sharp implement, and the shirt and the neckband were covered in blood, there was no sign of the body of William Harrison.

Under questioning John Perry said that he knew Harrison had been murdered, but claimed to be innocent of the crime. He then said that his mother, Joan, and his brother, Richard, had killed Harrison for his money and hidden the body. Joan and Richard denied that they had had anything to do with Harrison's disappearance, but John kept up his assertion that they were guilty.

The first court hearings dealt with charges linked to a plot to steal money from William Harrison. Despite his mother and brother pleading "not guilty", John Perry's testimony convinced the jury based on the following:

John seemed to have no apparent reason to be lying about the matter.
John claimed that he was the one who suggested the robbery to Richard.
John told the court that Joan and Richard had already stolen 140 pounds from William Harrison's house the previous year.
John had lied about being attacked by robbers a few weeks before Harrison's disappearance.
In order to speed the trial along the presiding judge decided to grant pardons to all three defendants for the theft of money in 1659.

In Spring 1661 the court reconvened to hear the charge of murder. This time John Perry joined his mother and brother in pleading not guilty in the killing William Harrison. The servant claimed that his original testimony had been false by reason of insanity. Nevertheless the jury found all three of the Perrys guilty and they were sentenced to death.

The three Perrys were hanged together in Gloucestershire. On the scaffold Richard and John reiterated that they were entirely innocent of killing William Harrison. As their mother was also suspected of being a witch, she was executed first.

In 1662 Harrison returned to England aboard a ship from Lisbon. He claimed that he had been abducted from England by pirates, transferred to a Turkish ship and sold into slavery near Smyrna in Anatolia (Turkey). Harrison said that after about a year and three quarters his master had died and that he then went to a port and stowed away on a Portuguese ship, finally returning to Dover by way of Lisbon