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Modernly independent yet fashionable woman Phryne Fisher comes to late 1920s Melbourne, Australia, where she soon finds murder and illegal activity mysteries to unravel. A disagreeable woman vanishes from a moving train, later found slain, with a scared girl in possession of her jewelry. Miss Fisher aims to help, much to Insp. Robinson’s professional annoyance. Miss Fisher’s plans to enjoy a night in a Jazz club are interrupted by a puzzling crime when a man collapses suddenly on the dance floor, murdered.
Summoned to investigate a missing school girl, Phryne runs afoul of social anarchists at odds during a dock workers’ strike. Phryne Fisher is on the scene when a young man is found dead in a bookshop. Miss Fisher is willing to bet her hat that it is a case of poisoning. Phryne investigates murder, alchemy, and Zionism alongside Detective Inspector Jack Robinson. An outing to the theater as Dot’s birthday present turns into a case involving murder, addiction, hatred and the supposed ghost of a long dead suicidal actress. Phryne’s post-war Parisian past returns when a reopened case over the murder of a famous painter targets Bert and two fellow war veterans for death.