Jack's ex-father-in-law-the deputy commissioner of police-is implicated in the murder of a prostitute, and Jack and Phryne combine their efforts to get to the bottom of the case. While Jack plays it by the book, Phryne goes undercover as a showgirl at a gentleman's club, where her fan dance starts to ruffle feathers.
Glamorous lady detective Phryne Fisher returns in a cinematic sequel to the wildly popular television series Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. With her trademark wit, impeccable style, and trusty pearl-handled revolver, Phryne fights injustice on an international scale in this globe-trotting adventure. In 1929 Jerusalem, Phryne rescues a young Bedouin girl held captive after a village massacre and reunites her with her uncle at a stately English manor....
A sabotaged guillotine leaves a magician's assistant dead onstage and the magician confessing to murder-not of his assistant, but of his wife 10 years earlier. Phryne enters a world of deception and illusion and decides that to solve the crime, she needs to get in on the act.
Invited to a relative's home where a murder has just occurred, Phryne soon finds herself in a world of drug smuggling and illegal abortion. As she sets about solving the first crime, she ends up getting embroiled in the other two.
Medical students assembled for an anatomy lecture are shocked to find the cadaver they expected is actually the fresh corpse of one of their professors. The mystery deepens after a valuable 16th-century manuscript belonging to the professor vanishes. Now estranged, Phryne and Jack step around each other as they investigate.
When the body of a drowned and bound young woman is traced to a nuns' home for "wayward girls," the new chief commissioner-stressing the need for diplomacy in dealing with the church-takes Jack off the case. It's left to Phryne to expose the goings-on behind the convent walls.
Phryne and company head to a chalet to celebrate "Christmas in July," but when they get there they find one of the residents dead, electrocuted while hanging festive lights. Two other deaths quickly follow, though not before Jack and Constable Collins arrive on the scene and Phryne begins to figure out which of the chalet's residents might be the next victim.
A séance to contact a soldier killed in World War I leads to two murders in Melbourne a decade after the war's end. Despite the claims of the spiritualist conducting the séance, Phryne prefers to rely on the memories of three army veterans to find out what really happened on the battlefield in France.
A bookkeeper and budding announcer at a city radio station is found choked to death, the latest in a succession of incidents threatening to put new stations out of business. In a reversal of roles, by the time Phryne is brought in to investigate, Jack has already established himself as an undercover newsreader.
Phryne goes for a fitting at an exclusive fashion salon and finds that another customer has been killed with her own hairpin. It's the latest in a series of disasters for the salon, but Phryne finds that while haute couture is facing hard times, another profit-making enterprise is on the rise.
A vineyard owner hires Phryne to look into a suspicious death, but by the time she gets to the remote town, he's dead, too. The locals are hostile to her inquiries, especially the town's police sergeant, and Phryne calls a certain detective inspector from Melbourne for help.
The captain of a local football team is found hanged before a game against the crosstown rivals, who appear to be the likely suspects. However, Phryne and Jack find evidence that the man may have killed himself and have to figure out why someone might want to make a suicide look like a murder.
The on-set death of the leading man jeopardizes the future of The Bride of Babylon, an Australian silent movie trying to fend off competition from Hollywood. As an investor in the film, Phryne is called in to investigate. When the director is also killed, Phryne decides to direct the proceedings herself.
A pioneering female racing driver dies after her car is tampered with, and the race against a rival men's team looks set to be abandoned. When it emerges that she was strangled after the accident, Phryne decides to get behind the wheel of the investigation into the woman's death.
Phryne begins looking into a burglary at the home of an establishment family fallen on hard times-but ends up investigating three murders. Although a local ring of smugglers seems implicated in the crimes, Phryne finds the family has more than a few secrets that it's desperate to keep hidden.
The police try to channel an outbreak of gang warfare into the boxing ring, but when someone stabs a gang member to death, Phryne and Jack get embroiled in the dangerous world of fight-rigging and illegal betting. Constable Collins goes a step further, pulling on a pair of gloves and stepping into the ring himself.
When street urchins from a local gang begin to disappear from a poor neighborhood of Melbourne, suspicion falls on a hospital employee who has been using them in his petty crime operation. Cuts on two dead boys suggest they were involved in knife fights, until Phryne and Jack realize there was a darker purpose to the killings.
At a female tennis tournament hosted by Phryne, one of the competitors dies from a spider bite before she even steps onto the court. When it emerges that the spider had been deliberately placed in the woman's empty tennis shoe, it becomes clear that someone has not just a determination to win, but a willingness to kill.
The shooting death of a Latvian anarchist sets Phryne off in pursuit of the dead man's fiancée. In the process, she enters a dangerous underworld and puts not just herself in danger but her maid, Dot, as well.