Almost as soon as the Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher disembarks at Melbourne, she finds herself embroiled in a mystery. Between investigating a cocaine smuggling ring, a back alley abortionist, and the poisoning of a friend's husband, Phryne's life is one adventure after another. But of course she finds time for a romantic encounter with a dashing Russian dancer.
Phryne Fisher, accompanied by her new maid Dot, finds her journey on the Ballarat Train interrupted when their rail-car is gassed with chloroform. Phryne offers her detective skills to solve the case of a young amnesic girl and the murder of a fellow passenger.
Phryne Fisher's evening at the hottest jazz club in Melbourne, The Green Mill, is interrupted by a sudden death on the dance floor. Phryne must take to the skies in a biplane to solve a murder that involves hot jazz and a man from her own past.
As his employees strike, a businessman asks Phryne to find his missing teenage daughter. Outside a shot rings out, and Phryne finds herself cradling a dying man. Soon, her investigations uncover forbidden love, religious iconography, and anarchists.
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.
Twenty years after an actress commits suicide, her ghost comes back to haunt the theater. That night the curtain rises on Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore and one of the players dies on stage. Phryne has taken on difficult cases before, but has never one quite like this. Alongside her inquiries at the theater, Phryne finds reasons to visit Chinatown, both to investigate the illicit opium trade and to meet the gorgeous Lin Chung.
When the widow of artist Pierre Sarcelle pays a visit, Phryne is reminded of the time she spent in Paris. Ten years earlier, Phryne had posed for the renowned painter. Meanwhile, Bert and Cec witness a fellow war veteran die in a hit and run car accident. Phryne's friends suspect that it was no accident and ask for the sleuth to investigate the murder.
An author of fairy stories is poisoned at the offices of Women's Choice magazine. The editor is convinced someone has it in for the magazine. While Phryne investigates the death, Dot takes on the challenge of writing the magazine's advice column. Meanwhile, Phryne is reunited with her lover Lin Chung.
The Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher has just days to teach deportment and etiquette to a group of unruly teenage girls before the annual Flower Parade. However, when one of her pupils washes up dead on the beach, dancing lessons no longer seem important.
Dr MacMillan brings the case of a factory worker's gruesome death amongst the machinery to Phryne's attention. Dot goes undercover to help in the investigation. When a second suspicious death occurs, the case turns personal and Phryne must solve the case before a dear friend is framed for murder.
A dead body makes an appearance in a circus act gone horribly wrong. Phryne poses as a magician's assistant to investigate. The scene brings back memories of the last time she saw her younger sister, Janey. As children they would sneak into the big top show, until the night Janey disappeared.
Aunt Prudence's chambermaid is found strangled and floating in the swimming pool, the day before cousin Guy's engagement party. Phryne's own family falls under suspicion. The daring Miss Fisher rushes to the scene for a spot of detection and chance to appear as Cleopatra at the fancy dress ball.
Investigating Murdoch Foyle leads Phryne to a murdered antiques dealer and a case involving Egyptology and reincarnation. With her closest friends in grave danger, can Phryne finally defeat her arch-nemesis and solve the mystery that has haunted her for years?