Earlier this year, I was obsessed with one of the most popular shows on Netflix, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Having finished all three seasons – with no more on the horizon – I decided to get my fix by reading mysteries set in the same time period. Of course the first place to start is the series on which the shows are based: the Phryne Fisher books by Kerry Greenwood. They’re all available at Cook Park Library. And here are a few more:
The Amory Ames mystery series by Ashley Weaver starts out with Murder at the Brightwell, set at a British seaside hotel in 1932. Amory is a plucky, clever young woman who finds herself solving a murder among the Brightwell’s well-heeled guests. Her rakish husband, Milo, turns up at opportune moments to help with the case. This is a charming, atmospheric book with a strong, likeable heroine and a love triangle to boot.
The Kate Shackleton mysteries by Frances Brody follow Kate, a World War I widow, as she unravels murders in the British countryside. Kate, a former nurse, is an intelligent, complex, independent woman, and the mysteries are well-plotted. In the first book, Dying in the Wool, Kate searches for a missing woolen mill owner outside the city of Leeds.
The Josephine Tey mysteries by Nicola Upson star the real-life playwright and crime writer Josephine Tey. In the first book, An Expert in Murder, Josephine teams up with her longtime friend and Scotland Yard detective, Archie Penrose, to solve a series of murders in London that are connected to her hit play.
Last but not least, try the Royal Spyness mysteries by Rhys Bowen. Lady Georgina is titled but penniless, a modern young woman bumping up against tradition. She’s smart, witty, and a great sleuth. The first book, Her Royal Spyness, has Georgina figuring out who killed the Frenchman who was trying to buy her family’s Scottish estate.
Other 1920’s/’30s series on my to-read list:
The Dandy Gilver series by Catriona McPherson
The Discreet Retrieval Agency mysteries by Maia Chance
The Daisy Dalrymple mysteries by Carola Dunn
5 thoughts on “Books for Miss Fisher Fans”
I love this show–and I love mystery novels. But do the books come with her outfits :)?
Oh, if only they did!
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I love Daisy Dalrymple’s spunk and the Scottish setting, but my all-time favorite 1920-1930s mystery series is the Lord Peter Wimsey series by Dorothy L. Sayers. Intelligent, well-written, completely entrenched in the upper crust of 1920s London, Sayers’ books are pure delight. Lord Peter was my gateway drug into mystery addiction. He is also my literary crush (although part of the attraction is Bunter, Lord Peter’s butler, who can do anything). If you like the Lord Peter books, let me know! If you don’t, I don’t want to hear about it.
Thank you, Sonia – a great addition!