Phryne's Friends - Ruth

Phryne meets Ruth when she found Jane lost and mesmerised, a stray in Murder on the Ballarat Train. Efforts to find out who she was led to Bert and Cec also rescuing Ruth from domestic slavery. Phryne adopts both girls.

Ruth's character only appears briefly in the TV series and is played by Lara Robinson. We see her in the Murder on the Ballarat Train episode as one of the mesmerised girls at the boarding house where Burt is staying to find out about 'The Great Hypno' who is running a scam where he is hypnotising people while the girls pickpocket them.

Ruth tells Burt that she has a Grandmother somewhere and Phryne reunites her with her Grandmother at the end of the episode.

Ruth is a keen cook as she still remembers what it is like to be hungry. She loves helping Mrs Butler out in the kitchen. She is also a avid reader of romance novels.

Phryne's World - The Ballan Hotel

In Murder on the Ballarat Train Phryne and Dot stay in the Ballan Hotel after the train they are travelling on is stopped due to a murder on board.

Ballan is a small town in the state of Victoria, Australia located on the Werribee River, 78 kilometres northwest of Melbourne.

During the Victorian Gold Rush, it became an important staging point for coaches travelling to the Ballarat goldfields. The Ballan Hotel dates from the gold rush period in 1851

The property is located at 136 Inglis St, Ballan, Victoria 3342 and is currently a real estate agents and private property.

Miss Fisher and the Deathly Maze - Ep 1 Review

Warning contains plot spoilers!

Miss Fisher and the Deathly Maze game was released on Wednesday and now that I have had a chance to play it I thought I would post my review.

The game sees you on the hunt for Murdock Foyle after he fakes his own hanging with help from a prison guard and escapes.
In the first chapter Phryne is attending an opera with Jack and Aunt Prudence when one of the performers is murdered on stage (... of Ruddygore methinks!) You must talk to suspects and witnesses, collect clue and make deductions. Along the way there are also costume pieces hidden for Phryne to find.
 There is also the option to chose your outfit from your wardrobe and I am assuming that once you have collected all the pieces for a complete outfit these too will be added to your wardrobe.
The end of the chapter sees Phryne and Dot set of to Broome to follow on Foyle's trail and we witness a sneak peak of the next chapter where the planes engine fails and it begins to go down.

The sexual tension between Phryne and Jack which was ever present in the TV series is also present in the game as is the on going struggle between Hugh and Dot as to whether she should be working now they are married.

While the game is entertaining and well written and Phryne has some great one liners it is very much a linear storybook and you cannot proceed in the story without finding the clues needed or making deductions required and there is little skill involved other than making sure you have clicked on everything, said everything and tried to match every clue to make a deduction. You have no say over who you think was the murderer or how to proceed. In this sense I was a little disappointed with the game as I would like to have seen a game in which there were different outcomes depending on your decisions. I also thought that the $4.49 price tag was a little steep considering the first chapter took me under an hour to complete and as yet there is no word as to when the next chapter will be released and whether you will be charged for subsequent chapters.

Release Date for Tin Man Games, 'Miss Fisher and the Deathly Maze'

 Good news Phryne fans - The First Visual Novel from Tin Man Games, 'Miss Fisher and the Deathly Maze', is released next month! The first chapter of this episodic game features characters from the show as you try to piece together the clues to Foyle's whereabouts on a globe-trotting adventure. Fans of Miss Fisher will be keen to hear that the game includes music from the show, composed by Greg J. Walker.


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?"

FEATURES
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.