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Miss Fisher mysteries


By Kathy Pillatzki
Assistant Director
Henry County Library System

  It seems like the television is on at my house all the time, though Iím rarely the one selecting the programs. One exception is my weekly indulgence, The Antiques Roadshow. Due to a busy schedule and a short attention span, I try not to get drawn into shows with long-running storylines. Even with my DVR I end up getting lost in the plot. I can watch the Roadshow in one-hour segments and it doesnít matter if I miss an episode or watch them out of order.

  Wouldnít you know, my TV-watching system (if you can call it that) has been sabotaged by those sly programmers at Georgia Public Broadcasting. Recently they started airing Miss Fisher Mysteries right after Antiques Roadshow. Due to my failure to turn off the TV when the Roadshow ended, and against my better judgment, Iím hooked.

  Itís not every day youíll hear a librarian talk up a TV show, but the Miss Fisher Mysteries are good fun. The writing, acting, and costuming are all well above the usual TV fare. Set in 1920s Australia, the show features a young, very liberated, independently wealthy main character who uses her wits and considerable charm to solve classic whodunit-style mysteries.

  Of course, I was delighted to find out that the show is based on a series of books by Australian writer Kerry Greenwood. The first book in the series was published in 1989, and there are 20 altogether. Greenwood has been moderately successful in her native country and the UK, but has mostly flown under the radar in the US until the TV show began airing here.

  While Henry County libraries donít have any of the Miss Fisher books yet, I was happy to find that other libraries in our PINES network do. I borrowed the first in the series, Cocaine Blues, from the Braselton library, part of the Piedmont Regional Library System.

  If you have a library card issued by any PINES member library, you can borrow books from any other PINES library and have them delivered to your home branch free of charge. The PINES network includes 281 member libraries in 143 Georgia counties. Odds are, if you can think of something you want to read, at least one PINES library will have it available.

  Exceptions usually include books with a very narrow academic focus. Those can also be obtained from university libraries or from out of state with staff assistance, through a slightly different process that incurs a very small fee to cover shipping costs.

  Cocaine Blues introduces Miss Fisher, provides some of her backstory, and introduces her maid/assistant Dot, cabbies Bert and Cec who get roped into her escapades, and possible romantic interest, Detective Inspector Jack Robinson.

  The first three books in the Miss Fisher Myteries are on order for Henry County libraries. If there is enough interest, weíll add the newer titles to the collection. In the meantime, make full use of your Henry County PINES library card and borrow them by visiting and click on the link to the PINES catalog, or call your local branch for assistance!



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