DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
ESSIE Davis must be loving her role as Phryne Fisher. The wardrobe is magnificent. Just the right amount of dress-ups. Which is to say, a lot.
Tonight we’re at the Green Mill jazz club. So there’s some music before the murder. Inspector Jack Robinson, apparently the only homicide detective in Melbourne, arrives on the scene with Constable Collins, and soon Jack (Nathan Page) and Phryne are discussing whether Collins has asked Dot to the Firemen and Policemen’s Ball yet while Collins, in the absence of a lady policeman, is conducting an uncomfortable search of the female suspects. Uncomfortable for him, the women are fine with it. Though he gets a degree of lip from Deni Hines, who’s playing Nerine, the singer in the house band. They had a good view of what happened on the dancefloor, how Leonard Stephens wound up dead, but, typically, nobody saw nowt. And where’s Phryne’s friend Charles Freeman cleared out to? She thought he’d only gone to the bathroom to throw up. Hmm.
Better go see his mother
Clued up: Insp. Robinson