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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

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