DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
THAT father at Dot’s church is a real problem. I hope someone accidentally mows him down with a Rolls-royce and Constable Collins investigates it with the same level of competence he brings to tonight’s case.
He and Inspector Robinson (Nathan Page) are trying to figure out whether Cec and Burt’s war buddy Thommo was a hit-and-run victim and who did it when across town an old friend of Phryne turns up very unexpectedly at her door.
It’s Veronique Sarcelle (Linda Cropper) whose husband Pierre, a painter— this’ll shock you — died in mysterious circumstances. A flashback to that night in Paris gives gripping details, and gee, you can’t help but get the feeling this may be a case for Miss Fisher. Phryne has one of his nudes on the wall over from where they’re sitting.
Pierre’s murder, is, after a decade, still unsolved and has just been reopened by the Paris gendarmerie, who have flagged their intention to speak to the three Australian witnesses. Which is much more convenient for Miss Fisher, if she’s going to solve it.
Not really a question of if though, is it? More a question of where does the Rolls-royce fit in and who struck Thommo.
But then someone else turns up dead and an ugly theory starts to take shape. There’s already one major suspect, in the well-turned out form of Hector Chambers (Vince Colosimo), a bookie of some notoriety. But it could be anyone. It could, for instance, be Pierre’s crony, painter Rene (Peter O’brien). Then there’s Veronique. She’s Phryne’s dear friend, but money makes people act in all sorts of ways.
As Veronique says, ‘‘ I ad to zell zem orrl. Eet broke my art but orr, zee billz!’’ Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries ABC1, 8.30pm
Puzzle: Nathan Page