Acorn TV has added a new English detective series entitled Queens of Mystery. It’s a quirky series that takes a bit of getting used to, but if you’re into dead bodies and murder in small English towns this is right up your alley.
Like Midsomer Murders, the local population is dropping like flies. Only this time, it’s not the priest of Father Brown, the handsome vicar in Grantchester, or high-heeled Agatha Raisin solving the cases. Meet three-crime writing authors and their niece, a regular detective out to solve the crimes.
The first two episodes revolved around the murder of a crime writer, at a crime writer’s contest convention. The third and fourth episodes focus on the reunion of a band, and the murders of its members. I could swear this storyline happened to be one like it in the twenty seasons of Midsomer Murders, although a bit different to fit this new mystery.
The aunts, Beth, Cat, and Jane, are all crime solvers because they are all best-selling authors writing murder mysteries of their own. They seem to also be connected to these recent murders in one way or the other. They are great sleuths and cannot pass up the opportunity to investigate. Maltida Stone is the young detective assigned to her hometown of Wildemarsh, England (another fictitious location). The young Matilda has an unsolved mystery of her own regarding the identity of her father, which question continues to pop up in the series.
What makes this series different is that it’s narrated, which can be confusing at first. Juliet Stevenson, who narrates the tale while you are watching, adds little tidbits about the past or what the characters are really thinking during the moment. At times it can be entertaining, but at other moments, a bit distracting. However, it’s what makes the new series unique. You may remember Juliet playing the wife of Mr. Elton in the 1996 version of Emma.
So if you love people being stabbed, poisoned, strangled in an English setting, this series is for you. It’s a good filler while Midsomer Murders is filming their next season. The series introduction is quite unique, as well, and kudos to whoever thought that intro up.