I’m hooked on British Mystery TV

I've been watching a lot of British Mystery TV lately. The writing is pretty fantastic for the most part: great character development, compelling story lines, and interesting settings. Things are just different in Europe and it's a nice change to see the old buildings, seaside landscapes, and of course, to hear the cool accents. 🙂

The biggest noticeable difference from North American crime shows is the lack of arms. The police in England and Scotland do not carry firearms. And many of them aren't exactly fit and skilled fighters. They march into danger with just the authority the Queen has given them!

Here are some of my favorites.

 Scott & Bailey


Scott & Bailey is a sisterhood/friendship partnering, but unlike Rizzoli and Isles, it's a pretty rocky one. These women are edgier and have bigger flaws, but you can't help but root for them, which is a testament to the writing. I was sorry to see this one end.



Okay, so we have David Tennant from Dr. Who fame (and more recently Jessica Jones), so you know this one is going to be good. Again the writing and character development are impeccable. The two leads have an acerbic relationship, but are forced to work together to solve the death of a young boy.



Shetland is set in the northern islands of Scotland, so your typical isolated small town setting. I have to watch this one with the close captioning on because the accents can be thick. The first eight episodes follow the storylines of Ann Cleeves' novels pretty closely.

Father Brown

Programme Name: Father Brown - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Embargoed for publication until: n/a - Picture Shows: L-R Lady Felicia (NANCY CARROLL), Mrs McCarthy (SORCHA CUSACK), Father Brown (MARK WILLIAMS), Inspector Valentine (HUGO SPEER), Susie (KASIA KOLECZEK), Sid (ALEX PRICE) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Des Willie

Father Brown is set in the 1950s, so there's that fun aspect, and it also eliminates the use of modern technology to solve the case. Fans of cozy mysteries would love this. It's lighter in mood than the previous shows and the storylines are basic whodunits. It took me a couple of episodes to get into this one, but I'm glad I stuck it out.

How about you? Do you have a favorite, or should I say favoUrite British TV show?

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Anonymous says September 27, 2017

Just finished Loch Ness binge. Inspector Frost and Midsummer Mysteries.

amo says September 23, 2016

Yes to Inspector Lewis – or if you haven’t yet watched “Inspector Morse”, start there. My other current favourite is New Tricks – apparently even the Queen loves that one!

    leestraussbooks@gmail.com says September 23, 2016

    Well, if it’s good enough for the queen!

john gahan says September 15, 2016

plus InI like all of the above spector Lewis, which is the follow-on to Inspector Moris

    leestraussbooks@gmail.com says September 16, 2016

    I hadn’t heard about Inspector Lewis – will have to check it out!

Karen Hansen says September 15, 2016

I absolutely love British Mysteries. There are so many good ones. Inspector Lewis, Midsomer Mysteries, Father Brown is my favorite lately. There are so many that I pay for Acorn TV to get more than I get on the other sites.

    leestraussbooks@gmail.com says September 16, 2016

    I’ve heard of Midsomer Mysteries but have yet to try it. Thanks for the reminder!

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