In the past couple of months, I have discovered some wonderful British cozy murder mystery series. The British really know how to do cozy murders for television. The stories are always a little bit funny, with enduring characters, and a hint of romance. These shows are mostly on BritBox and Acorn TV, which are the two British television streaming channels. A couple are on the PBS Masterpiece streamer. The easiest way to watch all of these shows, is to add the channels to your Amazon Prime Video. That way no matter where you are and what streaming box you’re using, you can watch.
Magpie Murders (PBS Masterpiece) – Susan Ryland is a successful book editor, but when her most famous murder mystery writer turns in his book without the final chapter and then dies mysteriously, she’s got a double mystery on her hands. Where’s the chapter? And did someone kill the author? This ingenious series switches between Susan’s present day investigation and the murder mystery from the book set in 1953.
Miss Scarlett & the Duke (PBS Masterpiece) – Set in the 1880s, Miss Scarlett is the first woman private detective in London, taking over her father’s firm. She works and clashes with a handsome Scotland Yard detective.
Shakespeare & Hathaway (BritBox) – Set in present day Stratford-Upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s hometown, Louella Shakespeare and Frank Hathway are private investigators. The assistant Sebastian, an aspiring actor, goes undercover as wacky characters.
Signora Volpe (BritBox) – Follows a British spy who goes to a small Italian town for her niece’s wedding and gets drawn into a mystery when the groom disappears.
MacDonald & Hobbs (BritBox) – Ambitious DCI Lauren MacDonald is transferred to Bath from London and even worse she is partnered with strange DS Hobbs. But he turns out to be a savant, seeing connections others don’t, and together they make a great team.
Agatha Raisin (Acorn TV) – PR powerhouse Agatha Raisin retires early and buys her dream cottage in a village in the Cotswolds where she is promptly accused of murder. In trying to clear herself, she discovers a talent for solving murder and makes friends with the quirky characters in the village.
Sister Boniface Mysteries (BritBox) – Set in a village in the 1960s, forensic scientist and perpetually perky Sister Boniface assists the local police detective.
Madam Blanc (Acorn TV) – Mrs. White’s husband dies on an antique buying trip in the south of France. The police say it was an accident, but she proves it was murder and that her antiques knowledge can help solve crimes.
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