This is yet another new (2021) British Cozy Mystery television series that my husband and I enjoy. It’s very Cozy — so if you’re looking for gratuitous violence, sex, language, and/or action-filled car chases — then this isn’t the TV series for you. We just happen to prefer Cozy Mystery television series…
Sally Lindsay (Jean White, the main character) and Sue Vincent (Gloria, a secondary character) are the creators and owners of the production company that makes The Madame Blanc Mysteries. The series features a British antiques dealer who moves to a quaint French village after the death of her husband. Her husband had been sort of stationed in this antiques mecca village for their business – with her living in England. Jean (Madame Blanc) comes to the village to sell their “cottage”. Unfortunately Jean finds out that her husband has depleted all their money and has been living a life that Jean was not at all aware of.
Luckily, Jean hires a taxi driver to get her around (Dom – played by Steve Edge) and he becomes her crime-solving sidekick. Jean starts her sleuthing in order to find out just how her husband died. It turns out that Jean’s attention to detail from her years of antiquing helps her become a very good amateur sleuth!
And, of course, since this is a true Cozy TV series, the village is full of friendly, eccentric people. The French village setting is beautiful. It was filmed in Malta – an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea, so expect to see beauty all around.
Each 45-minute episode is self-contained – with an arc line that goes through the entire first season. I’m not crazy about ongoing plot arcs – so I am happy the main mysteries are solved during each episode. However, there is a background arc that runs through the entire first season.
I not only enjoyed the characters, scenery, plots, acting, & wardrobe – I also enjoyed hearing about the antiques featured in the shows. The show didn’t ramble on and on about antiquing, but it did include just enough facts to make it interesting.
I recommend The Madame Blanc Mysteries to those of you who are looking for a true Cozy Mystery TV series. It is available on Acorn TV.