Back in May I wrote part 2 of this series where I am giving some advice concerning where to begin when looking for Cozy Mystery tv and movies. As I said then, I started out with a pretty long list with just looking for the best television and movies to begin with, so I have ended up with this being a three part series.
As before, the TV and Movies page on my site is the place where I have listed all the tv and movies that are related to Cozy Mysteries (and some not related) that I have enjoyed. However, as you can see on that page, the list is a bit long and not really organized except by alphabet, so I am trying to whittle it down to those I particularly enjoyed and that are really great examples of the Cozy genre.
This time, the first show I want to talk about is Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple with Joan Hickson. Wow, what a great portrayal of an absolutely classic Cozy character! I wrote about Joan Hickson’s Miss Marple way back in 2008 when this site was still pretty new.
I know a lot of us began reading mysteries with Agatha Christie. She was one of my earliest reads (only coming after a few other youthful favorites such as the Bobbsey Twins). Miss Marple is my favorite Agatha Christie character – I think her clever solving of crimes by using the way she can compare people to various characters she has known in St Mary Mead is sensational. Her unassuming personality combined with her super sharp wit, makes her a great adversary for criminals!
I know there have been other great actresses who have portrayed Miss Marple >>> and I have seen them all >>> but Joan Hickson just does it best for me. The series with her is a bit old and is lacking today’s production standards (no HD here) but I love the shows anyway. This is one of the few Cozy series that I have re-watched more than twice.
The next series that I am recommending if you haven’t seen them is the Inspector Alleyn Mysteries. This is another series that I wrote about way-back-when. This series stars the delightful Patrick Malahide. Although it may be a bit hard to acquire some of the episodes of this series, it is very much worth seeking them out. Ngaio Marsh, one of the classic authors in the golden age of mysteries who is known as one of the Golden Age’s Queens of Crime, created a classic character with police Inspector Roderick Alleyn. The tv series is a bit old as well, but I think it holds up pretty well. This is a good example of British detective series with a very sharp upper-crust main sleuth.
The last series that I am going to mention this time as a good series to see if you haven’t already is The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency . Based on Alexander McCall Smith’s book series with the same title, I found this tv series to be a delightful adaptation of the wonderful stories set in Botswana featuring the sage Mma Ramotswe (Precious) and her slightly kooky sidekick Mma Makutsi (Grace). I wrote an entry about this series back in 2011. Just as with the books, these stories have a very light mystery plot, but are instead focused on the characters of the sleuths and their interactions with many other interesting people. Again, these shows are worth looking for.
If you’ve got any other suggestions for great Cozy Mystery TV or movie series to start with, please be sure to leave them in the comments below!