Here’s another great example of British mystery movies! My husband and I were riveted by this terrific mystery movie (The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: The Murder at Road Hill House) which I would describe as Cozy. This 2011 ITV production is based on a real crime which took place in England in 1860. (Author Kate Summerscale wrote the non-fiction book (The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective), on which the movie is based.)
The costumes, settings, acting, well… everything is phenomenal. Detective Whicher is very convincingly played by Paddy Considine. As the first movie begins (The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: The Murder at Road Hill House) we discover that Inspector Whicher is the best detective in Victorian England’s Scotland Yard force, which is why he is chosen to go to a small town to solve a murder. The father of a murdered boy very much wants the case solved, so he informs the local police chief that Mr. Whicher is to be in charge of the case. Of course, this causes some bad feelings from the townspeople, including the entire local police force. They think of Mr. Whicher as an uppity outsider from London.
The movie follows Inspector Whicher’s detecting. He is given a very short amount of time to solve the case. He insists he needs more time. Toward the end of his allotted time, his fellow Scotland Yard friend Dolly (played by William beck) is sent to help him. I don’t want to divulge anymore, in hopes that you watch (and enjoy!) the movie.
I strongly recommend this British mystery movie. We haven’t watched the other three Mr. Whicher movies yet, but plan to watch them very soon. They are as follows:
Movie 2 – The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: The Murder in Angel Lane (2013)
Movie 3 – The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: Beyond the Pale (2014)
Movie 4 – The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: The Ties That Bind (2014)
If the last three Mr. Whicher mystery movies are as good as the first, we’re all in for a treat!
P.S. My husband and I watched The Suspicion of Mr. Whicher: The Murder in Angel Lane (the second TV mystery movie in the series) last night and while it was very good, it showed a few corpses that had been violently killed, so it might qualify as a bit less “Cozy” than the first.
P.P.P.S. I have received a letter from someone complaining that these are not Cozies. I liken the two movies my husband and I have watched more to Prime Suspect & Dalziel and Pascoe…
P.P.S. All four of the Mr. Whicher mysteries are available on Amazon Prime Video for streaming.