5 British Mystery Series to Die For

If you're like me, you have a love/hate relationship with murder mysteries. (Or maybe you're like my former roommate who was obsessed with them, which definitely did not worry me). Either way, they reel you in until you're unashamedly hooked. I may check the front door a million times to be sure it's locked, I may sleep with a baseball bat by my bed, heck I may have a nightmare or two, but I'll be darned if I don't find out who the murderer was in that fictional story. 

So, I want to recommend some of my all-time favorite British murder mysteries for the next time you experience an insatiable itch for a new crime show. 

Jenna Gladfelter​

Happy Valley: This show is all about the acting and the character depth. Despite having 9 episodes (three seasons, 3 episodes per season), you'll feel connected to the show almost immediately. It starts strong and ends strong. Happy Valley tells the story of Sergeant Cawood, who we meet just as the man responsible for her daughter's death is released from prison. Sarah Lancashire (Cawood) does a phenomenal job playing the layered, tormented heroine, and I guarantee you'll enjoy the chiseled James Norton as the antagonist. Give it a go - all three seasons on Netflix. ​​

Luther: It stars Idris Elba. Oh, you want to know more? Okay. Elba plays a brilliant detective who solves grisly crimes in the heart of London. Unfortunately, his emotional instability and impulsivity often get him into some trouble. Now, I will say this show is not for the faint of heart. The murders shown in Luther are not your run-of-the-mill crimes. Think Criminal Minds or [insert your favorite crime show here] and multiply that by ten. But I think that's why I love Luther so much. There's something to be said about the unique writing style and storytelling. So, if you're feeling brave, enter this bruv's struggle with good vs. evil. All four seasons on Netflix. (Sidebar: rumor has it Luther is returning in 2018?!) 



  Grantchester: Oh, yeah. Another recommendation with the beautiful and talented James Norton. Grantchester is a fun one because it centers around Sidney Chambers, an unconventional vicar in the 1950s, and his unlikely friendship with Detective Geordie Keating. After a mysterious death in their small town, Sidney finds himself amidst the investigation with Detective Keating, and a true bromance blossoms, y'all. The compassion and open-mindedness of Sidney provide a perfect contrast to Geordie's cynicism and methodical mindset. You can watch seasons 1 and 2 on Amazon Prime (season 3 currently airing on PBS!). 

Jenna was born and raised in farm-country Pennsylvania. After attending college in Virginia and grad school in Maryland, she worked her way back up the East Coast to New York City. Her first job out of school was working with adults with developmental disabilities which she found to be incredibly rewarding.. Now she finds herself advocating for the rights of senior citizens in NYC.

Inspired by books penned by strong, comedic women such as Tina Fey, Carrie Fisher, and Jenny Lawson, she hopes to one day write a book herself. Among her family and friends, she's known for her Julie Andrews obsession, leaving umbrellas everywhere, and knowing useless pieces of trivia. In her spare time, she loves to try new restaurants, binge-watch Netflix, wander through botanical gardens, and eat insane amounts of popcorn.