Mystery Musings

My poor husband ends up watching more mysteries on TV than any man should have to endure, but the truth is, no matter how much he grumbles (and he can grumble about almost anything), he enjoys them.  We have Acorn TV (with lots of mysteries) and BritBox (with even more).

We recently stumbled on The Bletchley Circle (San Francisco) on BritBox.  https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7978912/  .  I’m not sure how many of you can find it and watch it, but it’s WONDERFUL.  I’m no movie expert like my friend M.L. Rigdon, but the scene sets and cinematography are moody and evocative.  The actresses and actors are topnotch, and the mystery is mesmerizing.

I had no idea what the Bletchley Circle was, but the minute my husband heard the title, he was intrigued.  He reads a lot about World War II and knew right away that Bletchley Park in England was the center for code breakers during the war.  The premise of the show is that a lot of women worked at breaking codes during the war, then they were dispersed and unneeded when the men came home from fighting.  But these were smart women, and in the TV drama, one of their friends was killed during the war, and there’s another murder years later, in San Francisco, that uses the exact MO as that murder.  So four women decide to put their code busting brains together to study the patterns of the new murders to bring justice for their friend.

The first murder takes two episodes to solve, and it’s a great introduction to the series.  If you can find it, I highly recommend it.  It’s one of the smartest mysteries I’ve seen for a while.