I discovered this series while reading a blog of a woman who happened to have a lot of my same cozy mystery book preferences. I am so glad that I found her blog online, otherwise, I would have missed this ITV series, and in doing so, miss seeing some of the most beautiful gardens that I have ever seen, and also, I would have missed seeing this mystery show. They are in the third season in Britain, but I don’t know of any channel here in the states that is (or was) airing it.
The series is about two women (Rosemary Boxer and Laura Thyme) who find themselves at crossroads in their lives. Rosemary (played by Felicity Kendal) has just lost her job at the university teaching some type of horticultural classes while Laura (Pam Ferris) has just been left by her husband, for a much younger woman. It is obvious from the very beginning, in Season 1 of Rosemary and Thyme‘s first meeting that they share a love for all things green, and, because they both have “inquisitive minds,” whenever they stumble onto a crime, they are interested in solving it.
As I said above, the gardens are absolutely exquisite. Sometimes, I am distracted by the beautiful colors, and need to go back on the DVD to catch up on the story line… that is how gorgeous the photography is. And, as anyone who follows mysteries knows, you can’t miss out on the clues just because the scenery is so beautiful.
Rosemary & Thyme reminds me a lot of the early Murder, She Wrote shows……… before Jessica literally had to move from Cabot Cove because almost everyone had died by suspicious means. Season 2 and Season 3 follow the two gardeners while they plant gardens and unplant clues.
Brian Eastman (the creator of the Rosemary & Thyme television series) wrote three Rosemary & Thyme mystery books:
Also, I see that the Rosemary & Thyme Complete Collection is now available.
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*****I wrote this review way back in 2006, but we still think it’s a terrific series. If you are a member of Netflix, they have the DVDs. Also, your library might just carry the DVDs. It truly is an exceptional British television mystery series. May 2014