Before leaving home, my husband and I started watching Julian Fellowes Investigates: A Most Mysterious Murder. Written and presented by Academy-award winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes, A Most Mysterious Murder is a five episode “docudrama”, a crime drama based off of real-world unsolved murder mysteries.
Each episode of A Most Mysterious Murder is completely self-contained. The only character appearing in each is Julian Fellowes, who narrates the episode and presents the possible solution he feels most fits the evidence available. He also has writing credits on each episode. The rest of the acting stands up as well.
Production values are very high. The periods shown feel authentic, the costuming, sets, and language all giving a strong feeling of immersion in the appropriate atmosphere to the time. According to what I’ve read elsewhere, the actual locations where the crimes were committed were used when possible, leading to an extra level of authenticity that would be hard to beat.
So far I’ve only seen the first two episodes of the five episode series, but what I’ve seen so far leaves me confident in recommending this for most cozy fans. A Most Mysterious Murder isn’t completely fiction, so it isn’t a cozy but the episodes so far have shared a lot in common with cozies.
The first episode was a bit better than the second, and the solution provided seemed a bit more clever. That said, the other episode I’ve seen was also very good, just not quite as strong as the first.
Overall this seems like a series I would definitely recommend. I’ll post in later if the rest of the episodes go downhill, but for now I feel confident in saying that most cozy fans interested in some real-world unsolved murder cases should find a lot to like in Julian Fellowes Investigates: A Most Mysterious Murder.
P.S. >>> Julian Fellowes won an Academy Award for his writing and original screenplay for the 2001 movie Gosford Park. He also is the creator, executive producer, and writer for the very popular Downton Abbey television series.
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