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New Bingeable Mysteries to Stream on Hoopla (or borrow on DVD)!: Queens of Mystery and Ms. Fisher’s MODern Murder Mysteries

22 Jan

As you know from several previous posts I love Hoopla, one of our library’s streaming services, because it provides so many amazing mystery TV shows from all over the world.  I’m excited to share with you two of my latest favorites.  You’ll be glad Hoboken resident patrons get 10 checkouts from Hoopla per month, because these are very bingeable.

Queens of Mystery

Queens of Mystery

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In Queens of Mystery, English Detective Matilda Stone has just returned to the village she grew up in.  Despite being told not to involve them her three mystery novelist aunts Beth, Cat and Jane Stone can’t resist meddling in her cases. Each mystery spans two episodes of the six episodes in the first season.    An interesting insightful feature is that the narrator of the series occasionally gives us a peak into what characters are thinking, setting up romantic interests, or funny character personalities we wouldn’t otherwise get. It has the quirky charm that will attract fans of Pushing Daisies, Agatha Raisin, and USA classics like Psych and Monk. Queens of Mystery is also available on DVD from Hoboken and other BCCLS libraries.

Ms. Fisher’s MODern Murder Mysteries

Ms. Fishers MODern Murder Mysteries

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Phryne Fisher is my favorite fictional detective and I’m a huge fan of the TV show adaptation of Kerry Greenwood’s books. So, I was excited to learn that there was a spin off series, Ms. Fisher’s MODern Murder Mysteries, featuring her niece Peregrine Fisher.  Peregrine decides to follow in the footsteps of her famous aunt who is currently missing.  It is fun to compare Melbourne in the 1920’s of Phryne’s era with the mod sixties setting of this series.  Peregrine gets assistance in her crime solving from her aunt’s friends at the Adventuresses’ Club.  If you are a fan of Phryne’s definitely check this one out.  There are four TV movies in the series. You can also borrow the series on DVD if you prefer.

What is your favorite bingeable series on Hoopla?  Share it in the comments!

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Reference

Solving Murders in Many Languages: TV Mysteries from Around the World

1 May

If you didn’t already know – for all you non frequent readers – I love a good mystery series. I’ve noticed there aren’t quite as many being made in the United States as we had in the past when CSI dominated ratings. So I’ve been delighted to check out all the variety of mysteries from around the world that are available to stream from Hoopla. If you are a Hoboken Resident with a library card click on the links and find your new favorite mystery series.

The Undertaker (Der Bestatter)

Undertaker

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The Undertaker is a mystery show from Switzerland that centers around a former detective who left the police force to take over the family’s funeral parlor after his father passed away.  He still has contacts with his old coworkers, but my favorite supporting characters are his cynical mom and Fabio, the gothy misfit he hires after Fabio gave up learning to be a beautician.  There are occasional moments of humor that lighten the darkly serious mood.

Murders at BarLume
BarLume

The older gentlemen who meet up at BarLume can’t keep their noses out of other people’s business.  These quirky characters manage to drag former mathematician and now bar owner Massimo Viviani in on their capers. If you enjoy mysteries, quirky characters, and beautiful Tuscan views, then you will want to check out Murders at BarLume.

Baantjer Mysteries
Baantjer

If your taste runs more towards procedural cop shows, then check out Baantjer Mysteries, a long running Dutch series starring Piet Romer as Jurriaan DeKok who, along with his fellow police detectives, solve crimes in Amsterdam.  The mysteries are based on the novels of A.C. Baantjer.

No Offence
No Offence

This British mystery series pokes fun at some serious issues and its puny title refers to both offence as a crime and the offensiveness of some of the characters.  The first season features a serial killer story line that the mostly female detectives are trying to solve along with other crimes in each episodes.  If you enjoy dark dramedies then No Offence may be your cup of tea.  The series is also available on DVD from Hoboken and other BCCLS libraries.

Also check out my previous posts about the Canadian Murdoch Mysteries and Australian Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and the Russian series The Sniffer.  All three of these series are also available to stream from Hoopla.

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Reference

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