is the fictional county of Midsomer and its various little villages: Badger's Drift, Martyr Warren, Haddington, and many others -as well as the larger county town, Causton, where DCI Tom Barnaby lives with his wife, Joyce, and daughter, Cully. As with most shows of the cozy genre, it is ever amazing how many seemingly normal people are willing to commit murder for one odd reason or another. We watched murder and mayhem for years on Murder, She Wrote and just imagine, it's been going on all along in England, too. I tell you, I could watch the BBC every day and be perfectly happy. Having watched every season of MI-5, I've moved on from terrorism to more mundane crimes on Midsomer Murders. It's available for free on AmazonPrime and I've watched five or six episodes - and so far, it has not disappointed. It's not so much mysterious, thrilling suspense as it is the mildly humorous business of the classic whodunit. DCI Barnaby is a good judge of people and does most of his work through observation rather than direct questioning of the suspects. His assistant, Detective Sergeant Troy, is good sidekick material and provides a good deal of comic relief with his lack of driving skills and brilliant perception of the obvious. The coroner, George, is almost too good-natured for a man who spends the vast majority of his time with dead bodies. Mrs. Barnaby cannot cook, much to her husband's chagrin, but is passionately interested in the arts and the theatre. Their daughter, an actress, appears to be more like her father. And then there's the oddball cast of what seems like thousands: the victims, suspects and various other individuals who inhabit the fictional jurisdiction of the thoroughly likeable fictional detective. Midsomer Murders is not only entertaining and funny, it's lots of fun, too. Check out the pilot episode, and if you're even remotely a fan of Agatha Christie, you'll be hooked.
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