In case you didn’t know, I am a pretty dang avid fan of the streamer Acorn TV. Everything I try from them (and there’s still some I haven’t seen) is brilliant. I love their storytelling, acting and just in general, what they commission. Queens of Mystery, series two returns with some changes, but it’s still the same in the ways that matter.
Queens of Mystery, Series Two (2022) Acorn TV Review
After unintentionally snubbing Dr. Daniel Lynch (Andrew Leung), DS Matilda Stone (Florence Hall) has a sneaking suspicion her aunts, with whom she lives, seem to be keeping something from her. Puzzled but not knowing what it is, it isn’t until she gets to work that her co-worker spills the beans. You see there’s an announcement in the paper that Daniel is now engaged. Despite the surprise and devastation (after all, when Matilda and Daniel’s eyes met there was a spark!), Mattie is soon distracted by a case. One that involves a health retreat where her aunt’s Beth (Sarah Woodward) and Cat (Julie Graham) are staying for Beth’s work.
Mattie must set to work solving the murder of the woman who ran the retreat all while trying to keep her wits about her when working with Daniel, the coroner. But as clues start to pile up, it begins to seem as though there may be more than one red herring. Of course, also proving a distraction is perhaps a new clue into the long ago disappearance of Mattie’s mother.
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Acorn TV never seems to produce something that isn’t top quality. They may not always be a favorite given the story they tell, but the quality is always there and it makes us sit up and take notice. Another thing that makes us take notice is the short run of three sets of two part episodes (so six in total, but they work as a set of three two-part stories). However I also like to acknowledge that if this short run is what quality looks like, then I’ll take that any day over mediocre. This has interesting mysteries and also looks at the world of art and robbery. All things that lead us to want to solve all the things with Mattie.
The one significant thing that does perhaps affect the chemistry a bit between characters like Beth, Cat, Jane (Siobhan Redmond) and Mattie is that Hall actually replaces series one actress Olivia Vinall as Mattie. She’s a great replacement physically and even characteristically, but some of the same “ease” may be missing. Slightly. Especially where the slow build up from series one was with Daniel. That said, since the Daniel relationship is so minor, we can forgive this. Beyond that minor complaint (that really isn’t one), Queens of Mystery is another solid group of installments. It’s something I certainly hope receives a third series order (we’ll need lose thread answers). It’s charming and fun and solid Acorn TV.
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Catch the debut of Queens of Mystery, series two on Amazon Video with an Acorn TV add on starting weekly January 10. Until then, catch up with series one with the Acorn TV add on!
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Content: nothing much to note. We do usually see the dead bodies though nothing is usually graphic (we do also see the victim struggle usually), and there’s some minor innuendo here and there. Nothing terrible. There may be a British slang word throughout every now and then. One aunt is a homosexual character but we see next to nothing of her in a relationship.
Sincere thanks to Acorn TV for the opportunity to screen series two of Queens of Mystery. All opinions are my own.
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