This week's Friday Five is: Five Masterpiece Mysteries that I love.
1. Inspector Lewis. This is a spin-off of Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse series, which I also liked a lot (though mostly for Inspector Lewis's role in it.)
2. Hercule Poirot. Agatha Christie's classic Belgian detective with the ubiquitous mustaches and fastidious manners. David Suchet as Poirot is brilliant!
3. Rebecca, staring Diana Rigg as the creepy Mrs. Danvers. I'm currently re-reading du Marier's classic suspense novel, Rebecca, and afterwards, I want to re-watch the film.
4. Sherlock Holmes. I tend to turn a jaundiced eye to remakes of Doyle's Holmes and Watson, but this one is spectacular. Brought forward to modern times, incorporating all the science and technology available to detectives, this series is clever and the characters are appealing. Especially Watson, a war veteran and nobody's fool. I suppose that's one of the main reasons I like this version. Often Watson is portrayed as a bumbling foil to Holmes's brilliance. But Watson was a physician, a biographer, and a former soldier. He had plenty going on in the brain box.
5. Midsomer Murders. One of the things I love about this series is that the chief inspector, Barnaby, is a happily married man. So many of the cop shows today portray the lead inspector as a tortured soul whose wife has either left him or been killed. The job is all he has and he drives himself to destruction. In this series, the hero has a lovely wife and grown daughter, and he pursues justice because it is his job and he has a high sense of right and wrong. Couple that with the mentoring relationship he has with various of his sergeants, and you've got a character I don't mind hanging out with.
Are you a mystery lover? Do you watch PBS's Masterpiece Mystery?