Rather than being a whodunit, the new Aussie drama My Life Is Murder is a howdunit-whydunit kind of mystery series.
If you’re looking for a mystery series where everything screams, “It’s gonna be a dark, dreary and depressing ride,” this isn’t it.
But if you’re in the mood for a light and breezy mystery, where the plot centers on the unraveling of how a murder was committed and why, then My Life Is Murder is for you.
Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess, Spartacus, Ash Vs Evil Dead) stars as Alexa Crowe, a retired police detective in Melbourne whose new daily routine consists of baking bread. That is, until her friend and ex-boss, Detective Inspector Keiran Hussey (Bernard Curry, Wentworth), entices his former best investigator out of retirement with brain-tickler cases that have been closed but not exactly solved.
The first one concerns a successful businesswoman who fell to her death from the high-rise balcony of a male escort’s apartment. Was it an accident or was she pushed? Assisting Alexa in finding out the answer is Madison Feliciano (Ebony Vagulans, The Letdown, The Heart Guy), a young police data analyst who aspires to be a detective.
Alexa’s next case as a private investigator is a locked-room mystery in which a man was shot to death in a motel room. And rounding out the first half of the ten-episode series are stories involving the suspicious deaths of a corporate executive, a culinary school student, and a young PR professional — ruled as death by misadventure, accident, and (presumably) vehicular manslaughter.
For viewers, the biggest mystery to date is: What happened to Alexa’s husband?
There are some singular lines in the show, such as the one in which Alexa describes multi-platinum singer and actor Ed Sheeran as “like [chef and cookery show presenter] Jamie Oliver with sleeve tattoos.”
And there are some terrific guest stars, including Danielle Cormack (Wentworth), Lindsay Farris (Sisters), and Don Hany (East West 101), who feature alongside series regular Alex Andreas (Tidelands), who plays George Stathopoulos, the owner of Alexa’s local café haunt.
The series is easy entertainment — with uncomplicated but still interesting storylines and likable characters, all set in sunny Melbourne. I quite enjoyed the first five episodes and look forward to watching the next five.
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