Intelligence, a retro setting, wit and the English countryside.
BritBox introduced a new cozy mystery series, a spin-off from Father Brown, Sister Boniface Mysteries in February. And it is quite fun.
While Father Brown just never clicked with me, I did gravitate toward Sister Boniface Mysteries, and I think I know why.
Sister Boniface, as her name suggests, is a nun, but prior to taking her vows to the church, she was a highly trained and desirable recruit for Britain’s MI5 intelligence agency but turned down their job offer. The local chief constable laments that while a wonderful unofficial detective and consult to the small town of Great Slaughter, he believes she is wasting her intellect. Set in 1960, Sister Boniface is a Vespa-driving, wine-making nun at St. Vincent’s Convent, and as the final episode (10 episodes in all) of the first season concludes, it becomes indirectly clear why she may have chosen to share her sleuthing talents to this small English town.
Two episodes were released each Tuesday beginning in early February, and I do hope a second season is in the works. Lorna Watson stars as Sister Boniface – a character reprised from a favorite episode in Season 1 of Father Brown, Max Brown stars as the young, gentleman Detective Inspector Sam Gillespie, Jerry Iwu stars as the young detective awaiting his job in London at MI5 to become available as Detective Sergeant Felix Livingstone, Ami Metcalf stars as Constable Peggy Button – a young, well-meaning newbie in the policing field and Miranda Raison from Vexed (season 2) stars as Ruth Penny, the lead journalist for the local newspaper.
Here is a look at the trailer for the series.
This Petit Plaisir appeared in episode #325, 10 Ideas for Reveling in the Spring Season of The Simple Sophisticate podcast