My Life is Murder, season 3, premiered on Acorn TV October 10 with two episodes. Lucy Lawless as retired detective/bread maker is back solving crimes for the Auckland police department. The third season is as charming and colorful as ever, with Alexa Crowe solving murders with ease. There are some minor spoilers ahead because I was given access to screeners of more episodes – nothing vital is revealed.
My Life is Murder is as bright as the smile on Alexa’s face. Brilliant colorful outfits, well-chosen settings around Auckland, and brightly lit crime scenes are the rule in this series. Although I do question Alexa’s new fashion choice to have one shirttail tucked in and the other hanging out. (I expect it will become a trend – just watch and see.)
A couple of cast changes among the regulars work into season 3. Madison (Ebony Vagulans) is seen only on video calls in the first part of the season. She claims to be in Paris.
Madison sends in Beth (Tatum Warren-Ngata) as a substitute helper for Alexa. Beth is a former Navy cryptologist who sticks around even after Madison is back. Two computer geniuses are better than one, right?
Alexa’s police contact Harry (Rawiri Jobe) and the cafe owner Reuben (Joe Naufahu) are still on the scene.
Alexa’s brother (Martin Henderson) gets out of prison and figures in several episodes.
Every episode has its own guest stars. A couple of them are Temuera Morrison and Simone Kessell. Alexa solves crimes in tango clubs, horse farms, retirement homes. She even solves a case involving a neighborhood dispute over Christmas lights.
Auckland is a star. When Alexa and Harry meet to discuss every new case, it’s always outside in a gorgeous spot that makes the city look its best. It makes you want to visit all those lovely locations.
I had a nice laugh over the private joke about Beth designing a cat app. Alexa made fun of it, but when the series began filming they shot in Australia. The cat they used in Australia had it’s own animated series, as I mentioned in my review of season 1. The current New Zealand feline could use an app, don’t you think?
Two new episodes of the series will be available on Mondays until the series is completed on November 7. My Life is Murder is charming and delightful and definitely worth watching.