The Blue Rose comes from New Zealand. The first and only season of this series can be seen on Acorn TV or Prime Video and other streamers. It’s a woman powered mystery/drama with some excellent actors.
In The Blue Rose, the mystery that begins in episode 1 isn’t solved until episode 13. The folks solving the crime are an unlikely collection of ordinary people. They have personal reasons for investigating the crime, and get very involved in it.
A woman named Rose is murdered. She’s found floating in the harbor.
The following day, Jane March (Antonia Prebble) comes to work as a temp in the law office and job Rose had worked. The office was in an upheaval over Rose’s death. Jane had a secret motive for wanting to work there, but she didn’t know Rose.
Jane became tangled with 3 others who wanted to find Rose’s murderer and bring some justice into the law firm. Jane was a good girl type and not skilled at the nefarious actions her sleuthing required.
Linda (Siobhan Marshall) considered herself Rose’s best friend. She was brash, impatient, and not a bit subtle. I really liked Linda. She was determined and unafraid. She was going to find the killer if she had to bash every head within 50 miles.
Sonya (Jennifer Ludlam) had worked as an accountant in the law firm and knew Rose, but had been fired and carried a grudge against the them. Sonya had the brains to figure out a lot of subtle ways to get to what they wanted.
Ganesh (Rajeev Varma) was the IT guy at the law firm and was pressed into all kinds of unlikely computer chores by the 3 women who wanted to find out what happened to Rose. Ganesh was underestimated by everyone and it helped him get away with almost anything.
These 4 joined in what they called the blue rose society. They all got blue rose tattoos and pledged to find out what happened to Rose.
In their quest for justice they tangled with many money grubbing lawyers, including Simon Frost (Matt Minto), Jane’s boss and Rose’s former lover. Then there was the lecherous Charlie (James Trevena) who worked at a desk near Jane. The firm’s big money-mad client was Derek (Stelios Yiakmis). There were plenty of suspicious characters in 13 episodes.
I guessed wrong several times on who the villain might be. But I also guessed right, which is always a nice bonus in a mystery series.
I don’t very often see so many New Zealand actors in one place. It was a treat. Antonia Prebble would be considered the main character, but it was really an ensemble piece with many interwoven characters and subplots. The acting was uniformly good.
The series was created by Rachel Lang and James Griffin. The basic premise was a little far-fetched for a mystery series, but the acting talent and the numerous subplots building to the big finish somehow made it all work. The characters were well-developed enough to make them interesting.
The Blue Rose was light-hearted and humorous for a mystery story. It’s definitely not noirish in look or feel.
Here’s a trailer.
If you give this series a try, please share what you thought about it.