The Madame Blanc Mysteries is a British 6 episode series on Acorn TV. It’s one of those charming, cozy tales where a woman not affiliated with the police is the one who solves the crimes.
The Madame Blanc Mysteries was created and written by Sally Lindsay, who also wrote for and acted in Scott & Bailey. Sally Lindsay plays the lead character, Jean White. Sally Lindsay was the reason I was interested in this series and watched it.
Unfortunately, the series isn’t as good as some others in this genre. The secondary characters are not fleshed out well and the plot is full of distracting impossibilities. One example – a colorblind art copier.
Sally Lindsay plays Jean White, an expert in antiques and art. She lives in Manchester and her husband spends a lot of time in the French antiques hub Saint Victoire. He picks up antiques and sends them home where she sells them.
But hubby dies in a car accident. Jean heads for Saint Victoire and the small cottage they own there to try to recover a valuable ruby and diamond ring he had with him in the car wreck.
She finds the ring has disappeared and her husband was often seen with another woman. The ‘other woman’ becomes a threat to Jean as she works out what happened to her husband. She thinks he was murdered. Other murders occur in the village that also seem related to the other woman. We see the other woman watching her, but we don’t see her face until the end.
The overarching storyline about finding out who murdered her husband and recovering the ring is punctuated with a new crime in each episode that Jean helps the police chief Caron (Alex Gaumond) solve.
When we finally learn who the other woman was the whole storyline just sort of fizzles out as the season draws to a close. Maybe something will come of it if there is a second season, but one hasn’t been announced as of this time.
As soon as Jean arrives in France, she becomes friends with Dom (Steve Edge). He’s a taxi driver, a handyman, and available to provide everything she might need, including a dinner companion. Even though her husband just died, there’s a romantic undertone to the developing relationship between Jean and Dom. It’s a tease that is unresolved at the end of the 6th episode, too.
Even though the series wasn’t perfect, I applaud Sally Lindsay for creating a new role for herself and getting it made.