Rosemary and Thyme is one of my comfort-view series. The two main characters, Rosemary Boxer and Laura Thyme, run their own landscaping business, designing or updating gardens for a series of clients. The odd thing is, everywhere they go, someone turns up dead, so they end up detecting as well.
There are plenty of reasons to like the series.
Rosemary and Thyme are one good reason. They are both older women starting this business as a second career after their lives blew up: Rosemary was fired from her university, and Laura, who used to be in the police force, is in the process of divorcing her husband and losing her own house and garden. Their lives don’t end there: The meet in the aftermath of their respective losses, form a friendship, and then a business partnership. They’re good friends who enjoy working together and that makes them fun to spend time with as they weed, sketch garden plans, deal with former and current flames, and hunt down murderers.
The gardens are another big reason. Remember how I said I would watch Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries just for the clothes? I’d watch Rosemary and Thyme for the gardens. These are not your standard vegetable plots. These are great estate gardens with terraces, Moorish gardens with orange trees and fountains, old and meticulously reconstructed Medieval gardens, and tiny woodland lots with shade flowers and ferns. These are the sort of dream gardens that the English are famous for, and I’ve been known to watch scenes more than once just for the sake of admiring them. The landscapes are invariably lovely as well with plenty of scenic overlooks and long, tree-lined roads into the countryside.
The mysteries are good, low-key murder-mysteries of the cozy variety. That is, there is always a murder, and people are duly upset, but the gore is kept at a minimum and it is largely an excuse for the detectives to wander around asking questions and getting under foot as they figure out what happens. There are false starts, red herrings, and broken hearts, but in the end, the murderer is caught, the garden is finished, and all is right with the world.
Rosemary and Thyme is a wonderful way to relax. Sadly, there are only three seasons of varying lengths (this is a British show, after all), but it bears watching more than once. It is also currently up on Netflix, so indulge!