You must think me mad. Pretty English villages, dangerous? Sherlock Holmes will tell you they were. I’m trying to remember which one. They’re in a railroad compartment, traveling to the countryside. Dr. Watson comments on how beautiful it is. Sherlock Holmes grunts and speaks about evil lurking and he would rather be in the meanest East End alley.
If you watch some English mysteries, you could be led to believe Holmes was right. I’ll cover several. You can be comforted (maybe) in the fact that the Medieval murder rate in Oxford was higher than anything we can imagine.
Midsomer Murders. Some nice middle class people, but a bunch of murders keep occurring. Barnaby is a busy man. These nice people have a nasty habit of killing each other.
Miss Marple: Dame Joan Hickson. This nice sweet senior citizen shows up, and bodies drop. Can you imagine an FBI profiler suspecting her and drawing her profile?
The Coroner: One of my favorite shows. A nice village on England’s West Coast. Jane Kennedy (played by Claire Goose) returns from London. She was busier in South Dart.
Y’all think parts of Appalachia or West Baltimore are rough. Just be careful of those English villages.