A superb police procedural, Blue Murder is anchored by Caroline Quentin, best known for comedy (Men Behaving Badly) but turning in an impressive dramatic performance. DCI Janine Lewis (Quentin) of the Manchester police is not a brilliant super-detective; as she juggles her career, her recently failed marriage, and her four kids; she solves cases through diligence and doggedness. The result of this emphasis on police gruntwork,
far from being dull, is completely engrossing--in part because the
everydayness cunningly balances the often sensational crimes, where
murders are intertwined with homemade pornography, sex-slave
traffic, incest and racial unrest.