British TV

    • Above Suspicion
      Lynda La Plante

      Creator of the popular Detective Jane Tennison, heroine of the Prime Suspect TV drama, this gripping thriller launches the career of another brainy, sexy female homicide detective in fledgling London copper Anna Travis. And as always, La Plante excels at revealing the inner workings of a police investigation and taking us deep into the criminal mind and criminal world as Travis tracks a serial killer. Watch the series adaptation on AcornTV.

    • Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death
      M. C. Beaton

      Introducing herself to the Cotswold village she’s moved to after early retirement, Mrs. Agatha Raisin enters a quiche in a local contest and promptly finds herself a murder suspect when the judge dies. To clear her name, she turns amateur sleuth. This is the first in a long-running cozy mystery series that finds the former owner of a London PR firm is a feisty outsider who takes on investigations, annoying the local constabulary and slowly warming to life in a small village. These are quick-reading stories filled with delightful characters. After reading, watch the series on AcornTV.

    • Case Histories
      Kate Atkinson

      The first book in the Jackson Brodie series finds Cambridge private investigator and former police detective Brodie caught up in three seemingly unrelated cases from the past. Intricately plotted, heartbreaking, full of suspense yet often very funny. You’ll want to read more of his cases.

    • Cocaine Blues
      Kerry Greenwood

      Spunky Phryne Fisher leaves her adopted London for 1920s Australia to investigate the desperate letters she has been receiving from well-bred Lydia, a young woman married to a low-down scoundrel. Follow-up your reading by watching Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries on AcornTV.

    • The Craftsman
      Sharon Bolton

      When eerily familiar child abductions and murders start recurring in a small Lancashire village, a local cop struggles to figure out if she sent the wrong person to jail decades earlier or if a copycat killer is responsible.

    • Decline and Fall
      Evelyn Waugh

      Sent down from Oxford in outrageous circumstances, Paul Pennyfeather is oddly unsurprised to find himself qualifying for the position of schoolmaster at Llanabba Castle, where his colleagues turn out to be an assortment of misfits, rascals and fools. Read the book and then watch on AcornTV. Keep your eyes peeled for Desperate Housewives' Eva Longoria.

    • Except the Dying
      Maureen Jennings

      In this beloved Canadian series, Detective William Murdoch solves turn-of-the-century Toronto's most intriguing mysteries. It's a skillful first novel that's interesting for its historical accuracy and its fully realized characters. A young housemaid has been murdered and the cast of suspects spans the social strata, yet it is Murdoch who breathes life into what might have been a conventional murder mystery. Available on AcornTV.

    • Magpie Murders
      Anthony Horowitz

      The final chapters are missing from world-famous author Alan Conway's latest mystery manuscript. Conway’s sudden, suspicious death means that his editor Susan must piece together the ending. She soon realizes that the novel’s characters are stand-ins for real people, and that the book may be related to the author’s death in this homage to the Golden Age mystery by Anthony Horowitz, creator of Foyle's War and writer for Midsomer Murders (both available on AcornTV).

    • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
      Agatha Christie

      A murder in a small English village leads Hercule Poirot into a strange mystery involving a determined, curious spinster, the local doctor, and a wide range of suspects with possible motives and mysterious relationships.

    • Partners in Crime
      Agatha Christie

      Tommy and Tuppence Beresford are restless for adventure, so when they are asked to take over Blunt's International Detective Agency, they leap at the chance in this charming detective series. Watch the delightful adaptation on AcornTV.

    • The Punishment She Deserves
      Elizabeth George

      The latest book in the series finds Inspector Thomas Lynley of Scotland Yard and the pugnacious but loyal detective sergeant Barbara Havers tackle one of the most sinister murder cases they have ever encountered.

    • Ross Poldark
      Winston Graham

      A heartwarming, gripping saga set in the windswept landscape of Cornwall. In the first book, a weary Ross Poldark returns to England from war in America, looking forward to a joyful homecoming with his beloved Elizabeth. Instead he discovers his father has died, his home is overrun by livestock and drunken servants, and Elizabeth--believing Ross is dead--is now engaged to his cousin. He has no choice but to start life anew.

    • Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death
      James Runcie

      Introduces unconventional clergyman Sidney Chambers, who teams up with roguish Inspector Harry Keating to investigate a suspicious suicide, a jewelry theft, the unexplained demise of a jazz promoter, and a shocking art forgery with this collection of interlocking short whodunits. The first book in the beloved Grantchester series, now a PBS television series.

    • Silent Voices
      Ann Cleeves

      Vera Stanhope, the overweight, unfashionable, irascible, and brilliant Northumbrian police detective inspector, has been going great guns in the UK for years. This title, the fourth in the series, introduces her to U.S. readers. With pitch-perfect writing, a finely tuned mystery, and a protagonist with a complex past of her own, this is a stand out penned by one of Britain's most successful mystery writers. You can also catch Vera on AcornTV and in our DVD collection.

    • Still Life
      Louise Penny

      In a small town in Quebec a woman supposedly loved by her community is found in the woods, murdered. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache looks for the small clues which will point him to the killer. Follow your reading by watching the made for TV movie on AcornTV.