Donna Detective or Woman Detective (the main characters name is actually Lisa Milani), is the latest crime drama release from Mhz International Mystery. This first season is available in one set of three discs featuring all six episodes. I found it interesting that though it pre-dates Sherlock and is fundamentally different; they do share several common elements. Both series episodes are feature length (each Donna Detective episode is 100 minutes long), both have an self-contained mystery and an arc that spans the whole season, and both feature a genius detective who uses acute observation and psychology to solve crimes.
I found Donna Detective was a lot of fun like Sherlock too. Detective Lisa Milani (Lucrezia Lante della Rovere) is a wife and mother who long ago took a desk job with the police so she could spend more time with her family. A wave of subway stabbings leads the boss to bring the extraordinarily talented Lisa back into the field to help solve the crime. Her joy at returning to investigations is short lived when her adulterous, doctor husband is accused of a murder which sets off the season long plot arc. The crimes are compelling and Lucrezia is wonderful in the lead role; she has a wonderful way of handling Lisa’s rambling form of deduction. For fans of shows like Sherlock, this is one to definitely check out.
Donna Detective is from available Mhz Networks NOW!
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