Mystery Queen is an absolute gem of 2017. I would call this series Ajumma as this is a story about a woman in her 30s that is greedy for taking part in detective investigations. And a middle aged police officer who always stands on her way.
The plot consists of several detective cases and deal with murder, serial killers, robbery, kidnapping. On the one hand it seems like it is a typical detective story where you solve one case after the another. On the other hand, this cases happen almost in the same area, they are connected with main leads lives and help to see them as real people as we can relate to them. And this is the charm of this series that will be continued next year.
Main leads are lovely portrayed by Choe Gang Hui and Gwon Sang U. Though I liked Choe Gang Hui’s acting in Heart to Heart I still doubted whether to watch Mystery Queen. But it turned out that her acting is quite diverse and she could portray a strong woman. Male lead is perfect though it seems I have seen him for the first time.
And of course I cannot help mentioning supporting characters - Gyeong Mi, Park Gyeong Suk, Bae Gwang Tae and lovely Hong Jun O. In my view, if you remember not only the main chracters but also the supporting, it means the story and all characters are well written and put in the series for a reason. And it makes the story complete.
Mystery Queen is a unique twist on the Sherlock premise.
Here Sherlock is a married housewife with a knack for investigation (and like her inspiration great at seeing missed clues and piecing together what actually happened) while Watson is a hardened detective who slowly gets won over. And while it's a very loose adaptation, there's something heartwarming about seeing these vastly different personalities interact; they bicker like siblings but still manage to maintain respect for each other and watching as they become partners is a hoot. It takes a bit of time to settle down, but overall the show is a fun watch with a great supporting cast.
The plot is fairly tightly woven, with hints of upcoming cases scattered throughout earlier episodes. But the heart of the show are the characters not the mysteries.