There are many dramas about detectives solving crimes. There even are quite a few with female detectives, even those with female leads. Strawberry Night isn't anything new in that sense. Still, it's among the best of that genre I've seen so far.
Strawberry Night doesn't strictly follow the pattern of covering one crime per episode. The crimes vary in length and all have their own titles - probably because the drama seems to be based on a series of novels. I liked that it was less predictable like that, simply because you couldn't really estimate how much longer it would take to solve the crime.
I think the cases were interesting and really touching but I actually had trouble following them a little because I watched it without subtitles. There are quite a few things I didn't get, so I suppose I'm not really in a position to say how well-written they really were. I enjoyed them though and the conclusion often turned out to be really surprising.
Still, what made the drama for me weren't the cases but the detectives solving them. I absolutely love Himekawa as the heroine. I think it's great that they didn't just write her as a badass woman. No matter how rude or unfeminine she acted, she naturally kept some typical female traits and still managed to earn her subordinate's respect. She solved crime through intuition and stubbornness.
Apart from that I really really liked her relationship to Kikuta. It wasn't really going anywhere but since it's a crime drama I didn't really expect it either. Their interactions alone were nice to watch and felt really heart-breaking at times.
I also liked Himekawa's bantering with all her other fellow detectives. I actually mainly looked forward to the drama because I wanted to see more of the characters when I watched the special. It's nice that once in a while there's a crime drama were I find both the cases and the people solving them great to watch.