If Netflix’s ‘Bridgerton’ Was a Mystery Book

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Image Credit: Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma / Bridgerton Season 2 / Netflix

Even we crime fiction readers can’t deny the appeal of Netflix’s Bridgerton. Regency romance meets period drama, Bridgerton is known for its swoon-worthy cast and the charismatic way in which it portrays life in the affluent reaches of 1800s England. Centered around the Bridgerton family’s clumsy but whimsical search for love, it truly is a sweet period piece. But…what if we could make it better?

Nothing spices up a romantic series quite like a mystery. It’s the sugar and milk in a cup of tea, giving new and subtle favors while maintaining that familiar base. We’re not talking notorious-columnist-hidden-in-high-society mystery. We’re talking crime. Who can resist historical romcoms with a side of murder? Now that’s the type of series I would show up for. In the meantime, we have books—and these five heroes and heroines are on the case.