As of late, I have been binge watching murder mystery series on Netflix. I began this endeavor as a way to get acclimated and research investigations type mysteries and to get acquainted with the Victorian era through the 1930s. All of this was in preparation to run Call of Cthulhu: Horror on the Orient Express. After 150+ hours of murder mysteries, I can attest to them being a great source of inspiration and well worth the time to research. My research consisted of watching the following series on Netflix and I highly recommend all three series.
Poirot (13 seasons) – Late 1930s England
Miss Fischer’s Murder Mysteries (3 seasons) – 1920s Australia
Murdoch Mysteries (7 seasons) – Late 1890s Toronto, Canada (currently on season 5)
From a player’s perspective there is much value in these series as well. Everything from common terms and slang to a glimpse into what life was, in theory, like in the particular eras represented. Just from a thematic perspective players can learn quite a bit!
It’s amazing where we find inspiration and motivation when doing research for roleplaying games. What Netflix series or movies can you recommend for further Call of Cthulhu research?