Only Murders In The Building follows three strangers who share an obsession with true crime and suddenly find themselves wrapped up in one as they investigate the mysterious death of a neighbour in their New York City apartment building. (synopsis courtesy TV Blackbox)
I read a lot as a kid.
Hardly surprising, I suppose, since lots of kids do; what really made reading so important for me was the way it allowed me to escape a reality that was less than ideal, where bullies and the religiously judgement circumscribed the very narrow confines of my world.
So, reading gave a chance to run away to places I wouldn’t otherwise go to and be people I most definitely wasn’t; people who got things done like Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys, mystery solving sleuths who not only got to the bottom of the problem but did it with bravery, chutzpah and a charming whimsicality where the impossible always seemed, by book’s end at least, to be eminently possible.
Watching the trailer for Only Murders in the Building, was struck by a potently nostalgic sense of escapist derring-do, that deliciously alluring sense of people stepping out of their usual places and roles to take on something that’s entirely outside of their usual frame of reference.
And doing it with the kind of bravado and bravura that I always dreamed I would one day be capable of when I finally grew up; quite whether I’d be as witty, charming and ballsy as Steve Martin (who created the series with John Hoffman), Martin Short or Selena Gomez, who play the three protagonists, is another thing entirely but one thing I do know is that it’s going to be a lot of fun watching them doing their Agatha Christie thing.
Only Murders in the Building premieres on Disney Plus on 13 August, 2021.