Choi Kang-hee courted to be ajumma detective in KBS’s Mystery Queen
I know we’ve seen a lot of dramas crop up in twos or threes whenever a new trend hits, but this is a weirdly specific one. Choi Kang-hee (Heart to Heart) is currently considering an offer to headline a new KBS drama called Mystery Queen, about an ajumma who loves mystery novels and starts solving crimes alongside a detective using the skills she learned from books… which is entirely separate from the Jang Nara drama Housewife Detective, about an ajumma who goes to work for a private eye. Between these shows and that Ha Ji-won movie about a novelist solving a murder, I guess ajumma sleuths are a thing.
The drama’s script won an open screenwriting competition held at KBS, and will be directed PD Kim Jin-woo, who was the second director on Healer. It’s about a woman who wanted to become a police officer, but she got married young, which prevented her from pursuing her dream. She’s curious by nature and has a bit of a bumbling idiot streak in her, but she’s a lovable character who’s been a huge fan of mystery novels since her youth, enough to have once dreamed of being like Agatha Christie. When watching any mystery movie or drama, she guesses the culprit as soon as it starts.
She lives the regular life of an ajumma, with a nitpicking mother-in-law who watches her every move and an aggravating sister-in-law who treats her like an ATM. But a chance opportunity allows her to cooperate with a police detective on a case, and though their methods are completely different, they’ll end up as the perfect partners.
It sounds like it could be a really cute comedy, especially because I’m remembering Choi Kang-hee’s adorable crush on police detective Lee Jae-yoon in Heart to Heart. I really hope they pair the ajumma Nancy Drew with a gruff, badass detective—that’s a buddy cop duo I’d like to see.
KBS’s Mystery Queen is scheduled to follow Chief Kim on Wednesdays and Thursdays in March.
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