Based on the novels from the best-selling stories by Elizabeth George, this series of contemporary murder mysteries feature the charismatic Inspector Lynley, whose title as the 8th Earl of Asherton fuels a sparky relationship with his working class sidekick Barbara Havers.
Lynley is an odd upper crust 'tof' and his side kick Havers is a sub par, lower class, angry woman with a giant chip on her shoulder. You do kinda need a British background to enjoy the in-jokes and in-jabs. These people are class conscious to a fault. When he's not apologizing for his wealth and education she's attacking them, and snapping at any form of kindness she perceives as charity. She's spiteful and never seems to grow to understand he's trying to help. This is a tough dynamic as you'd hope detectives would be smart enough to perceive the relationships around them. Havers self absorbed, all encompassing self pity takes a lot to get used to, and would be easier to deal with if she were proficient at her job, but she plods along with some prodding and overcompensating from Lynley. When Lynley's not mooning over a lost love he's sort-of trying to solve cases, but mostly he spends his time apologizing for Haver's rudeness, inept jumping to conclusions and serially overworked and tired attitude.