It's low key, probably low budget, afternoon TV. As such I doubt it's expected to be dark, gritty, cutting edge drama. It's a gentle diversion with a pleasant cast, pleasant scenery and undemanding story lines. Granted it's not Doc Martin but then again it's not trying to be.
I mildly disagree with you. I think it IS trying to be a kind of police-type Doc Martin. The only real difference is that she deals with people who are already dead. Maybe the Doc could've helped them! 😷
Agreed about setting and so on but Doc Martin is actually a hoot as a sort of high functioning autistic with the newly added problem of the blood phobia. Imagine a Vamoyre being written as blood phobic. I like Claire Goose but agree that every trope can get used by writers. The policeman did seem superfluous in the end. One episode down and yes it was giving me an adrenaline rush. An situation with heights makes my feet feel painful. Do not know why. Why are we always being treated to the young making relationship mistakes. In this the Coroner's young is a CHILD. Doc Martin worked miracles but the really dead would have been a problem for him. Considering the rating of below 7 here it is a surprise we are getting a new series.
Someone mentioned the publican as a Brian Blessed sort. I wonder who would be most pleased with that suggestion. But I think he was a slightly camp thicko in the Green Green Grass setting. Maybe even got the same wardrobe.