Thursday 24 October 2019
I watch so many Hallmark Mystery movies these days, I should make them their own list. And I will.
148. (1587.) Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: A Game of Cat and Mouse (2019)
157. (1596.) Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: An Inheritance to Die For (2019)
167. (1606.) Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: A Very Foul Play (2019)
Miss Teagardern is the mystery detective I most enjoy hate watching. That nosy librarian has it coming. The worst of it is that her mystery stories tend to be some of the best put together. Grr!
171. (1610.) Mystery 101: Words Can Kill (2019)
177. (1616.) Mystery 101: Dead Talk (2019)
On the other hand, this series about a writing professor specializing in mystery fiction tends to have painfully bad resolutions. Solvable, yes, but the methods the protagonists use to prove their theories violate so many laws themselves. So frustrating.
176. (1615.) Death Al Dente: A Gourmet Detective Mystery (2016)
184. (1623.) Eat, Drink & Be Buried: A Gourmet Detective Mystery (2017)
Probably because the lead detective in this series is actually a police woman, these mysteries often feel a little more procedural than some of the rest of their kin. Comparatively, only the barest lip service is paid to the "gourmet" aspects. Food and the restaurant business are rarely more than set dressing.
180. (1619.) Ruby Herring Mysteries: Her Last Breath (2019)
The first Ruby Herring was boring and badly cast. They fixed both problems in this second installment by focusing on Ruby's family, friends, and love interests and recasting John Wesley Shipp as her father. I look forward to more.
181. (1620.) Deadly Deed: A Fixer Upper Mystery (2018)
Yeah, this is the series with Jewel playing a handywoman who also solves mysteries. And sings. Her beau is Maytag Man Colin Ferguson playing a true crime writer. (So many of these shows feature writers. Apparently mystery writers lead very exciting lives.) I don't know any of their character names, but that's not very important. The strength of these is based on the actors' charisma, and they have plenty.
170. (1609.) Witness to Murder: A Darrow Mystery (2019)
The Darrow and Darrow series is my favorite, mostly because I like the actors. Kimberly Williams has always been a favorite. More, please.
More to come.