Channeling the success of Kellie Martin’s Mystery Woman franchise and more recently Garage Sale Mystery, Hallmark starts a new “cozy mystery” series. This is the beginning of what they are no doubt, hoping will intrigue a new fan base. Oh, yes, and it stars fan favorite Candace Cameron Bure as the titular character. aurora teagarden: a bone to pick
Aurora Teagarden: A Bone to Pick (2015) Hallmark TV Film Review
A good mystery is something Aurora always loves. She’s a part of a mystery club, reads the odd mystery now and again and cannot seem to stop herself from investigating the mystery that lands in her lap. You see, she’s just recently – and quite unexpectedly, inherited a house from a woman she barely knew. But more interesting is the mystery attached to the house; specifically a human skull she finds hidden in one of the crannies. It would seem her benefactor held the key to solving a murder… and now Aurora has put a target on her own back.
A cute little mystery is never something I can resist, which is why having a chance to review this quaint, “cozy mystery” is a delight. Based off a series of best-selling books (authored by Charlaine Harris), there are several books in this series, suggesting Hallmark has lots of material to work with. As a story, this isn’t particularly a favorite. But I love the idea the story hints at, the settings, the characters and everything else that happens during this “pilot” (or launch pad) film. The story just never took off or succeeded in being that involving (speaking exclusively of the mystery). What I did like was Aurora’s fun sleuthing techniques
and the ways she drags her bestie along in following her hunches. It made for some humorous, cute moments. Oh, and the ex-boyfriend plot was entertaining as well, which thankfully didn’t go where most compatible scripts do.
The cast makes the movie fun including Marilu Henner who plays Aurora’s driven, business-minded mother. What the film lacks in mystery-movie story style, it makes up for in other ways. Plus, this is certainly another must-see “winner” for Hallmark. Aurora’s sleuthing is in cute fashion (her ho-hum attitude is sure to tickle your funny bone) and the fun banter Aurora has with her mother is terrific. At movie’s end, if you’re looking for a reason to stay in this weekend this isn’t a bad one.
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