Darrow and Darrow (2017) – The New Sleuths on Hallmark’s Block

October 22, 2017 7 Comments

A therapist, librarian, bargain hunter, detective, baker and archaeologist are the women who headline Hallmark’s respective mystery series. Now, they introduce a new sleuth (an attorney!) in the launch, of what likely anticipates being a Hallmark serial, Darrow and Darrow.

TV FILM REVIEW | Darrow and Darrow (2017) – The New Sleuths on Hallmark’s Block. All *TEXT* © Rissi JC; review first appears on RissiWrites.com.

Darrow and Darrow (2017) Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Review

Running the small-town small practice built on her father’s reputation is something of a life passion for Claire Darrow (Kimberley Williams-Paisley). Settled in her life, she’s been busy with the business, and raising her daughter, Louise (Lilah Fitzgerald) in the town she grew up. Now this is where they live and where she’s reopened the firm her mother closed after her father’s death. When Claire lands a case involving a local business owner on parole, things get muddled – and fast!

Coinciding with this new case is the arrival of Claire’s ambitious mother, Kay (Wendie Malick). Of course, to add more pressure, Miles (Tom Cavanaugh), the DA who takes the case, has a kind of personal connection to her. You see, Miles has a standing monthly date to ask Claire out, which is a penciled in date Claire perpetually turns down.

As is true of the many Hallmark series that are popular and recurring, Darrow and Darrow is an entertaining TV film. The mystery is about deduction skills rather than a “dark tunnel chills” mystery. Unlike some of their other franchises, solving this mystery uses surveillance videos or conversation, which opposes the kind of Nancy Drew-esque sleuths of other series.

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Darrow and Darrow (2017) – The New Sleuths on Hallmark’s Block. All *TEXT* © Rissi JC; TV film review first appears on RissiWrites.com
The story is more about the characters over the suspense, which is a nice change. With just an edge of riddle surrounding the outline of the script, the story is able to dig a little deeper into these characters. Focus is on the personal relationships, and of course the cute friendship between Miles and Claire. The flirty banter between these two characters is adorable! It’s all about the nerdy, geeky kind of banter, something that’s adorable. What we don’t first realize is there are underpinnings to this potential relationship that strengthens it. Their shared emotional connection makes their interactions weighty with some emotion, but never goes “too” deep. (By this, I mean, the same feelings and brand Hallmark is best known for remains intact.)
Beyond this, all I can say is watch Darrow and Darrow. It’s a fabulous start to a new series that is sure to want future installments. It’s lovely to see Kimberly (star of Father of the Bride and wife of country music star, Brad Paisley) on screen again. Plus, it’s nice to see Cavanaugh step into character shoes that is likable! His character on The Flash? Not so much love there.
For fear of spilling spoilers or giving too much away, I’ll end with this: meet the quirky, but lovable characters of Darrow and Darrow. I suspect, you’ll enjoy their brand of justice.

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You can now purchase Darrow and Darrow (2017) on DVD or find it digitally on Amazon Video.
Photos: Hallmark / Crown Media Press

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amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

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amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

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  • Anonymous October 23, 2017 at 11:32 AM

    Wow. Good review. I would love to see this. I'll check into it. Thanks. :)

    • Rissi October 24, 2017 at 3:31 AM

      It's lots of fun, Kathy! Hope you also enjoy it – and thank you! As always, glad you visited. :)

  • Carrie October 23, 2017 at 8:01 PM

    My mom and I watched this together last night – SO CUTE!! I can't wait for more!

    • Rissi October 24, 2017 at 3:31 AM

      Right?? I'd love for this one to have more too because it is cute (I love the geeky, flirty give-and-take between Miles and Claire). :)

  • Becky October 25, 2017 at 12:36 AM

    This one was so cute! I normally feel so-so about Movies & Mysteries movies (except for the Christmas ones, of course), but from the instant this one was announced, I knew I'd love it. Really, it had me at Tom Cavanagh … but then, I love every character he's ever played on The Flash, even the evil Harrison Wells/Eobard Thawne from season one :-)

    • Rissi October 27, 2017 at 11:26 PM

      It sure was! I really enjoyed the fun dynamics between the three girls, and of course, the nerdy "romance" between Miles and Claire. :)

      I'm SO far out of touch with all of my superhero shows… and it makes me kinda sad. But someday I'll catch up. *keeps dreaming*

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