Anytime we roll over to a new calendar year, this network again starts up their various mystery series. Their first of 2021 is Ships in the Night: A Martha’s Vineyard Mystery, the third in this TV group, based on a series of novels.
Ships in the Night: A Martha’s Vineyard Mystery (2021) Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Review
Still haunting him, Jeff Jackson (Jesse Metcalfe) has the trauma of his past still on his mind. This includes the case where his partner was shot and killed, and Jeff nearly died. This is why Jeff is now in Martha’s Vineyard in earlier retirement. But from time to time, he finds himself pulled into a case along with the police chief Madieras (Eric Keenleyside). Though it’s really the chief’s daughter, and Jeff’s former childhood friend, Zee (Sarah Lind) that he’s most interested in.
Working at the hospital in her real job as a doctor, Zee also doubles as the medical examiner when needed. This time, she’s needed on the death of a gallery employee who Zee also discovers. Along with her dad and Jeff, the trio set out to investigate who’s behind this mysterious death, and what an unusual piece of art has to do with it.
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This is one of my most favorite mystery stories on this network. I love the cast and their respective characters, and so far, I’ve also liked the stories thus far as well. This marks the third installment, and while each is an individual story, they do have a tie in with the backstory that is Jeff’s past.
The stories do seem to meld together somewhat because I feel like another, if not both, of the prior titles featured heavily in the art scene, but regardless this is still really entertaining! At least I think so. These scripts seem a bit “edgier” than most of their mystery peers, and I’m good with this. In fact, I like that it looks underneath the normal “cozy mystery” type premise. Plus, of course, as I said prior, it doesn’t hurt that I like the cast and characters.
‘Ships in the Night’ is another solid addition to these stories. Also the end of this one is darling, which is a good thing since it seems like it’ll be a while since we see Jeff and Co. return to the Vineyard for a new case!
Content: there’s references to affairs and of course, violence, but none of it is graphic. The film is TV-PG.
Sincere thanks to Hallmark and Crown Media Press for the opportunity to view a screener; all opinions are honest, and my own.
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