Aurora Teagarden: A Bone to Pick (2015)
Channeling the success they’ve had with Kellie Martin’s Mystery Woman franchise and more recently Garage Sale Mystery (in which Lori Loughlin stars), Hallmark is starting a new “cozy mystery” series. This is the beginning of what they are no doubt, hoping will intrigue a new fan base. It stars fan favorite Candace Cameron Bure as the titular character. Aurora has always loved a good mystery. 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 I was delighted to have a chance to review this quaint, “cozy mystery.” 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 wasn’t particularly a favorite however I loved the idea the story hints at, the settings, the characters and everything else that happened 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.
A Bone to Pick premieres Saturday night on both Hallmark Channel (after Good Witch) and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel.