Gourmet Detective (2015)
Following in the footsteps of the Hallmark Movie and Mysteries lines – Mystery Woman, Garage Sale Mystery, of recurring mystery movies, this new original is the latest in a planned series of films. It stars a familiar Cedar Cove face and is co-written by said star and his wife. The script centers on Henry (co-writer and star, Dylan Neal), a world renowned chef who has advised as a cuisine consultant, and is now a kind of "consulting" connoisseur who dabbles in the sleuthing business. While attending a dinner with some of the best in the business, a murder happens – a murder that seems connected to a string of recent thefts and break-ins. When he meets the pretty detective – Maggie (Brooke Burns), assigned to the case, Henry’s keen observations and investigative curiosity makes for an instant partnership with Maggie; a partnership that has a reluctant Maggie playing along.
Right up front I have to say, this is easily my favorite “launch” film in the newest of Hallmark’s always entertaining mystery series. Somehow the mix of hobbies (Henry) just works effortlessly in this script. Originally based on a series of books, the story has enough pizazz to be plausible while being insanely entraining. In fact, if you like ABC’s Castle (or really, select any will-they-or-won’t-they bantering detective duo – Booth and Brennan, Jane and Lisbon), the chances are good you’ll enjoy this premiere. It has that distinct storyline in place (a detective being “forced” to partner with a civilian) only in this case, the eager partner is a world-class chef instead of a best-selling author.Seeing Dylan and Brooke (Undercover Bridesmaid, The Most Wonderful Time of Year) pair together was such fun – especially considering the banter they worked with. Both are familiar to the network however this was their first time working together far as I know. There are plenty of cute scenes between them and additionally a sweet family dynamic that progresses Maggie’s character with her mother and teenage daughter. If you’ve like the book-to-screen adaptations from this network's mystery series in the past (or any production on this network, really), be sure to tune into this premiere. It’s as fabulously entertaining as its Chef’s tasty meals look.
If you’ve seen this one, let me know what you think down below. Are you planning on watching it tonight? Share any comments you have down below and until then, have a look at the promo video. Gourmet Detective airs tonight (May 16th) on Hallmark Movie Channel.