The Perpetrator and the Pencil

Flower Shop Mystery: Snipped in the Bud (2016)

Former attorney turned florist and owner of Bloomers, Abby Knight (Brooke Shields), finds herself crossing paths with a former courtroom rival, Carson Howell (Jeff Teravainen) when she receives an unusual order to deliver black roses to Professor Barnes (Daniel Kash), a notoriously tough professor at the university where Howell lectures and where her daughter Sydney (Celeste Desjardins) goes. But Abby finds herself under suspicion as shortly after a visit to Barnes she comes across Howell dead with a pencil sticking out of his neck which just happens to have her prints on it. With detective Reilly (Paulino Nunes) investigating and reporter Conner Mckay (Pat Mastroianni) focusing his reporting on Abby having been a rival of the victim Abby along with her father (Beau Bridges) and former investigator turned bar owner Marco (Brennan Elliott) set about solving the case and clearing Abby's name.

So yes there was another "Flower Shop Mystery" movie proving that the TV movie loving audience hasn't yet grown tired of these amateur detective movies despite it feeling like there is a steady flow of these Hallmark murder mystery movies. As such with "Flower Shop Mystery: Snipped in the Bud" we get the familiar set up of our crime solver actually being the focus of an investigation when her prints are found on the murder weapon, a sharpened pencil no less. But of course when the body is found there are other possible killers from a rival professor, an assistant, the wife and even a teaching assistant.

Now for anyone who hasn't seen the previous "Flower Shop Mystery" movie or any other of the recent batch of amateur detective movies there is a formula to them and that formula doesn't consist of anything resembling realism. We have the humour of Abby poorly staking out a memorial service, her use of florist cards on her crime border as well as her interactions with her knowing father, the former detective. Plus alongside this we have the friendship/romance of Abby and Marco. And as such whilst there is the mystery over who the killer is much of the movie's appeal is in its ability to deliver those formula elements which it does.

What this all boils down to is that "Flower Shop Mystery: Snipped in the Bud" is for me just another in the latest crop of amateur detective murder mystery TV movies which Hallmark currently loves. And whilst this doesn't have anything to make it better than any of the other similar movies it also doesn't have anything which makes it any worse either.

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