Lori Loughlin and Kevin O'Grady in Garage Sale Mystery: The Art of Murder (2016)

The Art of the Crime

The kids are growing up and whilst Jennifer Shannon (Lori Loughlin) is happy with her life husband Jason (Steve Bacic) is starting to have a mid life crisis, feeling old and yearning for his youth especially as his birthday is coming up. But as always Jennifer has garage sales to attend and whilst at a charity garage sale she discovers a body in the attic. Always one for a mystery Jennifer tries to assist Detective Lynwood (Kevin O'Grady) in the mystery and whilst the detective believes it was an accident, the victim died following a fall, Jennifer thinks otherwise as it becomes clear the victim died trying to call 911.

I know I have mentioned it before but I have started to tire off these amateur detective movies which have become a regular on the Hallmark Channel in recent years. Don't get me wrong as whilst I found them entertaining when they first started to appear I now find them short on new ideas and often a little too corny. Thankfully when it comes to "Garage Sale Mystery: The Art of Murder" they have confronted one of those issues and whilst still in touch with its light hearted side it certainly isn't as corny as some of the previous movies.

What that actually means when it comes to "Garage Sale Mystery: The Art of Murder" is that the writers rather than focusing on the humour have spent time building mystery and as such we have more clues and more characters in this latest addition to the series. Of course it isn't so much one of those movies where you try and work out what is what and more a case of enjoying catching up with old friends. Although having said that there are some enjoyable moments of rational in there such as Jennifer pointing out someone who fell would reach out to break the fall with their arm.

What this all boils down to is that truth be told "Garage Sale Mystery: The Art of Murder" was for me more entertaining than the previous couple of movies in the franchise. But at the same time I didn't find it commanding my attention as much as the earlier movies did.

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