Connor Stanhope and Lori Loughlin in Garage Sale Mystery: The Novel Murders (2016)

A Novel Garage Sale Mystery Woman

When an old man comes into her store and buys something to large to carry it on the bus Jennifer (Lori Loughlin) agrees to deliver it to his home. But when she gets to the man's apartment she finds him dead and before she can call the paramedics they have already arrived. Whilst Detective Lynwood (Kevin O'Grady) initially suspects a heart attack the autopsy shows something suspicious involving nicotine poisoning which reminds Jennifer of something she once read in a book, an Agatha Christie novel. Meanwhile unlucky in love Danielle (Sarah Strange) has become intrigued by Maggie (Fiona Vroom) a clairvoyant who seems to be spot on with what she knows about her whilst Jennifer's son Logan (Connor Stanhope) wants to go camping with his father, Jason (Steve Bacic).

Well they don't waste anytime in "Garage Sale Mystery: The Novel Murders" as with in 2 scenes we have had a murder with Jennifer stumbling upon it. But whilst "Garage Sale Mystery: The Novel Murders" seems to rush in to things it also feels like it is crossing over into the realms of another TV amateur detective with the murder reminding Jennifer of one she read in an Agatha Christie novel, making this feel a little like a "Mystery Woman" hybrid. In fact if someone could combine all the amateur detective into one Hallmark amateur detective universe it would make for an amusing combo, a sort of Amateur Detective League of Hallmark movie.

Anyway I digress which is to be honest an issue with "Garage Sale Mystery: The Novel Murders" as with it going down the route of a killer imitating murders in crime novels it is doing what so many other movies have done with the whole copycat thing. It also feels like not a real "Garage Same Mystery" because there is barely any of the usual set up of Jennifer looking for stock for the store. Maybe it was trying to break the formula set up in the previous movies but it feels wrong too generic. The daft thing about "Garage Sale Mystery: The Novel Murders" is the subplot surrounding Danielle and a clairvoyant who she suspects is a fraud is more interesting than the main storyline.

What this all boils down to is that whilst "Garage Sale Mystery: The Novel Murders" is entertaining it feels like it is deviating too far from the formula and edging into the realms of another Hallmark amateur detective movie. But I am sure those who have enjoyed the previous "Garage Sale Mystery" movies will enjoy this as well.

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