Aurora's Bone Shaker
Librarian and lover of a good murder mystery, Aurora Teagarden (Candace Cameron Bure - Switched for Christmas) finds her world turned up side down when Jane (Barbara Wallace - Summer in the City), another lover of murder mysteries, passes away and leaves Aurora everything, her home as well as a substantial amount of money. But it seems Aurora may have inherited something else as when she goes to Jane's house she finds someone has broken in and has searched the place for something sizeable. When Aurora discover a skull hidden within a window seat it leads to her trying to discover whose skull it is, where the rest of the body is and why Jane had the skull hidden in the first place. To make matters worse Aurora's ex boyfriend and his pregnant wife have moved in to the house opposite the one she has inherited.
"You don't play finders keepers with a skull Roe, you give it to the police", that is what a friend tells Aurora and that is of course what anyone in their right mind would do especially when the skull was found in a house which had just been burgled. But of course that doesn't happen because if it did, well we wouldn't have "Aurora Teagarden Mystery: A Bone to Pick" to watch. But listen, even though I love these Hallmark amateur detective movies I find the fact that in "Aurora Teagarden Mystery: A Bone to Pick" Aurora still goes ahead and starts snooping is just a little too ridiculous, has this librarian no fear at all.
Anyway, ignoring the ridiculous set up of "Aurora Teagarden Mystery: A Bone to Pick" what we have is frankly a by the numbers Hallmark murder mystery movie. We watch Aurora snoop around, look over her shoulders as she is worried a lot, finds some time to go on a date where she is jumpy and so on and so forth until, like Scooby Doo's Thelma, she unlocks the riddle of the skull which has been smashed in from what seems to be a trauma to the head. It is once again the likeable nature of Candace Cameron Bure more than anything else which makes "Aurora Teagarden Mystery: A Bone to Pick" entertaining rather than the actual mystery which Aurora solves.
What this all boils down to is that "Aurora Teagarden Mystery: A Bone to Pick" is a fun little piece of afternoon TV movie entertainment for those looking for something easy to watch. But with there being so many amateur detective Hallmark movies at the moment this one fails to stand out from the crowd.