Skeleton in the Basement
Shannon Hughes (Jewel Kilcher - Ring of Fire) is getting to work on the home of her new client, author Macintyre "Mac" Sullivan (Colin Ferguson - Every Christmas Has a Story), who has just moved to the area. But when an accident with the dumb waiter leads them in to the building's basement they find a skeleton in the debris which is quickly identified as a young girl who was believed to have runaway a few years earlier and was Shannon's right hand man, Sean's (Sean Rogerson), sister. With Sean convinced that former high school football star, Brad Jones (Michael Karl Richards - Autumn Dreams), is guilty of her death, Shannon sets about using her skills for spotting building irregularities to try and find out who the killer is, with a little help from Mac. And it is a trail which leads them to the High School football team following the discovery of a secret diary.
As I mentioned in my review of "Framed for Murder: A Fixer Upper Mystery", I am sure there will be those who having enjoyed the series of books written by Kate Carlisle, on which these movies are based, will enjoy this movie. I am just as sure there will be those, like me, who will think "Concrete Evidence: A Fixer Upper Mystery" is a another routine amateur detective movie shown on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. That isn't me knocking "Concrete Evidence: A Fixer Upper Mystery" as it is an enjoyable movie but it is one which certainly feels like it has been built to the formula which has are small business woman using sleuthing skills to solve a crime and typically she not only has a handsome guy who she is friendly with but also a few other friends who get involved in her amateur detective work.
So whilst a big part of "Concrete Evidence: A Fixer Upper Mystery" is the likeable nature of the cast making it easy to watch, with Jewel Kilcher, Colin Ferguson and Erin Karplu all delivering that usual niceness there is of course the skeleton which was hidden as Shannon spots those little irregularities such as the wrong wood near the dumb waiter which doesn't match the wood near it. Anyway, the clues lead them back to High School and the successful football team. I won't say any more than that but like with many of these movies it isn't heavy, it certainly isn't in your face and generally clues kind of fall into place as do a couple of romantic dates.
What this all boils down to is that "Concrete Evidence: A Fixer Upper Mystery" is simply another Hallmark Movies & Mysteries amateur detective movie which nicely fits in to their growing number of these movies. It won't be for everyone and for me whilst there was nothing majorly wrong with it the whole familiarity of the formula is starting to grow a little thin.