Medieval Fight Club
Jennifer Shannon (Lori Loughlin - Northpole: Open for Christmas) has got her self a new client, Bill Wallace (Sebastian Spence - Hit & Run), who in his spare time stages medieval fights in his garden. It is why at a sale she buys what she believes is a replica suit of armour as she knows Bill will buy it and she will turn a small profit. But Jennifer wasn't the first one to spot the armour and Emma (Siobhan Williams - Christmas Miracle), who is an assistant to Robert McNary (Ben Wilkinson - Heart of Murder), a Professor in Medieval Studies, tells him about the armour. When he visits Jennifer's shop to see if she will sell him the armour he ends up disappointed as he learns that it is already sold. But later on when Jennifer pays Bill a visit and admires the armour she discovers the dead body of Professor McNary is inside it. Whilst Detective Lynwood (Kevin OGrady) starts his investigation Jennifer also starts snooping as she discovers that the Professor had some disgruntled students. Meanwhile Jennifer's daughter, Hannah (Eva Bourne), is running for student body President and is seeking advice from her father.
How do you get a dead body inside a suit of armour? It is a burning question which played on my mind the minute Jennifer and Bill come across the dead body of the late professor McNary in a suit of armour, which turns out to be the real thing. Of course there is also the mystery surrounding who the murderer is; could it be the wife who was divorcing him, his young assistant, the assistant's boyfriend or maybe the student athlete who was upset after a low grade which threatened his GPA. As such there is a familiar side to "Garage Sale Mystery: Murder Most Medieval" as Jennifer starts snooping whilst Detective Lynwood is investigating and of course as Jennifer closes in on the murderer things get a little dicey for her.
The thing is that whilst some times the formula of these "Garage Sale Mystery" movies ends up too stereotypical it works in "Garage Sale Mystery: Murder Most Medieval" for the simple reason that the various people who are under suspicion all seem to have a devious side which causes you to wonder whether they could be a murderer. Plus of course there are those subplots which provide some nice variety from Hannah's campaign for student body president to Jennifer's business partner, Dani, dealing with an old high school crush.
What this all boils down to is that "Garage Sale Mystery: Murder Most Medieval" sticks to the formula of crime story accompanied by some subplots with lots of familiar characters but it works in an easy to watch and strangely enjoyable way.