First Date Could be Your Last
Former attorney turned therapist, Hailey Dean (Kellie Martin - The Christmas Ornament), finds herself drawn into a mystery when a friend of her mother's approaches her as her daughter hasn't been in touch and seems to have gone missing which is out of the ordinary. Whilst Hailey's old police friends are not too concerned a colleague of the missing woman mentions some thing about her dating life which raises her suspicions as she mentions a dating app she had been using. With the help of an investigator friend Hailey starts snooping in to the app as she begins to suspect it may be a link to several missing people and if her fears are correct her friend may also be in danger as she has been used the app.
It pains me to say it but "Hailey Dean Mystery: Dating is Murder" didn't really grab me in the same way that other mystery movies from Hallmark Movies & Mysteries have and I am wondering whether with the character of Hailey Dean being a former attorney it doesn't have that same naive charm which other characters have in these types of movies. And the reason I say that is because this is the third Hailey Dean movie and I struggled to remember what had happened to the character of Hailey Dean in the previous movies or her connection to other characters, something which isn't the case when it comes to say "A Gourmet Detective" or "Garage Sale Mystery" Hallmark movies.
But beyond the issues when it comes to the characters "Hailey Dean Mystery: Dating is Murder" does feature a decent enough mystery with Hailey putting herself in danger by meeting up with various men on the dating app with her becoming suspicious of a couple of men, including the owner of the dating app and also a keep fit runner. And there is also an interesting relationship crisis thrown in there when it comes to Jonas who spots Hailey meeting another man. As such whilst "Hailey Dean Mystery: Dating is Murder" has its issues it has enough going on to keep you interested enough to want to get to the end.
What this all boils down to is that "Hailey Dean Mystery: Dating is Murder" has a decent enough story but it lacks the character depth and relationships to have the same appeal as other murder mystery movies of the same ilk.