The Missing Mystery
Former prosecutor turned therapist Hailey Dean (Kellie Martin - The Christmas Ornament) is approached by her friend Pam (Michelle Harrison - Mr. Miracle) to help sell her late parent's estate which she has inherited. But when Pam suddenly disappears Hailey finds herself using her old skills along with some old contacts to investigate what is going on, something which the police believe is connected to a former boyfriend. But at the same time having started dating Dr. Jonas McClellan (Matthew MacCaull - Heart Felt) Hailey finds herself dealing with the memories of the past and the death of her former boyfriend in a shooting.
Whether it is to do with the Hailey Dean brand of amateur detectivery or just an overload in this type of made for TV movie but I had to look back at what I said about the previous Hailey Dean movie to remind me who she was before watching "Hailey Dean Mystery: Deadly Estate". And truth be told I have a feeling that if there is a third "Hailey Dean" movie made I might have to do that again as there isn't anything which makes these movies stand out from that ever increasing pool of Hallmark crime solving women movies.
That brings me to "Hailey Dean Mystery: Deadly Estate" which not only sees Hailey's concern for a friend and her inquisitive nature leading to her trying to solve the mystery of why her friend just disappeared in the midst of selling her late parent's impressive estate but also sees her dealing with moving on from her own past involving traumatic memories of her former boyfriend. The thing is that it is entertaining because this has a more sleuth like side than some of these amateur detective movies, by that I mean there is a cleverness to how Hailey works. For example when Hailey gets a call from the missing Pam she picks up on Pam saying she is okay despite having never asked her.
But whilst there is this clever side to "Hailey Dean Mystery: Deadly Estate" it still has that lighter side, the easy to watch side which makes some of it quite amusing. That really works thanks to the talented Kellie Martin who can switch between doing drama and the light hearted stuff without it feeling too separate. But she also works well with Matthew MacCaull who has a talent for the light hearted stuff. Actually everyone in "Hailey Dean Mystery: Deadly Estate" delivers what I call Hallmark style performances and that is a good thing for this sort of movie.
What this all boils down to is that "Hailey Dean Mystery: Deadly Estate" is certainly entertaining and enjoyable for those who are fans of Kellie Martin. But at the moment the "Hailey Dean" brand of crime solving is still searching for that strong identity to make it stand out from the many other amateur detective movies showing up on the Hallmark channels these days.