Chocolate Chipping Away at a Crime
Hannah Swensen (Alison Sweeney - Christmas at Holly Lodge) owns the popular Cookie Jar in the sleepy town of Eden Lake, Minnesota where customers return to her bakery because of her creativity in the kitchen as well as her easy going way with people. But when one of her life long friends is killed, with Hannah finding him dead in his delivery truck, it not only causes her to become a bit of an amateur detective but it also leads to her meeting the handsome det. Mike Kingston (Cameron Mathison - My Gal Sunday) from the city who has been called in to investigate the murder. Whilst she finds herself getting on with Mike, Hannah's mum thinks her friend, Norman (Gabriel Hogan - Christmas at Cartwright's), would be ideal for her single daughter.
Whilst "Murder, She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery" is the first "Murder, She Baked" movie in the series it is in fact the second one I watched having watched the second movie first. In truth it doesn't make much difference as to which order you watch them in as whilst this movie establishes how Hannah meets Mike what we get is an incredibly familiar story of a civilian turned crime buster with Alison Sweeney playing the attractive business owner who can't stop her self from playing Nancy Drew when there are crimes going on. And typically her crime busting tendencies end up leading her in to danger and in to a spot of bother with the police.
The thing is that there are a lot of similar movies to "Murder, She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery" and so when it comes to the actual crimes and crime solving it is not as important as the appeal of the characters, the actors and the tone of the movie. Now the appeal is there as Alison Sweeney is likeable as Hannah and she works well with Cameron Mathison who also brings plenty of appeal to the movie as Mike. But for me the tone of "Murder, She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery" is not quite there and it hasn't quite got the light hearted side sorted out properly, it isn't quite bubbly enough to be purely simple entertainment.
What this all boils down to is that "Murder, She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery" is an enjoyable movie and another enjoyable entry in the civilian turns crime buster group of Hallmark movies. But having already watched the second movie I have to say that this one is lacking in something.