Well They Didn't Shoot the Deputy
It's sheriff election time up at Lake Eden, Minnesota with Hannah's (Alison Sweeney - Second Chances) brother-in-law, Bill (Toby Levins - Christmas at Holly Lodge), a deputy, on the campaign trail against the current sheriff. So when the sheriff is murdered the finger of suspicion points directly at Bill which Hannah can't believe for a minute is right. It means that whilst Hannah still finds herself dealing with the amorous attention of both Mike (Cameron Mathison - A Christmas to Remember) and Norman (Gabriel Hogan - Christmas List) she starts investigating the murder of the sheriff, especially as an online reporter has hinted about the dead sheriff having a shadier side.
I am trying to work out which one is too much. What I mean is the between garage sale experts, librarians, flower shop owners and of course cookie shop owners which one or ones of the current crop of amateur detectives is unnecessary. I mention this now because whilst they all individually work, as does in this case "Murder, She Baked: A Deadly Recipe", the amateur detective movie market place has become crowded, maybe too crowded and it weakens the enjoyment of watching another one of these Hallmark mystery movies.
But as I said individually they work as does "Murder, She Baked: A Deadly Recipe" as we have Hannah's brother-in-law the main suspect in the murder of the sheriff and so in her own way Hannah starts investigating. Of course this has a tie in to food as we are talking "Murder, She Baked" and so we have a question over some cupcakes but what we also have is secrets and lies as an online reporter exposes the fact the murdered sheriff was not above breaking the law himself with various skeletons in his closet.
But as has been the case in the previous "Murder, She Baked" movies "Murder, She Baked: A Deadly Recipe" works more because of the appealing nature of the stars with Alison Sweeney leading the way with her blonde hair, blue eyes and as Hannah that friend to everyone personality. Plus there is Cameron Mathison with his toned physique and, as with Alison Sweeney, he has a likeable personality. It sort of means that whilst we have this mystery to solve which has all these little angles the truth is that you watch because you like Alison Sweeney and Cameron Mathison.
What this all boils down to is that if you have enjoyed the previous "Murder, She Baked" movies you will probably enjoy "Murder, She Baked: A Deadly Recipe" as well. But if you are beginning to feel like the amateur detective market has become too flooded then this might not entertain as much as previous movies did.