What About Some Figgy Pudding
It's the week before Christmas in Eden Lake and Hannah Swensen (Alison Sweeney - Christmas at Holly Lodge) is naturally a busy woman with various events to cater for as well as her customers at the Cookie Jar, as well as her mother, Delores (Barbara Niven - Christmas In Evergreen), pushing her to pick a man and settle down. As Hannah sets about making a plum pudding for one of her customers, whilst also dealing with Mike (Cameron Mathison - A Christmas to Remember) and Norman (Gabriel Hogan - Christmas List) vying for her affections, she also finds herself trying to solve the case of a man found murdered in his office at the Christmas tree lot. But there is a long list of suspects, all of which have a motive for murder.
Another entry in a long line of movies. Nope I am not talking about "Murder, She Baked: A Plum Pudding Murder Mystery" being the second movie in what I suspect will be several "Murder, She Baked" movies but the fact it is another one of those crime solving civilian TV movies. If you have never come across one of these sorts of movies before what you get is an everyday person, usually a business owner, who has an uncanny knack for solving crimes despite being warned by the real investigators to stay out of things. For those who know what I am on about will think of movies such as the "Garage Sale Mystery" movies, "Mystery Woman" movies and many more including "The Gourmet Detective", which I mention as it features a cook with a nose for crime.
As such I am going to say that "Murder, She Baked: A Plum Pudding Murder Mystery" doesn't hold many surprises when it comes to the crime, the crime solving or even the tone of the movie. But it is the combination of that familiar light hearted tone, light hearted characters and a generally pleasant look where we are in a land where no ugly people live which makes this all kind of fun. Well I say that in the knowledge that this sort of movie only really appeals to those who are fans of made for TV movies and anyone who comes across this expecting anything more than throw away entertainment is going to be highly disappointed although maybe a little distracted by the fact that Barbara Niven who plays Hannah's mother looks as young as Alison Sweeney who plays Hannah.
On the subject of Alison Sweeney she is one of the major attractions in "Murder, She Baked: A Plum Pudding Murder Mystery" as she is likeable without having to do much. It is the same when you bring in the men with Cameron Mathison delivering plenty of that charm he has used in numerous other made for TV movies.
What this all boils down to is that "Murder, She Baked: A Plum Pudding Murder Mystery" is a pleasant enough movie for those who enjoy Hallmark mystery movies about business owners who solve crimes. As for being a Christmas movie well just by being set in the lead up to Christmas it squeaks in there but again it isn't a movie which is about Christmas.