Digging Up Crime
Emma Fielding (Courtney Thorne-Smith - Midwest Obsession) has followed in her late father's footsteps by becoming an archaeologist. Having returned to her step-mother's home, Emma is leading a group of students on an archaeological dig in the hope of finding relics which predate the construction of Jamestown, some thing her late father believed to be true. But when Emma unearths a recently buried body it brings FBI Agent Jim Connor (James Tupper - My Sweet Audrina) to town to investigate and it coincides with her office being ransacked by someone, as well as arson when a building is torched. Whilst the authorities investigate, Emma finds herself also trying to get to the bottom of what is going on as it seems someone is targeting her.
Without trying to sound sarcastic, oh look another one of those murder mystery movies which are shown on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. And "Site Unseen: An Emma Fielding Mystery" is an incredibly typical example of one of these mystery movies as we have a woman going about her business not only getting involved in solving a murder but also finding herself becoming close to a man who is involved in the law. And just as typically we have other characters involved in the story as well with Emma's widowed mother, her old archaeology mentor as well as someone who has recently returned to town who is an old friend of Emma's. As such for those who enjoy the murder mysteries involving chefs, librarians as well as garage sale specialists should enjoy this just as much.
The thing which "Site Unseen: An Emma Fielding Mystery" has going for it, beyond the likeable nature of Courtney Thorne-Smith, is that it is new so we have new characters, new jobs and different actors although they will be familiar to fans of TV and TV movies. As such whilst you know how this made for TV movie will play out it is entertaining to get to know these new characters as well as their jobs so we get a glimpse at the mechanics of an archaeological dig and how things such as the depth of artefacts being significant.
What this all boils down to is that "Site Unseen: An Emma Fielding Mystery" is a routine Hallmark murder mystery movie which whilst entertaining is not that different to the others which regularly get made.