A Jealous Gourmet
After Henry (Dylan Neal - Looks Like Christmas) takes detective Maggie Price (Brooke Burns - Christmas Connection) to a social event at Carmelo's, a high end Italian restaurant, they are shocked when the next day the owner has been left in a coma after he was attacked by an intruder. But both Henry and Maggie are suspicious as things don't add up, especially when in the hospital the owner has a heart attack whilst still in a coma and dies. But Henry has something else bothering him as Maggie's ex has resurfaced and it brings out his jealous side, especially as Maggie flirts with her ex right in front of Henry. But when Maggie finds herself being stalked by someone lurking in the shadows things take a much more serious turn.
As in the previous "Gourmet Detective" movies, "The Gourmet Detective: Death Al Dente" is really about two things. Firstly there is a murder mystery for are detective and chef to solve, which of course is not straight forwards because as the case evolves secrets come out as we meet various people with motives. And then on top of this murder mystery we have Maggie finding herself being stalked. In truth the murder mystery side to the movie whilst entertaining, in a light sort of way, is not the most gripping due to it not really being what people will watch "The Gourmet Detective: Death Al Dente" for.
What people will watch "The Gourmet Detective: Death Al Dente" for is of course Dylan Neal and Brooke Burns as Henry and Maggie and the relationship/ friendship which is developing between them. And that is where the writers have got this Hallmark movie right as with the introduction of the former boyfriend it creates a catalyst not only for Henry to deal with how he really feels about Maggie but also for Maggie to realise what she wants from a man, resulting in her surprising feelings towards Henry, well surprising to her. Of course that doesn't mean instant romance because the fun is in the tentative pussy footing around each other which we get plenty of with Henry learning just how career minded Maggie is.
What this all boils down to is that "The Gourmet Detective: Death Al Dente" is as fun as the previous "The Gourmet Detective" movies were thanks to the combination of Dylan Neal and Brooke Burns who have great chemistry. As for the actual murder mystery side of things, well frankly it is only light and regular.