Pros: Good mystery with characters we love
Cons: One character gone, usual Hallmark cheese
The Bottom Line:
Old friend is murdered
Starts confusing mystery
Poppy Comes to Die
I suspected that change was in the air for the Aurora Teagarden movies after the last one aired back in January, but it was confirmed with Reap What You Sew, the latest entry in the movie franchise.
This movie finds Aurora (Candace Cameron Bure) thrilled that her childhood friend Poppy has moved back to town. Her mother Aida (Marilu Henner) and Poppy’s mother were good friends, although Poppy and her father moved away after Poppy’s mother died. Poppy is beginning to make a name for herself with her YouTube channel devoted to needlework, and she has a book coming soon.
All that changes when Poppy fails to show up for a dinner, and Aurora and her friend Sally (Lexa Doig) go to investigate. The friends find Poppy’s body on the floor of the condo she was renting. What happened to her?
Wondering about the changes I mentioned in my opening paragraph? Warning: Minor spoilers not related to this mystery ahead. The opening few minutes of the movie confirm that Martin, Aurora’s boyfriend for the last few movies, has been written out of the franchise. This does and doesn’t surprise me. I haven’t read the books, but I knew that Martin was gone by this point in the book series, but when they kept him around longer than he lasted in the books, I wasn’t expecting them to write him out. End minor spoilers.
Setting that aside, this is another fun movie in the franchise. Because Aurora was friends with the victim, we do feel the loss here more than in some of the other movies. We are provided with several viable suspects, and I had a hard time figuring out who the killer might be until the very end. Yet everything made sense when we got there.
The emphasis is on the mystery over characters, which is nothing new for the franchise. Having said that, there are little moments among the regulars that allow us to get to know them a little better.
My usual warning about the writing and acting applies here – this is a Hallmark movie. However, I find that, as long as I remember this going into the movie, I’m fine with the Hallmark cheese factor.
Those who have been enjoying the Aurora Teagarden movies will enjoy watching Reap What You Sew since it’s a great next step for the characters. Anyone looking for a light mystery will enjoy it as well.