: 4 out of 5
: Fun visit with characters I love
: Typical Hallmark cheese
Leads to sweet murder in this
When you are a fan of a series of books, the movies can be a
blessing or a curse. If they are close
to the books, you find yourself enjoying them, but if they take too many
liberties, then they annoy like crazy.
Hallmark Movie and Mysteries’ versions of the Hannah Swensen series are
filled with differences from the books, and yet I am still loving them. Peach Cobbler Mystery
is the latest Murder, She Baked movie, and I completely
enjoyed myself again.
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and everyone in town is
buzzing about the upcoming wedding of the mayor’s daughter. However, Hannah Swensen’s (Alison Sweeney) mind
is on the Magnolia Blossom Bakery, which just opened across the street from her
own Cookie Jar. Thanks to huge
promotions, all of Hannah’s regular customers are heading over there. Melanie (Michelle Harrison), the owner, is
also a friend of Mike (Cameron Matheson), one of Hannah’s potential boyfriends.
Melanie’s signature dish is peach cobbler, and when Hannah
accidentally starts a fight over the dessert, it flairs up in public. The night of the wedding, Melanie is supposed
to provide some cobbler for the reception, but she never shows. Instead, Hannah finds Melanie shot in the
kitchen of the Magnolia Blossom Bakery.
With the finger of suspicion pointed at her, Hannah has to work fast to
find the killer.
I wasn’t sure what I was going to think of this movie before
I started watching it. Because they have
made the movies seemingly at random (this is the third movie but the seventh
book), the character continuity is all off.
The victim was actually introduced a couple of books before she was
killed here, she had a different name, and even the people who got married at
the beginning of the book were different.
And yet, as I sat down to watch this film, all those
potential objections faded away. I got
caught up in the story and enjoyed once again watching these characters come to
life. Every time one of Hannah’s cookies
was mentioned, I had to smile (and I had to laugh at the reaction she got to
them at one point, something that certainly doesn’t happen in the books). I’m having so much fun watching this world I
have long imagined come to life even if the details are all wrong.
As with the last movie, I didn’t remember who done it when I
sat down to watch, but it came back to me as the story progressed. The ending was great and it really made me
cheer, although I think the part that made me cheer most wasn’t in the
book. Plus it was nice to finally see
Norman (Gabriel Hogan), Hannah’s other potential boyfriend, getting more than a
superficial part in the proceedings. The
love triangle is definitely heating up, and I’m wondering how they will play it
I’ve been watching several Hallmark movies recently, and I’m
beginning to wonder if the issues I am seeing with their movies are weak acting
or weak writing. Some of the weak
moments in this film definitely came from dialogue that was sub-par. But considering how much I was smiling while
watching it, this isn’t a huge issue for me at all.
The cast confirmed on Twitter last night that they are
starting to film the next one in March, but there was no word on which one it
might be. If the Easter egg I spotted in
the movie is any hint, then the next one will be Fudge Cupcake Mystery
, but I might be reading too much into a flash
on the screen. No matter which one it
is, I will be back.