Stars: 4 out of 5
Pros: Strong mystery, character development
Cons: Hallmark cheese, but a light dose
The Bottom Line:
Puzzling, fun mystery
That is fun to watch
Deadly Birthday Party
People often mocked Murder, She Wrote because, no matter where Jessica Fletcher showed up, a murder would take place. However, as any cozy mystery fan knows, that’s a normal part of the sub-genre. Henry Ross discovers this in the latest Gourmet Detective movie – Eat, Drink, and Be Buried.
You see, Henry Ross (Dylan Neal) is serving a dual part in his friend David’s birthday. He’s been asked to supervise the meal, but he and his girlfriend, San Francisco homicide cop Maggie (Brooke Burns) are also guests. Despite some miscommunication about whether it was a costume party or not, they are having a wonderful time. Well, a mostly wonderful time. David’s children and step-children are constantly fighting, and they have hardly taken the party off.
As a surprise for his guests, David has talked his son, Doug and step-son, Ken, into reenacting the dual that helped launch his family’s fortune. However, the dual ends in tragedy when it is discovered that Ken isn’t faking his death scene - he was shot with a real bullet. It is quickly apparent that this isn’t a tragic accident. But who wanted Ken dead?
See what I was talking about? Even birthday parties aren’t safe when an amateur sleuth is around. Not that I’m complaining since this is a fun mystery. The plot kept me guessing until the end, and the twists were strong.
We also get to know Henry better when his estranged father shows up unexpectedly. His father is played by Bruce Boxleitner. I’m a huge Babylon 5 and Scarecrow and Mrs. King fan, so seeing him in this role was a lot of fun. Couple that with a sub-plot involving Henry’s own birthday and we get some real insight into this character.
The cast does a good job here. Yes, there is still the usual Hallmark cheese, but it isn’t as bad as it can be. Honestly, I got so caught up in the story that I hardly noticed.
These Hallmark mystery movies continue to be fun, and Eat, Drink, and Be Buried is no exception. If you are looking for a couple of enjoyable hours of mystery, you won’t go wrong here.