Garage Sale Mystery: All That Glitters (2014)

After some disappointments in the baking mystery department, I decided to try my luck with some garage sale murders. But a couple episodes in and I am hungering for the cupcakes and cookies. The second in the Garage Sale Mystery series, All That Glitters is certainly brighter than the previous movie. It offers a still solvable but slightly more challenging case and it gives its characters more dimensionality, but I continue to find it too musty for my liking. There’s also no need to announce that this is a genre piece by zooming in on every piece of evidence.

Consignment shop owner Jennifer (Lori Loughlin), having tasted success as an amateur sleuth once, decides to poke her nose into a second case. This time, another one of her friends is murdered, which if things continue at this pace does not bode well for anyone in town. After the owner of a mini-storage is found stabbed and hidden in one of his own units, Jennifer draws up a list of suspects. She thinks it may be a disgruntled customer but then again, it could be the disarmingly slight wife whom the deceased was about to divorce. What she doesn’t know is that there’s a stash of diamonds hidden amongst the vintage furniture and teddy bears she’s collected. Helping her solve the crime is Detective Frank (Kevin O’Grady), a (living) friend’s husband, since cute, young detective Adam has seemingly run off with her daughter.

Meanwhile, outside the investigation, Jennifer’s son Logan (Brendan Meyer) is following in his mother’s footsteps and doing some treasure hunting of his own. After discovering a pirate’s map, he sets out to find some buried gold, or at least something shiny and worth digging up. Her friend and partner and perpetual single lady, Danielle (Sarah Strange), also has a new date (Kavan Smith) who might be worth keeping around. These relationships add texture to the mystery and keeps the case from being rammed through. The subplots are integrated with the main story, and it all builds to a climax that has proper tension, well, for a TV movie.

Loughlin’s character has yet to win me over though, neither has Jennifer’s husband, Jason, now played by Steve Bacic. While he didn’t figure prominently in the first movie, he had a laid back quality and a cool admiration for his wife that signaled they were equals. The new and not-so-improved Jason, on the other hand, exists mostly to warn Jennifer against the dangers of her newfound hobby and to worry about her getting in over her head. In this and other Hallmark mysteries, it’s time these men give their partners some credit; the women are solving murders after all.

Released: 2014
Dir: Peter DeLuise
Writer: Walter Klenhard
Cast: Lori Loughlin, Sarah Strange, Steve Bacic, Brendan Meyer, Kavan Smith, Kevin O’Grady, Michael Kopsa
Time: 83 min
Lang: English
Country: United States
Network: Hallmark Movies and Mysteries
Reviewed: 2017

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