Murder, She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery (2015)

dir. Mark Jean

Inexplicably, this is but the first of a series of Murder, She Baked movies. And despite the titles, chocolate chip cookies have nothing whatsoever to do with the story. Baker Hannah utilises her amateur detective skills after her friend and delivery driver is murdered outside her bakery. Of course, none of the actual police object to Hannah fumbling around rubbish bins, contaminating evidence and compromising police procedure. Indeed, the new detective in town – conveniently good-looking, appropriately aged, and widowed – doesn’t seem to bat an eye when a second body is discovered in Hannah’s proximity. Obviously, in the end our heroine’s tenacious sleuthing solves the incredibly boring mystery (an evil greedy old woman did it) and everyone is happy and eats cookies. Murder has never been so accessible and cosy, except of course on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel.

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