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A Pair of New Hallmark Mystery Movies: How to Con a Con and Killer Timing

IN THE April 10 ISSUE

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by Doward Wilson

The newest Hallmark Movies and Mysteries entry is the fifteenth in the Aurora Teagarden franchise. How to Con a Con stars Candace Cameron Bure as Aurora Teagarden, local librarian and president of the Real Murders Club. Her new fiancé Nick Miller (Niall Matter) is a college professor of psychology, an eager member of the Club, and very supportive of Aurora’s interest in all things murder. Marilu Henner, as Aurora’s mother Aida, isn’t a murder fan and usually is very vocal against any extraneous investigation, but will participate under serious protest.

When Aida uncovers a half million dollar loan against her real estate client’s home that they adamantly deny knowledge is a scam, it puts selling the home for Ben and Bianca Avery on hold. However, it’s the few thousand dollars lien on the property that upsets Ben the most sending him to threaten the disgruntled contractor. Aurora and Nick are pulled into the case when the Ben Avery is murdered and his son-in-law is discovered standing over the body. Was the person who took out the loan also the murderer? Is the son-in-law who fought constantly with the murder victim guilty or could it be the wife who didn’t want to sell and move? How about the contractor who filed a lien against the victim for non-payment of remodeling costs? Who is the person or persons behind the fraudulent loan that started everything? Then Aida is attacked and the hard copy of the original loan documents is stolen! Can Aurora and Nick uncover the con artists behind the loan scam before another body drops?

This was an awesome entry in the Aurora Teagarden series with lots of twists and turns that will keep you guessing right to the surprising ending. As always, the cast is fantastic and work well together. The story is well written and will keep you glued to your seat.

Hallmark’s Movies and Mysteries aired the sixth movie in the Murder 101 series. Killer Timing stars Jill Wagner as Amy Winslow, college English professor specializing in mystery fiction with a keen “Sherlock Holmes” sense that she inherited from her father Graham Winslow (Robin Thomas), a well-known crime fiction writer. Police Detective Travis Burke (Kristoffer Polaha) values Amy’s abilities to notice the smallest of details and includes her in his inquiries.

FBI agent and Travis’s ex-wife Kate Coulson (Erin Cahill) is brought into the picture when a murder convict, dubbed The Wolfman because his crimes were committed on nights of a full moon, escapes and has it out to kill Travis. Can Amy, Travis, and his ex-wife Kate who is an FBI agent catch the killer before he kills Travis? When a house explodes almost killing Travis, Amy gets pulled into the investigation. She discovers secrets that the current and past occupants of the exploding house are trying to hide. What and who are behind the explosion? What are the owners trying to hide? When Amy discovers a mummified body in the walls of the ruined house, things get busy for Travis. Can he outrun the escaped killer while trying to find a new one? What exactly are the homeowners trying to hide? What does the nosy neighbor have to do with everything and how is he tied to the escaped killer?

This was an especially tense and exciting installment in the Mystery 101 series. The plot was exceptionally well written. The cast worked very well together and kept things moving right along. I highly recommend this series to every mystery buff!

You can check out KRL’s reviews of other mystery movies on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel in our mystery section. You can also go to the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel website to learn more and check out their schedule for more new movies coming soon.

Join our mystery Facebook group to keep up with everything mystery we post, and have a chance at some extra giveaways. Don’t forget to check out KRL’s new mystery podcast which features mystery short stories and first chapters read by local actors! A new episode goes up next week.

Doward Wilson is a retired and avid cozy, paranormal, and adventure reader who can’t say no to most books. He recently moved from Independence, Missouri to Gladbrook, Iowa. Located in Central Iowa, Gladbrook (population 900+) is small town, rural farming at its best.

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