by Doward Wilson
& Lorie Lewis Ham
This week, as big fans of the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel, we are excited to not only have a review of the third Darrow and Darrow mystery movie Body of Evidence, but we also have another short interview with one of the creators of the series, Phoef Sutton!
Darrow and Darrow: Body of Evidence
Review by Doward Wilson
Claire Darrow (played by Kimberly Williams-Paisley from Father of the Bride) is an idealistic lawyer who fights for truth and justice, even if she doesn’t get paid. Her estranged mother, Joanna (played by Wendie Malick) is also a lawyer who has returned home to rejoin the family firm. Joanna worked in New York for a large law firm, but she became a scapegoat when the firm was busted for insider trading. Joanna is all about the money while Claire is all about justice. Tom Cavanagh plays Miles, the local District Attorney who becomes Claire’s love interest.(Tom can also be seen on CW’s The Flash)
In Body Of Evidence Mile’s cop friend, Roy, asks him to review the case of a woman who has been in jail for a year for the murder of her husband. Roy was at the scene when the woman was questioned and arrested for the murder, and he feels that she is really innocent, despite bloody clothing being found in her closet and other circumstantial evidence. The husband’s body was believed to be dumped in the ocean and has never been found.
Miles is on a leave of absence from the District Attorney’s office while he decides if he wants to continue there or join ranks with defense lawyers like Claire. As the two of them delve into the case and interview witnesses and follow clues, they come to believe that the dead husband may actually be a case of “faking his own death” to start over in a new life.
This series is another great Hallmark Mysteries and Movies entry. The cast works well together and the acting and interaction between the crew is top notch. The murder plot is well constructed and twisted with lots of false starts until the final reveal. I highly recommend that you enjoy a cozy evening at home with a great movie and some popcorn.
Mini Interview with Darrow and Darrow creator Phoef Sutton:
KRL: How long did it take you to come up with the idea for the latest Darrow and Darrow movie?
Phoef: About a month. I write up ideas and we run them past the producer and Hallmark until be all agree.
KRL: How long does it take for a script to go from idea to completion?
Phoef: This is a pretty quick one. I think about two months.
KRL: Do you have a team of writers working with you or are you a solo act?
Phoef: I don’t have team. Sometimes I wish I did! I do it all myself, so you have no one to blame but me.
KRL: Well I enjoy the movies so congrats! Do any of the cast members have input with the script as far as their characters go?
Phoef: The more we do, the more the cast and I collaborate. Kim and Wendy and Tom all have such great instincts and play such well-defined characters that I love to get input from them.
KRL: How often do you make script changes on the fly?
Phoef: Not very often. Once shooting begins, the script is pretty set.
KRL: What do you personally enjoy reading in your spare time?
Phoef: Mostly history books. I love learning about the past!
Thanks to Phoef Sutton for taking the time again to chat with us! You can also check out a longer, more detailed interview with Phoef along with KRL’s review of the second movie in this movie series.
You can check out KRL’s reviews of other mystery movies on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel in our mystery section. You can also check out the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel website to learn more and check out their schedule for more new movies coming this summer which KRL will also be reviewing. And be sure to check out our new mystery podcast which features mystery short stories and first chapters read by local authors.
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I’m enjoying the Darrow and Darrow series, will have to check the book out — thanks for telling us about it!
Thx for the info, Doward and Lorie.
I enjoyed the article.