John Gillispie: “Crossword Mysteries” an enjoyable trio of films | Features / Entertainment
Movies & More reviewer John Gillispie shares his thoughts on a collection of three films available on DVD called “Crossword Mysteries”. These three films were broadcast on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel.
Do you enjoy working on the crosswords published in this journal?
I’m a fan of both crosswords and mysteries, so I like the three films in the “Crossword Mysteries” collection on DVD. I saw these three films for the first time on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel.
Lacey Chabert of TV’s “Party of Five” stars in these three films as Tess Harper, the crossword writer for a New York newspaper who helps Detective Logan O’Connor (Brennan Elliott) solve murders in the Big Apple.
In the collection’s first film titled “A Puzzle to Die For,” Tess meets the detective when she discovers that a freelance writer’s crossword clues may be involved in art thefts and murders. Tess and Logan have the kind of relationship that seems to be common in television romances. They both seem to love each other without being able to admit it. Additionally, Logan discourages Tess from helping him solve crimes despite being very helpful.
In the second film titled “Proposing Murder”, a man is killed moments before planning his proposal. Tess is the friend of the victim, who a few days before her death showed her the lavish ring with which he planned to propose to his girlfriend. As the film progresses, it becomes more and more clear that Tess and Logan are developing feelings for each other.
In the third film of this collection entitled “Abracadaver”, Tess takes magic lessons. She and Logan witness a magical act when the performer appears to be killed on stage. This third movie in the series was my favorite of the Three Mysteries and the romance between the two protagonists continues to slowly progress.
The charismatic performances of Chabert and Elliott help make these three films, which last just under an hour and a half each, enjoyable to watch.
John Gillispie is the director of public relations for the Huntington Museum of Art.