“Garage Sale Mystery: The Deadly Room” Movie Review

By Ruth on April 18, 2015 in movie, mystery, review
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garage saleJennifer Shannon uses her sharp eye when finding rare garage sale treasures to resell at the consignment store she owns with business partner, Dani. When her friend dies trying to disprove rumors that a multi-million dollar home she is trying to sell has a deadly curse, Jennifer puts these intuitive skills to the test. Though a police investigation led by Detective Lynwood finds no evidence of foul play – even on the webcam footage from the night of the death – Jennifer has an ominous feeling that her friend has been murdered. Putting her keen instincts to work, Jennifer researches the history of deaths that all occurred in the room where her friend died, and examines a few key suspects with motives to murder. Jennifer’s husband Jason worries about her safety, but supports her efforts as she continues to investigate. As Jennifer uncovers clues that bring her closer to the truth, she also puts her own life in danger.

This is the third in a series of films called The Garage Sale Mystery starring Lori Loughlin, and I have had the pleasure of seeing the other two as well. I have always loved Lori–since her Full House days–and so this is one film about which I was very excited. Interestingly enough, my 11-year-old daughter sat and watched with me. Because my daughter is enraptured with When Calls the Heart, the moment Lori appeared on the screen, my daughter asked, “Isn’t that Abigail from When Calls the Heart?” I tweeted that to Lori, and I actually received my first ever tweet from this actress!  I will tell you that if you haven’t seen the other two films, you will have no problem jumping right into the series, and you can rest assured there are absolutely no content advisories (except it is a murder mystery, and there might be a couple of disturbing scenes but nothing too horrible). My daughter watched the entire film, and that in of itself is amazing.

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Lori Loughlin as Jennifer and Steve Bacic as Jason

First of all, #hearties absolutely adore this movie because there are plenty of When Calls the Heart actors–I will not be reviewing each individual actor and actress but know that in addition to Lori Loughlin, you will see Steve Bacic, Johanna Newmarch, and Eva Bourne.  There are plenty of characters returning from the other two films in the series. Permit me to say that there is not a single actor in this film that does not give less than a stellar performance.  They all work together exceptionally well, and everything works together seamlessly.

All of the actors I mentioned were exceptional in their own right. Poor Steve plays the devoted husband of Lori’s character, and his character is certainly upstaged by her. I always say it takes a strong man to let the woman be in the lead, and his character does that well. It also requires a strong actor to let the actress steal the show. His role is played effortlessly (or seemingly so), and his rapport with Lori is absolutely ideal.

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Janet Kidder as Adrian and Lori Loughlin as Jenniefer

In every scene, Lori’s character comes off as sweet and often underestimated. What the character Jennifer has going for her now is that she has solved two previous mysteries, so she does have some clout. This unassuming, normal mom is a regular Miss Marple type (but much younger, more vibrant, and so much prettier). And now her kids are growing up which adds another dimension to the action. I honestly cannot recommend this film highly enough. If you have any interest in mysteries, this is the film for you.

 

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One complaint that some may have has to do with the network on which Hallmark has chosen to air its mystery films. Some may not realize that there are two Hallmark networks, and the one where these filmed are featured is Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Permit me to say that we had this channel even before it was rebranded (used to be Hallmark Movies), and the little bit of extra money we pay each month is worth it. In this and age, finding quality, wholesome, family movies and mysteries on television is a rather daunting task .  On this channel, you can rest assured that you will find films that meet all those qualifications and more. If you like mysteries (and there are some exciting ones coming up), and if you like movies, this is a network to add to your cable/satellite line-up.  And if your provider doesn’t offer it, I strongly suggest requesting it.

garage sale 2In short, this is the favorite of my three in the series, and not all serial films can promise that. When a series like this only improves as more films are made, you can know that this is decidedly worth watching. Lori is the driving force behind this film, but without the other actors and actresses (as well as exceptional direction–Peter DeLuise who also directed All of My Heart), the movie would fall flat. All the other actors in the film respond to Lori in such a way that is purely magical and exceptional. Certainly a film worth looking up. (Oh and I didn’t figure out “who done it,” but my mom almost did.)

For more information:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4460190/?ref_=nv_sr_3

http://www.hallmarkmoviesandmysteries.com/garage-sale-mystery-the-deadly-room

 

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16 Comments

  1. Cathy French April 20, 2015 Reply

    Sounds like an intriguing read. An amateur sleuth in action, I would like to read this to see how it turns out.

  2. Dale Hunsberger April 20, 2015 Reply

    This sounds really great! I love Lori Loughlin too! I’m going to have to keep an eye out for this movie!

  3. Judy maharrey April 20, 2015 Reply

    This sounds like a movie I would love to watch. I will have to check and see if my cable company has the station. Thanks for the review.

  4. Kelly April 22, 2015 Reply

    Sounds really interesting. I love that actress, and I was just reading she was coming back for the Full House reunion. Love mysteries, and I bet that I would enjoy it even more since it is on Hallmark.

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      Ruth April 22, 2015 Reply

      I heard that too! Excited for the Full House reunion show. And this movie is really good and I hope you can check it out!

  5. Jesse S April 22, 2015 Reply

    I heard that she was coming back for the Full House reunion this morning on the radio. Thanks for sharing!

  6. cylina williams April 23, 2015 Reply

    This sounds very interesting, I have never heard of it before. I love mysteries so this is something I would like:)

  7. marla king April 23, 2015 Reply

    Would love to see this…..it sounds like it would be really good.

  8. Sonal April 23, 2015 Reply

    I have not seen any of the movies in this series before! It sounds like a good thriller/mystery movie to watch. I will be looking for this in the redbox!

  9. Kelly Nicholson April 25, 2015 Reply

    I love mysterys…why did i miss this..i gotta catch up thanks

  10. Sandra Watts April 27, 2015 Reply

    You should sign up for Lifetime surveys. I did it for a while. I was asked to watch a few movies.

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      Ruth April 28, 2015 Reply

      Thanks for the suggestion I’ll look it up

  11. Linda Manns Linneman April 28, 2015 Reply

    This sounds like a movie I would really like to see. Thank you so much for sharing this

  12. Sue E April 29, 2015 Reply

    I liked watching Lori Loughlin when she was Jessie’s wife on FULL HOUSE. The grandkids still love that show.
    I watch and like a lot of Hallmark’s movies & I like mysteries. Below are the dates and times that the “Garage Sale Mystery: The Deadly Room” Movie is playing on the Hallmark channel:
    Saturday May 2 3:00 PM
    Saturday May 2 11:00 PM
    Monday May 25 9:00 PM
    Tuesday May 26 9:00 AM
    Wednesday June 10 9:00 PM
    Thursday June 11 11:00 AM
    Sunday June 28 5:00 PM

  13. denise low May 7, 2015 Reply

    This would be my kind of movie. Thank you for the review

  14. Kelly Nicholson May 7, 2015 Reply

    I like mysterys.i dont see a whole lot anymore..thanks

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