Death by the Book
Having been dating for 3 months, Maggie (Brooke Burns - Christmas Connection) accompanies Henry (Dylan Neal - Looks Like Christmas) to an event that he is in charge of the catering for at the home of Bruce Weston (Garry Chalk), who is the head of the Weston publishing empire. It is whilst at the event that Maggie quickly becomes aware that Bruce's children do not see eye to eye on pretty much everything from their father's health to the running of the business empire. It means that when Bruce's two sons agree to re-enact an old duel only for one of them to be shot dead it leads to Maggie and Henry investigating what went on. Meanwhile there is tension between Maggie and Henry as every time she mentions his upcoming birthday he becomes cold, which might have some thing to do with his father, Jim (Bruce Boxleitner - Double Mommy), a former cop, showing up in town.
When it comes to these crime solving movies which get shown on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries the best thing which can be said about them is that they are consistent. And that is exactly what "Eat, Drink & Be Buried: A Gourmet Detective Mystery" delivers because it feels just like the previous movies in the "A Gourmet Detective" movie series and as such on one hand you have that crime for our duo to solve and on the other we have the evolving personal side when it comes to Maggie and Henry's relationship. And like with other similar crime solving movies on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries the personal side of "Eat, Drink & Be Buried: A Gourmet Detective Mystery" evolves by introducing a new character and so we have Bruce Boxleitner cast as Henry's father and with that introduction we have a touch of mystery as Henry clearly has issues with his father.
As for the main mystery which sees the murder during what was only meant to be a re-enactment of an old duel, well there is nothing out of the ordinary here as we have various suspects, further attempts on lives, scenes which seem to suggest scheming involving one of the suspects and plenty more, more of the usual that is. But whilst describing all of this as simply usual might sound like I am not impressed the truth is that the easy going nature of this being usual is exactly what you expect and what makes "Eat, Drink & Be Buried: A Gourmet Detective Mystery" easy to watch as well as entertaining, letting the double act of Dylan Neal and Brooke Burns entertain you.
What this all boils down to is that "Eat, Drink & Be Buried: A Gourmet Detective Mystery" is a nice addition to the "A Gourmet Detective" series of movies providing that winning combination of murder, mystery and fun with once again Dylan Neal and Brooke Burns making for a fun couple.