Death Two Ways
Hollywood comes to Lawrenceton when a film crew arrives in town to make a version of a Robin Daniels' (Robin Dunne - Sound of Christmas) murder mystery novel. For crime-solving librarian Aurora Teagarden (Candace Cameron Bure - Switched for Christmas) that means running in to Robin again, who not only did she once date but as she finds out has based a character in the novel on her. But when a film star is found murdered in her dressing room, Aurora and her boyfriend, Martin (Yannick Bisson - Crazy for Christmas), along with the rest of her crime solving friends, set about getting to the bottom of the murder, especially as Robin finds himself the main suspect. Meanwhile Aurora's mom, Aida (Marilu Henner - In-Lawfully Yours), finds herself becoming involved with one of the production team.
First up we have a gimmick and in "Last Scene Alive: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery" that comes from a movie being made of a book where the lead character is based on the central character of Aurora. Alongside this we have other characters in this book based on the other characters you find in an Aurora Teagarden movie. Thankfully it isn't a gimmick which ends up dominating "Last Scene Alive: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery" and instead whilst giving us the basis for the murder mystery, with a murdered actress, we also have the fact that it brings an old flame of Aurora's to town.
But get beyond the set up gimmick what you have left in "Last Scene Alive: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery" is the usual formula used in the previous Aurora Teagarden movies. As such Aurora snoops, her murder mystery loving friends help her, her mum interferes and Captain Lynn Liggett-Smith gets frustrated by Aurora and her group of amateur detectives doing her job and getting in the way. Oh and of course there is Aurora's ongoing relationship with Martin. And the truth is that because it sticks to the formula "Last Scene Alive: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery" delivers everything that fans of this movie franchise watch it for, especially with Candace Cameron Bure delivering plenty of cute fun as Aurora.
What this all boils down to is that "Last Scene Alive: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery" delivers everything you expect from this Hallmark murder & mystery franchise whilst using a fun gimmick as the lead in to it.