Kill it with Flowers
Book shop owner and mystery fan Samantha Kinsey (Kellie Martin) comes up with an idea to drum up business by bringing in mystery writers: Maura Hobbs (Colleen Camp), Angela Cooke (Beth Grant), and Clare Beckman (Beth Broderick) to do a triple bill of book signings for a weekend. What Sam doesn't realise is that Clare is using the weekend to announce her retirement and as she agrees to some photographs she narrowly avoids a bullet which clips Samantha's friend Cassie (Nina Siemaszko) on the arm. But it seems who ever wants to kill Clare is resourceful as she ends up dying of poisoning. With plenty of people in the bookshop when the shot was fired there are plenty of suspects some with motives and of course Samantha can't resist a murder mystery to get involved in, with some help from her mysterious friend Philby (Clarence Williams III).
"Mystery Woman: Mystery Weekend" probably is one of the better movies in the "Mystery Woman" series as whilst it doesn't stray far from the formula for these movies it has a lot going on with a good array of characters. What it means is that whilst the mystery in "Mystery Woman: Mystery Weekend" certainly deserves being called convoluted it gets you involved for that reason. You go from hidden guns triggered by wire to several characters who could be guilty from a mousy assistant who you suspect may be the real writer of a series of books to the new attorney in town. On top of that you have poisoned flowers and plenty more which somehow keeps you involved despite with every twist it becomes even more convoluted as blackmail enters the equation.
Of course a big reason why "Mystery Woman: Mystery Weekend" keeps you entertained is the familiar. As such you have Kellie Martin provides plenty of amusement as the attractive and intelligent Samantha whilst Casey Sander has the lion share of the jokes with his tough and grumpy persona as Chief Connors. And I could go on because they stick to the formula of these "Mystery Woman" movies but in such a way it doesn't feel like anyone is coasting with all the regulars busy developing their characters.
What this all boils down to is that ""Mystery Woman: Mystery Weekend"" is a lot of fun especially for those who have enjoyed other movies in this murder mystery series. But it is convoluted and the sort of the movie which you know a lot of the clues will end up unimportant when eventually the mystery is solved.