Castles, Curses and Courtney as Emma Fielding
Renowned archaeologist, Emma Fielding (Courtney Thorne-Smith - Midwest Obsession) finds herself chosen to work with another archaeologist; Professor Thomas Webster (Vincent Gale - All of My Heart: Inn Love), in consulting on the acquisition of an old estate which rumour has it is not only filled with secrets but is also cursed. But when Professor Webster is found murdered and hidden in a secret chamber deep beneath the old building, with no obvious way in or out, she calls on the help of her friend, FBI special agent Jim Conner (James Tupper - My Sweet Audrina), to help investigate. But with buyers, assistants, local sheriffs and servants there are a few suspects each having a reason to commit murder and with no clear entrance to the room the investigation is made all the more complicated.
Ingredient one; "Past Malice: An Emma Fielding Mystery" has the appeal of Courtney Thorne-Smith and James Tupper as Emma and Jim, with their being an element of romantic flirtations going on between them. Ingredient two; we have a murder in a castle like building with the victim being hidden in a secret room with no clear way in or out. And ingredient three; when we have a dead body we have a question as to whom out of a few suspects the killer could be and of course why. What this means is that "Past Malice: An Emma Fielding Mystery" is entirely typical stuff, the sort of easy to watch and follow murder mystery you expect from a Hallmark movie.
What that means is that "Past Malice: An Emma Fielding Mystery" has a feel about it which makes it comparable to a lot of these murder mystery movies which Hallmark have been showing in recent years. Nice looking, lightweight, not overly complex but enough of a guessing game when it comes to who the murderer is. And as this is part of an ongoing series of movies we also get the developing relationship between Emma and Jim as we see how friendly they are whilst we learn things from their pasts. It is simply typical in every way.
What this all boils down to is that if you are a fan of Hallmark murder mystery movies then you are going to enjoy "Past Malice: An Emma Fielding Mystery" as well because it has all the ingredients from the right look to the character relationships. But in truth there is nothing in "Past Malice: An Emma Fielding Mystery" which makes it more special than all the other similar Hallmark movies out there.