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Previewing A Beautiful Place to Die: A Martha’s Vineyard Mystery

[Warning: General spoilers ahead.]

Jesse Metcalfe segues into the world of the mystery wheel movies this weekend with A Beautiful Place to Die: A Martha’s Vineyard Mystery, a potential new procedural franchise on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (that will premiere in tandem on Hallmark Channel) Sunday night at 8 pm/7c.

A Beautiful Place to Die A Martha's Vineyard Mystery

Metcalfe plays former Boston detectie Jeff Jackson, who’s returned home to Martha’s Vineyard after being shot in the line of duty. He’s there to recuperate and settle his father’s affairs, and has also settled into a quiet life working on people’s boats.

Slowly folding back into life on the island includes reconnecting with police chief Madeiras (Eric Keenleyside) and his daughterm Zee (Sarah Lind), who I watched forever ago in Canadian teen drama Edgemont, in her Hallmark debut), a doctor and the acting medical examiner.

A Beautiful Place to Die A Martha's Vineyard Mystery

The trio end up in increasingly close contact after Jeff discovers the body of Ray (Keenan Tracey), a visitor who was keen on meeting one of the town’s leading philanthropists, in the water at the end of the dock. He agrees to help with the investigation, and while his instincts are still spot on, the PTSD of his injury and losing his partner also lingers. That’s problematic when the investigation puts him and Zee in harm’s way more than once.

A Beautiful Place to Die A Martha's Vineyard Mystery

It’s a solid first outing, and Metcalfe, Lind, and Keenleyside have a nice chemistry that easily sells the idea that their characters are father/daughter and have had a lifelong friendship. The movie has a self-contained mystery and sets the stage for films to follow.

A Beautiful Place to Die A Martha's Vineyard Mystery

The extended cast of townspeople include Naika Toussaint (Van Helsing) as one of the chief’s staff, Officer Jenkins, Sunita Prasad (Picture Perfect Mysteries) as Zee’s friend, Britt, who owns a B&B, Christine Willes as Judy, who lives on her boat, Bradley Stryker (Hailey Dean Mysteries) as the barista who runs Jeff’s daily coffee stop, and Chelsea Hobbs as reporter Jackie Shawl (a fun hat tip to the Bubble Sesh hosts). Hallmark regular Mark Jean directs a script by fellow regulars Kraig Wenman and Teena Booth.

A Beautiful Place to Die: A Martha’s Vineyard Mystery premieres Sunday at 8 pm/7c on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries and Hallmark Channel. Here’s a sneak peek.

Photos and Video Courtesy of Crown Media.

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2 Comments

  1. Who is the actress who played Katelyn Bartell in the movie A beautiful place to die. She is not listed on any cast lists.

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