Let me be clear at the outset--my wife and I are huge fans of Hallmark mysteries and watch them all.
The first Ruby Herring installment was the worst HM we'd ever seen, plagued by poor casting, pedestrian script, dull plot, actors sleeping their way through their lines. This one is not much better. We only made it through about 30 minutes before fast-forwarding to the end to see whodunit.
The first problem for us is having the lead character be a reporter/journalist, which right off the bat does not endear her to us. Having her lie, finagle and skirt the law to achieve her purposes makes it even worse. We're willing to wink at amateur Aurora Teagarden if she does such things, but not a professional journalist.
Then there are, very annoyingly, cause endorsements/mini-sermons within that first half hour. We watch Hallmark to escape the political stuff, not to have it shoved down our throats.
Further hamstringing the production is the weakest acting from a supporting cast we've ever seen in a Hallmark movie, most notably the 'Derek' character and the coroner.
Hmm was there anything we actually liked about it? Let's see. Yes, we do really like Stephen Huszar, who is an excellent actor and does his usual stellar work even in the midst of a train wreck.
We were hoping the first RH installment just got off on the wrong foot and this new one would be a vast improvement, but no--there's just too much wrong with it that hasn't been fixed and apparently isn't going to be. We will not be watching any more Ruby Herring mysteries.
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