The Shadow Island Mysteries: The Last Christmas
Thursday, 8.30pm, 13th Street With spring bustin’ out all over, this crime fiction telemovie series, set on an island in a lake in Canada, just may have missed its perfect viewing season here. The Last Christmas is, surprise surprise, about a family gathering at Christmas. However, this particular family is regrouping to mark the holiday for the first time since five years before, when the mother of the adult children here disappeared and was found drowned in the lake. Claire La Foret (Jennifer Finnigan) is joined by her somewhat reluctant extended family on the island, where she works as the property manager of a resort owned by her grandfather. Turns out Grandad has terminal cancer and has called the family together to say goodbye, knowing he will never see another Christmas. Now here’s the batty part: a master of puzzles, the old man gives everyone a final riddle to solve, with the winner receiving the entire family fortune on his death. That, you can almost hear the villain snort, can be arranged. When Grandad promptly turns up his toes, Claire must use skills taught to her by the old boy to solve his possible murder.