The Shadow Is­land Mys­ter­ies: The Last Christ­mas

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

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.

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