They said Marlowe was a knight in shining armor walking the mean streets, something of a soft touch, but Sheriff Jesse Stone oughta be nominated for sainthood. In last night’s Hallmark Channel movie Jesse MV5BMTcyMzk1NjE0MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDIzMjI4Nw@@._V1_SY317_CR4,0,214,317_AL_Stone: Lost in Paradise, Jesse not only solved a murder, he rescued a dog about to be zapped in an animal shelter, found an abused teenager a homeless shelter, paid for the teen’s alcoholic mother’s treatment in a rehab center, and proved that a serial killer suspected of a fourth gruesome murder of a prostitute, was innocent of that particular killing.

Turned out the fourth murder was done by a cop and in the only action in the story, Jesse shoots him dead a couple of times, but only after Jesse pleads with him to put his gun down and let his former hooker hostage go.

The script by Selleck and director Robert Harmon, was decent enough and after all it’s the Hallmark Channel, so you gotta keep it all family friendly. It captured a mood. And you could relax while you watched it. Nice music and plenty of pretty sunsets and water. But it requires a real suspension of disbelief to buy Tom Selleck as a guy who has trouble getting women. Two and half stars.

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