Consulting on a Historical Project, Archeologist Emma Fielding Discovers her Colleague's Body on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries' “Past Malice: An Emma Fielding Mystery”

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10 January 2018
Past Malice: An Emma Fielding Mystery
Copyright 2018 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Ryan Plummer
“Past Malice: An Emma Fielding Mystery”
Premieres Sunday, January 14 at 9 PM ET/PT
on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
          Emma Fielding (Courtney Thorne-Smith) is asked by an old colleague, Adelle Fisher (Sitara Hewitt), to consult on the old Chandler Castle for the state Historical Trust, which will soon acquire it.  Adelle doesn’t trust the archaeologist currently working there and wants Emma to shadow the man, Professor Thomas Webster (Vincent Gale).
         Upon arrival at Chandler Castle, Emma learns that a number of valuable artifacts have gone missing from the estate and calls on her old friend, FBI agent Jim Conner (James Tupper), to stop by and weigh in on it since he has handled numerous cases involving such theft.

         Conner and Emma discover a sealed chamber in the bowels of the castle, with an opening through which they discover the dead body of Webster.  But who killed Webster, and why?
          Assisted by a pair of clever graduate students, Fielding searches for clues to the man’s murder, and soon discovers what appears to be the remnants of a witch’s workshop.  And fueled by local legend of a curse on the house and family, Emma and Conner assemble a rather lengthy roster of potential killers, any of whom may have a very good reason for wanting Webster dead.
          From the Chandler heir, who suspects that Webster was hoarding valuable antiquities, to the groundskeeper who feels the property should rightfully be his, to Emma’s friend whose Historical Trust stands to gain from its acquisition of the castle, to a collector who was cheated out of a fortune by Webster, there is no shortage of suspects.
          Using her archaeological expertise to sort through clues and reassemble the pieces of a murder plot, Emma Fielding ultimately zeroes in on the one person with the motive, the means and the opportunity, but not before a showdown with the killer places Fielding’s own life in the balance.

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