I had enjoyed all eight of the previous Jesse Stone movies and was really disheartened when I heard that the movie series had been dropped by its network. Then, earlier this year, I discovered Hallmark Channel had picked up the series and, while I was extremely happy to hear the movies would be continued, I was also concerned that having the show on Hallmark might have an effect on how the movies would be scripted and filmed going forward. While I'm a big fan of Hallmark, I generally look to the channel for family entertainment for all ages while I consider the Jesse Stone series to be geared toward a more mature audience (adults and teens who can deal with the concepts involved in murder mysteries.)
I can happily report that “Lost in Paradise” follows in the same tradition as all of the earlier movies. While it involved a fairly easily solved mystery, or as Jesse states towards the end of the movie: “Some cases are hard, some are easy. This one was easy”, it was a great re-entry point for the series.
I really appreciated that the movie acknowledged the two year period between this and the last movie. It seems that a considerable amount of change has happened to Jesse during that two year period and, because of the changes, Jesse is at a brink in his life. Some of his behaviors have improved while others have deteriorated. (It wouldn't be a Jesse Stone movie if life had been lollipops and rainbows.) Still, because of the most moving of the changes in his life which involves the loss of his “conscience”, Jesse becomes involved in solving a cold case for the Boston PD. He also becomes involved with helping a young teenager try to get her life straight back in Paradise.
Tom Selleck once again steps into the role of Jesse Stone like it is a well-fitting glove.