Gabby St. Claire (Jessica Blackmore) had to drop out of school to help her mother before she could complete a degree in forensic science. Instead, she did the next best thing – she became a crime scene cleaner. Squeaky Clean Mysteries: Hazardous Duty takes us on a Nancy Drew-type journey with Gabby in the lead, and when she teams up with her mysterious new neighbor Riley (Jamie Roy), the two of them are unstoppable. The question is can he help her solve this whodunit before another murder occurs, and will he win a place in Gabby’s heart?
We have numerous suspects to consider throughout this twisted tale, but the viewer wants to believe that Gabby’s instincts are smack on, until she herself becomes a suspect. Her vibrant and comical friend and neighbor Sierra (Kristi Murdock) adds light-hearted banter to a few tense scenes where Gabby puts herself in some compromising situations. There are two offscreen murders; a knife is shown in the back of a victim; and there is copious amounts of blood at one crime scene clean up.
Nevertheless, this movie keeps things on the lighter side where fear and anxiety are at bay, although the viewer remains engaged, as Gabby continues to interfere with this investigation in an effort to prove her friend and business partner’s innocence. It is no surprise then that this sleuth, who graduates to forensic specialist by the end of the film, is single-handedly responsible for solving this mystery, and it surprises even her that it’s the least likely suspect whodunit.
In the midst of all the confusion, the chemistry between Gabby and Riley is undeniable, and the viewer is hoping they can work through their own misunderstandings, while they both seek to do the right thing. With two short on-screen kisses and some hand-holding, this murder mystery involving politicians, neighbors, and even friends keeps us guessing until the end.
The Dove Take
Squeaky Clean Mysteries: Hazardous Duty is a Nancy Drew-type story that has us rooting for the good guys all along.