While the stories are interesting presentations of the investigative procedures involved the particular cases, there isn't really a lot of suspense, since it is made fairly clear from the start that the perpetrator is going to get caught. It is only a matter of how. In the Kemp story, the narrator keeps suggesting that her daddy is not going to rest until he brings the murderer to justice.
In the Robb story, the fact that Ellen's brothers appear; her neighbors appear, but one significant person only appears in still photos, seems an obvious indicator of where the story is going. The writing could use some work as well. Too often it falls back on the cliché and the hackneyed. The whole "Daddy's Princess" concept fortified by shots of a cute little girl running about in the countryside is a mite saccharine. The voice of the dead Ali saying I'll always be Daddy's little girl is not much better. Ellen Robb's voiceovers about the perfect life she always wanted and at least seemed to have found is something of a perversion of the American dream considering what happens. And the banal conclusion she makes at one point that money is the root of all evil, is less than compelling.
The series continues with two shows on Monday, January 17. In "Cold as Ice," Denise Huber, a young graduate student goes missing after attending a concert in 1991. In 1994, a van is discovered parked in an Arizona yard with the young girl's body. "Closing Time" tells the story of Jerry Monroe, a bar owner in Louisville, KY who is found murdered in his own bar. Authorities have to determine whether he killed in the course of a robbery or a victim of gang violence. Individual half hour episodes continue to air every Monday through March 14.