While the idea of a strong female lead in a traditionally male role is appealing, the writing is unfortunately treacly. Mix the corny sentimentality with the graphically brutal violence of the weekly storylines, and the result is ugly.
Hennessy and Ferrer aside, however, why doesn't Crossing Jordan quite work? Perhaps because tonight's story has open seams and is essentially predictable... Here is a series you want to like, if only it will let you.