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Previewing Hailey Dean Mystery: Murder, With Love

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Photo Credit: Sergei Bachlakov/Crown Media United States LLC

[Warning: General spoilers ahead.]

Back when Hallmark Channel was a wee baby network, they had a series of franchise films that included Mystery Woman, which starred Kellie Martin. She did a staggering 11 installments, playing a bookstore owner with a flair for solving mysteries, from 2003 to 2007, and then the moved on to series roles on Army Wives and one-off films like The Christmas Ornament and Hello, It’s Me. This Sunday, she’s back in mystery mode for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries in Hailey Dean: Murder, With Love, based on the Dean novels by CNN’s Nancy Grace.

Photo Credit: Sergei Bachlakov/Crown Media United States LLC

Photo Credit: Sergei Bachlakov/Crown Media United States LLC

It’s a return to familiar territory for Martin, but this time out her character comes at mysteries from the perspective of a former ADA who bailed out of the office and pursued a career as a therapist instead. This is the first film in what I believe is a planned series of movies.

Photo Credit: Sergei Bachlakov/Crown Media United States LLC

Photo Credit: Sergei Bachlakov/Crown Media United States LLC

Photo Credit: Sergei Bachlakov/Crown Media United States LLC

Photo Credit: Sergei Bachlakov/Crown Media United States LLC

Here’s the formal logline on what to expect: Hailey Dean is a bright, disciplined and acutely observant former prosecutor who has found a new way to help others when she becomes a therapist. Always motivated to get to the heart of the matter, Hailey suspects foul play when one of her patients’ parents tragically dies. Hailey finds herself invested in seeking justice and discovering the truth.

Photo Credit: Sergei Bachlakov/Crown Media United States LLC

Photo Credit: Sergei Bachlakov/Crown Media United States LLC

Martin is joined by several familiar Hallmark and Canadian faces, including Matthew MacCaull (Legends of Tomorrow), Michael Kopsa, Tom Butler, Susan Hogan, Cindy Busby (Cedar Cove), Jesse Moss (Cedar Cove), Lucia Walters (Ties That Bind), and Giacomo Baessato (Wayward Pines). Terry Ingram directs his third film in a row for the network’s October mysteries, after Death Al Dente and The Julius House.

Photo Credit: Sergei Bachlakov/Crown Media United States LLC

Photo Credit: Sergei Bachlakov/Crown Media United States LLC

In case you missed them, Mystery Woman marathons several of the films all day today on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Hailey Dean: Murder, With Love premieres Sunday at 9/8c on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Here’s a sneak peek.

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