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Hailey Dean Mystery Preview: Dating is Murder

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[Warning: General spoilers ahead.]

The Hailey Dean Mystery franchise returns to Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Sunday with its third film, Dating is Murder. This time, Hailey (Kellie Martin) is pulled into a missing person’s case that dovetails into the rise of a new dating app that her partner, Sabrina (Emily Holmes), happens to be using.

Photo Credit: Kailey Schwerman/Crown Media United States LLC

After taking a bit of a PD break and refocusing on her private practice, Hailey doesn’t need much of a push when her Mom (Susan Hogan) asks her to help look into the disappearance of the daughter of one of her friends. Pretty soon, “looking into” becomes a full-on, leap-in-with-both feet investigation that hits a little too close to home.

Photo Credit: Kailey Schwerman/Crown Media United States LLC

Photo Credit: Kailey Schwerman/Crown Media United States LLC

Danny (Giacomo Baessato), Fincher (Viv Leacock), and Monty (Lucia Walters) are happy to have her back in action, and even Jonas (Matthew MacCaull) has figured out that it’s better to just go along on these things. He does get his feelings bruised over mixed signals, but it’s nothing too serious.

Photo Credit: Kailey Schwerman/Crown Media United States LLC

Photo Credit: Kailey Schwerman/Crown Media United States LLC

The cast also includes Murder She Baked‘s Toby Levins, who we just saw last week in Gourmet Detective, as Wade, the founder of the dating app, and Kieran Sequoia as his partner, Jessica, plus another fun cameo by Nancy Grace.

Photo Credit: Kailey Schwerman/Crown Media United States LLC

Photo Credit: Kailey Schwerman/Crown Media United States LLC

Newcomers to the series and Hallmark, Michael Robison (a familiar name from shows like The Originals, Killjoys, Eureka, and several sci-fi shows) directs a script by Michelle Ricci (Murdoch Mysteries and the upcoming Frankie Drake).

Photo Credit: Kailey Schwerman/Crown Media United States LLC

Photo Credit: Kailey Schwerman/Crown Media United States LLC

The chemistry is really good across the board, and it’s nice to see everyone settling into their characters and relationships. More, please.

Hailey Dean Mystery: Dating is Murder premieres Sunday at 9 pm/8c on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. You can catch the first two films starting at 5 pm/4c.

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