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Aurora Teagarden Preview: Last Scene Alive

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[Warning: General spoilers ahead.]

Aurora Teagarden is already up to its seventh film based on the Charlaine Harris book series with Sunday night’s premiere of Last Scene Alive on Hallmark Mysteries & Movies. I haven’t watched all of the movies, but this one caught my eye because it marks the return of Robin Dunne as mystery writer Robin Daniels, Ro’s friend and very brief paramour in the second film (which you can catch Sunday morning at 11 am/10c).

In Last Scene Alive, Robin (the character) is back in Lawrenceton because he’s written a new novel that’s been adapted for a movie which is about to start production in town. All of that is news to Ro, as is the little tidbit that the book and movie are loosely based on her and her skills as a librarian sleuth.

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While initially a bit reticent to have herself fictionalized, she warms up to the idea, but Robin’s return ruffles the usually calm, cool, and collected Martin, who’s already on edge because of some drama around one of his own friends. Ro spending time with Robin doesn’t help.

The murder mystery comes into play when the actress playing the fictional version of Ro is discovered murdered on the set, which sets off some danger for the actual Ro and a string of pointed fingers and accusations until Ro and the Real Murders Club eventually narrow down the suspect list.

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The movie is a solid outing for the franchise and I especially enjoyed having Dunne back as a character the viewers and the characters know. Almost all of the core cast return, and they’re a very well-oiled machine as they begin their fourth year in these roles.

Candace Cameron Bure is joined by Yannick Bisson as Martin, Marilu Henner as Aida, Peter Benson as Arthur, Miranda Frigon as Lynn, Scott Lyster, as Perry, Ellie Harvie as Lillian, and Catherine Lough Haggquist as Terry. Sally (Lexa Doig) sits this one out since Doig was shooting The Arrangement, as does Bruce Dawson, who has played Aida’s beau, John.

Guest stars include familiar Hallmark regular Brenda Crichlow as the film’s producer, Ellen, Barclay Hope (who a whole lot of people now know as bad dad Cliff Blossom from Riverdale) as the film’s director, Joel, who strikes up a friendship with Aida,  When Calls the Heart/Garage Sale Mystery‘s Andrew Dunbar as the director’s assistant, Will, and Dunne’s real-life wife Farrah Aviva (UnReal) as Taylor, who has more on her mind being on set that manning the craft services table. Martin Wood directs a script by Teena Booth–it’s his third and her sixth time on the series.

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Last Scene Alive An Aurora Teagarden Mystery premieres Sunday at 9 pm/8c on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries after a daylong marathon of the previous six films, which begins at 9 am/8c. Here’s a sneak peek of the new movie.

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  1. I sure hope Lexa Doig and Bruce Dawson return if there are any new movies as they help make that murder mystery worth watching. Hope Yannick Bisson isn’t leaving the show since the ending was he was leaving to help find a friend and his family who were missing. Bure and Bisson make an excellent team as does Dawson and Henner!

    • Hi Kay. I know Lexa was shooting The Arrangement, in LA from the looks of her Instagram, when this one filmed, so I’d expect her to be back in the next one if her series commitment doesn’t conflict. Yannick is the lead of Murdoch Mysteries, which shoots in Toronto, so they may be letting him sit out the next one to work on his show, since these film in the Vancouver area. I’m just guessing on both accounts. I don’t have any info on what the plans are for additional films. I’m not sure why Dawson wasn’t in this one.

    • When will Last Scene Alive An Aurora Teagarden Mystery be coming out to Canada

  2. Mary M Smith says:

    Candace Cameron Bure and Yannick Bisson have great chemistry,I hope
    he returns to the show.

  3. If Bisson leaves the series, it will never be the same. He is a keeper.

  4. On Candance Bure twitter account age says Sally will be back but not Martin. From the ending of this movie seems like he may either die as he does in the books or disappears in SouthAmerica. Either way..a loss to this franchise

  5. Vickilee Gunn says:

    I will be very sad if “Martin” as portrayed by Yannick Bisson is no longer a part of this series… very sad. I missed both Lexa Doig and Bruce Dawson in the latest movie as well. But Mr. Bisson leaving would be a great loss.

  6. I have followed the series. John will greatly be missed and Sally is a great
    friend for Ro. Sometimes you can make to many changes.then. However, I never got the bond between Ro and Martin.

  7. Please bring Martin back the chemistry between him in Ro was amazing. I look forward to each episode it is exciting and fast moving to me . Also what about John can he come back. He was the head of the mystery book club … I realize he was rejected by Ro mother. But couldn’t they still keep him on. I just wish they would of never made changes. As the saying goes ‘if it’s not broken. Don’t fix it ‘. cause it changes a Great show ….. thank you. Dolores

  8. Agree with all comments. Food for thought—is Candace starting to look a little old to play this character?

    • Hi Sarah. I haven’t read the books so I have no frame of reference for how old she is in the book series. I’d guess that these will run as long as Candace wants to do them, and for the Hallmark crowd, I’d also guess the movies are viewed as their own thing now, since they’re on the eighth production. For my money, I’m thrilled an actress in her 40s is headlining a franchise.

  9. Please please!!! I sure hope Lexa Doig and Bruce Dawson return! This episode was good but I sure miss them!!!

  10. Susan Smith says:

    Bring Martin back, and John too! The series is not the same without them

  11. nancy phillips says:

    love this show. however it will be ruined if u take away bisson. The new
    character who is going to b the love interest of the mother is good. he
    fits better than dawson.

    The old shows with myrna loy as mrs charles was great in my moms
    years but if they took away the dog would have had an effect
    and that is what will happen if bison leaves. he has great chemistry
    with aurora.

  12. Why is aurora back living at her mom’s

  13. Love the series but I just believe that Martin should return he his great with Aurora

  14. In the latest show, “Reap what you Sew”, which aired this past Sunday, April 15, Ro makes the comment “when Martin told me he wasn’t coming back, I was lonely. But then I realized I have so many friends…” or something like that – not an exact quote. I’m bummed.

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