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Hallmark and Chill: Murder She Baked Marathon

Next up for your Hallmark and Chill viewing pleasure, you can catch all five Murder She Baked movies back to back on Sunday beginning at 9 am/8c. [Updated 5/29/20 — there’s another marathon all day on 5/30 starting at 11 am/10c.]

Y’all know how I feel about these, and I love that Chronicle Mysteries has helped bump them back up into regular marathon rotation. We’ve covered all the films, including one-on-one interviews with Alison Sweeney, Cameron Mathison, Lisa Durupt, and Barbara Niven here.

I adore these movies and even though they’re all banked on my DVR and available on DVD, I love that I can revisit them on the regular because they’re coming around so frequently. If you’ve never seen them, I highly recommend them. Especially if you’ve never seen them.

Murder She Baked

For the unfamiliar, the set of five movies is based on books by Joanne Fluke. They follow Hannah Swensen (Sweeney), a small town baker and owner of The Cookie Jar cafe who can’t help but find herself in the middle of a murder–over and over again. Mathison is Detective Mike Kingston, who’s variably pleading with Hannah not to get in the middle of his cases while also falling in love with her and realizing her wrong place/wrong time more often than not pays dividends.

Their chemistry is so, so good, y’all and they and the regular, recurring cast of Durupt, Niven, Gabriel Hogan, and Toby Levins are everything you hope for in an ensemble. They have such a fun, familial vibe. Best of all, you can start anywhere. If you miss one, start with the next. The five films are:

Murder She Baked

A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery

The one that started it all introduces us to Hannah and her family and her uncanny ability to fall into a murder scene. Mike arrives in town as a big city detective and recent widower who has to learn to work with Hannah instead of against her. I spoke with Mathison about it here.

Murder She Baked A Plum Pudding Mystery Final Photo Assets

A Plum Pudding Mystery

The second film is a Christmas-themed mystery about the murder of the owner of the local tree lot. This one was my favorite before the last one aired. Lots of Hannah and Mike scenes in this one, and it cemented that this group was so good together. I previewed it here.

Murder She Baked A Peach Cobbler Mystery Final Photo Assets

A Peach Cobbler Mystery

In this one, Hannah faces competition from a new bakery across the street, and it doesn’t help that the proprietress is an old friend of Mike’s. When she turns up dead in her shop and Hannah finds the body, things get very complicated. I previewed it here.

Murder She Baked A Deadly Recipe Final Photo Assets

A Deadly Recipe

When Mike and Bill’s boss, the sheriff (Ty Olsson) is killed, Bill, who’s also campaigning for the job, becomes a prime suspect. Hannah’s asked by the now-very-pregnant Andrea to help run investigative interference and prove his innocence. I chatted with Durupt and previewed it here.

Murder She Baked Just Desserts Final Photo Assets

Just Desserts

The final movie in the franchise finds Hannah on the judging committee for a live cooking competition, and caught up in the murder investigation of the local high school basketball coach. She’s also balancing mixed signals from Mike that thankfully do get resolved before the final credits. I interviewed Cameron Mathison for it here.

Murder She Baked marathons all day Sunday on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries beginning at 9 am/8c. [Updated 5/29/20 — there’s another marathon all day Saturday on 5/30 starting at 11 am/10c.] They’re also available on DVD.

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