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Previewing A Zest for Death: A Hannah Swensen Mystery 

Previewing A Zest for Death: A Hannah Swensen Mystery

[Warning: General spoilers ahead.]

Hannah Swensen is back for another installment this Friday in A Zest for Death, which finds the Swensen women reunited as Lisa Durupt steps back into the role of Andrea, rejoining her sisters and mom just in time to help solve another murder.

A Zest for Death: A Hannah
Swensen Mystery

The film picks up shortly after last spring’s A Carrot Cake Murder, with Hannah and Mike not necessarily on the outs or animus, but definitely taking a break. Mike is honoring Hannah’s request for space, which seems to befuddle everyone but them. She’s busy with her shop and helping Michelle (Tess Atkins) house hunt while he’s doing murder-free police work (imagine that!)

A Zest for Death: A Hannah Swensen Mystery

That is until one of Hannah’s customers, who’s also a friend, shares with Hannah her intention to pull up stakes and leave Eden Lake. Unfortunately, when Hannah, Michelle, and Delores (Barbara Niven) go to check out her house, they find her dead on the floor in the master bedroom. Once again, the trio are unwittingly pulled into an investigation, and Andrea soon joins them.

A Zest for Death: A Hannah Swensen Mystery

While we don’t have Norman in this one (but we learn he’s doing just fine), the film introduces Hannah’s old college friend Bradford (Oliver Rice), newly arrived to teach at the local college. As for the murder itself, we get an array of plausible suspects, from a couple of possible paramours of the victim to an estranged sibling to an ex-con to a jealous girlfriend of one of the paramours, and so on.

A Zest for Death: A Hannah Swensen Mystery

And in the middle of that, Mike and Hannah end up back in each other’s orbit and finally air their grievances and make some progress on reconnecting, coming back around to each other with the full awareness and understanding of what went down and why it was so damaging to the trust they’d built. It’s really lovely, grown up exploration and progression of their relationship on their own terms, despite their friends and family expressing their opinions on who should make the first move.

Mike Dopud recurs as the Sheriff and Juliana Wimbles recurs as Lisa. And Sweeney reunites with Vincent Gale, one of her Love on the Air co-stars. Shannon Kohli makes her Hallmark directing debut with a script by regular Hallmark writer Marcy Holland (who wrote the first Hannah Swensen title, Sweet Revenge), based on the novel Lemon Meringue Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke.

A Zest for Death: A Hannah Swensen Mystery premieres Friday at 9 pm/8c on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries and streaming via multiple outlets. Here are a couple of sneak peeks.

Photos courtesy of Bettina Strauss/Hallmark Media; videos courtesy of Hallmark Media.

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