One of the more recent mystery series (based on a book series) to find a home on Hallmark Movie and Mysteries line up, the “Murder, She Baked” franchise returns with a new cozy mystery.
Murder, She Baked: A Plum Pudding Mystery (2015) Hallmark Movies & Mysteries TV Film Review
This holiday season find the inquisitive bakery-owner-turned-amateur-sleuth Hannah Swensen (played by Allison Sweeny) entangling herself in another mystery. The tree lot owner where she sells some of her baked goods is found dead by her. Unable to help herself, Hannah inserts herself in this investigation, poking her nose where she doesn’t belong. But this might not be the worst of her problems. No, she has to deal with her mother (Barbara Niven) pressuring her to pick one of the two attentive suitors that pursuing her; but who to choose? Should she pick the kind and attentive dentist? Or the police detective Mike Kingston (Cameron Mathison) who seems intent on keeping her out of his investigations?
Though ‘Plum Pudding Mystery’ is the second television production to premiere in the Joanne Fluke adaptations, this is the only one I’ve been able to see. Since I don’t have any kind of cable, I didn’t catch a re-air and it’s not available on any other outlet that I can find. Thus, I went ahead and watched this little Christmas flick and hoped for the best.
I do think there’s disconnect because I don’t have the benefit of seeing the first production. This isn’t because things aren’t properly explained or there was a rapid succession of facts, rather the simple fact that I don’t have the knowledge of seeing the character’s meet. All things that include the backstory of their first outing. Regardless, I’d be lying if I said this film is anything but darling. Between the great cast and sweets (I so want to visit Hannah’s “Cookie Jar” bakery because yum!), those who have Hallmark Movie Channel will enjoy this.
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Anyone who watches the Gourmet Detective or Garage Sale Mystery movies will want to catch this. It’s a similar idea not to mention the newest franchise to find a home on the mystery channel’s ranks. The mystery solving is fun and though we know it’ll work out fine, the cozy mystery does amp up some suspense in the final moments. Fortunately, it continues to find that sweet spot of balance between crime-solving and Christmas cheer. Snuggle in to watch Murder, She Baked: A Plum Pudding Mystery – only be prepared; you might get hungry for some delightful pastries while watching.
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