Murder, She Baked: A Plum Pudding Mystery (2015)

Sunday, November 22, 2015

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 was back with a new cozy mystery. This holiday season found 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 seem to be eagerly knocking on her door: 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?  

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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 couldn’t catch a re-air of it and it’s not available on any other outlet (Amazon, iTunes, streaming) that I could find. Thus, I went ahead and watched this little Christmas flick and hoped for the best.  

I do think there was disconnect as I watched this because I didn’t have the benefit of seeing the first production. This wasn’t because things weren’t properly explained or there was a rapid succession of facts, rather the simple fact that I didn’t have the added knowledge of seeing the character’s meet and experience the backstory of their first outing in the prior Murder, She Baked. Regardless, I’d be lying if I said this film was anything but darling. Between the great cast and the fantabulous sweets (I so want to visit Hannah's "Cookie Jar" bakery because yum!), those who have Hallmark Movie Channel should pencil this one in.  

Anyone who watches the Gourmet Detective or Garage Sale Mystery movies will certainly want to catch this because its 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 to be fine, the cozy mystery does amp up some suspense in the final moments, and yet 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.  

Catch the premiere of Murder, She Baked: A Plum Pudding Mystery tonight on Hallmark Movie Channel. Catch the sneak peek below.
Photos: Hallmark

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