SugarCookieMurderHallmark Movies & Mysteries announced the network has greenlit a series of culinary mystery movies from New York Times bestselling author Joanne Fluke Fluke’s Hannah Swensen Mystery series, beginning with “Sugar Cookie Murder” (wt), which goes into production in July for a World Premiere on the newly rebranded Hallmark Movies & Mysteries on Holiday 2014. Cast will be announced in the coming weeks. “Sugar Cookie Murder” is part of Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ MOST WONDERFUL MOVIES OF CHRISTMAS, featuring traditional and classic Christmas films suitable for family audiences.

“It is without a doubt that our viewers will be intrigued and captivated by Joanne Fluke’s delicious storytelling and we look forward to working with her to bringing her delectable vision to Hallmark Movies & Mysteries,” Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming and Network Publicity, Crown Media Family Networks.
In “Sugar Cookie Murder” the holidays are the icing on the cake for Hannah who is surrounded by her loved ones and has all the ingredients for a perfect Christmas until murder is added to the mix. The annual Christmas Buffet is the final test of the recipes Hannah has collected for the Lake Eden Holiday Buffet cookbook. While baking the day’s goodies at The Cookie Jar, the evening’s plans begin to jell. There is mystery aplenty among the guests with everyone appearing just a bit on the odd side. But when Hannah’s mother’s antique Christmas cake knife disappears just as a guest at the dinner is discovered murdered, everyone becomes a suspect. Suddenly – and with good timing – a blizzard blows in allowing Hannah the time to employ her investigative skills while testing the ingredients that she has to work with: half the town of Lake Eden and a murder. As the snowdrifts get higher, it is up to Hannah to dig out all the clues and make sure that this white Christmas doesn’t bring any more deadly tidings.

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