Listen up, Hallmark fans! Alison Sweeney (ex-Sami, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and Cameron Mathison (Drew, GENERAL HOSPITAL) reunited earlier this spring for another Hannah Swensen Mystery movie for the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel, and it is airing on Friday, May 19!
The film, titled Carrot Cake Murder, is the second installment in the network’s Hannah Swensen mystery franchise, which itself is a continuation from the popular five-movie Murder She Baked series in which the actors starred from 2015 to 2017. Barbara Niven (Liz, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) also reprises her role of Hannah’s mom, Delores, in Carrot Cake Murder, which — like the previous films in both franchises — is based on the book series by author Joanne Fluke. “It was a blast getting back together again,” Mathison exclaimed when he joined Sweeney and Niven for a video chat to promote the new addition to the franchise.
As fans of the movies know, Sweeney stars as the titular character, a small-town bakery owner who has a penchant for getting involved in various murder cases. That’s how she first met Mathison’s character, Det. Mike Kingston — and the two fell in love despite Hannah’s amateur sleuthing!
In Carrot Cake Murder, the discovery of a skeleton amid the rubble of a building undergoing renovation reveals that one of Lake Eden’s beloved citizens is not who he claims to be. Much to Mike’s dismay, Hannah begins to investigate the case on her own with a little help from her mom. “The police have current crimes to solve. [Mike’s] boss doesn’t want him digging around some old bones,” Sweeney explains. “It allows Hannah to have a little more involvement than she normally does in the actual evidence and crime scene.”
Added Nevin, “I got to go undercover! So fun!”
While Mike and Hannah have formed a great partnership in the past, Mathison adds that things get “a little challenging” for the now-engaged couple in this movie. “It’s a new dynamic that causes some issues,” he notes, adding that “it’s a balancing act” for Mike as a detective when it comes to supporting his fiancée.
As you are watching along, don’t be so sure when you think you have the mystery all figured out! “There’s a big twist at the end,” Mathison teases.
Carrot Cake Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery will premiere on Friday, May 19, at 9 p.m. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Check out a preview of the movie below!