Hallmark Movies & Mysteries announced that it will launch an original movie franchise starring Alison Sweeney and Cameron Mathison and based on Joanne Fluke’s bestselling Hannah Swensen culinary mystery series. “Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder,” the first film in the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original series, is scheduled to premiere on May 10, 2015.
Sweeney will play Hannah Swensen, owner of a sweet shop where much of her small town’s gossip percolates along with the strong coffee. When a mysterious murder occurs, Hannah turns into a culinary detective and finds herself trying to solve the crime while getting caught in an unexpected romantic mystery of her own. The former “Days of Our Lives” actress recently starred in the network’s made-for-television movie “Second Choices,” which was one of Hallmarks’ highest rated original movies ever. Mathison, known for his role on “All My Children” and recently seen in Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ “Along Came a Nanny” and Hallmark Channel’s “The Christmas Ornament, will co-star as a possible love interest to Hannah Swenson.
“Our viewers will be taken on a captivating journey as we launch the newest mystery movie series,” said Michelle Vicary, Crown Media Family Network programming and exec VP of publicity. “Alison Sweeney and Cameron Mathison are the perfect pairing to bring Joanne Fluke’s storytelling to life.”
“I am absolutely thrilled that Crown Media and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries have chosen to film “Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder!” It’s what the Hannah fans have always wanted, and I know that Hannah Swensen has found the perfect home.”
“Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder” is produced by Brad Krevoy Television and Stephanie Germain Productions, with Brad Krevoy, Stephanie Germain and Eric Jarboe as executive producers.
Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen Mystery Series debuted fifteen years ago with “Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder.” The 18th book in the series, “Double Fudge Brownie Murder,” was released in hardcover by Kensington Publishing on Feb. 24, 2015. Fluke is touring nationally to promote the book launch and her event dates can be found at www.JoanneFlukeMysteryParty.com.
Joanne Fluke is the New York Times bestselling author of the Hannah Swensen mysteries, which include “Double Fudge Brownie Murder,” “Blackberry Pie Murder,” “Red Velvet Cupcake Murder,” and the book that started it all, “Chocolate Chip Murder.” Like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke was born and raised in a small town in rural Minnesota, but now lives in Southern California. Visit Joanne online at www.JoanneFluke.com.