The Hallmark Channel has so much more to offer than just its annual Christmas movies (which are obviously the best). Crown Media has proved that its sister network, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, is equally captivating with various mystery series starring some of your favorite regular Hallmark stars. Each series has its own theme that ranges from cheesy to believable — but, honestly, all of these mystery films are worth the watch.
Each series of movies follows a mystery with one of your favorite Hallmark leading ladies at the helm. With a natural affinity for solving crime, our heroines generally partner with a detective to help solve a case that is generally hitting close to home. From main characters owning flower shops and catering businesses to being lead singers and crime reporters, a little bit of everything is covered in these storylines.
Over the years, there has been a slew of mystery series, including some new additions that have just been added within the last year. Here's the ultimate ranking of every single series, from old classics to new favorites.
23. Fixer Upper Mysteries
The Fixer Upper Mysteries are what you get when singer Jewel decides to try her hand at acting. She plays construction company owner Shannon Hammer, who is based in the resort town of Lighthouse Cove. Her renovations and restorations end up unearthing various crimes that she can't help but solve with the help of Mac Sullivan (Colin Ferguson).
22. MatchMaker Mysteries
Danica McKellar stars as matchmaker Angie Dove, who finds herself entangled in murder cases related to her clients. She must work with the handsome Detective Kyle Cooper (Victor Webster) to discover the truth. McKellar is always charming and has great chemistry with Webster in the series. There are three films in the series, but it seems unlikely there will be more anytime soon since McKellar exited the network for Great American Family.
21. Family History Mysteries
The Family History Mysteries is a new series that fans are already loving. Janel Parrish stars as genealogist Sophie McClure, helping families answer questions about their past. Niall Matter co-stars as Jackson, her old friend Jonathan's twin brother, who comes back into her life unexpectedly. When Jonathan needs a bone marrow donor, together Sophie and Jackson are on the case.
20. Mystery Woman Mysteries
Kellie Martin plays mystery bookstore owner Samantha Kinsey, who regularly finds herself solving local crimes. There were nine films made featuring co-stars Clarence Williams III and Nina Siemaszko. It's definitely the early mystery series that proved Martin was going to be a staple actress on the Hallmark Channel for years to come.
19. Crossword Mysteries
In this mystery series, Lacey Chabert plays crossword puzzle editor Tess Harper. She finds herself continually teaming up with Detective Logan O'Connor (Brennan Elliott) when her puzzles seem linked to local crimes. So far, there are five films in the series and counting!
18. The Jane Mysteries
Another new addition to Hallmark's mysteries is Fuller House star Jodie Sweetin's The Jane Mysteries. Sweetin has been appearing on Hallmark more and more lately, and her new series seems quite interesting. She stars as singer Jane Da Silva, who inherits her family's non-profit detective agency. She takes on her very first case with Aunt Sadie and Detective John Cameron, teaching her the ropes of solving crime.
17. Ruby Herring Mysteries
Gotta love a realistic mystery series with people who are actually qualified to be solving crimes. Taylor Cole plays crime reporter Ruby Herring, who teams up with Detective Jake Killian (Stephen Huszar) to get to the bottom of local crimes. Ruby starts out as a consumer reporter who ends up moving over to crime in the first film in the series. While Cole is known for having dark hair, she sports some lovely red locks for the role of Ruby Herring.
16. Picture Perfect Mysteries
Carlos and Alexa PenaVega are an adorable couple in real life, so they definitely deserve their own mystery series together. Alexa plays wedding photographer Allie Adams, who finds herself in the middle of various crimes in her sleepy New England town. It's up to her and Detective Sam Acosta (Carlos) to solve these cases as they come along — and there's definitely some chemistry between the two along the way. There are only three films in this series so far, but another is currently in the works!
15. Murder, She Baked Mysteries
Yes, these are cheesy, but the Murder, She Baked movies are an enjoyable guilty pleasure. Alison Sweeney is the owner of the local bakeshop, The Cookie Jar, in a small town where everyone knows each other's business. Apparently, her shop is full of local town gossip, so she quickly morphs into an amateur sleuth. Cameron Mathison plays cop Mike Kingston, who helps keep her in line while helping solve local crimes.
14. Chronicle Mysteries
While both of Alison Sweeney's mystery series are good, the Chronicle Mysteries might be slightly better. The former soap star plays true-crime podcast host Alex McPherson, who collaborates with the local newspaper editor Drew (Benjamin Ayres). While some of the Hallmark mysteries can be a bit much, the true-crime podcast aspect makes this series a bit more mysterious and believable.
13. Emma Fielding Mysteries
Courtney Thorne-Smith plays archaeology professor Emma Fielding, who works with FBI agent Jim Conner (James Tupper) to solve random crimes connected to her archeological digs. There have only been three films in this series so far, but they are so interesting, and the character of Emma Fielding is incredibly captivating.
12. Hailey Dean Mysteries
Kellie Martin is definitely the queen of Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, with two of her own mystery series. Hailey Dean is a former prosecutor who is now working as a therapist. Sounds like the perfect recipe for being equipped to solve some local crimes! There are nine films in this series, which have Hailey solving crimes ranging from murders to mysteries surrounding her former court cases. Nancy Grace even appears in the films!
11. Garage Sale Mysteries
The Garage Sale Mysteries, starring former Hallmark star Lori Loughlin, are an old fan favorite. For 18 films, the Full House alum starred as Jennifer Shannon, owner of the antique shop Rags to Riches. Jennifer has a knack for solving crimes and just might put her life in danger to get to the bottom of a mystery. Kevin O'Grady co-starred as her detective pal Frank Lynwood; and Sarah Strange portrayed Dani, her business partner. Though Hallmark temporarily suspended these films after Loughlin's college admissions scandal, they are now available to stream on Hallmark's streaming platform and are even being played on the air again.
10. Gourmet Detective Mysteries
Dylan Neal and Brooke Burns make a charming little team in the Gourmet Detective series. Neal plays culinary consultant Henry Ross, who helps detective (and single mom) Maggie Price solve culinary-related crimes in San Francisco. So far, there are five films in the series, and fans could definitely go for more. Neal adds some hilarious comic relief and proves to be a fun balance for Burns' character — who, at times, can be a bit uptight following the rules.
9. Jane Doe Mysteries
This series starring Lea Thompson is definitely an oldie but a goodie. Thompson stars as former government agent turned housewife Cathy Davis, who works with NSA agent Frank Darnell (Joe Penny) to solve crimes when she's not busy taking care of her family. Her code name? "Jane Doe." Nine films were released as part of this series, with the last one coming out in 2008. The secret agent angle makes these particularly enjoyable and always worth revisiting.
8. Cut, Color, Murder
Julie Gonzalo stars as Ali Reed, a savvy hairdresser working a beauty pageant. When the pageant creator is found dead, she teams up with Detective Kyle Crawford (Ryan McPartlin) to discover the truth. So far, there has only been one film in this franchise, but fans are eager for more after it ended on a major cliffhanger — hinting that the story was far from over.
7. Morning Show Mysteries
Holly Robinson Peete stars as TV host Billie Blessings, who went from being a beloved chef and restaurant owner to hosting a morning TV show. Rick Fox co-stars as Detective Ian Jackson, with whom she has a complicated history but who helps her solve local crimes, and Karen Robinson plays her friend Cassandra. This signature mystery series is based on the novel written by weathercaster Al Roker, so you know you're getting an accurate depiction of what life is like for a TV host. So far, there have been six films in the series, but it seems likely more will come.
6. Aurora Teagarden Mysteries
Of course, the former queen of Hallmark, Candace Cameron Bure, had her own mysteries series. She made a whopping 18 films playing Aurora Teagarden before formally leaving the network for competitor Great American Family. Aurora is a local librarian who also happens to be a master crime solver. With the occasional help of her mother, Aida (Marilu Henner), and her Real Murders Club, she regularly finds herself working around the clock to solve the unexpected crimes that threaten her small town.
Though Hallmark has revealed that Bure will no longer star in any more films, they are continuing on with more Aurora stories set in the past. Skyler Samuels plays a young Aurora back when she first got into solving crime, and it's safe to say these will be just as popular as the original films. In addition, Henner will continue playing Aida.
5. Flower Shop Mysteries
Can we formally request more of these delightful films starring Brooke Shields? While Shields' character, Abby Knight, owns the local flower shop in her hometown, she's also a former lawyer who dabbles in crime-solving. Beau Bridges co-stars as her father, with Brennan Elliott playing her friend Marco. For whatever reason, only three of these mysteries were made back in 2016, but we're hopeful for more someday.
4. Darrow & Darrow Mysteries
We honestly need more of Kimberly Williams-Paisley's Darrow & Darrow series because they are genuinely wonderful. The Father of the Bride star plays attorney Claire Darrow, a single mom who fights for justice against some powerful people. With the help of her love interest, District Attorney Miles Strasberg (Tom Cavanagh), she sets out to solve crimes.
3. Martha's Vineyard Mysteries
There may only be four movies in the series so far, but this Jesse Metcalfe-led mystery series is proving to be a fast favorite. Metcalfe stars as former Detective Jeff Jackson, who gets forced into early retirement in the big city and moves back home to the sleepy town of Martha's Vineyard. He finds himself teaming up with the lovely Dr. Zee Madeiras (Sarah Lind), an old flame and local doctor, on some unexpected crimes that bring him back to what he does best.
2. Curious Caterer Mysteries
Goldy Berry (Nikki DeLoach) is a professional caterer and single mom who finds herself at the center of various crimes involving the events she's hired to work in her Colorado town. She must team up with Detective Tom Schultz (Andrew Walker) to clear her name and discover the truth.
1. Mystery 101
It just doesn't get much better than Jill Wagner and Kristoffer Polaha teaming up to solve crimes. Wagner plays English professor Amy (who is also a crime fiction expert), who ends up working closely with Detective Travis to solve everything from murder cases to tracking down a serial killer. These two have such good chemistry on screen that really adds to the storyline outside of the interesting cases they work on. Unfortunately, the series ended on a major cliffhanger, but who knows? Maybe these two will reunite for one more chapter down the road.
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