It’s a puzzle Hallmark fans can’t quite solve: what happened to all the network’s mystery series? For years, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries has hosted a long list of mystery franchises, including the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, Matchmake Mysteries, and Imagine perfect mysteries. But a wave of cancellations has left viewers wondering if they’ll ever see more crime-themed movies on the channel. While there’s no word yet on the future of fan-favorite series in limbo like Mystery 101, a new mystery movie is coming to Hallmark in the very near future.
‘Francesca Quinn, PI’ premieres September 25
It’s been months since a new mystery movie premiered on Hallmark. (The last, Curious Caterer: Dying for Chocolate, premiered in April 2022.) That’s why the premiere of Francesca Quinn, PI, is so exciting for viewers who love Hallmark’s take on the genre, which often combines a thriller with a dash of romance.
The film stars Mallory Jansen as Francesca “Frankie” Quinn, a private investigator in St. Benedict, Minnesota. She finds herself in the middle of a complicated case when her fiancé Carl Wiseman (Derek Kun) is murdered. The detective in charge of investigating the crime is none other than Wyn Rousseau (Dylan Bruce), who happens to be her ex-boyfriend. Their separation led Frankie to quit her job as a forensic investigator with the police department and strike out on her own.
At first, Frankie tries to stay back and lets Wyn unravel the mystery of who killed Carl. But after a week has passed and the police seem no closer to finding the killer, Carl’s sister turns to Frankie for help. Frankie teams up with her former boyfriend to unmask the sinister killer responsible for Carl’s death.
Francesca Quinn, PI premieres Sunday, September 25 at 9 p.m. ET on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. So far, it’s unclear whether it’s a standalone movie or the first entry in a new series.
What about other Hallmark mysteries? These series have been canceled
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While the premiere of a new crime movie is exciting, the news isn’t good for fans of series such as Aurora Tea Garden. This long-running Candace Cameron Bure franchise was canceled earlier this year after its star moved from Hallmark to Great American Family.
Other mystery series confirmed to return include The Mysteries of the Matchmaker with Danica McKellar (who also moved from Hallmark to Great American Family) and Hailey Dean Mysteries with Kelly Martin. Imagine perfect mysteries with Alexa and Carlos PenaVega and Garage Sale Mysteries with Lori Loughlin were also cancelled.
Kristoffer Polaha Says ‘Mystery 101’ Is On ‘A Very Long Break’
While a number of Hallmark mystery series have been canceled, the future of several franchises is still up in the air. Fans are still waiting to find out if there will be any future installments of The Mysteries of Martha’s Vineyard, Chronicle Mysteries, Mystery 101, Morning Show Mysteries, Hannah Swensen Mysteries, and Crossword Mysteries. All new movies were last shown in 2021.
In June, Mystery 101 star Kristoffer Polaha shared an update on this franchise while promoting his new Lifetime movie with Angie Harmon, Buried at Barstow. Fans were hoping for another movie after the last episode, Mystery 101: Deadly History, ended on a cliffhanger.
“Mystery 101 is, for all intents and purposes, on a very long break,” he said. Metacritic. “We will discover the future of Mystery 101. That doesn’t mean it’s canceled, but I don’t have any dates as to when we’re going to do number 8.”
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