MURDER, SHE BAKED: A DEADLY RECIPE follows MURDER, SHE BAKED: A CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE MYSTERY (2015), MURDER, SHE BAKED: A PLUM PUDDING MYSTERY (2015), and MURDER, SHE BAKED: A PEACH COBBLER MYSTERY (2016). At this point I'm unaware of plans for a fifth film, and I very much hope there will be more.
In A DEADLY RECIPE bakery owner Hannah Swensen (Alison Sweeney) discovers Eden Lake's Sheriff Jim Grant (Ty Olsson) dead in the street. He'd just been eating a chocolate cupcake she made, too...
Hannah helps police detective Mike (Cameron Mathison), who always worries about Hannah's safety when she involves herself in murder investigations -- but he has to admit she's helpful!
In turn Hannah is assisted in her sleuthing by devoted dentist Norman (Gabriel Hogan), who is always ready for adventure with Hannah. Each of the men is romantically interested in Hannah, but she's taking things very slowly. It's not hard to see why she's having trouble making up her mind, as both men are great catches.
A DEADLY RECIPE is another "warm and cozy" small town mystery filled with engaging recurring characters. Time in Eden Lake is always time well spent. I suspect my readers who are classic film fans, particularly those who share my liking for "B" detective film series, would enjoy these movies as well.
My one quibble with the film: I found it strange that Hannah's bakery looked completely different, sleeker and not as charming.
MURDER, SHE BAKED: A DEADLY RECIPE was directed by Kristoffer Tabori, who also worked on the previous two films in the series. It was filmed by Adam Sliwinski.
Look for this movie to air again in the future on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel.