It was recently announced via Deadline Hollywood that one of my favorite mystery series is going to be turned into a movie. The Hallmark Channel will be turning Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke into a movie with the intention for it to become a franchise.
Alison Sweeney (Days of Our Lives) has been cast to play the main character, Hannah Swensen, the owner of a bakery in a small town in Minnesota, where she ends up finding murder victims one after another. Hallmark has also cast Cameron Mathison to play Mike, one of Hannah’s love interests and a police officer in Lake Eden, Minnesota.
Here is the synopsis of Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, according to Fluke’s website:
Hannah Swensen already has her hands full trying to dodge her mother’s attempts to marry her off while running The Cookie Jar, Lake Eden, Minnesota’s most popular bakery. But once Ron LaSalle, the beloved delivery man from the Cozy Cow Dairy, is found murdered behind her bakery with Hannah’s famous Chocolate Chip Crunchies scattered around him, her life just can’t get any worse. Determined not to let her cookies get a bad reputation, she sets out to track down a killer.
Who would have the sheer audacity—and the motive—to kill the most punctual delivery man Hannah ever had? Topping the list is the high school football coach. What exactly was his wife doing, making the rounds with the milkman? Could Max Turner, owner of Cozy Cow Dairy, have had a secret he didn’t want to share with his top employee? The more Hannah snoops, the more suspects turn up. Why has Lake Eden’s most prominent prodigal son, Benton Woodley, just resurfaced? And what about the mysterious Mr. Harris who seemed interested in buying the property next to the dairy, but then disappeared? This is one murder that’s starting to leave a very bad taste in Hannah’s mouth. And if she doesn’t watch her back, Hannah’s sweet life may get burned to a crisp.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder is set to premiere this spring. I’ll definitely be tuning in!