Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Fixer-Upper Mystery Series Goes Hollywood

Are you wondering what you’re going to watch on TV now that Christmas is over?

Well, you’re in luck. A new mystery franchise based off of Berkley author Kate Carlisle’s Fixer-Upper Mystery series will soon be released by the Hallmark Channel.

The Hallmark Channel will air the first of the movie series, Framed for Murder, on Jan. 15th starring singer-songwriter, Jewel as the lead. Based off of the second book in Kate’s Fixer-Upper Mystery series, THIS OLD HOMICIDE (Berkley Trade Mass Market Original; January 27, 2015; $7.99), the movie will follow the story of contractor and part-time sleuth Shannon Hughes (Jewel) as she stumbles across clues in her renovations that help her to get to the bottom of the suspicious death of a neighbor.

This past November Berkley also released the latest Fixer-Upper Mystery, DECK THE HALLWAYS (Berkley Mass Market Original; November 1, 2016; $7.99), and has acquired the world English rights for two more books in the series.
Jewel will star in the new mystery franchise on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries network. In the small resort town of Lighthouse Cove, everyone knows that the best man for the job is a woman.  And that woman is Shannon Hughes (Jewel), owner of Hughes Restoration and an expert in Victorian home restoration.  Through her work, she stumbles across clues hidden in the old homes, uncovering past secrets and becoming an unlikely sleuth to crack unsolved mysteries.

Author Kate Carlisle
In “Framed for Murder: A Fixer-Upper Mystery,” the premiere movie in the franchise, Shannon Hughes, gets a partner in crime-solving when her new client offers to help hammer out the details of her friend and neighbor’s untimely death.  The new original movie stars Jewel (“Ride with the Devil,” “Ring of Fire”) and Colin Ferguson (“Eureka”), and premieres Sunday, January 15, (9 p.m. ET/PT) on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. 

When home renovator extraordinaire Shannon Hughes (Jewel) suspects foul play in the death of her good friend and neighbor, yet is rebuffed by the police who have declared it “accidental,” she sets out to build a case for murder, with the help of her new client, famous crime reporter and author Macintyre “Mac” Sullivan (Ferguson).  Together, they set out to deconstruct what Shannon believes to be a homicide, and nail the perpetrator, but not before further lives are endangered, lifelong friends are suspected, and a bejeweled necklace valued at $10 million is discovered.                                                                                                 
Jewel & Colin Ferguson, Credit Copyright 2016* 
“Framed for Murder: A Fixer-Upper Mystery” is a Muse Entertainment Production. Joel S. Rice, Jewel, Michael Prupas, Allen Lewis, Jeff Holland and Stan Spry are the executive producers. Harvey Kahn is the producer. Mark Jean directs from a script by Peter Hume and Teena Booth, based on the Fixer-Upper Mystery series of books by Kate Carlisle.


With sister cable television network Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is the second 24-hour linear channel under the Crown Media Family Networks umbrella. Distributed in both (HD) and standard definition (SD) in 68 million homes across the United States, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is one of the fastest growing networks in cable and a leading destination for quality, family-friendly entertainment.

Launched in 2008 as Hallmark Movie Channel, the network was re-branded in fall of 2014, transitioning into Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. True to its name, the channel brings the lighter side of the suspense and mystery genres into focus with rich, dramatic, and thought-provoking storytelling. The network’s programming lineup features a unique mix of new, original movies, presentations from the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame library, and such time-honored acquired series as “Murder, She Wrote,” “Matlock,” “Hart to Hart” and “Diagnosis Murder.”

The channel is also home to the annual, eight-week holiday programming event “Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas,” which helps viewers celebrate the season with new, original movies and beloved holiday classics, including “A Christmas Carol,” “Holiday Affair,” “Babes in Toyland,” and “Christmas in Connecticut.”

Hallmark Cards, Inc. owns and operates Crown Media Family Networks.

So, mark your calendars for the Sunday, Jan. 15, premiere of Framed for Murder: A Fixer-Upper Mystery movie. Jewel is reported to perform an original song for the movie.

Thanks for stopping by for this breaking news from Berkley. Do you like the idea of your favorite cozy mystery series becoming a movie franchise? What other series would you like to see turned into a movie?

Framed for Murder: A Fixer-Upper Mystery movie header *

* Photo Credits should read:
Jewel and Colin Ferguson Credit Copyright 2016 Crown Media United States LLC Photographer Ryan Plummer


  1. I love the guy from Eureka. I just might have to watch that one.

  2. I think it's great that this series is coming to television! And it does sound like a series that would work very well on the small screen. Thanks, Mason, for sharing the good news.

  3. The Halmark channel has some good movies. This one sounds like it will be good. And so nice the Jewel is going to sing for it. I haven't heard from her in a while.

  4. Bravo & Best Wishes to Kate Carlisle!!! I love the Hallmark Channel and the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel. I watch them all the time, and I can repeat quite a bit of the dialogue when I am rewatching the movies and programs! I think it's fantastic for both the authors and the readers that books are made into films.


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