Am I the only one that has problems with the casting of Norman and Mike in these movies?? The 2 actors look so much alike to me, I have trouble following the story because I can't tell them apart. . If there is another Murder She Bakes which there probably will be , hoping it can undo some of the mess this one made. Mattison is in a dilemma. While I enjoyed the triangle with Norman, I always felt Hannah's heart was with Mike. The chemistry between Sweeney and Mathison is magical. The last Murder She Baked still had that going for it, but in this one Norman was already dating others because it appears Hannah had dumped him for Mike.
Alison Sweeney has come a long way from her younger years as the bratty teen you loved to hate, Sammy Brady, on Days; and has gotten more beautiful with age. When Hannah teared up after Mike turned her down for lunch, it broke my heart. That's her in but where's Sweeney's in? At least, that would make sense. This worked out so well and seemed like it was really part of the story line of her being injured as one of the judges in the Bake-off. She's a baker and crazy murders keep happening to people around her. Hannah investigates the incident for herself. This episode was no exception.
It turns out the coach definitely had an unsavory side to him as they investigate. I knew the movie was going to be good when it started with Hannah and Mike on a date and talking about how they each needed to take a vacation. Why does she keep encountering murders? Of course it's their detective Cameron Mattison who is officially assigned to the case, but there's no way he's going to stop Alison Sweeney from getting involved. The whole series would have made more sense still minus the engagement if it'd all been compressed into the span of maybe 1-2 months instead of what was at least 1. I read that Alison Sweeney was injured on a skiing trip just before this movie went into production, and her injury was written in so that she could be on a crutch. Norman was honestly the most interesting of the bunch in this episode, half-jokingly talking about stepping in when Mike drops the ball in having Hannah's affections.
Bakery owner Hannah Swensen Alison Sweeney is a judge for the Eden Lake Bake Off at the local high school. It just was a letdown. Previously Hannah was torn between Mike and Norman which was not only unique but also kept it light and enjoyable. Granted most of these you can determine who it is but there are some nuances throughout. This is just too unbelievable and lacking any realism. One of the other judges drop out and callous coach Leonard Bishop becomes the replacement.
There is less baking and more murder investigation as well as another crime to do with a baking contest. I like Sweeney so I gave this a try. While I loved Cameron Mathison in All My Children, his character in this series could use some improvement. You'd never know Mike and Hannah were even a couple; the entire movie was the case and the two of them not having time to get together even for a meal. At least, Angela Lansbury is a mystery writer. The murder was pretty typical, but what really makes this series is the love triangle. The coach is shown as an unpleasant bully - someone not sympathetic whatsoever which made one not care he was killed off.
Unbeknownst to her, someone caused her accident leaving her hobbling with a crutch. They are so sweet together. And then at the end they're engaged??!?!!? I've avoided it so far for obvious reasons. But like the other Hannah Swenson mysteries, his character and motive was complicated, and he wasn't all bad. He's not all that happy and gets killed in a seemingly hit-and-run accident.
I'm glad to see Hannah and Norman remained close friends, and Norman is still able to tag along and help Hannah out on some her own investigating. It seemed like they were hinting at taking a vacation together. But it's the murder of the local high school basketball coach who was one of the judges that gets law enforcement involved. Some accidents befall some of the judges of the Eden Falls bake off contest, one of whom is Alison Sweeney. Her co-star, Cameron Mathison is yummier than ever, so I was so happy to see the two of them end up together. As the investigation progresses, a few incidents occur that threaten Mike and Hannah's relationship, with Norman, who has outwardly moved on by dating other women, quietly or not so quietly waiting in the wings. Also - since I read the books, I know Hannah isn't supposed to end up with either Mike or Norman, so getting engaged to Mike at the end of this one is a great surprise.
This one was a real letdown. Now Hannah and Mike end up engaged and she will help him with all his cases. And when Mike showed up as Hannah was running late to go into the Bake-off, and told her how he felt, I almost couldn't contain my happiness. Mike, who Hannah has chosen to date exclusively over Norman, keeps Hannah in the loop as much as he can, knowing now that she is both an asset, and will investigate on her own anyway if he doesn't include her. Pleasant enough for what it is. The second however is when Mattison's break line on his vehicle is tampered with.