'Crossword Mysteries: Abracadaver': Release date, plot, cast, news, and all you need to know about the Hallmark mystery movie

'Crossword Mysteries: Abracadaver': Release date, plot, cast, news, and all you need to know about the Hallmark mystery movie

Murder, mystery, and a little mayhem, are what ‘Crossword Mysteries’ promises you. While we have seen quite a few shows and movies where civilians end up partnering with the police, this Hallmark original does have a fresh take on the convention, by roping in a newspaper editor to solve murders. After ‘A Puzzle to Die for’ and ‘Proposing Murder’, Abracadaver will be the third installment in the Crossword Mystery series.

Release Date

‘Crossword Mysteries: Abracadaver’ premieres on Hallmark, Sunday, October 20


Chabert, Elliot, and Niven, in a scene from Crossword Mysteries. (Hallmarkmoviesandmysteries)

When a crossword puzzle editor (Tess Harper) is pulled into a police investigation, she finds her life more puzzling than she ever imagined. Partnering with a tough yet charming NYPD detective Logan O’Connor, they end up on an adventure of a kind, solving one murder at a time. In the upcoming edition of the movie, Tess and Logan are faced with the uncanny death of a magician who becomes the victim of an ultimate vanishing act. As a renowned magician drops dead during his performance, crossword editor-cum-part time sleuth, Tess Harper and Det. O’Connor of NYPD must uncover the secrets behind the grizzly incident and bring the killer to justice.



Tess, Logan, and aunt Candace: The core Auteam of Crossword Mysteries. (Hallmarkmoviesandmysteries)

The team of Lacey Chabert (as Tess Harper) and Brennan Elliott (as Logan O’Connor) will be back with their partnership in ‘Abracadver’. The duo has been a part of Crossword Mysteries franchise from the first installment and it will be interesting to see their chemistry growing and changing as the plot evolves. Chabert has appeared in 17 Hallmark movies and has co-starred with Elliott in other Hallmark franchise like ‘All of My Heart’ and A Christmas Melody. ‘Abracadver’ also stars John Kapelos (The Shape of Water) and Barbara Niven (Chesapeake Shores and Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove), and Cynthia Preston of General Hospital fame.


The mystery movie series is directed by Jonathan Wright, known for his previous works like Exit Wounds (2001), 16 blocks (2006), and Awakening the Zodiac (2017). The story is written by editor/screenwriter Cecily Rhett of Bates Motel (2017) fame, and her sister Kathryn Rhett.



Daytime television favorite Cynthia Preston will be seen in an all new role, as she moves to primetime network. After her prominent appearance in General Hospital as Faith Roscoe, Cynthia will be playing Julia Marquez in the mystery movie series ‘Crossword Mysteries: Abracadever’ on Hallmark, this October.


If you have not been privy to this intriguing mystery movie yet, then sneak a peek at the preview of Crossword Mysteries and what it has in store this October!


 Where to watch

‘Crossword Mysteries: Abracadver’ will air on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries on October 20, 9 pm ET /8:00 CT


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