‘The Picture Perfect Mystery’ is a series of television films broadcast on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. This mystery-thriller series follows a photographer and a young detective entangled in murder investigations. The series so far counts three installments, all directed by Ron Oliver and featuring real-life couple Alexa and Carlos PenaVega in the lead roles of Allie Adams and Detective Sam Acosta. Due to the popularity of the movies, we decided to bring you a comprehensive viewing order.
Editor’s Note: This watch order was updated in October 2023 and presents the most up-to-date state of the franchise.
All ‘Picture Perfect Mysteries’ in release date order
All movies in the franchise were released in a span of one year, which is nothing strange when it comes to made-for-television movies, the latest installment in the series so far is ‘Exist, Stage Death’ released in 2020. Here’s a complete release date order:
- ‘Picture Perfect Mysteries: Newlywed and Dead‘ (2019)
- ‘Picture Perfect Mysteries: Dead Over Diamonds‘ (2020)
- ‘Picture Perfect Mysteries: Exit, Stage Death‘ (2020)
Are all ‘Picture Perfect Mysteries’ connected? What’s the best way to watch them?
All ‘Picture Perfect Mysteries’ are connected as they form a series of television movies with recurring characters and an overarching storyline. The films revolve around photographer Allie Adams and detective Sam Acosta as they become entangled in various murder investigations. The best way to watch the movies in the series is in release date order.
‘Picture Perfect Mysteries’ in chronological order
The chronology of ‘Picture Perfect Mysteries’ is quite simple, and each subsequent installment continues where the previous one left off.
1. ‘Picture Perfect Mysteries: Newlywed and Dead‘ (2019)
Professional photographer Allie Adams becomes entangled in a murder mystery when wealthy groom Kevin Davis is shot during his wedding dance. Allie’s brother Greg, Jenna’s ex-boyfriend and coincidentally the number one suspect, is arrested by Detective Sam, a new arrival to Willow Haven. Despite initial dismissals, Allie discovers a clue in her wedding photographs—depicting a heated argument between Kevin and his father—leading to a conflict with Detective Sam, who adamantly rejects the possibility of additional suspects.
2. ‘Picture Perfect Mysteries: Dead Over Diamonds‘ (2020)
Allie Adams becomes embroiled in a new mystery surrounding the theft of a valuable necklace during an art collection exhibit. The crime occurs during a blackout at the gallery, coinciding with the heart attack of a VIP guest, Mr. White. As Allie and Detective Sam investigate, they discover erased security footage and delve into a complex web of motives involving guests with access to the stolen necklace. The trail leads to a family feud, a fake heart attack, and a meticulous plan orchestrated by James Horizon to steal and sell the necklace for insurance money.
3. ‘Picture Perfect Mysteries: Exit, Stage Death‘ (2020)
Photographer Allie Adams discovers the strangled body of the leading actress, Cassandra, backstage on the opening night of a play directed by celebrated author Neil Khan. Detective Sam Acosta invites Allie to assist in the case, leading them to question the cast and crew members.
As the investigation progresses, Allie becomes a target when she gets too close to the truth. Strong suspicions arise around understudy Laura, who desires the leading role, but the true culprit is revealed to be Sarah, driven by jealousy over rumors of an affair between her husband Neil and Cassandra. Allie and Sam work together to apprehend the culprits and bring them to justice.
Where to watch the above-mentioned movies?
All movies in the series can be streamed on Hallmark Movies Now, which makes sense considering that all are Hallmark movies in the first place.
Will there be more ‘Picture Perfect Mysteries’?
After the release of ‘Exit, Stage Death’ a new installment in the series doesn’t seem likely. The franchise ended with three installment and a new movie will be shot only if there is some kind of special interest for it, in any case, we’re going to update this if any new info comes around.
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