From Days’ bad girl Sami Brady to Hallmark’s newest puzzle solver.

Soaps.com announced earlier in March that Alison Sweeney is returning to Days as Sami Brady, who fans are speculating could return pregnant with Rafe’s baby since last time she was in Salem, she and Rafe had comfort sex, and now Sweeney has completely different news for daytime fans. The actress, known for her Hallmark movie roles and series, will be starring in a new Hallmark Movies & Mysteries series called The Chronicle Mysteries. Sweeney will play a novelist and podcaster named Roberta ‘Robbie’ McPherson, who’s researching the cold case of Gina DeSavio. Robbie loves solving puzzles and mysteries, as well as the chase, and is particularly interested in Gina’s disappearance because they grew up together as kids in a small town. Robbie is also set to inherit her uncle Miles Lawrence’s newspaper, the Harrington Chronicle. The actress will begin principal photography in the beginning of June in Vancouver BC, Canada.

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As an added bonus for Hallmark fans, they can look forward to two more movie series. Crossword Mysteries, starring Lacey Chabert and Brennan Elliott, and Picture Perfect starring husband and wife duo Alexa and Carlos PenaVega.

“As Hallmark Movies & Mysteries continues its meteoric growth in the cable landscape, we are excited to expand our slate of mystery movie franchises with three new additions to our already successful lineup,” said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming and Network Publicity, Crown Media Family Networks. “Each of our new franchises have great hooks and engaging amateur sleuths to draw in viewers who love to solve a great mystery as the story unfolds.”

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Crossword Mysteries follows a brilliant crossword puzzle editor (Chabert), whose life is turned into a mess when she’s pulled into a police investigation after various clues from her recent crossword puzzles are linked to unsolved crimes. The puzzle editor and a charming but tough detective (Elliott) team up in an unlikely partnership to crack the case before the killer murders again.

Not much has been released yet for Picture Perfect, other than Alexa will play a photographer who works with a local police detective, played by her husband Carlos PenaVega.

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Though Crossword Mysteries is set to premiere in June, stay tuned for release dates for the other two new mystery series.

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– Amy Mistretta