Ansley Gordon will headline a new cozy mystery for Great American Family. The Abby Brooks Mysteries will premiere in the same time slot as Season 10 of Hallmark Channel's When Calls the Heart. (Image: Instagram/@ansleygordon)

Great American Family will premiere a faith-based cozy mystery starring Ansley Gordon. The Abby Brooks Mysteries will debut at the same time as Season 10 of When Calls the Heart on Hallmark Channel. The film will then be available to stream the following day on Pure Flix.

In a recent interview, Gordon — who also wrote the film — said she found inspiration for the new movie in the Nancy Drew series, as well as Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building.

New mystery

In the Abby Brooks Mysteries, Gordon stars as a true-crime podcaster and former journalist reeling from the loss of her child and her recent divorce. When her free-spirited neighbor is found dead, Brooks becomes convinced foul play is involved.

She works with the local police in Prescott, Ariz., to solve the crime, using clues from Bible verses.

“I pulled inspiration from Nancy Drew and from the characters of Only Murders in the Building,” Gordon said in a statement to CBN’s Faithwire. “I knew I wanted to create an ensemble cast that felt like a family and I wanted the world to feel really inclusive, that you would want to be a part of the town of Prescott.”

Marilu Henner will reprise her role as Aida Teagarden. (Image: Hallmark Media)

Great American Media

Great American Family is one of two networks owned by Great American Media, a company founded by former Hallmark CEO Bill Abbott. In an interview with USA Today, Abbott said he hoped to challenge Hallmark Media as the leading producer of family-friendly entertainment on television.

“We believe we’ll be the leader in quality family entertainment in this space,” Abbott said. “…That’s a lofty and challenging objective. But we think we have the team in place to do it and the experience to do it.”

In May of 2023, the company announced it had merged with Pure Flix, a streaming division of Sony Pictures dedicated to family-friendly entertainment.

The cozy mystery business

Great American Family hit the ground running, producing original movies starring Trevor Donovan, Jessica Lowndes, Jesse Metcalfe, Merritt Patterson, and Daniel Lissing.

But the Abby Brooks Mysteries is the network’s first foray into the world of cozy mysteries. Hallmark Movies and Mysteries typically premieres at least one new mystery or drama every month, and even more during its Miracles of Christmas programming lineup every year.

About the cast

Ansley Gordon is well known for writing and starring in uplifting movies. She has appeared in Baked With a Kiss (2022), The Boyfriend Trap (2022), Love on the Reef (2023), and Love on Retreat (2023).

She will be joined in the Abby Brooks Mysteries by Bret Green, an Emmy Award-nominated actor, and Karen Abercrombie.

The Abby Brooks Mysteries will premiere on Great American Family on Sunday, July 30 at 9/8c.

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