“Murder, She Baked” is returning to Hallmark Sunday (June 19) with “A Deadly Recipe,” an adaptation of Joanne Fluke’s “Fudge Cupcake Murder,” the fifth in the Hannah Swensen series of books.

It’s Alison Sweeney’s fourth turn as Swensen, the small-town MInnesota baker who has a penchant for finding bodies and solving murders. She tells Zap2it that Hannah has come into her own as the series has gone on.

“Hannah has definitely become more self-confident in each movie and has a clearer sense of her role within her family, her community and what she’s looking for in a boyfriend,” says Sweeney. “Plus, her baking skills have become pretty incredible.”

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Sweeney is a producer on the movies, so she works closely with the writers, collaborating with them on the stories rather than reading the entire book series.

“I’ve read some [of the books] but am more keen on working with the movie writers to ensure we’re telling the best story for television viewers, which is a bit different from writing, as I’ve learned by writing my novels and executive producing these and other rom-com movies,” says Sweeney, adding that she doesn’t think she’ll be stepping behind the camera as a director any time soon.

“I’d love to direct but between being in almost every scene and being very hands on as a producer, it would be tough to do all three.”

As for “Fudge Cupcake Murder,” in addition to Hannah finding the sheriff’s body and working to clear her brother-in-law Bill’s (Toby Levins) name, the love triangle between Hannah, Norman (Gabriel Norman) and Mike (Cameron Mathison) is still in full swing. So, who does Sweeney think Hannah belongs with?

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“Over 20 years in soap operas has led me to never answer that question! They’re both awesome in their own ways for Hannah,” says Sweeney, adding that viewers will have to “tune in Sunday to find out” if Hannah finally makes her choice.

“Murder, She Baked: A Deadly Recipe” premieres Sunday, June 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

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