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A New Mystery Coming from Great American Family & Candace Cameron Bure

The Christian actress calls it "exciting" to get back to the genre that she starred in for years.

Aaron Ashmore and Candace Cameron Bure appear in a scene from "The Ainsley McGregor Mysteries: A Case for the Winemaker."
Aaron Ashmore and Candace Cameron Bure appear in a scene from "The Ainsley McGregor Mysteries: A Case for the Winemaker." Image: Great American Media.

After making 18 television movies as amateur sleuth Aurora Teagarden, Candace Cameron Bure clearly knows the ins-and-outs of the cozy mystery genre. Forced to ditch the character when she left the Hallmark family of networks back in 2022, she will now star as another hobbyist investigator on Great American Family.


Candace Cameron Bure and Great American Media CEO Bill Abbott appear a the premiere of her 2023 movie, "My Christmas Hero."
Candace Cameron Bure and Great American Media CEO Bill Abbott appear a the premiere of her 2023 movie, "My Christmas Hero." Image: Candace Cameron Bure/from Instagram.

Founded by former Hallmark boss and committed Christian Bill Abbott, the channel was the fastest growing on cable TV for 12 consecutive months last year and yesterday announced it will soon launch "many mystery franchises," with Bure's The Ainsley McGregor Mysteries: A Case for the Winemaker serving as the inaugural production. The movie is based on a book by the same name from bestselling author Candace Havens and it co-stars Canadian actor Aaron Ashmore.


Bure, someone who regularly uses her celebrity status to publicly share her faith, will play the eponymous lead character, a former Chicago criminologist now back in her Texas hometown, running a market for local artists. When a murder occurs at an area winery and her best friend is implicated in the crime, Ainsely McGregor takes up the baton to help solve the case, much to the consternation of the sheriff, who happens to be her brother as well.


A 47-year-old wife and mother of three - also Great American Family's Chief Content Officer and an executive producer of this production - Bure says in a press release that she hopes "audiences fall in love" with the whodunnit, adding that "the family dynamics and developing relationships alone should keep you coming back for more!" And there will be more, because this is meant to become one of those aforementioned franchises, which she is clearly pleased about.

"There’s nothing more exciting for me than being back in the cozy mystery genre.  Mysteries are so fun to watch and to try to solve.  I hope our faithful fans and audiences fall in love with the townspeople of Sweet River, Texas and Ainsley McGregor’s keen eye for solving mysteries."

No air date has yet been announced for The Ainsley McGregor Mysteries: A Case for the Winemaker, but Christian Film Blog will update you once that information is released. In the meantime, check out the trailer below for Unsung Hero, a feature film Bure stars in that is coming to the silver screen on April 26th.



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