Hallmark Mysteries

Hallmark’s new mystery series, The Dancing Detective, is all about ballroom dancing, with competitions and performances set in stunning locations and accompanied by lively music and dynamic dancing.

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The Dancing Detective

Detective Bailey
The Dancing Detective on Hallmark Mysteries with Lacey Chabert and Will Kemp
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Lacey Chabert

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Will Kemp

"You look like a Detective and you walk like a Detective, I'm guessing you'll Dance like a Detective. If you're going to pull this off, you're gonna have to let your hair down."




Malta is a small island nation with rich history, situated in the mesmerizing Mediterranean Sea. The Deadly Tango showcases the beauty of Malta in splendid old buildings, water features, and antique furniture. The dream sequence of Bailey and Sebastian dancing in water is a stunning, romantic visual treat.

Movie #1: Deadly Tango


The Dancing Detective on Hallmark Mysteries with Lacey Chabert and Will Kemp
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Detective Bailey partners with dancer Sebastian Moore to solve a CEO’s murder at a ballroom competition in Malta. 

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Bailey's Ballroom Dancing Dresses

Detective Bailey usually wears black and gray clothes, but for the Ballroom Dancing Contest, she needs to dress up to solve a murder mystery. She must wear costumes for her performances with her partner, Sebastian. Bailey feels like a bride in the dress Sebastian picked out for her.

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Sebastian, a professional dancer and performer, prioritizes his physical appearance and presumably cherishes spa days, which is in contrast with Detective Bailey who is known for being straightforward and pragmatic.


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Dancing Destinations

Do you feel the urge to jet off to Malta, just like I do, after soaking in the beautiful backdrop and setting of this movie? It’s so much fun for me to imagine a trip there and start browsing prices, checking out hotels, and planning our yearly mother-daughter adventures. Visiting Malta would be an absolute dream! 😊

The Dancing Detective on Hallmark Mysteries with Lacey Chabert and Will Kemp
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Deadly Tango was filmed in Malta, Mediterranean Sea island

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Throughout A Deadly Tango, there is a recurring gag where Sebastian pretends to be a detective. Detective Bailey amusingly teases him by referring to him with the names of various well-known TV detectives.

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