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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

Constance Bailey

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


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

Deadly Tango was filmed in Malta, Mediterranean Sea island

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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. The investigation expands beyond dancing skills.

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