21 user 2 critic

Crossword Mysteries: A Puzzle to Die For (2019)

A Puzzle to Die For (original title)
0:33 | Trailer
A crossword is found on the murdered owner of a burglarized art gallery. Tess, a Sentinel crossword editor, finds clues in crosswords. Eventually, detective Logan accepts her clues and help. Tess is also running a crossword tournament.


Don McCutcheon


Gregg Rossen (teleplay by), Brian Sawyer (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »
1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Lacey Chabert ... Tess Harper
Brennan Elliott ... Logan O'Connor
John Kapelos ... Chief O'Connor
Barbara Niven ... Aunt Candace
Victor A. Young ... Pierre
Genevieve Kang ... Josephine
Zach Smadu ... Harris
Kelly Penner ... Alexander
Anna Hardwick ... Elizabeth
Ian Matheson ... Allan Nightingale
Catherine McGregor ... Veronica
Jonathan Langdon ... Carmichael
Kathy Maloney ... Elaine
Jason Blicker ... Driver
Jewelle Blackman Jewelle Blackman ... M. Rappaport


A brilliant crossword puzzle editor (Chabert) finds her life turned upside-down when she is pulled into a police investigation after several of the clues in her recent puzzles are linked to unsolved crimes. Proving her innocence means leaving the comfort of her sheltered world and working with a tough police detective (Elliott), puzzling through clues together in order to crack the case, as the two are fish out of water in each other's worlds. Written by Hallmark

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Crime | Mystery


TV-G | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


The fifth collaboration between Lacey Chabert and Brennan Elliott after A Christmas Melody (2015) and the All of My Heart (2015) trilogy. See more »


The crossword at the beginning written in cursive is different than the one used later on. The first clue answer is bird - that agrees. However, the answers to clues 2 and 3 do not match. See more »

User Reviews

Clues in the puzzle
10 February 2020 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

With this film Hallmark launched its Crossword Mysteries series and as I write this there are three out there and three more in the works. Lacey Chabert plays the puzzle maker/editor at a New York newspaper.

Only a devoted crossword fan would pick up on the fact that someone is using submitted crossword puzzles that have clues for various art heists. Manhattan Homicide starts looking into it once Chabert spots a pattern after the owner of an art gallery surprises a thief.

As is usual in Hallmark Mysteries the clever woman sleuth intrudes in the investigation, but she knows her stuff as the detective/foil Brennan Elliott has to admit.

I'm not sure how the crossword puzzle gambit will work for a series. But there are six films already out there. This inaugural one was good viewing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 21 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.


Official Sites:

Official site





Release Date:

10 March 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Crossword Mysteries: A Puzzle to Die For See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs



See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Everything That's New on Netflix in December

No need to waste time endlessly browsing—here's the entire lineup of new movies and TV shows streaming on Netflix this month.

See the full list

Recently Viewed