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Mystery writer finds herself investigating murders that occur around her.

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Murder, She Wrote: Deadpan  Rewatch   Season 4, Episode 21

When one of Jessica's former students brings a play based on her novel to Broadway, she finds herself in the middle of a war between two rival critics. Bullets fly and someone dies. Many have the motive, but who had the means?
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 18, 2015 at 8:02 PM - 0 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Showdown in Saskatchewan  Rewatch   Season 4, Episode 20

Jessica is in Saskatchewan at an annual rodeo to talk with her niece, Jill Morton (Kristy McNichol), who has run off and left school for a cowboy, Marty Reed (Patrick Houser). JB is never one to judge another's life-choices, but does get interested in the goings-on of folks in and around the rodeo when a fire in a trailer kills one person, yet a second survives.
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 15, 2015 at 10:28 AM - 2 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Just Another Fish Story  Rewatch   Season 4, Episode 19

Jessica is back in New York, and Grady has great news! He's getting ma..ma..married! His fiancée, Donna, is also an accountant and one of her clients is a new, popular "retro-chic" country kitchen. Unfortunately, when there's a murder at the restaurant, Grady and Donna can't make it to see her parents, as she needs to sort the books and see what kind of shady dealings were going on. JB helps mend their relationship and solves the crime, per usual. Featuring Sonny Bono as Valentino Reggioce! Norman Fell (Stanley Roper) as Lt. Ralph Rupp!
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 12, 2015 at 8:10 PM - 0 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Benedict Arnold Slipped Here  Rewatch   Season 4, Episode 18

When a run-down home in Cabot Cove is rumored to have a direct connection to Benedict Arnold and a hidden treasure, all sorts of interesting characters come together. But when one of them ends up dead, it's up to Jessica to sort out matters, and possibly uncover the true history of the old house. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 8, 2015 at 9:28 AM - 2 comments

Murder, She Wrote: A Very Good Year for Murder  Rewatch   Season 4, Episode 17

Jessica is visiting the Gambini family at their winery to celebrate Salvatore Gambini's 75th birthday, but while there, she comes face to face with the Cellar of Death and Dangerous Falls. Does someone have it out for Salvatore's grandsons? Perhaps Paul the star footballer, or Tony the gambler? Or is it Salvatore himself they're after? Or is it just a case of a neglected staircase finally getting the attention it deserves?
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 4, 2015 at 7:54 PM - 2 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Murder Through the Looking Glass  Rewatch   Season 4, Episode 16

As Murder She Blogged notes, "This wasn’t the Alice in Wonderland Murder, She Wrote episode I thought it was going to be, so adjust your expectations accordingly." Start with a final confession, passed to Jessica by a dying man who thought she was a priest, about killing a man, Carl Cosgrove of Farmington. Then mix things up with a Mrs. Cosgrove in Farmington, who says her husband is still very much alive, and a mysterious priest who shows up at the oddest of times, including in JB's own hotel suite, drinking a beer.
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 26, 2015 at 6:24 PM - 3 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Mourning Among the Wisterias  Rewatch   Season 4, Episode 15

"If they want happy endings, let 'em go to the movies. It's art, Jessica. It has to end badly." And so we are introduced to Eugene McClenden (Barry Nelson), the moribund, morose Southern playwright and his family and friends, who all have a personal interest in his success (and fortune). Eugene, working on a new play, is resigned to the fact he won't live long, and makes a bold (if business-minded) proposal to Jess. But despite his short life expectancy, Eugene is the one who everyone sees with a gun, standing over dead body in the middle of the night.
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 20, 2015 at 6:24 AM - 1 comment

Murder, She Wrote: Curse of the Daanav  Rewatch   Season 4, Episode 14

Jessica convinces Seth to visit his estranged brother, Richard, who recently married Alice Davies. When Richard is found murdered, it's up to Jessica to sort the family drama (including Richard's two adult children from a prior marriage) from the stories around the apparently cursed ruby from India, while dealing with Lt. Steven Ames, who is sure that JB is working for some government agency.
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 17, 2015 at 1:42 PM - 3 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Harbinger of Death  Rewatch   Season 4, Episode 13

Jessica visits her niece Carrie and husband Leonard Palmer (Dean Jones) for their anniversary celebration, only to find Carrie isn't in town and Leonard is distracted by his hunt for the a possible comet that should return any day now. Leonard is also distracted by his school's courting of defense contracts, which brings us to the body of a government man, found dead in the house of Leonard's boss, Russell Armstrong (Jeffrey Tambor), where the evidence points a bit too convincingly to Leonard as the killer.
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 13, 2015 at 7:09 AM - 2 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Who Threw the Barbitals in Mrs. Fletcher's Chowder?  Rewatch   Season 4, Episode 12

Let's cut the chase here: someone spiked the Genuine Cabot Cove chowder, made with love by Jessica, from her own secret recipe, and this just will not stand. Actually, someone died because a barbital overdose, so the act of spiking the chowder is generally overshadowed by the tension in the Banner/Tupper family, who are dining with Jessica. Wait, what? Amos has a family? Here's what happened .... [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 10, 2015 at 7:48 PM - 2 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Doom With a View  Rewatch   Season 4, Episode 11

Jessica is back in New York to visit Grady, but his apartment is getting fumigated. Luckily her nephew's old fraternity buddy, Garrett Harper, sets them up at the five star Montaigne Plaza. When they get there, they meet Garrett's wife, Cornelia Montaigne, the owner of the hotel, and Grady's high school crush, Sandra Clemens, who is also staying at the hotel. There's drama, and ... murder ... and Grady is in the middle of it ... again. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 6, 2015 at 8:58 AM - 3 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Indian Giver  Rewatch   Season 4, Episode 10

When a mysterious man in native attire rides his horse into Cabot Cove's Founders Day celebration and throws a spear at the mayor's podium, there's a lot of talk in the town. But when George Longbow then comes to the urgent town hall meeting and claims to own the town as the 11th direct descendant of the Algonquin chief Manitoka and heir to a historic land grant, the locals get riled and threats are made. The next day, the body of a local contractor is found with the antique Algonquin lance driven through his chest, everyone looks at George as the most likely suspect, but something doesn't sit right with Jessica Fletcher.
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 3, 2015 at 12:11 PM - 3 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Trouble in Eden  Rewatch   Season 4, Episode 9

Jessica is in New York, where she is offering her condolences to her friend Mary Rose on the sudden death of her sister Charlotte, in a little town called Eden, Oregon. Mary Rose tells Jess about an ominous, anonymous note from someone in Eden, casting doubt on the official report that her sister died of a heart attack. When Mary Rose is trying to convince Jessica that they should go to Eden together to investigate Charlotte's death, Mary Rose is run down while crossing the road. Jessica decides to step in, playing the role of Mary Rose and digging up the truth behind Charlotte's death, and Mary Rose's nearly fatal hit and run. Let's go to Eden!
posted by filthy light thief on May 30, 2015 at 5:22 PM - 3 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Steal Me a Story  Rewatch   Season 4, Episode 8

Jessica is in LA for a book tour, where a young woman named Gayle Yamada tells Jess that she has been asked to quietly adapt a JB Fletcher plot for the TV show Danger Doctor. Jessica does Gayle a solid and offers to co-write a whole new script, instead of taking legal actions. This pulls Jess into the messy world of Hollywood, again, where Danger Doctor is in danger of falling apart due to personality conflicts. And then there's the bomb that kills the aggressive TV producer, Sid Sharkey, which pulls in all the women working with the show because someone heard women's shoes retreating from Sharkey's office before the bomb went off.
posted by filthy light thief on May 30, 2015 at 5:14 PM - 2 comments

Murder, She Wrote: If It's Thursday, It Must Be Beverly  Rewatch   Season 4, Episode 7

Jessica is back in Cabot Cove, where life is going on as normal with the chatty mailman delivering letters and New Hampshire lottery tickets (Maine doesn't have as many lottery hounds, it seems, so the payouts are much lower), and Seth Hazlitt chatting about his patients with JB. Well, everything's normal until the Night Deputy, Jonathan Martin, is a widow by apparent suicide, and what was scandalous hair salon gossip becomes grounds to suspect folks as murderers. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on May 23, 2015 at 8:55 AM - 4 comments

Murder, She Wrote: It Runs in the Family  Rewatch   Season 4, Episode 6

Tonight on Murder, She Wrote, JB is nowhere to be seen (except in a cameo on a book cover)! But don't worry, Jessica's British cousin, Emma MacGill, is on the scene, as a love interest, a suspect, and a budding detective in assistance to Inspector Frost, who is looking for the truth behind some suspicious goings-on. Emma is invited to the estate of Geoffrey Constable, an old friend of hers and currently the 18th Viscount Blackraven. But Geoffrey is in bad shape, taking his last days to make amends for lost years, in ways that ruffle the feathers of his prim and proper family, who are all eying his estate, and his title. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on May 19, 2015 at 7:32 AM - 4 comments

Murder, She Wrote: The Way to Dusty Death  Rewatch   Season 4, Episode 5

Duncan Barnett, the CEO of Barnett Industries, invites the company's board of directors, including Jessica, to his suburban New York home for unclear purposes. When Duncan doesn't announce his plans to retire and name a successor, the tension at the party increases, but Duncan simply heads to bed. The next morning, his wife finds him dead, throwing the board into a tizzy and factions form, putting Jessica in the position of solving the suspicious death of Duncan, and helping to find balance for the board of the company that has a paper mill in her hometown.
posted by filthy light thief on May 16, 2015 at 7:45 AM - 3 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Old Habits Die Hard  Rewatch   Season 4, Episode 4

Jessica visits the Immaculate Heart Convent to celebrate the dedication service for the chapel's new electric organ, and to spend time with her friend the Mother Superior, Reverend Mother Claire, who was (and still is) something of a wild spirit. While JB is there, an elderly nun with a serious illness died of an overdose, apparently having committed suicide. Jessica isn't so sure, despite the police report that convinces Bishop Shea. Toss in a hob-nobbing politician who is up for re-election and his outgoing wife, the return of a troublesome former ward, a private investigator on his last big case, and a new sister and her suspicious, pushy, jilted lover, and there are more than enough possible motives for murder.
posted by filthy light thief on May 12, 2015 at 11:56 AM - 5 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Witness for the Defense  Rewatch   Season 4, Episode 3

Jessica is asked to come to Quebec to testify at the trial of a friend and fellow write, Jim Harlan, who is accused of killing his wife Patricia, and then burning their country house to cover the crime. Jim's mother, Judith, hired the best defense lawyer, "the very best man in Canada," Attorney Oliver Quayle, who tests JB's patience with his tactics and style.
posted by filthy light thief on May 9, 2015 at 7:45 AM - 4 comments

Murder, She Wrote: When Thieves Fall Out  Rewatch   Season 4, Episode 2

There's a shadow or two over Coach Kevin Cauldwell's retirement party, and it all goes back to his dream team of '66. Bill Hampton fires Dan Pulling from his job at Bill's car dealership for being drunk on the job, and then there's that mysterious ghost from 20 years ago, insinuating that Bill had something to do in the murder in Shawmut. Can Jessica sort it out before more people get hurt? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on May 5, 2015 at 7:35 AM - 3 comments

Murder, She Wrote: A Fashionable Way to Die  Rewatch   Season 4, Episode 1

Jessica jaunts to Paris at the beckon of an old friend, Eva Taylor (Barbara Rush), who is finally getting her big break as a fashion designer. When a Eva's financial backer of questionable connections is murdered and a witness pins Eva to the scene, Jessica must dig deep to find the truth.
posted by filthy light thief on May 2, 2015 at 3:12 PM - 3 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Murder, She Spoke  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 22

While Jessica is recording some of her mystery stories for the blind, the sound studio literally goes dark and the studio's new owner is killed. The blind record producer quickly arrested, with his motive tied to the fact that the producer's blindness was due to a car crash caused by the dead man, but Jessica is convinced that it's a set-up, and fights the lieutenant's misogyny, and to prove her friend's innocence. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 28, 2015 at 1:38 PM - 2 comments

Murder, She Wrote: The Days Dwindle Down  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 21

While traveling on business, Jessica is approached by a lady, Georgia Wilson, who works in the hotel restaurant, after she overhears Jessica's promoter trying to get her to capitalize on her crime solving to promote her books. Thirty years before, Georgia's husband Sam was convicted of murdering his boss. Sam served his time, but he feels he has no reason to enjoy life. Georgia would like Jessica to look into the case and find the real killer to give Sam true closure. Georgia and Sam's son, Rob, became a cop to help clear his dad's name, but when JB starts digging around, some ghosts come back from the past, and they're armed with old bullets. (This episode uses clips from the 1949 movie Strange Bargain to support the plot as flashbacks.)
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 25, 2015 at 9:47 AM - 4 comments

Murder, She Wrote: The Cemetery Vote  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 20

Jessica travels to Comstock, Idaho to mourn a good friend, Jim Stevens, who died in a suspicious in a car accident. JB comes face-to-face with the worst of local politics, when Jim's death looks like to be a murder, due to his effort to be a reform mayor. Jim's wife, Linda, will not accept that Jim was killed, but his father, Harry sees the local sheriff (and mayoral candidate), Orville Yates, as suspect #1. There's illegal gambling, corrupt police, and a town split between Yates and Jim's friend and interim mayor, David Carroll. To make things interesting, Jessica brings in the big guns and calls up the State Police, where she finds Captain Ernest Lenko to be a supporter of Jim Stevens.
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 21, 2015 at 5:18 PM - 2 comments

Murder, She Wrote: No Accounting for Murder  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 19

Jessica visits her nephew, Grady, in New York City, where he's an accountant at Paul Carlisle and Associates. It's tax season, so the office is busy, and the partners, Ralph Whitman and Paul Carlisle, are busier dodging the IRS agent who things they're up to something shady. After going out for dinner with his aunt, Grady returns to the office to keep working, where he comes across the body of Ralph, who was strangled in his seat. When the police get involved, Grady is suspect #1, with the building's ghost as suspect #2, due in part to the mysteriously disappearing items and the ominous writing on the walls. Can JB sort this all out? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 18, 2015 at 8:24 AM - 7 comments

Murder, She Wrote: No Laughing Murder  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 18

Mack Howard and Murray Gruen were a celebrated comical duo but party in anger years back. Now Murray's daughter Corrie and Mack's son Kip (a young and shaggy George Clooney) are engaged, and some family and friends, including family friend Jessica Fletcher, are meeting for an engagement dinner at Murray's run-down Hiawatha lodge. It's not long before Murray and Mack are at it again, each claiming the other stole a fortune in royalties on videos of the duo. There's back-stabbing and murder, quite literally, before any resolution can be found, thanks to JB.
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 21, 2015 at 10:47 AM - 3 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Simon Says, Color Me Dead  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 17

It's been a busy summer and Jessica gets re-acquainted with old friends, including renowned artist Simon Thane and his wife, Eleanor. Jessica has dinner with them with several other guests including his art dealer, Felix Casslaw and his lawyer George Selby and George's wife, Carol. After the group discusses the value of Simon's paintings, the Thanes announce that they will be going to Europe on a second honeymoon. When Simon is found dead the next day with a carving knife in his chest, the culprit appears to be Irene Rutledge, a single mother who worked for the Selbys. Jessica isn't so sure and sets out to find the real killer. Meanwhile, Sheriff Amos Tupper has taken Irene's son Tommy under his wing, teaching him the manly arts of weeding and football. Then there's that scruffy fellow, Cash Logan, who has been hanging around Irene and Tommy.
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 18, 2015 at 11:38 AM - 2 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Death Takes a Dive  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 16

After receiving a call from Harry McGraw asking for help, Jessica rushes to Boston, only to discovers that he wants her to put up some money to sponsor a prize fighter, Blaster Boyle, in an upcoming fight. When the promoter of Blaster's opponent is found dead and Harry is the prime suspect, Jessica has her hands full trying to prove Harry's innocence while training Blaster for his upcoming fight. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 12, 2015 at 7:52 AM - 1 comment

Murder, She Wrote: The Bottom Line is Murder  Season 3, Episode 15

Jessica visits Denver for a TV book review program at KBLR, where her friend Dr. Jayne's husband Steve Honig produces The Bottom Line, featuring the arrogant, truth-bending consumer advocate, Kenneth Chambers. Janitor Bert Tanaka finds a non-responsive Chambers in his chair one night, shot twice in the back. DPD Lieutenant Lou Flannigan, who was Chambers's unofficial police consultant, believes that Steve is the killer, after the murder weapon is found in his car. Can Jessica sort the blind ambition from the true killer instincts? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 9, 2015 at 11:43 PM - 3 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Murder in a Minor Key  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 14

In a first for Murder She Wrote, Jessica breaks the fourth wall and tells you, the viewer, about her new story, Murder in a Minor Key. As Jess tells it, "It's a neat little puzzle involving some young students at a Southern California university." The main trio are Mike Prentice a bright, budding music composer, a young law student from the Deep South, Chad Singer, and a rather quirky young lady from New York named Jenny Coopersmith. There are enough people who don't like Prof. Tyler Stoneham, but it's Mike who is the suspect in a murder case, and it's up to his friends, Chad and Jenny, to set the record straight and save Mike.
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 7, 2015 at 6:53 PM - 4 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Crossed Up  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 13

The phone wires get crossed during a storm and Jessica can't convince anyone that what she heard was real. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 3, 2015 at 1:51 PM - 4 comments

Murder, She Wrote: The Corpse Flew First Class  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 12

Jessica is jetting off to England for some research, when she literally bumps into Errol Pogson, who was with the Scotland Yard three years earlier when Jessica was doing more research. The hand of fate that pushed them back together was a paparazzi who dashed into the VIP lounge at the airport to snap candid shots of Sonny Greer, who was on her way with her bodyguard to the Royal Gala, with her Empress Catherine necklace. While in transit, the necklace is stolen, and her bodyguard dies. Can Jessica solve the case before they get to England?
posted by filthy light thief on Feb 28, 2015 at 7:28 AM - 1 comment

Murder, She Wrote: Night of the Headless Horseman  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 11

"I got a headless body and a bloody saber." "And the wrong suspect." Tonight on Murder She Wrote, Jessica travels to Wenton, Vermont due to an urgent telegram from Dorian Beecher, the new poetry teacher at the very exclusive Wenton Academy. Upon arriving, Jess learns she is to play Dorian's mother, to win the approval of the father of Dorian's new love, Sarah Dupont. Jessica finds herself involved in more than a dubious attempt to win over a skeptical father when a horseman turns up headless, and there are more than enough suspects for the murder.
posted by filthy light thief on Feb 24, 2015 at 7:23 AM - 5 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Stage Struck  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 10

Jessica returns to the little theater where she met her husband some 30 years ago. The Applewood Playhouse is hosting a revival of the play that brought Jessica and Frank together, along with Julian Lord and Maggie Tarrow, the leading man and lady of the production then and now. Except there's something wrong this time, when Maggie gets some ominous messages that she won't share with her old long-time friend, Jessica, and there's that murder on opening night.
posted by filthy light thief on Feb 21, 2015 at 7:35 AM - 2 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Obituary for a Dead Anchor  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 9

Cabot Cove Welcomes Scrutiny! The hard-hitting investigative TV program (with moments of soft, feminine "Americana"), that is. Kevin Keats, the dashing young(er) TV personality takes what was set to be a "slice of life" piece on Cabot Cove to cool down after directly accusing art collector Ronald Ross of making his money through drug trafficking with notorious Colombians. But when Kevin takes a boat out one morning, the boat explodes (literally) and so does Cabot Cove (figuratively). Can Jessica solve the murder, getting rid of the throngs of reporters and make her town a quiet little "jerkwater village where even the crickets die of boredom" once again?
posted by filthy light thief on Feb 17, 2015 at 7:29 AM - 2 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Magnum on Ice  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 8

Jessica comes to the assistance of Thomas Magnum (P.I.) when he's framed for two murders that occur during her vacation in Hawaii (second part of a two-show cross-over). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Feb 14, 2015 at 9:06 AM - 4 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Deadline for Murder  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 7

Jessica's friend Haskell Drake, a veteran reporter who suffered a heart attack, says his best medicine would be the removal of his publisher, Lamar Bennett, who has turned a good paper into a yellow rag. Jessica gets involved after Bennett dies at the first anniversary party marking the takeover of the paper, but there seems to be more than enough people with motives to kill Bennett.
posted by filthy light thief on Feb 10, 2015 at 10:22 PM - 4 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Dead Man's Gold  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 6

Jessica is reunited with an old flame, the dashing adventurer and sometimes con man David Everett. He's in Cabot Cove with four young associates and is searching the waters off the town for a British frigate that supposedly sank there circa 1777. Jessica isn't familiar with any history of a sinking in the harbor but is happy to see her old friend. He's not been entirely honest with him however and is in hock to a loan shark who has bought in to a share of the forthcoming treasure. Greed seems to run afoul with the divers, too, as one almost dies on a dive and another meets their end on dry land. Can Jessica sort out the mixed motives and find the real killer?
posted by filthy light thief on Feb 7, 2015 at 8:54 AM - 4 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Corned Beef and Carnage  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 5

Jessica is in New York to visit her niece Victoria, and her husband Howard, who used to live in San Francisco. Victoria is now an ad exec at an advertising agency run by Larry Kincaid, who is trying desperately to renew one of their major accounts with the Corned Beef Castle restaurant chain. Vicky comes back to the office one night after a verbal tiff with Larry, only to find him dead on the floor of his office. When Lt. Spoletti is sure that Vicky is the murderer, can Jessica change his mind and find the real culprit?
posted by filthy light thief on Feb 4, 2015 at 7:54 AM - 3 comments

Murder, She Wrote: One White Rose for Death  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 4

Another convoluted Michael Hagarty story (previously seen in Widow, Weep for Me), this one featuring hidden pasts and a secret society. While attending a concert in Washington, D.C., Jessica gets involved with two East German defectors and a murder, where an Embassy employee is found dead, clutching a white rose.
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 31, 2015 at 4:50 PM - 1 comment

Murder, She Wrote: Unfinished Business  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 3

Re-re-retired Lt. Barney Kale decides to use his new-found freedom as a private citizen and re-examine his last unsolved case, in which Lowel Dixon "accidentally" drowned ten years ago at Juniper Lake in the midst of a property development scandal. Cabot Cove's Dr. Seth Hazlit is pulled in the new investigation as a former investor in the development, which draws Jessica into the case. When a young man with no apparent connection to Dixon is killed in a cabin by the lake, it seems like a simple case of mistaken identities, but nothing is ever that simple when Jess is around.
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 27, 2015 at 7:23 AM - 5 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Death Stalks the Big Top: Part 2  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 2

One murder leads to another as Jessica finds herself chasing down false alibis and the employees of a rival circus. Just when she thinks she has all the funny business behind her, a stunning confession will throw everyone for a loop.
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 25, 2015 at 7:18 AM - 1 comment

Murder, She Wrote: Death Stalks the Big Top: Part 1  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 1

When Jessica's niece receives a silver Leprechaun as a wedding gift from someone who has been presumed dead for years, Jessica leaves to hunt down the clue to a missing relative. Her search leads her to a circus, where unnatural things are happening in and out of the ring. To be continued...
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 20, 2015 at 4:56 PM - 1 comment

Murder, She Wrote: If the Frame Fits  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 22

The picture's not pretty when an art thief is on the loose; an heiress Julia Granger is killed, and her husband becomes the suspect. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 17, 2015 at 1:09 PM - 2 comments

Murder, She Wrote: The Perfect Foil  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 21

Jessica travels to New Orleans, but the good times can't roll when her cousin suspected of murder.
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 14, 2015 at 11:42 AM - 5 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Menace, Anyone?  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 20

At a charity tennis tournament named in her honor, Jessica finds herself trying to solve a murder (or three). Tournament director Carol McDermott seems to face a never-ending string of problems, mostly caused by petulant tennis professionals who always seem to want more and more, culminating in an exploding car, a murder in her home, and the ghost (?!) of her sister.
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 10, 2015 at 10:28 AM - 3 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Christopher Bundy - Died on Sunday  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 19

Jessica is upset when she learns that the the publisher Christopher Bundy is new employer of her nephew, Grady Fletcher. Bundy just purchased the magazine Literary Lines, which is to run one of her stories, and transforms the magazine from classy content to 'centerfold' trash. With Grady in tow, she visits the publisher but finds little sympathy about her situation. When Bundy is soon found dead, Jessica has a murder to solve, and there is no shortage of suspects.
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 9, 2015 at 10:05 AM - 2 comments

Murder, She Wrote: If a Body Meet a Body  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 18

When Cabot Cove's widely respected financial advisor, Henry Vernon, dies suddenly, several residents of Cabot Cove note how quickly his widow Connie arranges for his funeral service and cremation. Henry's mistress disrupts the funeral service and accuses Connie of killing him. In the subsequent tussle, the coffin is knocked over and out tumbles the body of a complete stranger. When Henry's partner subsequently advises everyone - including Jessica and Sheriff Amos Tupper - that the money they've invested is missing, Jessica thinks there's something far more complex going on.
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 7, 2015 at 8:00 AM - 4 comments

Murder, She Wrote: One Good Bid Deserves a Murder  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 17

Jessica is asked by her good friend Richard Bennett to purchase diary that is to come up for sale at an auction house. At the auction itself, a large cabinet is put up for sale, but when the doors are opened Bennett's dead body falls out. Jessica finds herself among the suspect when the local policeman learns that she has Bennett's check in her possession. Luckily, she runs into her old friend, private eye Harry McGraw who helps her out - of course, he helps himself just a bit as well.
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 30, 2014 at 1:43 PM - 2 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Murder in the Electric Cathedral  Season 2, Episode 16

Jessica Fletcher is traveling through Oklahoma and stops to see her old friend, Carrie McKittrick, who is now an oil barrenness. The aging widow has drawn up a new will, leaving nothing to her son Harvey and grandson Sam and everything to a televangelist, Rev. Willie John Fargo's Electric Cathedral. Just after Jess arrives, Carrie's relatives confront her about the new will, which leads to her having a heart attack that hospitalizes her. While in the Electric Cathedral's hospital, Carrie dies, but it looks unnatural. Signs point a little too conveniently to Willie John, with additional suspicion on Sam, putting District Atty. Fred Whittaker in a tight spot between two powerful local forces. Can Jessica figure out the facts from the fakes?
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 27, 2014 at 11:06 AM - 2 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Powder Keg  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 15

Professor Ames Caulfield and Jessica Fletcher are returning from a writer's conference, when Ames' car breaks down in Roper County, a rural community with more than its share of social tension. Jessica and Ames check into a hotel, where his past and the town's present collide, and a local musician is framed for the murder of a local trouble-maker with an influential father. Toss in a college-educated black sheriff, and you have a powder keg ready to blow. Just how does Ames fit into all this, and can Jessica solve the murder in time to prevent a lynch mob from carrying out their own version of justice?
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 27, 2014 at 7:36 AM - 2 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Keep the Home Fries Burning  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 14

Jessica, Dr. Seth and Sheriff Amos try out a new tourist-oriented restaurant in Cabot Cove, but while there, a number of the guests fall ill with fast-acting botulism-like symptoms, and one woman dies. Jessica believes it might be poison, while Mrs. Margo Perry from State Health considers Jess to be nothing more than a "crisis hound," making food poisoning case with "a perfectly normal scientific solution into a Byzantine plot." Was it murder, or simply a drunk cook who didn't know what he was doing in the kitchen?
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 20, 2014 at 10:26 PM - 2 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Trial by Error  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 13

It's Twelve Angry Men, but not everyone is so angry, and there's more gender balance. Jessica is the foreperson in the case of the car crash that lead to a one-night stand and murder in self-defense. But with Jessica involved, nothing is ever cut and dry, much to the chagrin of nine other jurors.
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 16, 2014 at 9:18 AM - 2 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Murder by Appointment Only  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 12

Jessica accompanies her nephew, Grady, who is hoping to land a job with the Lila Lee cosmetics firm. Grady's in is his old friend, Todd Amberson, who is the son of one of the firm's partners, Norman Amberson, and nephew to Lila Lee Amberson, the forceful face of the company. Norman's secretary and future bride is Jessica's former English student, Elizabeth Gordon. Unfortunately, not everyone supports the planned marriage between Norman and Elizabeth. When she's murdered during what appears to be a break-in without robbery, Jessica digs in to find out the truth of the crime, and more.
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 13, 2014 at 7:19 PM - 3 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Murder Digs Deep  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 11

Jessica visits Cabot Cove's Dr. Seth Hazlitt at a New Mexico archaeological dig, with the idea of getting story ideas from the experience. The site is full of colorful characters, from the gold-digging Gideon Armstrong and his young wife, Cynthia, Southwest University professor Dr. Stan Garfield, TV celebrity Dr. Aubrey Benton, and the conflicted Raymond Two Crows, who both helps and hinders the dig. They're excavating in an Anasazi village, and perhaps Coronado's legendary city of gold. On a night after gold is found in the dig, Cynthia shoots at the "vengeful spirit" who shows up every night to drive out the grave diggers. The "spirit" falls back from the ledge, where the camp finds Raymond, dead on the ground. He wasn't shot, but it's not clear if his fall was really fatal, or if he died by other means. Jessica digs in, with the help of Dr. Seth, uncovering the truth behind the personalities, and the dig site itself.
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 9, 2014 at 7:37 AM - 2 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Sticks and Stones  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 10

Sheriff Amos Tupper has decided to retire and hands his badge over to local real estate man, Harry Pierce. Harry soon has a suspicious death on his hands, when the heir to valuable coastal land, Beverly Gareth, is found electrocuted in her bathroom. Soon after, Cabot Cover is flooded with anonymous letters, stirring up trouble between neighbors and friends, and it all comes back on Sheriff Harry's desk. Jessica and Amos check back in and lend a hand, trying to solve the murder and figure out who set Cabot Cove in such a tizzy. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 6, 2014 at 6:53 AM - 2 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Jessica Behind Bars  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 9

Jessica substitutes for a sick friend who is teaching a creative writing course at a women's prison where he new warden, Elizabeth Gates, has been trying to improve conditions but has had little success thus far. The Warden has been in a battle with the prison physician, Dr. Irene Matthews, who is threatening to reveal information that could harm the Warden's electoral ambitions. When Dr. Matthews is found dead, the evidence points to Mary Stramm, one of the inmates who showed promise in the creative writing class. The prisoners revolt, and Jessica is taken hostage. Can she solve the murder before more people die?
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 29, 2014 at 11:57 AM - 2 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Dead Heat  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 8

When a jockey falls ill at the last moment, Jessica's niece Tracey McGill gets to ride Anchors Ahoy in a featured race. Bookie Vince Shackman has already lost a bundle when a horse owned Jack Bowen won despite a less than stellar race history. Shackman warns him that if the same happens again with Anchors Away, he'll pay for the hard way. Moments after the horse wins, Bowen is found dead in the horse's stable. When Tracey is arrested for the murder, Jessica fears the police won't solve the case and takes crash courses in betting and running a stable while investigating everybody involved, including unethical betting by the track security chief...
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 25, 2014 at 1:32 PM - 3 comments

Murder, She Wrote: A Lady in the Lake  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 7

Harry Pierce convinces Jessica to stay at the inn at Cabot Cove's Stone Lake, once visited by Edgar Allan Poe. While birdwatching with Burton Hollis, she sees from the shore how millionaire Howard Crane's wife Carolyn drowns, apparently pushed out of the fishing row boat. Her theory that it was a staged fraudulent death is dismissed when Carolyn's body is found, but it was located too far out to have just floated there. Instead of sheriff Amos Tupper's 'open and shut case' she finds relevant links between several other inn guests.
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 22, 2014 at 3:57 PM - 0 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Reflections of the Mind  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 6

Everybody thinks that Francesca Lodge, one of Jessica Fletcher's old friends, is going insane after she begins having hallucinations of the ghost of her late husband Ross, but Jessica does not believe it. When Francesca is accused of murdering her second husband, Scott, Jessica has to identify the real killer. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 19, 2014 at 5:37 PM - 1 comment

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