Murder, She Wrote (1984–)  imdb rss

Mystery writer finds herself investigating murders that occur around her.

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Murder, She Wrote: Sing a Song of Murder  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 5

When Jessica gets a call from a British solicitor telling her she has inherited her cousin Emma McGill's estate, she heads off to London. The estate in question is primarily a 50% share in the Mayhew Music Hall where Emma and her good friend Oliver Trumbull headline a old style revue that, unfortunately for them, isn't very popular any more. But soon after Jessica arrives, she learns Emma is alive and well. She has faked her death because she believes that someone has tries to kill her on several occasions. Emma has been under pressure to sell her share of the Mayhew and is certain that is behind it all. Suspicion soon falls on Trumbull but both Jessica and Trumbull's daughter Kitty feel that he is innocent. Working with Scotland Inspector Roger Crimmins, Jessica lays a trap.
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 15, 2014 at 2:35 PM - 3 comments

Murder, She Wrote: School for Scandal  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 4

Jessica is honored to have been invited to Crenshaw College to receive an honorary degree and give the commencement address. The head of the English department is her old friend Dr. Jocelyn Laird. A reception at Jocelyn's home in interrupted when her daughter Daphne Clover, the rich and successful writer of trashy romance novels, arrives unannounced with her boyfriend Nick Fulton. They are loud and rude leaving Jocelyn thoroughly embarrassed. Jocelyn is having other problems as well. She needs to appoint a new Deputy Head for the English department and must choose between Alger Kenyon and Ron Mercer, one of whom will be deeply disappointed with her choice. When Nick Fulton is found dead, Daphne is the immediate suspect, though Jocelyn eventually confesses. Jessica thinks they're both innocent and seeks out the true killer.
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 11, 2014 at 2:56 PM - 6 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Murder in the Afternoon  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 3

Jessica goes to visit her niece, Nita Cochran, an actress in a daytime soap opera. The show features the mysterious masked murderer, "The Avenger," and it turns out that a pretend victim is really dead.
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 8, 2014 at 11:36 AM - 0 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Joshua Peabody Died Here... Possibly  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 2

Plans for a new hotel in Cabot Cove are interrupted when a skeleton is discovered in a grave on the construction site. Sheriff Tupper believes that the skeleton in the grave is the remains of famous Revolutionary war-hero, Joshua Peabody. However, Dr. Hazlitt argues that Joshua Peabody is nothing but local legend. Despite her friends' bickering, Jessica decides to get to the bottom of things, but things get more complicated when a second body turns up at the construction site, and this one is much more recent.
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 4, 2014 at 9:56 AM - 0 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Widow, Weep for Me  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 1

Jessica is invited to an(other) apparent island paradise, this time with dire concerns from an old friend of hers who has been living an exciting lifestyle as a jet-setting widow. But Jessica's friend is killed, so JB arrives in disguise to figure out what was the danger behind the warnings. Was the death the result of a burglary gone wrong, or murder made to look like a robbery?
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 1, 2014 at 2:16 PM - 1 comment

Murder, She Wrote: Funeral at Fifty-Mile  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 23

Jessica Fletcher is visiting Fifty-Mile, Wyoming, for the funeral of a long-time friend, Jack Carver. Carl Mestin and his wife, Sally, roll up in their RV and rustle a lot of feathers, especially when Carl pulls out a copy of the will that no one else has seen. With that will, Carl claiming rights to Jack's ranch, pushing out Jack's daughter, Mary, and crushes Tim Carver's dream of reuniting the old Carver Ranch. There's a secret lurking, and it might be reason enough for murder.
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 28, 2014 at 7:40 AM - 0 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Murder at the Oasis  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 22

Johnny Shannon is a music producer who writes ditties for TV commercials. He lives in a palatial pad in Desert Palms, with his "good for nothing son," daughter and a butler. Jess is friends with Johnny and is quickly on the scene when his body is discovered, slumped over in his lounge, shot in the back of the head. But nobody heard a shot....
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 25, 2014 at 8:23 AM - 0 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Armed Response  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 21

Jessica is in Texas to serve in a case, defending Harold Endicott on the count of plagiarism, but as she's leaving the airport with the wheelin' and dealin' Texan lawyer, Milton Porter, Jessica's foot is injured when accidentally knocked over. Milt takes JB to a fancy hospital, where trouble is brewing, and a doctor is killed at his home. Lieutenant Ray Jenkins, new to this homicide beat, asks Jessica for help putting the pieces together.
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 21, 2014 at 7:52 AM - 0 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Murder Takes the Bus  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 20

Jessica and sheriff Amos Tupper are headed to the Maine Sheriffs' Association by bus, when they run into a serious storm could delay their arrival, if it doesn't strand them somewhere. Two passengers join along the route, first at a prison, then when a car gets stuck on the side of the road. The bus driver stops a third time, when an engine issue halts their progress, and the passengers get off the bus and into a diner. When Jessica goes back on the bus to look for a book, she finds one of the late arrivals dead in his seat, stabbed with a screw-driver from the toolbox on the bus. Who knew the man would be on the bus, and wanted him dead? Can Jess and Amos solve the case, when they're out of the sheriff's territory and their fellow travelers may not want to cooperate? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 18, 2014 at 3:15 PM - 4 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Footnote to Murder  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 19

JB is in New York, accepting an award for crime writing at the Gotham Book Awards, where she meets her friend Horace. They go to a party full of literary folks, including Hemsley Post, who is in town to host the awards and talk about his new book. Helmsley and Horace get into a scuffle, Horace gets drunk and forgets the rest of the evening, while Helmsley ends up dead, and Horace is suspect #1. Can Jessica crack the case?
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 15, 2014 at 12:01 PM - 1 comment

Murder, She Wrote: Sudden Death  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 18

After the death of her uncle, Jessica finds out she's inherited his 4% interest in a professional football team, the Leopards. She also finds herself in the middle of a boardroom fight between Phil Kreuger, who wants to move the team, and another group of investors, who want to keep the team where it is. When Kreuger is found dead in the team's training room, suspicion falls on one of the players, Zak Farrell, who has a bad shoulder injury but also a four-year no-cut contract. But Zak isn't the only one with a grudge against Kreuger, even though Zak's watch was found under Kreuger. "If [Lt. Clyde Pitts] arrested everybody who's glad Kreuger's dead, he'd have to build a bigger jail."
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 11, 2014 at 2:48 PM - 1 comment

Murder, She Wrote: Tough Guys Don't Die  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 17

Jessica hires a New York City private detective, Archie Miles, to investigate a 25 year-old murder she hopes to use as the basis of a book. But not long after having JB speaks to Miles for an update on the case, he is shot and killed in his office. Jessica is determined to find Archie's killer, as is his partner in the detective agency, Harry McGraw (Jerry Orbach). Can Jessica and Harry find Archie's killer? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 7, 2014 at 7:55 AM - 2 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Paint Me a Murder  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 16

Renowned painter Diego Santana hosts his 60th birthday on his "island paradise," but someone is tries to kill him. The island can only be accessed by boat or helicopter, so when someone tries to kill Diego, it has to be one of his close friends or family. Can Jessica Fletcher solve the murder plot and save Diego, or at least catch the culprit(s) before they flee the island?
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 4, 2014 at 2:19 PM - 1 comment

Murder, She Wrote: My Johnny Lies Over the Ocean  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 15

Jessica's niece, Pamela, is distraught over the suicide of her husband, so to cheer Pam up, Jess books a cruise for the two of them. But while on the cruise, Jessica's niece is terrorized with reminders of her dead husband.
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 30, 2014 at 6:10 AM - 7 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Murder to a Jazz Beat  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 14

Jessica is invited to New Orleans by TV station WDX, but arrives two days early by mistake, so her host Jonathan Hawley has 48 hours to show her the 'Cajun paradise' (French quarter). Jessica soon notices the jazz show circuit can be nastily competitive; then clarinetist Ben Coleman dies from an apparent heart-attack during a recording, Jess figures otherwise, but why and how exactly? NOPD Detective Lt. Simeon Kershaw gets help from Jessica investigating Ben's private, artistic and business context, even smuggling...
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 27, 2014 at 1:31 PM - 2 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Broadway Malady  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 13

Jessica is in New York for meetings with her publisher but her nephew Grady has a new job as the accountant for a new Broadway musical that will star Hollywood legend Rita Bristol and her daughter Patti. After a rehearsal Barry (Rita's son, who put the financing for the show together) and Patti Bristol are walking to the parking garage when a pistol-wielding mugger jumps out from behind a dumpster demanding money. Patti is seriously wounded but Barry, who's been mugged several times, kills the man with his own gun. It doesn't add up for Jessica however and when an attempt is made on Rita's life, Jessica sets a trap.
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 23, 2014 at 10:24 PM - 3 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Capitol Offense  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 12

When her Congressman suffers a fatal heart attack, Jessica finds herself named as a temporary replacement until the Governor of Maine makes permanent arrangements. She works with police Lt. Avery Mendelsohn when it's determined that the dead Congressman did not die where he was found and the body had been moved post-mortem. When Congressman Dan Kepper falls under suspicion, Jessica is fairly certain he's innocent. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 21, 2014 at 7:02 AM - 4 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Death Casts a Spell  Season 1, Episode 11

Jessica travels to Lake Tahoe thinking her editor has asked her to come, but it's actually a more junior editor who has a pitch a for Jess. While there, Jessica is invited along with several skeptical journalists a performance by Cagliostro, a renowned hypnotist. Jessica, running late for the performance, hears glass break inside room where she finds Calgliostro dead and the journalists in a hypnotic trance. When they emerge from their trances, no one remembers a thing.
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 16, 2014 at 2:27 PM - 3 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Death Takes a Curtain Call  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 10

Jessica is shocked when the stars of a visiting Russian ballet defect with the help of her friend and fellow Cabot Cove resident Leo Peterson. In the confusion following the performance and defection, Russian security officer Serge Berensky is stabbed to death in the defectors' dressing room. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 14, 2014 at 9:35 AM - 5 comments

Murder, She Wrote: We're Off to Kill the Wizard  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 9

When Jessica visits her Kansas relatives, her niece Carol Donovan and her husband, police detective Lieutenant Bert Donovan, she is invited by theme park magnate "Horrible" Horatio Baldwin to discuss the potential for another horror theme park, based on the works of JB Fletcher. Jess firmly turns down his project, but Horatio says he'll get her to change her mind. Shortly after, Horatio is found dead in his office, which is locked ... from the inside. Was it a suicide, or a tricky bit of misdirection? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 10, 2014 at 9:18 AM - 4 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Hit, Run and Homicide  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 8

Back home in Cabot Cove, Jessica is preparing to give a speech at the Founders Day picnic, when a man runs through the park being chased by a car - that has no driver behind the wheel. There's murder, mayhem, and technology gone awry! [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 6, 2014 at 9:42 AM - 3 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Lovers and Other Killers  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 7

Jessica flies to Seattle to be a guest lecturer in a university course, where the young, charming and self-assured David Tolliver applies (and is accepted) as her secretary for her stay. Tolliver is soon a suspect in the murder of a quite well-to-do elderly lady, and that's just the beginning of the convoluted tale of "Lovers and Other Killers." [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 2, 2014 at 7:32 AM - 8 comments

Murder, She Wrote: It's a Dog's Life  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 6

An older millionaire dies when his normally placid horse goes wild on a fox hunt, and a subsequent murder is pinned on the heir to his estate: his dog. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 30, 2014 at 4:34 PM - 4 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Hooray for Homicide  Season 1, Episode 5

Jessica travels to Hollywood when she learns that producer Jerry Lydecker is making substantial changes to the film version of her book. Jessica isn't the only one who is upset with Lydecker, the hard-nosed businessman who has a knack for alienating everyone around him. Who doesn't want that guy dead? Was there a conspiracy around the murder, or something else?
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 26, 2014 at 8:04 AM - 7 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Birds of a Feather  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 3

Pre-wedding jitters take on a new meaning for the fiance of Jessica's niece when he's accused of a cabaret owner's murder.
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 23, 2014 at 8:18 PM - 1 comment

Murder, She Wrote: Deadly Lady  Season 1, Episode 2

It was a dark and stormy night, the perfect sort of night to get swept overboard off your yacht, leaving your four daughters to split your wealth. But was it foul play? And who is this supposed hobo who happened to come by and ask Jessica for work?
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 19, 2014 at 10:38 AM - 2 comments

Murder, She Wrote: The Murder of Sherlock Holmes  Season 1, Episode 1

Jessica Fletcher is a retired schoolteacher from Cabot Cove, Maine, is a retired English teacher who wrote a detective novel on a lark. Her nephew sent the manuscript to a publisher, who liked it enough to publish it, and now J.B. Fletcher is a notable author, with a publicity tour and the lot! But when someone dressed as Sherlock Holmes is murdered at a costume party, things get really complicated. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 13, 2014 at 12:27 PM - 6 comments

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