Former substitute English teacher and famed mystery writer Jessica Fletcher has a gift for solving mysteries. You see, it seems murder follows her around, whether it be to the houses of her seemingly endless number of friends, nieces, and nephews or right in her hometown of Cabot Cove, Maine. Jessica is sometimes assisted by her friend Dr. Seth Hazelet or the local sheriff, Amos Tupper (later Sheriff Metsger). Sometimes, early in the series, Jessica would only narrate the episode, which would be a dramatization of one of her novels. In later seasons, Jessica moved to New York City to be closer to her publisher and also closer to crime.
1The Murder of Sherlock Holmes: Pilot
30 Sep 1984Description ▼
In this Pilot episode we are introduced to Jessica Fletcher, a recent widow, who lives in Cabot Cove, Maine. Jessica is an English teacher who becomes a mystery book author thanks to her nephew, Grady Fletcher. Grady submits his Aunts manuscript to a publishing company who loves it and publishes it immediately. It is a best-seller and Jessica goes to New York City to promote her new book. While there Jessica gets involved in a murder while at her publishers home for a costume party. When her nephew becomes a suspect of the murder, Jessica must find the real killer.
07 Oct 1984Description ▼
A certain Ralph appears at Cabot Cove penniless but insists to earn a breakfast from Jessica by odd jobs, she even throws in her late husband Frank's pipe. Cosmetics tycoon Stephen Earl is reported missing presumed death from his yacht in a storm by his four adult daughters. Jessica realized the coordinates they gave must be false, at the time in the eye of the storm; now Maggie confesses to have shot him the night before, but an old obituary photo of Stephen makes Jessica realize he's alive: it's 'Ralph'. Shortly after, his corps lies in the surf, shot twice in the chest, now Maggie recants claiming it was a set-up to unmask fortune-hunter Terry Jones, sister Nancy's earlier paid-off ex, the coroner confirms. Jessica finds more...
3Birds of a Feather
14 Oct 1984Description ▼
Jessica visits her niece Victoria ''Vicky'' Brandon in San Francisco, who tells her that her fiancé, New York would be-actor Howard Griffin, isn't working in life insurance as he pretended. The ladies go to Mr. Drake's night-club which Vicky found out he's somehow connected to, see he's performing there as drag-queen, and worse: during star Michael Dupont's act Howard runs out in panic after finding Drake's shot corps. Vicky believes in Howard's innocence unconditionally, even accepts his weird job, so Jessica is determined to help initially unappreciative SFPD Detective Lt. Floyd Novack find the real killer. The club proves a viper's nest full of motives both in showbiz, including promising performer Freddy York, who would miss out on a dream contract because held him to a lousy contract and later gets wounded in an intentional 'accident' on stage, and the Drake family's (adulterous) love life. It all hangs on the tiny details only Jessica notices and makes sense of..
4Hooray for Homicide
28 Oct 1984Description ▼
When Jessica hears on TV that director-producer Jerry Lydecker is turning the movie after her respectable mystery book The Corps Danced At Midnight into cheap slash junk with sex and gore, she flies to Hollywood to protest, but studio boss Marty Strindberg, who sends her a junior lawyer, and Lydecker have a contract clause she signed waving her rights to object. When Jessica intends to apologize to Lydecker, she finds him killed on he set, and becomes the only obvious suspect. Fortunately LAPD Detective Mack Brody, an amateur mystery writer himself, has enough faith in Jessica to encourage her snooping and believe she saw evidence which disappeared during the minute she talked to the security guard. Lydecker's ruthless behavior and romantic affair with the unexperienced female co-star provide several possible motives...
5It's a Dog's Life
04 Nov 1984Description ▼
While Jessica attends a hunting party, someone tampers in the stables with the normally quiet horse of the rich host, Denton Langley, which suddenly goes wild and causes him to have a fatal fall, yet the drug test Jessica suggests is negative. The will on videotape gives his shocked relatives and estate staff peanuts, $15,000,000 goes to Denton's pet hound Teddy, who is shortly after found drugged after biting old local Isaiah Potts. Family lawyer Marcus Boswell, who is constantly called by his broker, is challenged by the human heirs' lawyer on account of the dog's mental competence. Then Trish Langley is found killed by the security gate, the button which operates it from security guard Barnes's closed room has Teddy's paw print on it, he must have been trained to do do. Jessica works out precisely what ties in, how, and what doesn't..
6Lovers and Other Killers
18 Nov 1984Description ▼
An intruder kills rich old lady Allison Brevard while burglarizing her townhouse. When Jessica goes to a college to give a mystery writing guest lecture, she takes a secretary for the first time, not an older woman as she expected but bright, charming, extremely efficient student David Tolliver. Just when they celebrated ending the work in a restaurant, the police gets David for questioning about Allison's murder, just because he was seen meeting her and accepted gifts and dinners. Jessica grants David the benefit of the doubt and follows up on a call to meet about an alibi for David with young married Lila Schroeder Kowalski, only to see her collapse murdered. David now has an alibi and admits he saw Lila, secretly because of her hunky but violently jealous husband Jack Kowalski, who claims David wasn't the threat to his marriage. Jessica tells dean Edmund Gerard's secretary Amelia she's not interested romantically in her host, who makes a surprising confession after Jessica is attacked in college after asking flirtatious professor Prof. Todd Lowery suspicious questions during her next lecture. Now she sets a trap...
7Hit, Run and Homicide
25 Nov 1984Description ▼
Jessica isn't looking forward to tell Cabot Cove that her historical research for Founder's Day proves the captain was actually a pirate and fought on the British side, against Washington's troops. Businessman Charles Woodley lands in hospital after the surging of a car without driver which seemed to be pursuing local Ethan Cragg. Local inventor Daniel O'Brien, who devised a remote control system for cars before he was fired, denies having agreed to a meeting with his former employer Woodley, shortly after the car under remote control strikes again, killing Woodley's 50% Boston business partner, Dean Merrill. Daniel's heir, Tony Holiday, is back in town to present his bride, Leslie Andler Sheriff Amos Tupper happily 'allows' Jessica to 'observe for her next book', in fact doing the sleuthing with and without Amos, who arrests Daniel just for being most likely to have controlled the killer car....
8We're Off to Kill the Wizard
09 Dec 1984Description ▼
When Jessica visits her Kansas relatives, police detective Lieutenant Bert Donovan's family, she is invited by theme park magnate Horatio Baldwin and firmly turns down his project for another one based on horror elements from her mystery books. Shirtly after Horatio is found dead in his self-locked office, apparently suicided, but actually got a fatal blow on the head before the shot. After Erica Baldwin becomes a rich widow for the fourth time, she hires Jessica to prove it was murder so the life-insurance can be cleared. Horatio's secretary makes a false confession. Almost everybody had some reason to hate Horatio, who was quite dirty in business in various ways. Jessica soon finds out how the killer got in and out while stealing Horatio's secret files and more, while the murder makes another victim, then she sets a trap...
9Death Takes a Curtain Call
16 Dec 1984Description ▼
Invited by Leo Peterson, a former dancer who defected long ago, Jessica attends a Boston performance of the famous Soviet Russian Rostoff ballet. She guesses something is up when Leo gets a program from the bottom of the pile with a code; after the performance they are joined in his car by defecting star dancers Alexander and Natalia Masurov but hear on the radio that KGB security agent Serge Berensky has been found dagger-murdered in their dressing room, so Jessica gives them short-term sanctuary at her home while she snoops. KGB Major Anatole Karzof declares to be a fan of her books and joins her, defending he thesis the defectors did it, while FBI Agents O'Farrell and Dewey Johnson conduct the official investigation. She discovers there is more...
10Death Casts a Spell
30 Dec 1984Description ▼
English hypnotist Cagliastro is fired by casino-hotel-owner Joe Kellijian, because he does his glamorous wife Regina. Jessica saves her editor's assistant Joan Germaine's bacon covering for making a date for her with Cagliostro as inspiration for another mystery book. They overhear the master dare local press journalists Bud Michaels and rookie Andy Townsend to be hypnotized before a revealing interviewer so they won't remember a word unless he's a charlatan as they claim, Joan gets them invited too but they're late; when the door is opened after a scary bang, Cagliostro lies dead, the six journalists (Bud sent Andy in his place) are hypnotized motionless. Fortunately for the startled police detective Lt. Bergkamp, Jessica is as resourceful and inspired as ever after Dr. Yambert proves hypnosis works even on her, but nobody seems to have both motive and opportunity...
06 Jan 1985Description ▼
US Congressman Wendell Joyner gets a fatal heart-attack at 's party, arranged by Congressman Dan Keppner and dodgy lobbyist Harry Parmel, actually at a party for a potential successor, officially in his bed. The governor of Maine demands Jessica to fill in as federal legislator for a few weeks till the party can officially select a new Congressman. She keeps on Joyner's staff for her short tenure, notably helpful driver-press agent Joe Blinn and administrative assistant Diana Simms. Detective Lieutenant Avery Mendelsohn tails Jessica and explains he suspects Joyner to be murdered after finding out his corpse was moved. She decides to help him sleuthing on and around Capitol Hill, including dirty lobbying, after suspiciously well-housed nobody Martha Craig is found murdered and recovering alcoholic Keppner was drugged and robbed on the street, believing he was framed clumsily and discovering if it all ties in to a legislature vote on a cannery in Maine...
13 Jan 1985Description ▼
Grady Fletcher invites aunt Jessica to be his guest at a Broadway show he's doing the bookkeeping for and meet both his girl-friend and has-been movie star Rita Bristol, whose prima donna-attitude and drinking endanger the show that was to be her come-back and the launch of daughter Patti Bristol. They all dine with others including son Barry Bristol, director Marc Faber and banker Si Parrish, the principal investor. On the way home, Pati is shot in the spine by street mugger Manny Farkus, who gets a fatal bullet from Barry. To reluctant Barry's surprise, the show isn't canceled but LA star Lonnie Valerian takes recovering Pati's part. NYPD Detective Sergeant Moreno didn't feel like investigating further, but Jessica does dig into past and present of the Bristol family, the show people, the mugger who she recognizes as unemployed actor Morley Farmer and some New York street witnesses.
13Murder to a Jazz Beat
03 Feb 1985Description ▼
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, as she presumed actually curare-poisoning, but why and how exactly? NOPD Detective Lt. Simeon Kershaw gets help from Jessica investigating Ben's private, artistic and business context, even smuggling...
14My Johnny Lies Over the Ocean
10 Feb 1985Description ▼
After her husband Johny's suicide over financial difficulties, rich Dr. Marshall Fletcher's heiress Pamela Crane needs psychiatric help, but is allowed to make a cruise with aunt Jessica. After several indications Johny may be alive, even a fake addition of his favorite dish to the menu in his hand-writing, Jessica investigates trying to eliminate from the nearly 700 passengers and crew. Then passenger Andrea Jeffreys Reed, Johny's biological mother, is killed by a barbiturates overdose...
15Paint Me a Murder
17 Feb 1985Description ▼
Famous painter Diego Santana celebrates his sixtieth anniversary on his Mediterranean island retreat with his second wife, ex, son Miguel, daughter, protégé and a few friends. He is nearly killed by a massive flower pot thrown down by a left-handed shadow, and asks Jessica, who arrives the next morning by helicopter with gallery keeper Sir John Landry, to investigate in secret, helped by first batch guest police inspector Henry Kyle, but Diego is soon killed on a walk with his own crossbow, the weapon son Miguel excels at, who took another guest, art collector in financial trouble Willard Kaufmann, to the mainland after a heart attack. Then arson destroys Diego's latest paintings, who were tripled in value by his death...
16Tough Guys Don't Die
24 Feb 1985Description ▼
While highly respected P.I. Archie Miles, who even teaches at the police academy, is working on the old Danbury scalpel murder case, involving judge Lambert, for Jessica's research, he is shot in his office. His rather shady, clumsier partner Harry McGraw contacts Jessica as Archie was working on only two other cases, about allegedly adulterous contractor Ernie Santini and editor Priscilla Daniels of Femininity Magazine, who suddenly backs down on her political ambitions. Detective Lieutenant Starkey confides into Jessica the police wouldn't mourn Harry getting rid of Archie's killer, anyhow, she snoops herself, then teams up with Harry...
03 Mar 1985Description ▼
Jessica inherits from uncle Cyrus a holding company, the only asset being the crucial 4% in the Leopards professional American football team which two groups control at 48% each, and executive lawyer Brad Lockwood fails to make her sign proxy powers for it before she checks it out herself. She meets player Zak Farrell, his wife Kathy and adopted mute daughter Jill. Businessman Phil Kreuger is dead-eager to buy Jessica out for one share-holders group and move the franchise to a bigger city, coach Pat Patillo bids against him for the other group which wants to keep the team home. After a party with nearly everyone, Krueger is found drowned in the club's stadium, Zak arrested as he was seen storming in and out around the time of the murder, Jessica rather then police Lt. Clyde Pitts finds out -at peril- who else had motive and opportunity till she can set a trap...
18Footnote to Murder
10 Mar 1985Description ▼
Jessica meets mystery rhyme writer Horace Lynchfield in San Francisco, both came for a literary award. Published, womanizing but burned-out novelist Hemsley Post is reminded of his debt by and to his since 10 years separated wife Alexis, shakes off real veteran and would-be author Frank Lapinski by calling a security guard, boasts about the 'definitive Vietnam war novel' even his publisher never read to his former secretary Adrian Winslow who is now successful and sneers Post was only shortly Playboy correspondent, uses his fist on Horace for a mere cross word at the same award guests cocktail party also attended by publisher Tiffany Harrow and is found knocked dead the next morning, just before Jessica arrives trying to return accidentally switched umbrellas. A.D.A. Mel Comstock, who aims at the mayoral election, needs no more then Horace's admission of a blackout to arrest him. Jessica is determined to find the real killer, and soon starts noticing and checking up on oddities...
19Murder Takes the Bus
17 Mar 1985Description ▼
Jessica and sheriff Amos Tupper, who keeps worrying if they'll be back in time for a Cabot Cove lottery where he wants to win a TV set, return from a Boston convention by bus. After picking up two unknown passengers, the stormy weather and damage force the party to take an indefinite rest at a diner, where Jessica can observe everyone conversing. When she goes look for a book on the bus, Jessica finds Gilbert Stoner, one of the extra passengers and as she deduced astutely a just released ex-convict, dead in his seat, stabbed with a screw-driver from the toolbox bus driver Ben Gibbons used just before, but within everybody's reach. While everybody is stuck at least till the local police arrives, Amos -out of his jurisdiction- and in fact Jessica conduct an informal investigation. Reading Stoner's name in his papers recalls he's one of three criminals who pulled off the bloody Denvers bank robbery years ago. The obvious first suspect is the driver, whose daughter died in the heist, but Stoner was strangled to death before the stabbing which Gibbons confesses and Jessica finds other links, such as Steve Pascal whose father was an accomplice but died in the robbery. Then Carey Drayson is hit lightly with his own gun, which is stolen, while he tries to repair the radio...
31 Mar 1985Description ▼
Texan millionaire Milton Porter welcome at the airport Jessica, who will testify on behalf of his client Endicot, who is falsely accused of plagiarism, but she abhors his eagerness to (counter)sue people for a fortune. When playing children cause her to fall and strain her ankle, he drives her to a private luxury hospital where she is fitted a cask by Dr. Ellison, who is in openly nasty competition with Dr. Wes Kenyon for the succession of their chief, Dr. Samuel 'Sam' Garver. That night, Sam drowns in his own vestibule fish-pool, there are traces of forceful entry. Inexperienced city police lieutenant Ray Jenkins asks Jessica to help solve the case. Nurse Jennie Wells was seen sneaking out of hospital and near Sam's house, then the wrong gun is found in her locker...
21Murder at the Oasis
07 Apr 1985Description ▼
Jessica visits Peggy Shannon, whose ex-husband Johnny is a big star but a terrible, beastly abusive boss for their gentle son, composer Michael 'Mickey' Shannon, in his Desert Palms residence with advanced alarm system. Police Detective Sergeant Barnes has to intervene when Johnny rudely chases out of the country club professional tennis player Vic LaRosa, the current lover of daughter Terry Shannon, who is seeking revenge according to ma. Next morning, Johnny is found shot dead in the back of the head, a mob method, in his den chair by his dumb, burly bodyguard Lou Ross and comedy relief Buster Bailey; Terry gives startled Vic money to leave the country as Mickey will tell he was in the house that night, she only dated him to spite pa. After Lou tries to strangle Mickey, who he saw in the den, Terry tells Vic was sneaked in and out by her. Peggy and Terry tell that Johnny and Buster also has some relation with mobster Milo Valentine which went sour. Vic is arrested near the Mexican border and accuses Terry. Barnes conducts the investigation, Jessica solves it...
22Funeral at Fifty-Mile
21 Apr 1985Description ▼
Jessica attends the burial of Wyoming rancher Jack Carver with his family and fellow veteran friends. Family lawyer Sam Breen announces he died without finalizing his will, which would provide the sale of the ranch to his brother Tim Carver, so only daughter Mary inherits everything. Then turns up Carl Mestin, with his cheap tomcat wife Sally, waving a will making him general heir. He lies about saving Jack's life in Korea, and after a stormy night when the men went out to check the property he's found hanging in the barn, but actually was killed by a blow on the head. Gun-obsessed incompetent sheriff 'marshall' Ed Potts arrests Mary's fiancé Art Merrick without any proof, so Jessica investigates, gets Art free and digs up the past about the will, the axes several men had grinding against Carl and his killing...
1Widow, Weep for Me
29 Sep 1985Description ▼
Jessica arrives by limousine to a luxury Caribbean hotel as spoiled, jewel-covered Marguerite Canfield (really a super-rich recluse) as she was requested to help in the last letter of her unhappily divorced society friend Antoinette Farnsworth, a French wine fortune heiress who was brutally murdered in the hotel, apparently by a burglar in black who struck again meanwhile. Chief Inspector Claude Rensselaer repeats his advice to stay away, in vain. Instead 'Marguerite' hits the jet set, starting at the casino, where hotel security man Sheldon Greenberg uses a purse snatcher to verify her true identity. She investigates hotel owner Eric Brahm and his secret lover, hostess and former film actress Myrna Montclair LeRoy, former Olympic skiing champion Sven Torvald and his flirt Iowa school teacher Veronica Harrold, who didn't really win a trip for one, the mysterious Britton Michael Hagarty, another false identity, and the next murder, on old Mrs. Alva Crane...
2Joshua Peabody Died Here... Possibly
06 Oct 1985Description ▼
Developer Harry Pierce was managing to continue his Cabot Cove tourist project against the environmentalist defense of the bird sanctuary, but then an old skeleton is found with a skull wound, according to Amos the body of Joshua Peabody (18th century). The investors are furious, but the judge grants an injunction to interrupt construction. Then on the skeleton's spot the body is found of investor Henderson Wheatley, shot and moved thereto. FBI Agent Fred Keller arrests the environmentalist leader for having assumed a false identity after Vietnam. Jessica sleuths on all cases...
3Murder in the Afternoon
13 Oct 1985Description ▼
Joyce Holleran, the new producer and head writer of a New York soap, makes enemies by having many recurrent characters written out, belittling her husband Larry and refusing to let Todd Worthy go who got a far better Hollywood series offer. Jessica visits her niece Nita Cochran, one of the actresses fearing the ax. The Joyce is shot, believing by Nita as the killer wears her masking Avenger costume. NYPD Lieutenant Antonelli thinks it's a shut case and arrests her by following Jessica, who is determined to prove her niece's innocence. When Joyce's successor as director, Gordon LaMonica, who has network instructions to continue the cast pruning, is shot in the arm by someone in Avenger costume but with a non-matching police gun, proven to be the murder weapon, Jessica starts untangling a web of false appearances...
4School for Scandal
25 Oct 1985Description ▼
Jessica arrives at Grenshaw to hold the commencement speech and receive an honorary degree at the local college. The preceding faculty party is animated by host Dr. Jocelyn Laird's daughter Daphne Clover, who jumps into the pool naked and her beefy, drunk New York lover Nick Fulton who knocks down Professor Ron Mercer and a vase with one punch, still shirtless. Next morning Jessica finds Nick's corps under a construction site as if he fell to his death, but that must be staged as he has no dust on his shoes. Local Police Chief E. Griffin, who knows Jessica from criminology studies, arrests Daphne after an anonymous phone call leads to finding a typed blackmail note from Nick and a bloody candle stick in her room, but Jessica convinces him it may well be all planted. She checks on other party-goers' links with Nick and each-other, leading to two contradictory confessions, neither of which she believes...
5Sing a Song of Murder
27 Oct 1985Description ▼
Jessica's red-hair British niece Emma McGill has her fly over to London to attend her 'funeral' as requested by last will, but actually it's a staged car accident so they can sleuth who is behind three incidents Emma considers but can't prove to be murder attempts, in her view for ownership of her old-fashioned Mayhew music hall, which is in financial trouble but valuable if sold -would be-buyers even awaited Jessica at the airport-, half of the profits would go to her late co-founder's wimpy son Archie Weems and his greedy spouse Violet. Jessica turns to a Scotland Yard friend but as he is on holiday confides in his colleague Inspector Roger Crimmins, who plays along so the suspects can be examined. While they approach Emma's London apartment, Mayhem dresser Bridget O'Hara leaves it and is fatally struck by a fast car, possibly because she was dressed like Emma in a coat promised to her; Emma admits she left a reassuring message to her old friend, has-been Shakespearian actor Oliver Trumbull, father of Mayhew actress Kitty, who is arrested for lying about hearing the answering machine message, but...
6Reflections of the Mind
03 Nov 1985
7A Lady in the Lake
10 Nov 1985Description ▼
Jessica's fellow guests at a remote inn include an obsessive birdwatcher, an enthusiastic nature lover who likes to streak through the woods, a rich jerk and his shy wife, and a devoted fisherman whose wife doesn't sit home waiting for him. When Jessica sees one guest push another into the lake, she's determined to understand what happened and why.
24 Nov 1985Description ▼
Under instructions from big boss Tony, local mobster boss Vince Shackman leans heavily on race horse trainer Mike Gann to settle his gambling debts by fixing a race, which takes quite a lot, including making a Panamese unlawful jockey be replaced 'sick' by greenhorn Tracy Macgill, a niece of Jessica, who made a stop-over on the way to San Francisco to see her debut. When Tracey is arrested for the tranquilizer gun murder of Jack Bowen, 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...
9Jessica Behind Bars
01 Dec 1985Description ▼
During Jessica's lecture in a woman's prison with an all-female staff, the doctor is found, killed by a morphine injection, with convict Mary's fingerprints on, but this is proven not to be the murder weapon. Next there is a revolt, which takes Jessica hostage but is ill-prepared: even the demands are a matter for debate. Jessica is now asked to investigate, and while she digs into malpractices apparently involving warden Gates, who has political ambition, and conflicts involving staff as well as prisoners, another staff member is killed. Jessica discovers things are not as they appear.
10Sticks and Stones
15 Dec 1985Description ▼
Amos eagerly retires, handing over his sheriff's star to real estate agent Harry Pierce, but then Beverly Gareth is found electrocuted in her bath. She was the heir to land of vital importance to Friedrich Hoffman's environmentally horrible 400 condos Cabot Cove coast development project. The town is flooded by gossip letters badmouthing -at least part are lies- Beverly, only one of which was sent by Elvira Tree, who is next found hung. Jessica, her guest New York travel reporter Michael Digby and Amos discover both women were murdered, how, by whom and why; meanwhile the new sheriff Pierce arrests repairman Larry Burns, who allegedly didn't fix Beverly's fatally ragged electric cord after an accusation from Adam Frobisher, then him and Hoffman, but Jessica does her own sleuthing...
11Murder Digs Deep
29 Dec 1985Description ▼
Jessica visits Dr. Seth Hazlitt at the New Mexico archaeological dig paid by Gideon Armstrong, led by Southwest University professor Dr. Stan Garfield, on the site of an Anasazi village, and perhaps Coronado's legendary city of gold, to which story TV celebrity Dr. Aubrey Benton holds the rights. Every evening an Indian ghost costume wearer sings on a cliff, till Armstrong's guards climb up scare him off, but on Jessica's second night Gideon's young wife Cynthia shoots at him and local Navajo Indian guide Raymond Two Crows -already found suspiciously uninformed about Pre-Columbian civilizations- falls to his death, although not hit by her bullet. After Jessica digs up a golden prayer stick, Seth finds Raymond actually died earlier of drowning. More gold is found, Gideon is determined to keep the news from spreading, according to his wife so he can buy the land first. Raymond's belongings inspire Jessica to unmasks several scammers.
12Murder by Appointment Only
05 Jan 1986Description ▼
Jessica's nephew Grady is applying for a job with the Lila Lee Cosmetics empire. Lila's brother and partner Norman tries to soothe wounded feelings as Lila Lee tyrannizes their employees. Jessica is delighted to see former student Elizabeth Gordon, Norman's intended fiancée. When she's murdered, Jessica finds the killer.
13Trial by Error
12 Jan 1986Description ▼
After Mark Lee Reynolds's wife Stephanie has a car accident which at best leaves her cripple for life while he is wounded at the left shoulder, criminal John Detweiler who sees him picking up a woman in a bar where he tries to drink some courage calls her jealous husband, goon Cliff Anderson, who knows his Becky is serially unfaithful. Jessica is foreperson of the jury which must decide if Mark committed murder or only killed in self-defense. She makes everyone go over the crucial witness and expert testimonies during the trial and slowly makes them shift focus from prejudices to evidence and logical deduction concerning premeditation, motive and material facts, pondering both theories, till she comes up with a crucial twist.
14Keep the Home Fries Burning
19 Jan 1986Description ▼
Bo Dixon is getting desperate as all his diner customers, even sheriff Tupper and his former waitress Cornelia, desert to the Joshua Peabody Inn on the Interstate. When he checks out the competition during breakfast and sees the owner Floyd Nelson row with the pseudo-French chef Alan Dupree, who wanted out of his three year contract by getting fired, there is a mild case of food poisoning and a fatal one: businessman Harrison Fraser III's wife Wilhelmina's best friend Betty Fiddler. While Dr. Seth Hazlitt calls in haughty health inspector Margo Perry and concludes on atropine, Jessica looks into the possibility of murder. The only missing item is a jar of old Mrs. Margo Perry's strawberry preserves, which Amos is allergic to. Jessica unmasks Dupree as a fake cordon bleu and Harrison as Betty Fiddler's adulterous lover, but also doubts the intended victim and ties up more minute observations...
09 Feb 1986Description ▼
When her friend Professor Ames Caulfield takes Jessica along to recover in the country after a literary conference, his car breaks down in southern Roper County, they'll have to stay a few days in the inn of Cassie Latham Burns, to his amazement a former student of his, whose charming adolescent son Matthew performs Country in Frank Kelso's saloon. Ames witnesses how the kid is publicly humiliated by slutty waitress Linda Bonner's brother Ed and his goons, including service station employees Andy Crane and Billy Willetts, all storm out furious and shouting threats. After Ed is found dead with stab wounds behind the rectory, his dad farmer Bonner uses his considerable clout to weigh on Sheriff Claudell Cox, who assures Jessica Matt is safest in jail, while after pulling a knife on Kelso the lynching-minded rabble assembles outside till Bonner breaks them up; the sheriff admits taking the bloody knife all the way to his home across town where it was found without dumping it in the river makes no sense. Jessica also guesses Cassie's and another secret.
16Murder in the Electric Cathedral
16 Feb 1986Description ▼
In Oklahoma, Electrical Cathedral TV preacher Willie John Fargo gets Jessica's philanthropist friend Carrie McKittrick to leave his church most of her family's oil fortune by last will. After a heart-attack provoked by her stepson Harvey McKittrick and his son Sam McKittrick's opposition to the will, Carrie dies in the Cathedral's hospital, from cyanide poisoning. Now the heirs produce a deathbed will leaving everything to the family again, which Jessica proves to be posthumously 'signed' by Sam holding her hand. Examining the trails of the fatal syringe in the hospital and the money in the virtual church, Jessica finds Fargo is a diabetic refusing to disclose his alibi; his prints are on the syringe, but...
17One Good Bid Deserves a Murder
23 Feb 1986Description ▼
Celebrity Richard Bennett gets Jessica to bid for him in San Francisco on suicided fellow star friend Evangeline's diary to destroy it. Before the auction she witnesses security guard Albert Cromwell reporting to auctioneer William Readford a failed offer of $5,000 to steal it for Evangeline's therapist Dr. Sylvia Dunn. At the auction, Richard's corpse is found in an armoire. SFPD Lt. Casey nearly arrests Jessica, speculating his check was made out in her name, but still doesn't do after Readford is found murdered too just when Jessica comes return to him the diary she found in the secret compartment of a chess set she privately bought from him. Dodgy P.I. Harland 'Harry' McGraw takes it on himself to 'offer for sale' a photocopy of the diary. Meanwhile Jessica follows up on people mentioned in the diary, finds out who had it auctioned and...
18If a Body Meet a Body
09 Mar 1986Description ▼
Cabot Cove financial adviser Henry Burning is scheduled to be cremated suspiciously quickly after dying on vacation in Fransdale with his wife and sole beneficiary Connie Vernon, who claims it was a heart-attack but is accused during the church service of killing him by his mistress Phyllis Walters; when the closed casket gets knocked over, it contains another man's corpse. Amos wants to solve this case himself, while Jessica has a manuscript deadline, and gets on great with the widow. Phyllis implores Jessica to find her lover's killer, claiming Henry was ready to leave Connie for her, and tells undertaker Silas Pike she's not romantically interested in him. Clients start asking their investment back from Henry's partner Ned Olson, who fails to find new takers and disapproves of his daughter Christy's relationship with idealist student Stew Bennett. Then Phyllis finds Henry's corpse in her place, but he dies two days after his 'funeral', Connie claims John Doe is a hitchhiker who happened to die from a heart-attack so they staged Henry's death to collect his life insurance. Olson announces the Pheasant Ridge investment fund's $1,000,000 capital was entirely withdrawn by Henry and is missing. Jessica looks very inspired when Stew reports his van stolen, things speed up and she sets a trap...
19Christopher Bundy - Died on Sunday
30 Mar 1986Description ▼
Jessica is unhappy her nephew accountant Grady Fletcher's new employer is the publisher Christopher Bundy, who just purchased the magazine Literary Lines which is to run one of her stories and transformed it from classy content to 'centerfold' thrash. When they visit him in the villa where he lives with his sister Rachel and her son Tony and daughter Vanessa from different marriages, Bundy convinces her to stay the night and meet with his lawyers and assures her the security cameras record only images, no sound, and not in bedrooms. Jessica convinces the magazine's broke original publisher Chester Harrison, kept on as figurehead, to put on a fight for its respectability. Then Bundy is shot dead inside, in a camera-dead angle. Detective Lt. Greco just suspects Chester, Jessica and Grady at first the butler but he's really undercover after Bundy's criminal family, then dig deeper. The sister inherits the empire and proves a shark herself, with Vanessa as right-hand. Then Jessica sees trough the killer's alibi.
06 Apr 1986Description ▼
Jessica is the guest of honor opening the children's fund benefit exhibition tournament in Elliot Robinson's Green River Rocquet tennis club, where her young friend Carol McDermott has a managing position. Brian East, Carol's charming fiancé who dumped haughty fellow tennis player Cissy Barnes for her, is killed by a dynamite explosion in the car he borrowed from Carol. Investigating detective lieutenant Tad Travis is a fan of Jessica, but is killed by knife when he visits Carol at home; she claims the killer is her beloved sister Barbara, an alcoholic who was buried three years ago after a plane-crash, however her grave is untended and Carol was in a psychiatric institution at the time, which Travis had already discovered. Then Barbara turns up alive, admitting she switched identity with a dead passenger. Jesscii snoops on among the tennis people...
21The Perfect Foil
13 Apr 1986Description ▼
Jessica goes to New Orleans during the Mardi Gras festival to check on cousin-in-law Calhoun 'Cal' Fletcher as promised to old aunt Mildred. As her hotel was only booked from the next night, she goes straight to Cal's place, but the only man in the Cyrano de Bergerac costume she was told he wears ignores her and storms with drawn sword into a room besides the party hall from where a fight is heard, which leaves a real corpse, Johnny Blaze, with Cal written in blood besides him. NOPD Lt. Edmund Cavette concludes from her eye for murder scene details who Jessica is and explains the Lafitte mansion which Cal inherited is no home but a gambling place. Cavette arrests at his humbler home Cal, who claims he didn't even know what happened there, Cavette knows he was indebted to Blaze, now Cal admits he recently accused Blaze of cheating. Fellow gambler attorney Mitch Payne promises bail tomorrow and considers pleading self-defense; he got Blaze off a murder over cards he probably committed- on Cavette's own son Eric. Jessica untangles more sordid intrigues concerning such matters as Congressman Brad Gardner's IOU's which his rich wife Rosaline tried to buy back, Cal's fiancée Kitty Manette's infidelity, before trapping the killer at a reconstruction...
22If the Frame Fits
18 May 1986Description ▼
Just when Jessica visits her Cedar Heighs senior friend Lloyd Marcus, who insists to show her a manuscript 'from a friend' to read and comment on, the mysterious local art thief strikes again, right there on houseman Forbes's day off, as he does every few months without any witnesses. Next day they find his daughter Julia is robbed in her home, but also killed. Jessica, rather then police chief Cooper, who retired from the NYPD, investigates, examining the crime scenes, neighbors, friends, other art owners...
1Death Stalks the Big Top: Part 1
28 Sep 1986Description ▼
Favorite aunt Jessica arrives three days before the society wedding of Constance Fletcher, who is convinced the silver leprechaun she receives among the wedding gifts is from her grandfather, Jessica's late husband Frank's brother Neil Fletcher, who is presumed dead. When the antiques salesman sort of recognizes his picture as the out of town buyer, Jessica guesses right he may be among Edgar Carmody's family circus which was in town then, and goes snooping there. She in on Neil's rail, as he works there as roustabout under the name Carl Schulman, as Edgar knows. Carl ran but is arrested after unpopular Hank Sutter, who harassed fellow artist Katie McCallum and bullied her teenage son Charlie, is found dead near, however not trampled by elephants, as none has a blood-stained foot, but beaten to death, like with Charlie's beloved baseball bat which Hank took from the boy. Carl explains why he staged his own death to escape his loveless marriage. Jessica is determined to prove her in-law's innocence, investigating the other circus people, despite the almighty mayor Powers, who overrules the cripple, weak sheriff Lynn Childs, but then Hank confesses and indicates where the murder weapon is...
2Death Stalks the Big Top: Part 2
05 Oct 1986Description ▼
Only when Jessica tells Neil, who is cancer-terminal and inflicted himself a nasty wound, that Charlie's bat was taken away by bully Hank before his murder, he admits he only took the blame to protect the kid before running after finding the bloody bat behind the corpse. Roustabout Brad Kaneally swears his hands are always roughed up, from work. Then there is another staged near-accident and Harry Kingman is found strangled in an inn while Neil is still in jail on the mayor's orders, sheriff Lynn Childs decides to brave him and help Jessica, who makes circus owner Edgar Carmody tell her and his son Raymond is a former boxer and alcoholic on the run after a fatal fist fight in a bar and protected the McCallums against Hank, leaving him unconscious on the murder night, only the killer hit below the neck. Next Jessica finds Maylene Sutter knocked down and is drugged while her cart is torched where Jessica was lured by a note, but they are found in time. She now accuses and enforces a confession from...
12 Oct 1986Description ▼
When lieutenant detective Barney Kale is offered a trip around the world at his third and final retirement, he announces to delay it till Spring to finish full-time what he considers his only unsolved murder case, his friend Lowel Dixon's drowning ten years ago at Juniper Lake in the midst of a property development scandal. Local motel proprietor Jake Sanford informs everyone who was into it, including Seth Hazlit. Worying doc may get in trouble, Jessica and Amos go looking, and find ex-con Gary Roberts shot in Kale's cabin, the cop claims his accident at the lake dock was doctored. They stay to help sheriff McCoy and Kale investigate the new and old murders, if linked to each-other -which she proves unlikely- and of course the other guests, including Gary's young widow Maggie Roberts whom he promised a fortune after this trip, Seth's period friend Cynthia Tate and her present friend Dr. Terence Mayhew. Finding Gary's killed cell-mate's phone-number makes Jessica wonder...
4One White Rose for Death
19 Oct 1986Description ▼
Jessica is invited to dine with East German concert violinist Greta Mueller, her overprotective brother Franz and security chief Colonel Gerhardt Brunner, and next is joined during the concert by British secret agent Michael Hagarty, working as Dennis McKelvy, who has blood on his hand when he abducts her and the Mueller's limousine to the South African embassy at gun point, asking for sanctuary, in fact Paul's staged defection, again a cover for his work as SAS agent, which was rightly expected to be discovered. Then fellow spy Jack Kendall is found stabbed dead in the embassy garden, holding a white rose, the code name of an operation Jessica earlier overheard him mention over the telephone, an Apartheid opponent Benjamin Kumbasa's stabbing. First Secretary Henry Claymore agrees in the ambassador's absence to 'Dennis' and Jessica investigating freely, presuming a connection between both murders, but... Meanwhile Greta refuses to join Franz's defection even before their family in the GDR is taken hostage by the government...
5Corned Beef & Carnage
02 Nov 1986Description ▼
Visiting her niece Victoria Brandon Griffin, Jessica finds her crumbled by her job in advertising to give husband Howard financial comfort to pursue his acting career, while he feels guilty for being a kept man. However Vicky gets arrested after finding her mean boss, Larry Kinkaid, skull smashed with an award her fingerprints are on, just after she resigned refusing to court a married client. Jessica forces NYPD lieutenant Spoletti to look further, notably the security guard's list of building visitors, including an obvious alias she traces to Christine Clifford, the man-eater from an agency which competed with Kinkaid for the Corned Beef Castle account, and the delivery of a sandwich. Furthermore she looks into the agency's office politics, notably Larry's older brother and heir Myron Kinkaid and senior account manager Aubrey Thornton, whose position was most precarious...
6Dead Man's Gold
09 Nov 1986Description ▼
Retired Navy Dr. Wylie Graham takes a yacht in Cabot Cove near his friend Seth while working in the nearest hospital. Ladiesman David Everett, a former flame of Jessica, is in town to have an 18th century treasure ship found by four young people who entered a tontine: the survivors inherit any deceased member's share. Just after they locate the ship, diver Bill Ainsley had a nearly fatal accident, probably equipment sabotage. Next Alexandra Bell, drunk from the celebratory champagne at Jessica's, is run over after twen partner Coby Russell dropped her off with money for a cab and a phone call; he's arrested, Jessica snoops on- 'Alex' actually died from a blow on the head before the hit. David is a plausible suspect for both acts, and deep in debt with loan-shark Ross Barber and his goon Gregory Small. When Ross Barber bails out, fearing for his safety, Jessica realizes he was the silent investor too and puts up a $10,000 loan. Then a key inspires her a chilling alternative scenario.
7Deadline for Murder
16 Nov 1986Description ▼
Respactable old-fashioned reporter Haskell Drake lands in hospital with a fit after his attack for sensationalist copy-doctoring at tycoon Lamar Bennett, who recently bought the Boston Daily Sentinel from equally conservative Walter Revere, gets him fired on the spot. Jessica tries to reason with Bennett on her old friend Drake's behalf but is told to come back at a celebratory drink in a hotel, where she witnesses Bennet getting a fatal brain hemorrhage while announcing Walter is fired too, which Jessica realizes can be induced by a combination of alcohol and pills, not necessarily taken simultaneously, while Bennet was on sinusitis medication, as she explained to grumpy BPD lieutenant A. Caruso, who concurs from the autopsy it was methaltionide and rather sees her as a suspect because of a rather defamatory recent article on her. When Jessica accepts to 'do some legwork' for an article Haskel plans on Lamar's sordid career she finds the Revere family, which hopes in vain to buy back control of the newspaper, touchy about that subject. Haskel discovers Lamar probably has an illegitimate child, possibly Walter's son Perry's fiancée and newspaper colleague Kay Garrett. Jessica thinks that trough plus an anomaly in Lamar's death's reporting.
8Magnum on Ice: Part 2
23 Nov 1986Description ▼
In Part 2 of a crossover story with "Magnum, P.I." (both episodes are shown on the "Murder" DVD, although not consecutively), Magnum has shot it out with a hired gunman at a party, killing him. Magnum claims the thug had fired several shots at him, including one just before Magnum returned fire. But the police can't find the gunman's weapon, and furthermore he was shot in the back. An overzealous police captain calls it murder one (huh?) and throws Magnum into the cooler pending trial. Jessica searches the crime scene and finds a shell casing which doesn't match Magnum's gun, fitting Magnum's theory. A horrified Higgins realizes that a gun similar to Magnum's -- and with a silencer, at that -- stolen from Robin Masters' collection could well be the murder weapon. The police captain won't give up, and puts out a fugitive warrant on Magnum when a second murder occurs in the same fashion as the first.
9Obituary for a Dead Anchor
07 Dec 1986Description ▼
TV show Scrutiny star presenter Kevin Keats must drop his story on art collector Ronald Ross's drug connections to take over a JB Fletcher's roots profile. All Cabot Cove wants to look good, but the boat he has sheriff Amos Tupper discretely hire to escape (after witnessing a Ross associate drop a briefcase from a helicopter) explodes. Mayor Sam Booth orders Jessica to stop 'her' media circus. She discovers Keats was unfaithful with colleague Paula Roman, his wife knew and was in town. Seth's loco Dr. Wylie Graham finds the burned corps isn't Keats' - he staged his disappearance by switching places with the real victim, producer Doug Helman. Jessica digs further in both private and professional lives till the threads meet.
14 Dec 1986Description ▼
Jessica visits a rural revival of a play she was in with her late husband Frank and present stars Julian Lord and Maggie Tarrow. On opening night, something scares Maggie out of performing, and her understudy Barbara Bennington is killed by cyanide poisoning of her red wine on stage. Local chief of police Merton P. Drock, who plays the butler, never solved a real murder, but trusts Jessica will provide him with the 'script', yet keeps on making precipitous conclusions and accusations as the links appear with the breaking off of the productions 30 years ago, when Maggie took a year off by ruse, as now appears to give birth in secret, plausibly to fake reporter T.J. Holt. Julian prevents a second cyanide killing which would murder Maggie. Who knew and resented what exactly?
11Night of the Headless Horseman
04 Jan 1987Description ▼
Only after arrival at Wenton, Vermont Jessica learns she was asked by her orphaned literary protégé Dorian Beecher, who succeeded as boys boarding school poetry teacher to the car accident-drowned daughter of local dentist Penn 'Doc' Walker, to play Dorian's 'mother' to impress his employer, Wenton Academy's pedigree-obsessed owner Edwin Dupont, whose daughter Sarah he loves, rivaled only by the studly riding instructor Nate Findley, an obnoxious womanizer who even did headmistress Charlotte Newcastle. Walking home after an embarrassing saber fight in a pub with Nate, Dorian is run down by the disguised headless horseman he always assumes to be Nate, on his black stallion Gunshot. Sheriff Rankin jails liar Dorian after Nate's decapitated corpse is found nearby, clumsily redressed as the horseman. Jessica sifts two plots from secrets and motives, involving an anonymous school funds embezzlement note, the secret society of mischievous schoolboys Todd Carrier, Robert and Brendan and a past crime...
12The Corpse Flew First Class
18 Jan 1987Description ▼
During a first class flight to London where Hollywood producer Gunnar Globle makes Jessica proofread a script to stop him yapping, actress Sonny Greer's bodyguard-driver-lover Leon Bigard dies, poisoned. Sonny cries murder as soon as she notices his precious cargo, the $2,000,000 empress diamond necklace, is stolen; it's found in the bag of stewardess Kay Davis, who switched flight last minute, but jeweler John Sukahara notices it's paste, Sonny denies it could be a security decoy. Together with Scotland Yard's paper-pusher inspector Errol Pogson on board, Jessica examines the passengers. She finally finds the real one, but disbelieves the thief's murder confession on surprising grounds...
01 Feb 1987Description ▼
Grady nurses Jessica who must stay in bed with her bad back for weeks, bored to death. During a hurricane she overhears a crossed-up call from a raspy male voice about selling a Cabot Cove estate and killing an old male relative. Seth, Grady and Amos think she imagines the hired gun, but indeed that night widowed lumber millionaire Jedediah Rogers is found shot in his lavish estate where he lived alone with his sons Adam, Gordon and Morgan, who wanted him to leave the business and have no alibis, and orphaned granddaughter Leslie Cameron who was about to be made the sole heir instead. While Amos believes it's a mere burglary, Jessica joins the investigation by remote control Grady. Soon after once fired employee Abel Gorcey dies in a suspicious accident, a potential hired gun, and more danger lurks...
14Murder in a Minor Key
08 Feb 1987Description ▼
College music student Michael 'Mike' Prentice discovers that his professor Tyler Stoneham published a song based on a theme part of one of his assignments as his own composition, under the alias Alden Gilbert, but can't prove the plagiarist theft. The professor's wife Christine Stoneham also suspects him of adultery with a student. Professor Harry Papasian, Stoneham's assistant, is furious not to be mentioned as co-author on their new music dictionary. Stoneham is found stabbed to death in the archives where Mike was looking for the original partitions, enough for an arrest. His friend, law student Chad Singer, starts sleuthing, helped by fellow music student who helps trace more musical malversations to Broadway. Christine actually has a secret affair herself with Vice Chancellor Simon. Musical producer Max Hellinger promises Papazian $5,000 to help find some Gilbert songs, Chad finds out. After the lyrics writer is traced, Chad stages an elaborate reconstruction to trick the killer...
15The Bottom Line Is Murder
15 Feb 1987Description ▼
Jessica visits Denver for a TV book review program at KBLR, where her friend Dr. Jayne's husband Steve Honig produces arrogant Kenneth Chambers's program The Bottom Line, which exposes faulty products, or when he has his way picks his victim and even doctors the story unethically, while grossly abusing all staff. Janitor Bert Tanaka finds Chambers shot twice in his office chair shortly after he unjustly fired production assistant Ryan Monroe. DPD Lieutenant Lou Flannigan, who was Chambers's unofficial police consultant, lets Jessica 'observe'. The murder weapon is found in Steve's car. Jessica considers motives from ambition among station staff, as many get a better job and Kenneth was considering to leave everyone behind for a bigger one, and toy producer Joe Rinaldi, against whom Kenneth prepared a show, the tapes of which seem missing but are found in his safe with cash and other 'evidence' he used to extort Rinaldi and others potential show targets, but is puzzled by Chambers's chair facing the broken TV set and the cleaning, leading her to guess a major twist and set a trap...
16Death Takes a Dive
22 Feb 1987Description ▼
Jessica isn't amused to find she was asked 'urgently' to come help San Francisco PI Harry McGraw, in fact to invest in black has-been boxer Blaster Boyle, the sole legacy of Harry's just deceased friend Pinky, who knew mobster Benny Falcone demands a $5,000 advance back for not finding his daughter's lover the saxophonist before the couple move in with Falcone. Harry accepted to field Blaster as last-minute replacement in a TV fight against Wade Talmadge's prize-fighter Sean Shaleen, not to win, but needs an investor to advance the expenses; rather then go 50-50, Jessica lends him $5,000. She learns from Boston Tribune sports reporter Dave Robinson she was listed as Blaster's manager by Henry, who was just arrested by SFPD Lieutenant Casey for the murder of Talmadge, who was found shot in his car parked under a bridge where they are believed to have an appointment, Harry ignores why- alas as forensics prove with Harry's gun, which he admits was never out of his sight. Jessica snoops, like Robionson who flew over, while the fight goes on, with upstepping managers: Dennis McConnell for Sean, Cosmo Ponzini for Blaster...
17Simon Says, Color Me Dead
01 Mar 1987Description ▼
Irene Rutledge can't afford a bike for her son Tommy, and Jessica lets him earn her husband's old bike by working in her garden. Artist Simon Thane says he has been working on a special canvas all summer, but hasn't let anyone see it. When Simon is found dead and the mysterious painting has disappeared, Amos arrests Irene for murder. But Jessica is convinced that Irene is innocent.
18No Laughing Murder
15 Mar 1987Description ▼
Mack Howard and Murray Gruen were a celebrated comical duo but party in anger. Murray's daughter Corey brings their friend Jessica along to his own Hiawatha lodge for her and Mack's son Kip Howard's engagement dinner. Murray however makes a scene, claiming Mack stole a fortune in royalties on videos of the duo, denied by Mack and his agent who claims there is no profit. Then Murray is stabbed in the back and suggests he only saw a color, that of Mack's robe. Later Murray's agent Phil Rinker is found hanging in the store-room, suicide according to a note apparently in his hand-writing. The sheriff being sick, his only deputy, local youngster Wylie B. Ledbetter, now proud Acting Police Chief, is delighted as a mystery fan to have Jessica coach his forensics and interviews, but startled when she proves by measurements it must have been a murder, staged as suicide. Jessica next concludes from a peephole the stabbing was a separate mischief, then proves it by setting a trap for Phil's killer...
19No Accounting for Murder
22 Mar 1987Description ▼
In an episode filmed in New York (mostly in a claustrophobic office building, although there are some exterior shots), Grady has landed work at an accounting firm where the owners are suspected of "cooking the books." Grady becomes the prime suspect when one of the partners is murdered, but Jessica discovers that a "phantom" rumored to haunt the office building is a real person, a homeless man who lives in the vents and air ducts, swipes food off desks, and may be a witness to the murder.
20The Cemetery Vote
05 Apr 1987Description ▼
Jessica visits C., an Idaho town, to comfort Linda says her husband, mayor Jim Stevens, just died in a car accident, or did he? His hot-headed pa Harry Stevens is dead-set to prove his death was the work of the corrupt sheriff Orville Yates and his hard-handed deputy Wayne Beeler, who are in cahoots with Kate Gunnerson's unlawful gambling. Shortly after they go trough Jim's effects Harry storms out after seeing a ciphered reference, but is killed and left by the road, plundered even to his boots. State police captain Ernest Lenko confirms his raids and corruption investigations always failed because legal procedure forces him to inform the sheriff's office. Jessica thinks trough everything, especially relating to Jim's effects, and after being run off the road while accepting a ride from councilman David Carroll, probably intentionally not killed, just badly bruised, Yates's respectable opponent in the spring mayoral election, sets a trap...
21The Days Dwindle Down
19 Apr 1987Description ▼
When Jessica is pampered in the luxury suite of a hotel, she's approached shyly by restaurant employee Georgia Wilson, whose husband, accountant Sam, was recently released after 30 years jail, assuring he was framed for the shooting of his boss Richard Jarvis, who actually offered Sam his last $10,000 for help when his firm went bust, to make his suicide look like armed robbery so the insurance would pay the Jarvis family a fortune, only someone else really killed him. Their son Rob Wilson became a cop hoping to help his father, now puts all his experience at her disposal. While she, Rob and the now retired police Lt. Webb re-examine the forensics as well as the means, opportunities and motives of surviving members of both families, someone in the know shoots at Jessica with a matching bullet, but must have missed willingly. At least she puzzles the pieces of both shootings together and traps the perpetrators, but...
22Murder, She Spoke
10 May 1987Description ▼
Jessica is recording one of her murder stories on a tape for the blind in the Red River Studios at night, when director Randy Witworth allows it as a favor to producer Greg Dalton, whom he blinded in a car accident. During one of a recent series of mysterious power cuts interrupting recording sessions, Randy is fatally stabbed in the back with a steak-knife from the Dalton kitchen. Police lieutenant Faraday considers mystery writing a harmless hobby for useless women, real sleuthing man's work, Jessica's attention for a spilled bottle of expensive nail-polish just too much. Still she manages to follow and inspire the investigation, convinced Greg was framed. Randy was worrying about bootleg tapes risking to nullify his rising star Stoney Carmichael's contract, wondering if recording technicians Al Parker and/or Earl Tuchman were accomplices. His widow Margaret is hardly grieving, but already doing business with Carl Anglin, who immediately pulls the plug on the mystery tapes...
1A Fashionable Way to Die
20 Sep 1987Description ▼
Promised an original, Jessica travels to Paris for her friend fashion-designer Eva Taylor's first high-profile show. Only her devoted assistant Peter Appleyard assisted when Eva's investor, Maxim Soury, extorted a 50-50 deal not to pull the plug on a loan and add $10,000 for a supermodel. Next Maxim is found shot in his hotel-room, with indications Eva did it. Jessica and gallant Paris police inspector Panassic soon find Soubry was an adulterer, known so by his wife Claudia, and a dirty pornographic extortionist with a kept mistress, bar singer Valerie Bechet, mother of model Kim. Unlike the police, Jessica believes two maids claiming each to have heard a shot with a 20 minutes interval during the fashion-show, and works out the meaning of the dresses mix-up and missing purse during the otherwise perfect show...
2When Thieves Fall Out
27 Sep 1987Description ▼
When a strange man arrives at Jessica's door in Cabot Cove, he brings with him a decade-long grudge and thirst for revenge at having been wrongfully convicted of a murder he did not commit 20 years earlier. Coming up against former students and colleagues from her days as a high school English teacher, Jessica is forced to examine the concept of justice.
3Witness for the Defense
04 Oct 1987Description ▼
Jessica obeys a Canadian court summoning to Quebec to give testimony in wealthy fledgling author friend Jim Harlan's trial concerning the death of his young wife Patricia in their country house's fire in his alleged absence. Nationally reputed Attorney Oliver Quayle refuses to acknowledge arson as murder mode; instead he fights the evidence, claiming it could be an accident, despite convincing indications she was even killed by a blow on the head before the fire. The couple was heard to fight over a nasty divorce. Jessica can't resist to do her own investigation, even questioning witnesses like the ex-con plumber, and snooping in the motel where Jim would have an alibi, staying with mistress Monica Blane, who seems to have disappeared. Instead of appreciating her help, the haughty lawyer starts discrediting her in court, referring to a allegedly stolen book plot, psychiatric history and even arrested relatives, none of which was ever convicted. Yet Jessica keeps sleuthing, unearths how Jim -who hurt his cause by silence- eloped with the ex-con showgirl and blackmail was paid by socialite, overbearing mother Judith Harlan, and gets help from Quayle's assistant Barnaby checking on the identification of the corps and dealing with P.I. Rudy Plansky, and a missing broach...
4Old Habits Die Hard
11 Oct 1987Description ▼
Mike Phelps refuses to accept his fiancée Sarah Martino leaves him to enter the Immaculate Heart nunnery which runs a girls school, where Jessica takes a retreat, invited by a former sorority sister, now reverend mother Claire. After benefactors mayor Albert Simpson and wife Marian learned about Ray Carter trying to find a dying rich man's 15 years ago estranged daughter, convent record keeper sister Emily is found dead at her desk, according to a hand-written note suicide by pills, which Claire refuses to believe although the convent was closed up all night. After finding out the pills dose wasn't even lethal, the note was a teaching aid and several secrets, although mother superior and bishop Patrick Shea are still prepared to let the police close the case, Jessica learns about a secretly reopened old underground railroad route, snoops on and devises a crafty trap...
5The Way to Dusty Death
25 Oct 1987Description ▼
As company board member, Jessica is among old chairman Duncan and Lydia Barnett's weekend guests who hear the rumors of a take over by Spruce Osborne or resignation are false. Would-be successor Morgan McCormack's wife Virginia decides it's time to hurry nature by doctoring Duncan's digitalis heart medication; he is found dead in the hot-tub, apparently electrocuted by a TV. Jessica refuses rushing to cast the decisive vote for Mogan or Tom Dutton. She works out with Dr. Chatsworth four digitalis pills are missing, as well as the brandy glass which was full when the corps was discovered, but the autopsy finds no OD. She finds out Osborne's much younger girlfriend Serena was planted by Duncan, while Osborne had a man on the board, gets a confession for the failed murder attempt and traps the successful killer...
6It Runs in the Family
01 Nov 1987Description ▼
His family solicitor and fellow Burma veteran Humphrey Defoe hands Jessica's lookalike cousin, London music hall performer Emma McGill, £1,000 just to visit her terminally ill old acquaintance Geoffrey Constable, recently the 18th viscount Blackraven since the 17th, Rupert, died at 87. Geoffrey tells her he's leaving her a country house with income, feels better and takes her on a picnic she packs, but dies from a heart-attack. Inspector Frost is right to insist on an autopsy: strychnine poison, in the hearing he was so fond of. The heir, eldest brother Arthur Constable, cuts his spoiled rotten 19 year-old son Derek short, who next gets lightly wounded while hunting with the third brother, Johnny Constable, who could have poisoned Rupert with candy he smuggled in against diet rules. Emma, Humphrey and the inspector ultimately set a trap.
7If It's Thursday, It Must Be Beverly
08 Nov 1987Description ▼
Sheriff Amos Tupper's night deputy Jonathan Martin's wife Audrey, an impossible to please nagger, is found dead from a bullet shot with his spare gun, but was it suicide, without a note and rather then using pills she had plenty? Jessica and Amos work out from the police log not only that Jonathan's alibi, wealthy widow Eve Simpson, called for help with her 'stuck' cat every Tuesday, but he had lonely women for every other day of the week, including travel agent Phyllis Grant, Seth's nurse and Loretta Speigel, owner of Cabot Cove's beauty parlor and gossip HQ, where they all met. However Jessica attaches particular importance to lottery tickets discussed there and missing mail...
8Steal Me a Story
15 Nov 1987Description ▼
Young script writer Gayle Yamada warns Jessica that Hollywood producer Avery Stone insists on stealing the essential plot of one of her mystery books for his TV series starring celebrity Gary Patterson as Dr. Balliard. This not only legally stirs the studio brass, shortly after Sid Sharkey, who decided to fire Gary and continue the plagiarist project himself with re-hired director Bert Puzo, dies from a bomb package. In offer to sleuth on the spot, LAPD lieutenant Bradshaw being clueless, Jessica accepts Gary's request to 'ramrod the script'. Syd made lots of professional enemies, including his own assistant Freida Schmidt, who says some of his files were stolen. Jessica devises a trap...
9Trouble in Eden
22 Nov 1987Description ▼
When Jessica's friend Mary Rose Welch is run over by a car nearly fatally, while worrying how her sister Charlotte Welch died in her own Garden of Eden hotel and was hurriedly cremated, Jessica decides to go there with family lawyer Lewis Framm, posing as -actually wounded- Mary Rose. The maid, who was absent that day, doubts it was a heart-attack, and shows her stashed papers are stolen, including a will. About the whole town of Eden, Oregon, including allegedly corrupt sheriff Landry, Dr. Lynch and reverend Willard Manchester, seems hell-bent to get the strangers out without finding out. To stir the ambitious young manager Lila Benson, 'Mary Rose' announces she stays to run the place and finds out more, notably about blackmail, while businessman C.J. Dobbs makes her a joint bid from several locals...
29 Nov 1987Description ▼
Algonquin George Longbow disturbs a Mayor Sam Booth's speech in full warrior dress to deliver by spear his dead-earnest claim to the hereditary land-rights granted by the British to his ancestors' chief 12 generations ago in gratitude for fighting the French, a land strip including all Cabot Cove. While history professor Harold Crenshaw, George's girl-friend Donna's father, verifies the document's veracity, people panic and protest even if he turns out to be a Harvard law school graduate and only demands reasonable rent, the local businessman involved in an impending major development project is killed with an Algonquin spear, as everybody eagerly assumes by missing George, who is soon after found, roughed up and brought to Amos by local hot-head hoodlums. Jessica however believes in his intelligence-conform innocence and sets out to prove it...
11Doom with a View
13 Dec 1987Description ▼
Jessica was looking forward to staying with her nephew Grady Fletcher, but pest control fumigation drives them out of his New York home, however to a de-luxe hotel owned by his frat buddy Garrett Harper's older wife Cornelia Montaigne Harper, an overbearing workaholic. We soon learn Garrett is hiding for her his contacts with computer operator Sandra, who could never afford the hotel's steeps prices. Grady finds her killed, but accepts to keep silent and thus becomes the prime suspect to save his frat buddy's marriage. While dandy NYPD Inspector Donald Matheney sees properly screening the crime scene as an interruption in agreeable surroundings before returning to the ballet, Jessica soon finds mother Nettie Harper knew about the secret, which enabled blackmail, but without grasping its true consequences, and not only she...
12Who Threw the Barbitals in Mrs. Fletcher's Chowder?
03 Jan 1988Description ▼
Sheriff Amos Tupper is just flat out since a deputy gave notice, when his younger sister Winnie Tupper Banner arrives, 'desperate' having left her husband, refusing to give details. He dumps her on Jessica, who is relieved -pressed for a deadline- after checking on Dr. Seth Hazlitt for Winnie's ulcer medicine prescription that the old bachelor-gentleman enjoys her company. Amos first allows overbearing, unqualified Marigold Feeney's "you're no bigot, are you?"" routine to railroad him into hiring her as deputy, later finds himself the last ranking for sleeping accommodation in his own home after the unannounced arrival of brother in law Elmo Banner, manager of a drugstore, his half-brother and business partner pharmacist Harold Banner, sister Flo Oakes and her husband Kenny. Winnie refuses to talk to her in-laws, even announces a divorce, Elmo mumbles 'you'ld have to kill me', she runs off to Seth. Next day Jessica accepts to cook a seafood feast for the unappreciative, grumpy Banner bunch, who all doze off at the table, mildly drugged with fenobarbital, as Seth soon finds, but Elmo, who took that to sleep, dies from an overdose of it; it's also the chief ingredient of Winnie's ulcer drug, which she claims to have dropped in the bathroom already. Feeney arrests Ed Bellamy, whom Amos earlier saw fighting with Elmo, but turns out to be a P.I. Elmo hired...
13Harbinger of Death
24 Jan 1988Description ▼
Jessica visits her niece Carrie Palmer's husband Leonard Palmer, who actually forgot his own anniversary date, being an obsessively comets-devoted astronomy researcher at the Astro-Physics Institute where director Russell Armstrong and high-profile, high-maintenance careerist scientist Dr. Thor Lundquist insist they attend the reception they hold to land a Defense contract Leonard disapproves of. That night Leonard is seen rushing out without signing out or closing up his computer-programmed telescope, which is manually pointed at a 30 miles away vacation house owned by Armstrong, focused at the corps in it of Drake Eaton, the shot 'close employee' of influential arms press diva Madeline DeHaven. The house was lend to Leonard's daughter Carrie Palmer, who admits she had an affair with Drake. Jessica accepts to ghostwrite a book for investigating police sergeant Kettler to get access to all data, while Leonard is fired to avoid image damage. Conflicting statements from Leonard and Carrie make them the obvious suspects, yet Jessica suddenly concentrates on the programming of the telescope.
14Curse of the Daanav
07 Feb 1988Description ▼
Hindu Vikram Singh has a nightmare (memory?) about an expedition's discovery on the Indian continent and the lethal curse of the Daanav, a legendary divine ruby. After meeting their Congressman in Washington D.C., Jessica convinces Seth to accept an invitation to a polo-match in nearby Maryland hosted by his wealthy, estranged brother Richard Hazlitt. Seth grudgingly accepts provided she joins him. Richard's new wife, considered a threat by his son Mark Hazlitt and daughter, actually sent the invitation, but it works, the brothers finally make up in a trip to memory lane with whiskey and cigars at the estate. However the ruby Richard bought for his wife, seems to work its spell to kill anyone not of pure heart who wears it: she nearly suffocates in the garage. Next, Richard takes the ruby to his room, and is killed while the door is locked from the inside. Jessica works out how both crimes connect with the ruby and refuses to believe Singh, now government agent to purchase it, is guilty, even after the ruby is found on him, as her trap proves.
15Mourning Among the Wisterias
14 Feb 1988Description ▼
Jessica accepts an invitation from Caroline drama playwright Eugene McClenden to read his new play at his estate, where potential production key people gather. All become suspects. A shot is heard at night and Eugene found holding the smoking gun which killed producer Jonathan. Savannah PD homicide captain Walker Thorn, whose family was swindled out of the estate, investigates (but so does Jessica), and there is another crime.
16Murder Through the Looking Glass
21 Feb 1988
17A Very Good Year for Murder
28 Feb 1988Description ▼
Jessica attends the grand 75th birthday party of Salvatore Gambini, the Italian patriarch and founder of a valuable winery. She soon finds out there are tensions, as the old man fears only his son Marco is devoted to the business, the next generation 'spoiled'. Paul's brighter brother Tony Gambini goes back and forth to Tulsa on some business he won't elaborate on. After Tony hurts has an "accident" in the wine-cellar, police chief Thaddius Kyle and Jessica are watchful. However, they fail to prevent the murder of granddaughter Michele Gambini's fiancé, who as Kyle finds out is actually a mob hit-man. Yet Jessica comes to a surprising conclusion, with an unusual end-result.
18Benedict Arnold Slipped Here
13 Mar 1988
19Just Another Fish Story
27 Mar 1988
20Showdown in Saskatchewan
10 Apr 1988Description ▼
Jessica visits her niece Jill Morton, as her mother Louise suspects her romantic link with Marty Reed (on a Canadian tour with Carla Talbot as chaperon). They witness a crazy bet to stay longest in a mean bull's pen in Queensbridge, Saskatchewan. Doc Schaeffer, the dodgy circuit heeler, treats Boone Talbot's best boy Luke Purdue for a leg-wound and grounds Marty with a concussion the kid denies. Next night Doc is killed by arson but Luke is pulled out of Doc's trailer just in time. RCMP (Mounties) inspector Roger McCabe, a JB Fletcher mystery fan, officially investigates and confers with Jessica. Doc's widow says he made lots of enemies and before her marriage practiced ten years in jail; she won't miss him. Marty is visited by his wife and son, Buster. After Boone gets wounded, heroically saving Marty from a giant bull's horns, the young father pulls out with a mild arm injury, to Luke's fury thus ruining their chance at an annual title. A call from prison warden Burns inspires Jessica.
01 May 1988Description ▼
Producer Shayne Grant mounts Walter Knapf's reworking 'Mainely Murder' of one of his former teacher JB Fletcher's mystery plays. Only after the pre-Broadway-premiere-interviews Walter admits he was railroaded into appalling changes. The critics do a damned destructive job on the play, worst of all ever-condescending TV columnist Eliot Easterbrook. Shortly after, the Chronicle newspaper critic Danny O'Mara, who gave the only glowing review attacking Elliot's, is found murdered after Easterbrook shouted he should be permanently silenced. Jessica and the NYPD work their way through suspects among cast, crew and critical body, starting with Eliot who was found there holding a gun but has a TV alibi, only to find the killer after examining notes and computer files.
22The Body Politic
08 May 1988Description ▼
Jessica flies in for her old friend Kathleen Lane's campaign in the senatorial primaries and accepts to replace her suddenly deserted speech-writer. After a dodgy TV talk-show host makes a sleazy deal with opponent Arthur Drelinger's campaign staff, he gets and publishes pictures suggesting Lane had an affair with her much younger campaign manager Bud Johnson, who is net found dead, apparently suicide by jumping in her bathrobe from her balcony, which Jessica believes to be staged, but by whom and why thus? Meanwhile Kath's rich ad generous, much older husband Jackson Lane, also suspected of financial faults, speaks up for her innocence, but can that save her candidature?
1J.B.. as in Jailbird
23 Oct 1988Description ▼
After British secret agent Michael Hagarty picks up his uneasy friend Jessica at the airport, where she was to meet Grady, she gets caught holding the gun that went off in his fight with a foreign agent during the frustrating hunt for the illusive mystery master-hit-man the Cobra, a fortune goes missing. Haggerty even feeds Grady a false story so he'll pretend she not his aunt. Meanwhile his station chief Lancaster's suspicions are fed by agent Roger Travis, who also tries to turn jailed suspect Jessica against Michael. Furthermore suspicious characters roam around, such as (if they are that) a Chronicle reporter, State Departement special representative Kevin Styles and Miami PD sergeant Joe Santiago. Yet Jessica keeps sleuthing, even behind bars...
2A Little Night Work
30 Oct 1988Description ▼
At a political fund-raiser ball, Jessica is embarrassed by the common (real estate) deal-voracity of Theo Wexler, who presumes to represent her after buying out her retired agent Jonathan Reed's firm. Then the charming, ever-elusive Dennis Stanton insists on being her dancing partner, and alibi for some suspicious climbing from her balcony, as she later learns probably to the suite above, where publisher Axel Weingard is found strangled, his wife's priceless diamond neck-lace stolen from the safe. It turns out Axel's death benefits Theo, both in a real estate deal also involving Miles Hatcher, and because he systematically dropped authors represented by Wexler. However NYPD lieutenant Bert Alffano arrests young waiter Andy Broom, who earlier asked Jessica's advice as aspiring author, but once wrote a Shakespearian 'threat letter' to Weingard for refusing his manuscript. The self-invited next balcony climber, insurance claim investigator Shannon McBride, tells Jessica she believes for years Stanton is a modern Raffles, but still can't prove it, his alibi once again being related councilman Hatcher; Dennis later makes her understand to have a personal grief against that insurance firm, and 'would only' rob jewelry without sentimental value from its clients who can afford the loss anyhow.
3Mr. Penroy's Vacation
06 Nov 1988
4Snow White, Blood Red
13 Nov 1988Description ▼
While Jessica waits for her nephew's arrival at Sable Mountain ski lodge, Swedish womanizing skiing top-talent Gunnar Tilstrom's refusal to compete in the world championship frustrates his trainer, and his otherwise insignificant agent Pamela Leeds, who courts as alternative charming youngster Larry Minor. During a snow storm an arrow from a missing crossbow kills Gunnar. Shortly after Larry is found stripped and hanged but arrow-killed in the showers. Both victims were on the same world championship US team as the host Mike Lowery, who invited them all for that weekend, his own career being cut by an accident, and tries to cover up his wife's flirt with Gunnar. The violence continues with the left-handed stabbing of John Dowd, and an apparent attack on Jessica and former NYPD lieutenant Ed McMasters by ski trainer Karl Anderson from a snowmobile, leaving Karl killed.
5Coal Miner's Slaughter
20 Nov 1988Description ▼
Mountain mine owner Tyler Morgan has been cheating on his wife Nora for years. He runs the coal mine in an 'old-fashioned' way, making his son Reese Morgan wish he were dead. Recently graduated lawyer Molly Connors announces she'll sue him for the death of her father Joe in a mine explosion ten years ago, but is instantly jailed for trespassing at the mine's 'private' staff party. Mentor Jessica bails her former Cabot Cove pupil out before union rep Carlton Reid can and enjoys dinner with her granddad Eben Connors. Next night Tyler is shot in his nearby home, the murder weapon found in Molly's car. Sheriff Tate wades in other possible motives, Jessica finds out about those and Tyler's secret past, involving his kept girl Bridie Harmon, widow of teenager Travis's father Danny, who died in the same explosion. When Jessica goes search for evidence at Eben's place, the killer has knocked him.
6Wearing of the Green
27 Nov 1988
7The Last Flight of the Dixie Damsel
18 Dec 1988
01 Jan 1989
9Something Borrowed, Someone Blue
08 Jan 1989
10Weave a Tangled Web
15 Jan 1989
11The Search for Peter Kerry
05 Feb 1989
12 Feb 1989
13Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble
19 Feb 1989
14From Russia... with Blood
26 Feb 1989
12 Mar 1989
02 Apr 1989
17The Sins of Castle Cove
09 Apr 1989
18Trevor Hudson's Legacy
16 Apr 1989Description ▼
Jessica and publisher, Dorothy Westerfield, arrive in Custer Creek, Montana for the unveiling of a federal stamp issue in honor of the late literary legend Trevor Hudson, whose literary heritage foundation she presides. She's welcomed by proof reader Robert 'Bob' Jarrett, who has been working at his family ranch on Trevor's posthumous masterpiece "The Last Valley". He shows her there's nothing but some notes, he ghost-wrote the entire novel and hesitates whether to reveal this commercially damaging truth. The Hudson family is spared both humiliation and financial loss when Jarrett is found murdered. Family friend sheriff Hank Masters arrests Adam Perry, a drifter picked-up shirtless the previous day by serially adulterous Catherine 'Cat' Hudson Drake. Adam was found wounded and with the bloody murder weapon. Jessica finds out that Cat's 'absent' husband Barney Drake, who manages the heirs' financial interests, secretly returned and saw Adam and Cat share a shower, and predicts new bloodshed.
30 Apr 1989
20Three Strikes, You're Out
07 May 1989
21Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall: Part 1
14 May 1989Description ▼
Eudora McVeigh, a rival mystery writer, arrives at Jessica's door with seemingly friendly intentions, but the discovery of a corpse and a web of deceit follows her to Cabot Cove leading Jessica to suspect the woman of ulterior and sinister motives.
22Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall: Part 2
21 May 1989
1Appointment in Athens
24 Sep 1989Description ▼
Michael Haggerty and his MI-6 colleague Harold Baines arrange for Jessica to get stuck in Athens and booked as Michel's 'wife' Reardon. She's told that's supposedly the rich sister of undercover agent Laddie Fairchild, who was kidnapped by arms smugglers ignoring his employer. Athens station chief colonel Alec Scofield watches the 'inofficial' operation like a hawk, Laddie being his socialite wife's ex. Michael's real partner, actress Pamela Drake, turns up, plays along but is murdered in their hotel room.
2Seal of the Confessional
01 Oct 1989Description ▼
Father Donald Barnes meets Jessica on the Cabot Cove beach, where he minds Eddie Frayne, who she once tutored as English teacher, only presenting himself as a teacher. Soon after in his capacity of parish priest ad interim (the incumbent is on sabbatical) he hears confession from a murderer, businessman Evan West's step-daughter. After his corps is found on the beach the priest can't come forth with any identification or details, only acknowledge Jessica's hints toward the arrested suspect, Eddie, didn't confess. So it's up to her alone to dig in the family's sordid past and come up with more relevant facts then the penitent girl realized.
3The Grand Old Lady
08 Oct 1989
4The Error of Her Ways
15 Oct 1989Description ▼
Jessica attends the ground breaking for a real estate project (in Palm Springs) that she invested in at her accountant's advice. Her observations there cause police lieutenant J.T. Hanna to arrest Clark 's wife Marian Randall for his murder, which she denies, while the fortune he held for the project remains missing. After Marian's sister, Linda Dixon, puts up her house for bail, she commits suicide, but the combination of car-exhausts and the wrong pills prove that the suicide must have been staged. Despite Hanna's irritated instructions to butt out, Jessica sleuths on among the parties who lost in the deal such as other investors, the fired banker who approved a fat loan and future residents who put up down-payments.
5Jack and Bill
29 Oct 1989Description ▼
Jessica (not an active character in this story) explains to the camera how her Cabot Cove friend Bill Boyle, a baseball talent eliminated by a knee injury, became a clumsy P.I. He became successful only as the 'partner' of Jack, the smart poodle of his former field mate, Johnny Wheeler, who left the canine in his care just a while he supposedly picked up someone flying in from Puerto Rico. Next, an armed woman tries to steal the dog and Johhny is shot in hospital. Police lieutenant Lou Brickman finds out Johnny's story was bogus. After some goons rough Bill up, looking for something Johnny gave him, he realizes the dog must be the key, but nothing is found on Jack, so they keep snooping together.
05 Nov 1989
7Night of the Tarantula
12 Nov 1989Description ▼
Jessica visits the widow Olivia Waverly, whose family runs a plantation in Jamaica (won in a cards game decades ago from Jean-Pierre Dusant), for the surprise 21st birthday party of her second son. By father's testament, this Adam gets charge of the estate instead of his old-fashioned uncle Harry Waverly, who considers Adam too undisciplined, his elder brother Mark too dumb. Harry had arranged for Adam to wed Jean-Pierre's daughter, Michelle, so as to unite their adjoining estates. However, Adam presents his wife Selina, whose father, witch doctor Calder Williams, opposes the union even stronger, saying a mortal voodoo curse and leaving a skull with a python as 'wedding present'. That evening Harry is found strangled in his room, locked from the inside, with the snake, for which he's too large. Next day a toast (with wine offered by Dusant) is interrupted for the delivery of a voodoo doll. Next Adam nearly dies from the estate's natural rat poison based on hellebore. After discovering a secret passage, a stained handkerchief inspires Jessica to set a trap.
8When the Fat Lady Sings
19 Nov 1989
9Test of Wills
26 Nov 1989Description ▼
Multi-millionaire Henry Reynard met Jessica on a book judging panel and invited her to his private island to earn a $1,000,000 check for a charity of her choice. However to her horror, she must help find out which of Henry's intestate heirs intends to kill him: son Jason, daughter Valery, granddaughter Kim and their partners. Jessica refuses, but while she stays for the weekend Dr. Hubbard Dabney finds Henry has been shot. The heirs are appalled the $50,000,000 estate goes to - Jessica. Later Preston, Kim's fiancé, whom a P.I. report (found in Henry's desk) exposed as a fraud, is found shot in the pool-house. Now Henry reemerges, he staged his death with the doc's help and installed some hidden cameras. Jessica is disgusted but helps sheriff Brademus wrap up the investigation.
03 Dec 1989Description ▼
Young drifter, Leo Gunderson, stumbles upon Janet Carr's corps on the beach and confesses to her murder, but only under duress. The case is officially closed after his conviction and sentence to 5 years. However lieutenant Amos 'Jake' Ballinger, who through political intervention was removed from active detective duty as criminology teacher at Freemont University, decides to solve the case as a 'practical exercise'. He is helped by students Bernie Berndlestein, who wants to become a P.I., and Mrs. Elizabeth Mills, a bored insurance professional. They find a link with the hostile politician, state senator Andrew Grainger.
17 Dec 1989Description ▼
All Cabot Cove expected complacent, lazy mayor Sam Booth to be reelected again as 80% stays at home and the others want nothing to change, but then Eve Simpson turns up from Wyoming, claiming Sam married here there, which he categorically denies. Jessica is solicited to stand for mayor, as a gross feminist already did now the election seems open. When Eve is murdered, Jessica realizes this might just be a ploy to circumvent the traditional munipical council rejection of rezoning -her friend doc Seth casts the decisive no- now big money is planning a major development project and goes to the bottom of the affair(s).
07 Jan 1990Description ▼
Jessica tells her newest book plot, in which a private investigator who is so unsuccessful he and his girl fiend are about to be evicted learn his missing uncle Charles Kenneth Anderson John Doe, a bum who sponged on them for a few years and then took off, presumably becoming a hobo again, left him a fortune by testament, but it can't be paid until he's declared legally dead in five more years. They decide to fake his demise by claiming a John Doe and go for one in Huckelby. Alas the local sheriff Ed Ten Eyck is most suspicious as the same body is claimed by two other parties and murdered seems a definite possibility. After painstakingly getting out of jail and rid of the competition, they get another surprise.
13If the Shoe Fits
21 Jan 1990Description ▼
Land owner Jack Franzen, a flirtatious scrooge, disappears for three days until his corps is found behind the wheel of his crashed car, skull smashed in, possibly staged as an accident. At the same time a tenant, widow Marla Bryce, went missing. Her young son Kevin, a diligent student and Jessica's excellent gardener, who takes his status as 'man of the house' seriously, kept her disappearance silent fearing to end up in foster care as one terrible time when the Bruces lived in Chicago. Luckily he can stay with Jessica, first informally, then in temporary foster care after ma is found mildly wounded. She's arrested, having had opportunity and lied about her whereabouts, but Jessica and Kevin investigate other suspects with motives, notably other tenants such as her employer, moccasin factory boss Owen Brownwell, and merry widow Gloria Franzen.
14How to Make a Killing Without Really Trying
04 Feb 1990Description ▼
Jerome Ashcroft's Wall Street firm handles Jessica's portfolio. Secretary Norma Pulaski in fact does the job of her boss, co-founder's heir Philip Royce, who prefers golf and girls, but scorns Jerome's daughter Candice after an intimate try-out. When he's found with his skull smashed in with a golf club, all evidence points to Norma and her hunky boyfriend, baker Rudy Bianco, who found some cash NYPD lieutenant Moynihan presumes to originate from fraud in the office he charges Norma with. Jessica finds out who really embezzled, how Philip's better golf partner Buddy Black ties him to corporate raider Gordon Tully and puts it all together.
11 Feb 1990Description ▼
Actor Howard Griffin is written out of his TV series. Now the household income depends on his young wife, Jessica's niece Victoria Griffin. Alas, next she gets arrested as suspect of the murder of her client Deborah Tarkington. Deborah was selling her grand Beverly Hills residence but stipulated for her not to deal with Arnold Hastings, for whom the property was needed as part of a vast development project. Jessica helps LAPD detective Lieutenant Redick clear Victoria and work out how the real estate wheeling and dealing squares with the murder plot.
16The Big Show of 1965
25 Feb 1990Description ▼
Charming Reynolds publishing executive Scott Fielding begs Jessica to try her hand at a 'reality mystery book' on the still unsolved 1965 murder of TV host Richie King during his variety show, claiming a similar show will generate perfect publicity by staging some of the same vocal acts, including the trio Haley Sisters -a reunion- and Barry Barnes, actually Scott's uncle, who explains he saw again the 'shadowy lady' dressed in black pointing at him, as if accusing. She would have given up but met retired LAPD detective Sergeant Bulldog Kowalski, still obsessed by the case. While they snoop around TV cats and crew and King's family and adulterous life, show writer Art Sommers is also shot backstage. Jessica ties it all together.
17Murder -- According to Maggie
04 Mar 1990
25 Mar 1990
19Always a Thief
08 Apr 1990
29 Apr 1990Description ▼
Jessica arrives in the Texan small town Fairville for the wedding of her cousin Ann Owens Arden to former town rebel Bill Spenser, who made his fortune in Alaska. Brother, George Owens, also has the same idea and unexpectedly arrives in Fairville. George was just released from long-term institutional therapy after the murder of Ann's first fiancé, professor Nathan Rollins. Shortly after, Bill is stabbed to death exactly as Nathan was, and George is missing, so sheriff Barnes assumes a reenactment. Since George couldn't remember the traumatic first killing Jessica believes he's being framed, maybe for both deaths, and finds the key to the first with his therapist, Dr. Henry Carlson, who was against his release as he was hoping for a breakthrough. Then she goes after the real murderer.
21The Szechuan Dragon
06 May 1990Description ▼
While Jessica is in London to attend cousin Emma's show's royal premiere, Grady and his pregnant wide Donna are house-sitting for her. Meanwhile Carla Thyssen, Justin Hunnicut and 'the Cambodian', arrive in Cabot Cove. They are all criminals looking for the Szechuan dragon, a priceless statuette from the Forbidden City. The dragon was stolen from the Orient by a merchant captain. After the Cambodian threatens Grady but is scared away, the captain's body is found and Jessica's house turned upside-down by an intruder. The trio is also playing dangerous games with each-other. Although kept in the dark by Grady, Seth and sheriff Mort Metzger as long as they can, Jessica solves the case from Britain, yet surprisingly close to home, and Seth tricks the fiends.
22The Sicilian Encounter
20 May 1990
1Trials and Tribulations
16 Sep 1990Description ▼
Jessica is sued by Geraldine Stone for the death of her father, Eddie, during a failed prison escape. He was condemned thanks to her sleuthing and the testimony of now bed-ridden Angelo Vitello. Instead of settling for a cash payment out of court as her insurance lawyer, Ray Dandridge, recommended (to avoid lengthy litigation), the sleuth finds out Geraldine's lover, pastry chef Justin Fields, needs money to start his own business. Yet even her fan, NYPD detective sergeant Paulsen, must treat her as prime suspect when Angelo is murdered by a lethal injection, but she takes charge of finding the real killer.
23 Sep 1990Description ▼
Jessica complains to Pullitzerprize-winner Bennett J. Devlin, who became editor in Cabot Cove, about elaborately reporting on her bicycle accident. Devlin's assistant, Jeff Ogden, has a crush on fellow English writing class student Melissa Maddox, who types for injured Jessica. Melissa calls her older husband Ralph Maddox, a tough businessman, who caused Hank Crenshaw to go bankrupt and now forecloses on his home, an inconsiderate jerk. One evening Melissa phones Jeff, claiming she found Ralph stabbed to death with scissors, and persuades him to stage a robbery in his firm, where Hank finds the body. Jessica helps sheriff Mort Metzger work it all out.
3See You in Court, Baby
30 Sep 1990Description ▼
Jessica's friend, insurance investigator Dennis Stanton, helps client Amy Sue Kriegler getting paid for a sports-car she got assigned in her unfairly advantageous divorce from hard-working Ed Kriegler. She also gets Dennis to help Ed when police lieutenant Catalano arrests him for having verbally threatened to kill her ruthless divorce lawyer Truman Calloway. Dennis looks into Truman's other plausibly revenge-hungry plucked husbands, his own exes and fake male prospective client Johnny Trixler, whose real identity he guesses. When the police has made a second arrest, only Dennis looks into a time zone anomaly.
28 Oct 1990
5The Family Jewels
04 Nov 1990
6A Body to Die For
11 Nov 1990
7The Return of Preston Giles
18 Nov 1990Description ▼
This is an unusual episode in that it brings back a murderer Jessica put away -- the very first one, in fact -- in the same role. Preston Giles, who published Jassica's first book, was subsequently sent up on her evidence after he admitted to killing a business rival who had ruined him and set him up on bogus theft charges (he also killed another suspect as a red herring). Double life sentence for murder? You'd think so, but Preston Giles gets a Get Out of Jail Free card after only six years behind bars. The circumstances are such that even Giles himself is looking over his shoulder to see who might have pulled strings to get his convictions overturned (nobody will admit to it). Giles goes back to his old job at the publishing house (again for reasons not clear to anybody) and starts editing Jessica's work again. But before he committed the murders, Giles had feuded with another editor, who is still at the firm -- but not for long, as he is swiftly slain. Either Giles committed murder number three or is the patsy in an extremely elaborate frame-up designed solely to pin the crime on him. Arthur Hill gave his last-ever performance (for once not getting "Special Guest Star" billing) in the title role.
8The Great Twain Robbery
25 Nov 1990
9Ballad for a Blue Lady
02 Dec 1990
10Murder in F Sharp
16 Dec 1990
06 Jan 1991
12Suspicion of Murder
20 Jan 1991Description ▼
At tennis star Ryan Donovan's retirement party Dennis Stanton begins an affair with socialite Christina Hellinger, who convinces him she's being beaten for wanting a divorce from Ben. SFPD Lieutenant detective Catalano refuses to act against Ben when his car hits Dennis and Christina's off the road. After Ben is found murdered, Dennis is arrested but escapes, determined to find out and prove who set him up, presumably for the Hellinger inheritance, as there are two sons, Joe and Danny.
03 Feb 1991Description ▼
Peace and quiet in Cabot Cove is disturbed after Bradley 'Brad' Hellman arrogantly tries to bribe/bluff his way out of being arrested by sheriff Mort Metzger for speeding in his sports-car, the result is jailing by the book. His father, US Ambassador Chandler Hellman, pulls all the stops to have his son released, but political interventions nor threats work. Mort knows the Hellman's police record, his former NYPD colleague, Frank, and his family of four were killed by Brad's speeding car, this fact expertly swept under the carpet. This time Chandler first lectures Brad, then accuses Metzger of abuse in jail that he obviously inflicted himself. After Brad makes bail, his corps is found by the road: Mort is accused and decides to resign, disgusted by political games. State police lieutenant Avery Powell takes charge of the case as the prime suspect is suspended. Jessica is determined to help clear him by solving the cases. They quickly find a link - friend Morgan Philips, who has her own story.
14Who Killed J. B. Fletcher?
10 Feb 1991Description ▼
Marge Allen gets arrested using her fake JB Fletcher identity card from a literary fan club to intrude the McCauley kennel. She makes bail but is found dead in her crashed car. Since the press reports both incidents, Jessica convinces sheriff J.T. Tanner he arrested an impersonator, then accepts the club's help to investigate after kennel owner and dog trainer, Simon McCauley, is reported killed with his hunting rifle 'by his dog'. The sheriff initially dismisses either theories or help, but is won over. The widow Lisa McCauley is also killed, but Jessica solves all three murders at once from assorted clues.
15The Taxman Cometh
17 Feb 1991Description ▼
Jessica's college dorm friend, Edna Hayes, asks for her help when the firm (Aunt Edna's Pies) that she founded in Missouri and her ex Nolan are pressured by IRS St. Louis director Gerald Yelverton. After Nolan is found murdered, actually later moved, Edna is arrested, but Jessica convinces police lieutenant Philips to let her go and gets to the bottom of the embezzlement which like the murder is traced to an elusive employee, or is that a phantom?
16From the Horse's Mouth
24 Feb 1991Description ▼
Jessica visits her Kentucky friends' thoroughbred breeding ranch. Her host, Randolph Sterling's super stud King Paragon's offspring is disputed by neighbor Lamar Morgan. She enlists dodgy PI friend, Harry McGraw, to earn back the losing bet he put in through her by helping to investigate. When Lamar is found dead, sheriff Tyrone McKenna refuses their help. However Jessica keeps sleuthing family, business and pedigree history, all of which meet at the mysteriously escaped stud's paddock, where the body was found.
17The Prodigal Father
10 Mar 1991
18Where Have You Gone, Billy Boy?
17 Mar 1991Description ▼
Dennis Stanton tells Jessica, after complaining about a character obviously modeled on him, about a real case: the $10,000 insurance on Billy-boy, the missing, wodden puppet of ventriloquist Elwood 'Woody' Perkins. It turns out that Elwood is too shy, without this sassy prop, to speak to anyone including his girlfriend Brenda McCoy and manager-youth buddy Tom Benzinger, who pushed him to sign up as opening act in Vegas with Vic DeMarco. However Stanton gets a call about Billy's exact whereabouts in the basement of the comedy club where Woody is held 7 months longer to a contract with Kate Kelley, who bosses even her grudgingly 'silent' business partner Joe Gelardi. Alas her corps lies next to the puppet and police lieutenant Catalano arrests Woody, but after interviewing him with Billy Stanton is determined to expose the real murder plot.
07 Apr 1991Description ▼
Architect Steve Landon refuses to be bribed by contractor Ben Olston into covering up his shoddy, even unsafe 'modifications' of his plans for a school. Next an explosion burns it down, and Lt. Barney Claymore arrests Steve, who publicly threatened Olston. His mother, Nancy Landon, turns to Jessica, a fellow Korean War veterans wife, asking for help and claims Steve's illegitimate father was none other than Jessica's late husband Frank. Doubting her story, JB has lawyer Andrew Dixon arrange bail and search air force records. Nancy later shows her old letters from Frank offering to help raising Stevie, but is arrested after the murder of Olston in his home, where she says to have confronted him unannounced, but an appointment slip was lying on his desk.
20Murder, Plain and Simple
28 Apr 1991
05 May 1991Description ▼
Jessica pays bail for her friend Ellen Wicker who is accused of arsenic poisoning in the sleepy town of Dry Wells, where she returned after 15 years to run the diner, but her one time Boston murder acquittal still counts as popularly accepted proof. Ross Corman who, just before had his unrequited intimacy attempts shirked off by Ellen, does the same thing with the domineering sheriff again. Jessica takes an unusual interest in environmental issues and assumes there are two killers.
22The Skinny According to Nick Cullhane
12 May 1991Description ▼
Insignificant writer Nick Cullhane gets congratulations from Jessica for a manuscript he sent her, actually based closely on the staged kidnapping of brewery heir Ogden Schmesser, who tries to get his hands on it with his lawyer Gordon Forbes and ex-cop Phil Mannix. Nick hides in Cabot Cove after his landlady, gambling loan-shark Vikki Palumbo, has him traced by another debtor, P.I. Harry McGraw, who recognized Jessica's voice. Harry, is later found next to Nick's dead body and only Jessica prevents him from being arrested. Vicky's assistant, Richard, is roughed up by Odgen's men and the sheriff finds out a lovers motive, so who is looking for who to get what and cheat who?
1Bite the Big Apple
15 Sep 1991Description ▼
Tired of hotels, Jessica takes a Manhattan apartment bow she has accepted a New York teaching position. By the time Seth visits there, he can say 'I told you so' as he did at her Cabot Cove send-off party, although she'll spend weekends there. Her apartment's previous owner Mike Freelander has been murdered, her now home ransacked, so he moves in as temporary guardian angels and questions the neighbors. She doesn't leave snooping to the NYPD detectives but investigates Friedlander's family life and their involvement in theft and contraband smuggling. After another murder, she comes up with surprising suspects and a risky trap.
4Thicker Than Water
06 Oct 1991Description ▼
Jessica realizes her New York fan on the plane home, Wayne 'Stearns', is actually sheriff Mort Metzger's young-orphaned, unruly kid brother. (She agrees to keep his identity a secret). Mort reluctantly decides to give the guy a chance and gets him a job in Cabot Cove as fisherman Zach Franklin's tireless deck-hand. Wayne saves him from an attack by a resentful Captain Ned Keller, but because of his prison tattoo, Wayne is nonetheless forbidden to court Zach's daughter Elaine. When Zach disappears, Mort finds a bloody knife and suspects Wayne on account of his rotten New York past. Then Zach's silent majority partner Terry Montagne is found murdered. Jessica helps Mort investigate the boat case objectively.
5Lines of Excellence
03 Nov 1991Description ▼
Learning her brightest college writing class student, Michael Rossari, lacks the grades but was caught only after he changed them back after being admitted to her class, she tries to help him getting accepted. After upgrading her computer she joins a 101 class in the firm where he works. His superior Alan Miller is found murdered. Another superior tells the two NYPD stooges Michael must have supplied stolen computers, in fact his creditors forced him. Jessica works out the technological factor and comes up with another plot.
10 Nov 1991Description ▼
Even at his as dad's funeral, New Orleans PD detective John Coop Jr. remains bitter about the celebrated blues musician. Initially he's uncooperative, after Jessica discovers Jack Lee Johnson's strangled corpse and his family is targeted again. It all connects somehow to unsolved murder of singer Luna 'Noona' Santee (20 years ago) and the Henley mansion.
17 Nov 1991
8A Killing in Vegas
24 Nov 1991
01 Dec 1991Description ▼
Jessica happily accepts her New York friend Winston Devermore's invitation to be the first female author/guest speaker at the previously exclusive male bastion Avernus club. Ruthless, rude businessman Lawrence Cayle is ostracized for 'un-brotherly' (adulterous) conduct, but Harcourt Fenton refuses to join the collective vendetta proclaimed. Lawrence gets wind and still agrees to meet the secretly selected 'enforcer' at midnight in Avernus, but is shot with a club sports gun. Winston asks Jessica to help him find the killer before NYPD lieutenant Howard Tartarus collectively charges the executive committee. Shortly after, Harcourt dies in a car accident, his passenger Winston is seriously hurt (the accident is a result of sabotage).
10The List of Yuri Lermentov
15 Dec 1991Description ▼
US Congressman Arthur Prouty insists that Jessica attends a Washington trade reception where he can hand her a copy of his own fly-fishing book. Actually a short encrypted note is slipped into it by Soviet embassy trade representative Yuri Lermentov. At night he slips into her hotel suite to retrieve it, but is killed by someone escaping. Jessica and police Lt. Blaisdell get little out of her British intelligence friend Michael Hagarty, who was in rough negotiations for a crucial list with Lermontov. He's arrested, leaving Jessica to find and trap the killer.
05 Jan 1992Description ▼
Geoffrey Presser's struggling San Francisco company has choreographer Edward Hale recreate the legendary Diabolical Dance, originally created for a czar's mistress. The dance has been performed exactly twice, each time abandoned after the lead ballerina died. (Jessica Fletcher correctly diagnoses a heart attack from a film made during an attempted 2nd production.) Jessica also discovers a curtain 'accident' is staged by Presser for publicity during the first rehearsal, viewed by prospective investors. Presser's wife, Claudia Cameron, is pushed from the lead role by a younger and craftier Lily Roland, to the exasperation of the lead male, Damien Bolo, prefers the mature dancer and barely tolerates the upstart's awkwardness. Lily dies during the premiere; she was poisoned, but not from the real rose that Bolo had substituted for a prop. Jessica examines the company and events with a critically sharper eye for ballet than SFPD detective lieutenant Martin Kinicki.
12The Witch's Curse
12 Jan 1992Description ▼
While doctor Hazlett is looking for the lead in an amateur play about a falsely accused witch's burning, Mariah Osborn arrives. Some people believe she's an actual witch, and she gets blamed for every crime or weirdness from then on. As that includes when Circuit Court judge Willard Clinton was pushed from the bell tower and also the blame for a fire at insurance officer Nate Parsons's Cabot Cove home. Jessica digs into both crimes' hidden past and connects it all with a jewel theft years ago from Charles and Lydia Winthrop.
13Incident in Lot #7
19 Jan 1992Description ▼
Universal Studio bosses invite Jessica to plan a movie adaptation of her recent novel Messengers at Midnight, to be adapted for the screen by John Cavershaw. Producer Darryl Heyward accepts her objections to mutilating a true story, dumps John, actress mistress Monica Chase and most of the production team. Then he's clobbered to death in the Hitchcock Psycho house, where Jessica noticed someone hiding earlier after Willy Montego showed her around speculating general belief can make something evil. Jessica works out potentially motivating Hollywood interests. She finds weird fan Oliver Thissle, who claims he hid on the murder night in the Bates house and snoops there to set a trap.
14The Monte Carlo Murders
02 Feb 1992
15Tinker, Tailor, Liar, Thief
01 Mar 1992
08 Mar 1992Description ▼
Shortly after his high-profile second marriage with Jessica's neighbor, soap star Marci, Walter Bowman fires his personal trainer Bo Wilder and is shot dead at home. Unlike sheriff Beals's department, Jessica soon suspects a set-up. Suspects include her jealous ex, acting colleague Devon 'Sonny' Lane, who tried to object at the wedding and agent Teddy Cardozo.
17To the Last Will I Grapple with Thee
15 Mar 1992Description ▼
Jessica's friend, retired Ulster cop Sean Cullane, started with her help teaching crime classes. Michael O'Connor, a serial Ulster criminal, who just migrated to New York, provokes him, promising 'revenge', and manages to get threatened in Patrick MacNair's Irish pub, so Sean is warned by the NYPD. Michael's even shadier nephew Ian O'Connor, who desires Sean's daughter Kathleen, is dangerously in debt with loan shark Finn Dawley, yet Michael refuses further financial help. Next Michael is found shot in the head, Sean the sole suspect. Jessica is determined to 'help' NYPD Lt. Jacoby dig deeper, examining the very accusing 'testament' tape Michael left.
18Programmed for Murder
05 Apr 1992Description ▼
When Jessica "loses" 40 pages of her latest manuscript in her computer, she's happy to have a friend like Harriet Wooster. Harriet is a business woman who has created her own successful software firm that is coveted by a another company headquartered in Boston. She hasn't been feeling well lately but Seth Hazlett diagnoses a mild gastric disorder brought on by stress and says the best thing she can do is sell her company to the highest bidder and relax. Seth himself has been irritable lately with the presence in Cabot Cove of a young doctor, Jonas Beckwith, who doesn't always agree with Seth's diagnoses. When Harriet's condition suddenly worsens, it appears Seth may have misdiagnosed her. The autopsy however suggest murder and it's left to Jessica to sift through all of the possible suspects.
19Day of the Dead
26 Apr 1992Description ▼
Jesscia is on a working holiday with her friend Cyrus Ramsey, archaeologist at the Mexico City museum, whose exposition's prize piece (the Aztec emperor Montezuma's golden death mask) was just stolen. It's found with the reputed unlawful collector Enrico Montejano, a self-made tycoon whose young lover's (Rosa) father, Juan Garcia, just resigned after a row over that affair. US DEA Agent Ramirez warns her not to hinder their drug investigation. She inquires about Rosa's dead fiancée Jason Powel.
20Angel of Death
03 May 1992Description ▼
Martin Tremaine convinces Jessica to visit his Carmel estate and discuss his latest play, "Angel of Death'", which she finds disturbingly dark, then learns why: he fears he's going mad, being physically haunted by the veiled figure of his departed wife Vivian (who committed suicide). However in the estate's cottage where Martin's stepdaughter Courtney Stoddard lives, her husband Philip Stoddard is stabbed to death. Jessica finds out all about the whole family, mostly present for the weekend, plus Martin's blind ex-typist and lover Lisa Ryder, and traps the killer.
21Badge of Honor
10 May 1992Description ▼
Seth is thrilled that Ben Oliver, an old Army buddy long thought dead, is alive and coming to Cabot Cove. Then PI Lawrence Jarvis turns up, claiming that Ben robbed a jewelry store. Ben does so well at the mechanic job Seth got for him that owner Mason Porter promotes him to boat salesman, to which his nephew objects. Jarvis tells Jessica he will catch Ben, no matter what it takes. When Mason Porter is found dead with $60,000 missing from his company safe, and $10,000 is found in Ben's room, it is up to Jessica to clear him by finding the real killer.
22Murder on Madison Avenue
17 May 1992Description ▼
Jessica is hired by Meredith Delaney, Executive Vice President at Marathon Toy Corp., to develop a new board game. Delaney has been with the company for 20 years and from the outset, makes it quite clear to Jessica that she, not CEO Edgar Greenstreet, is the person in charge. Delaney launches a competition between two advertising teams for the company's $40 million advertising account. Jessica knows a member of one of the ad teams, Brian Singer, from when he worked as a publicist on one of her books. When Delaney is murdered, Jessica has several suspects: Greenstreet, Delaney faithful secretary Sylvia Moffat, longtime employee Frank Christie who was recently fired and Delaney's husband who she has recently informed she was divorcing. Jessica also has to deal with the fact that Brian Singer's fingerprints are on the murder weapon.
1Murder in Milan
20 Sep 1992Description ▼
In Milan for a film festival, Jessica is caught between a hot director who wants out of a contract, a possessive producer who wants to keep him but is having money problems from late billings, an ingénue's father who used to be a successful screenwriter, an angry former partner of the producer, a rival producer who wants the director for a picture, and the producer's partner who may know something about the late billings. But whose agenda included murder?
27 Sep 1992Description ▼
Jessica's former student Randy Sloan is back in Cabot Cove to research a 30-year-old murder that someone wants to stay buried. Pretty waitress Sally Bates interests both Randy and rich boy Neal Latimer. But is the secret Randy has discovered worth killing to keep?
04 Oct 1992Description ▼
Maxwell Hagen is a prominent businessman and philanthropist. When Jessica is kidnapped and taken to Hagen, he recognizes she is not the missing informant his thugs were supposed to get, but Hagen pretends it must have been someone else. With the help of newspaperman Brynie Sullivan, Jessica tries to locate the mystery woman before Hagen's thugs do.
4The Wind Around the Tower
01 Nov 1992Description ▼
In Ireland to research a new book, Jessica is a guest at a house supposedly haunted by a weeping ghost. The owner, Neal Gillen, fears he is going to be murdered and has asked the help of Jessica's ex-policeman friend Sean Culhane. When Neal dies, the possible suspects include his apparently loving wife, his cousin who has been dipping into the corporate accounts, a neighbor whose land Neal bought cheap, and a village girl who had her own agenda.
5The Dead File
15 Nov 1992Description ▼
Jessica is no more amused to be the model for fictional 'Hatterville' detective Jessica Fox than its creator, cartoonist Stan Hatter, when two forged editions falsely accuse NYPD's former narcotics lieutenant Peter DiMartini and tycoon Roger Melton, who both intend to sue for a fortune. Then Ben Watanabe, Stan's 'letterer', is murdered, staged as a suicide, in the private studio where he works with talented apprentice Teddy Graves. Sergeant Martha Redstone is too easily satisfied with simplistic assumptions, so Jessica solves the case herself.
6Night of the Coyote
22 Nov 1992Description ▼
In Silverville, New Mexico, Max Teller has turned a ghost town into a tourist attraction, but a bank loan officer wants to buy it, a former cohort in crime arrives to blackmail him, and a thieving hand that he fires threatens him. When the Silverville Museum burns, mysterious Sheriff Keeyani appears to get word from the spirits that it was arson, but Jessica realizes he is covering standard police procedure with a show. Max is killed, and it may have been related to treasure missing from an 1898 holdup.
7Sugar & Spice, Malice & Vice
29 Nov 1992Description ▼
Top executive Paul Marlowe and his personal assistant arrange dodgy 'insurance' for the Hong Kong merger deal he's arranging for ex Congressman Adam Quatrain's San Francisco bank. When Jessica arrives for a literary convention, she finds her suite has been arranged by British intelligence friend Michael Hagerty. Michael explains that he unlawfully found out Marlowe's deal is with international drug lords, to facilitate money laundering. Haggerty is arrested after Paul is shot dead. Lieutenant Pat Hogan can use their unorthodox help to handle both unusually enigmatic crimes.
8The Classic Murder
06 Dec 1992Description ▼
Jessica visits her editor Sally and her widowed dad tycoon, Buck Wilson, on his country estate. His son B.J. Wilson tells Buck's brother-in-law and firm lieutenant George Foster he's on the trace of $150,000 embezzlement. After a mystery affair Buck goes missing, the kids' cop youth friend Sergeant Tom Jarrow investigates. Theatrical medium Marika Valenti claims, in a séance, to see Buck's corps in his first oil well, but her corps is found in a nearby cistern. Ex-con live-in driver Carl Graham is arrested. Jessica's research helps find Buck's corps and solve all three crimes.
9A Christmas Secret
13 Dec 1992Description ▼
Shortly before Christmas Cabot Cove tycoon Alan Forsythe welcomes Charlie Davenport McCumber into the family, fiancé of his daughter Elisabeth 'Beth' and the new firm partner, which Bert Lazarus begrudges. Charlie answers an anonymous blackmail tape with a message from a woman, in his car. Beth finds it and sees him kiss a mystery girl there. At a charity raffle a Santa shoots (but not fatally) Wanda Andrews, employed in the hardware store by real estate magnate Floyd Bigelow, who reveals he suspects her of embezzling $400,000 from the pension fund. Jessica doubts the obvious and sets a trap to clear Charlie.
10The Sound of Murder
03 Jan 1993Description ▼
While recording 'The Corpse Danced at Midnight' in RJM's studio, Jessica learns about the bitter business of wheeling and dealing to determine the price of its secret take-over by the Palladium consortium. The (re)signing up an established rock star, whose manager, Charles George Drexler, and sound engineer Paul Atkins's young discovery, are the key men. RJM boss Freddie Major, who played dirty with mob-connected Richard Lefko, is shot during the star's next video clip recording with Paul's gun. Jessica helps Lieutenant Alan Terwilliger investigate.
10 Jan 1993Description ▼
Seth's old friend, actor David North, returns to Cabot Cove to try out a play in the local playhouse. At auditions for the minor roles, Lyman Taggart gives a terrible reading but is convinced the director and North are out to get him. At dinner that night, Taggart shows up again and threatens North. Meanwhile, North's former manager Eric Benderson shows up and moves in. As Seth tries to reassure a hard-drinking North, Taggart tries to enlist Jessica's help to get him in the play, and threatens her when she brushes him off. When Taggart crashes a cast party, Benderson throws him out. Later, Seth finds Benderson injured in the theater, and he later dies. Taggart comes out of a room at the Lighthouse Motel, and as Sheriff Metzger chases him, Jessica notices the motel room is burning. Jessica thinks North might be in danger and they rush to his hotel, where they smell gas and Metzger pulls an unconscious North out of his room. Jessica and Seth think it was an attempted suicide. Jessica comes to the theater to catch the conscience of the murderer with new pages to the play.
17 Jan 1993Description ▼
Slumlord Frank Fernandez is acquitted of the murder of City Councilman Roberto Galvan, but Galvan's family is sure he was guilty. Father Michael intends to run for Galvan's council seat, but Frank Fernandez threatens him, and he reveals to Jessica that Fernandez is his father. Frank discovers his son Raymond is selling drugs. But when Frank is killed, the more Jessica investigates, the more likely it looks like one of the Galvan boys did it.
07 Feb 1993Description ▼
The discovery of a 30-year-old corpse brings a collection of interested to people to Miami, including the first appearance of recurring character Charlie Garrett. Jessica is attending a writers' convention and accompanies the dead man's daughter Laura as more murders line the trail of missing negatives.
14 Feb 1993Description ▼
In the Midwest for a book tour, Jessica is to be featured on KGAB radio, whose killer DJ Marcus Rule is broadcasting rumors that may kill David Osterman's state senate campaign. Jessica is visiting little Easton not only to promote her latest book but to visit Jonathan Baker, the son of an old friend. Rule wants to move to a larger market, but he and station owner Colin Crowe threaten each other. Jessica decimates Rule on the air and attends the grand opening of the station's 25,000 watt transmitter. But the surprise of the event is the discovery of Colin Crowe's body, shot with Jonathan's gun.
15The Petrified Florist
21 Feb 1993Description ▼
Jessica visits star gossip magazine editor, Frances Hunt, to attend a Hollywood dinner party. Socialite florist Billy Kyle delivers there, then is killed in his Beverly Hills shop, but not as a result of a robbery. Lieutenant Gabriel Caceras already worked with Jessica, so he lets her snoop with him. She realizes Billy met everyone and learned dangerous truths. There is gossip concerning a bribery racket. Jessica follows various avenues but in the end nothing is what it seemed.
16Threshold of Fear
28 Feb 1993Description ▼
In New York, Alice Morgan never leaves her apartment, haunted by dreams of her mother's murder five years earlier. When she sees the dream-murderer, architect Jordan Barnett, on television, she is terrified. When he comes to her door, she is convinced he did murder her mother. Alice's psychiatrist seems mostly interested in insulating her from other people. When Barnett is killed, is Alice out of danger, or in even more danger?
17The Big Kill
07 Mar 1993Description ▼
In Cabot Cove, fisherman Henry Riddett is making unlawful arms deliveries for businessman Martin Fraser, who is desperate to keep his company afloat. Fraser has not shared his company problems with girlfriend Eve Simpson. When Riddett quits, he is found dead on his boat before he can warn Sheriff Metzger. Fraser's only hope for a big order to revive his company is a subsurface monitoring device that isn't functional yet. Financial adviser Carl Ward discovers the unlawful sales and demands a piece of the pie or he'll go to the feds. Shortly thereafter, Ward is found dead on Fraser's company boat. It's up to Jessica to put the pieces together and identify the murderer.
18Dead to Rights
21 Mar 1993Description ▼
When Jessica finds out her research assistant Dana Ballard has been imprecise and lied to her, she checks to find out she was fraudulently used as Dana's reference to get a job with a Seattle stock-broker, who is murdered and Dana holds the smoking gun... yet she ends up teaming up with socially handicapped public defender Vincent Polaski and NYPD Lieutenant Gabriel Rodino to prove the plot is even thicker and the real murderer ...
04 Apr 1993Description ▼
Tommy, a high school kid trained as a swimmer by his over-demanding dad, also has a job as a grocery delivery boy and thus met Jessica who accepted to coach his promising stories. When he tells her in panic he saw and was shot at by a man bent over the corpse of another regular client, the police find nothing and first call him a lying prankster, then a suspect as the gun turns up; he's also declared the only suspect when the man he saw is found dead in the pool where he trained. Jessica proves his innocence by finding the unlikely killer.
20Ship of Thieves
02 May 1993Description ▼
When Jessica goes on a luxury cruise paid for by her publisher, she smells a rat as things get stolen and her acquaintance Dennis Stanton, formerly an insurance investigator, soon confides in her he's the undercover security chief watching a suspected master jewel thief. As a female passenger who boarded under a murdered woman's name is found dead herself, the two sleuths unearth the connection with a money laundering circuit.
09 May 1993Description ▼
When Jessica's computer consultant Paula Raynor, who has no family, is only identified in hospital after a car accident by her coordinates, our sleuth takes an interest in the case, as Paula's boy friend John Bondy who apparently died in the crash soon turns out to be a murdered young undercover cop who was just assigned to a police team that recently suffered several serious setbacks presumed to be the work of a rotten cop.
22Love's Deadly Desire
16 May 1993Description ▼
Shortly after novelist Sibilla Stone has an apparently fixed 'accident' in her Cabot Cove boat-shed, her sister is murdered at night on the beach wearing her gray cloak, so who was the intended victim? Various people in her entourage have secrets, and there's a smuggle route that seems the key to the sheriff, but Jessica proves a less obvious theory just in time to prevent a next murder.
1A Death in Hong Kong
12 Sep 1993Description ▼
Jessica Fletcher has finally accepted House of Dunbar tycoon Brian's wife Emma Soon Dunbar's invitation to visit Hong Kong; while she's admiring Burmese jade, her host gets kidnapped, asking a $200,000 cash ransom. Police Insp. McLaughlin suggests the ransom will probably be quickly paid and insure a release, it's almost routine in the last years before the PRC's takeover, and so it happens. Unlike Emma, Brian is inclined to believe it was just another move by his merger-candidate Kai Kuan, whose son David is actually dating Brian's daughter April Dunbar, a forbidden love. Dunbar-executive Mark Tower, who was found out selling goods supposedly destroyed in a warehouse fire to Shangai by womens apparel-division head Louise Walton, offers his services to the Kuans. Even though the merger talks look like a dead-end, the sumptuous 110th Dunbars anniversary banquet goes on with the Kuans for appearances sake, serving a century egg- which kills Brian by cyanide concentrate, some of which is found in firm heir Emma's ceramics studio...
2For Whom the Ball Tolls
26 Sep 1993Description ▼
Jessica helps her friend Margaret Johnson and preservation committee president Carol Collins fight against a New York development project which would cause a historical building, where Ernest Hemingway, author of For Whom the Bell Tolls (hence the title), once had an apartment, to be torn down if the last adjoining building is sold to them, but Nolan Walsh holds out with his pubs lease, even throws developer Eugene Gillrich out after promises and threats quite violently in public. Eugene and his wife Lee are desperate to save the project, while his brother and partner Walter wants to consider an alternate site; Eugene secretly romances Carol Collins. Then Walter is found shot dead at Eugene's desk, presumably Eugene was the target. NYPD Lieutenant Artie Gelber and Detective Henderson examine, and arrest Margaret after finding her fingerprints in the office. Jessica gives her an alibi, though not foolproof, and finds evidence Walter's body was moved, so he was the intended victim, and indeed the bullet is in Eugene's office. Jessica notices Carol ordered her usual drink at Nolan's pub, so she probably knew Eugene in advance, unlike her claim. Improbable mail gives Jessica a clue the 87 year-old is deceased; her heiress, a nurse, wanted to keep the apartment and inspires Jessica about a parking matter, the key to the murder plot...
3The Legacy of Borbey House
03 Oct 1993Description ▼
Two teenagers making out in the cemetery get the scare of their lives when a man crawls out of a grave. Jessica's house needs electric and plumbing repairs, but her handyman Charles Wetherby is called away to her anger by grumpy rich client Lawrence Baker who recently moved into the mansion Borbey House, a huge contract. Dr. Howard Sorenson, the visiting grave riser, congratulates Jessica in the library on her book research on sepulchers, in his occult field of research. Jessica's assistant Molly Holt's boyfriend Dave Perrin keeps looking for his sister Laurel who's missing since 18 months. Another nightly teenage couple is scared to death when they find- in daylight, just an mannequin arm. Wetherby cancels Jessica's repairs after Baker agreed to structural work on a wall, doubling the restoration contract price. Molly's dad, a local shopkeeper, refuses to deal with Baker after finding out nobody knows about him and he only pays cash. Lauren's corps is found on a boat. Dr. Howard Sorenson is caught snooping in Baker's place, and reacts like a vampire killer; next Sheriff Mort Metzger and Jessica are called to Baker's body in Borbey House, murdered with a wooden stake, but not the ash-wood required according to vampire literature. Sorenson reports he found William Borbey's grave was empty; the name Borbey is the Hungarian equivalent of Baker; Sorenson points out Baker never left in daylight, kept no mirrors and may thus still be an undead vampire. Baker's butler Peter Jatich's fingerprints match an ex-Stasi. Jessica figures out how everything ties together.
4The Phantom Killer
24 Oct 1993Description ▼
In New York Jessica gets interviewed and followed by sweat young profile-writer Ben Forman; his agent Dean Richards is threatened in her presence by bully competing producer Harrison M. Kane, who tells his publisher Carter Drummond he'll buy the magazine and tries to recruit Ben directly. Dean bitches to photographer Hans Dietrich and star model Kathryn Scofield who is intimate with Hans. Ben follows Abby Peters who he heard being roughed up by Kane, who is found dead by electrocution in the hotel bath shortly after. NYPD Lt. Artie Gelber investigates and soon realizes the man made enemies constantly. Dean calls Jessica who is surprised Ben hasn't handed in a single page; she and the police catch him impersonating inexistent agent Gary Manion, he's charged with the murder and confesses, but she can't believe he would leave such obvious evidence against his alter-ego and guesses right he only protects Abby who reassures them she's innocent. Artie still intends to nail Ben, but Jessica finds out what really happened...
5A Virtual Murder
31 Oct 1993Description ▼
Cabot Cove's own youngster Alex Hooper, who got his first job with virtual reality-video game expert Michael Burke, has got Jessica to write a murder script 'A Killing at Hastings Rock' for their firm Marathon to design one about. The test version has grave program flaws, which may sink the firm by missing a nearby press presentation deadline- Jessica promises to rewrite the script so the failing character is no longer needed. Two partners secretly go to Redwood Concepts where James Lindstrom tells its CEO John/Charles Crowe he demands a bonus for dealing with him now he knows about his criminal past and name change, while his partner David Salt promises 'another solution'. It works, but programing out a confusing set of pointless doors would take too long. During the reception Michael gets called by his P.I., Dan Porter, and confronts James about his contacting Crowe, who is there too; shortly after James' corps is discovered, presumably found out stealing essential source codes. Michael openly suspects Crowe. Investigating police Sergeant Ignacio Delcanto suspects a professional murder and arrests Michael because his finger prints where found on the murder weapon, Lindstrom's own gun. Jessica contacts Porter, having heard his name, and suggests he extorted a small fortune for withholding from Michael David Salt's involvement. Alex and Jessica hack James' computer, which inspires Jessica to set up the real murderer...
09 Nov 1993Description ▼
Jessica visits horse trainer Matt Cleveland on Wally Hampton's stud ranch in Virginia's Blue Mountains, where everybody is elated about the prospects for their promising racehorse Swift Prince. Matt is clobbered down and Jessica finds a mysterious syringe, but it's a stimulant injected in Prince, three days before a major race, so unlikely still to be detected even if it makes him win. Meanwhile Catherine Noble's neighboring ranch is financially troubled, so daughter Tracey Noble can't get a grand wedding, and their partner, Lloyd Mentone, schemes with the Hamptons assistant trainer -who is fired by Matt- while insisting Prince shouldn't race with a not perfectly healed injury as his leg could be permanently hurt. Matt tells Jessica a video cassette he just received could help take 3 seconds off Prince's time, and shortly after has a fatal car accident, or is it murder? Now rancher son Paul Hampton, a banker, pulls the plug at his deal with Loyd, and calls off the wedding with Tracy 'which was only a match between stud ranches'. Jessica now solves the horse mystery and Matt's murder.
7A Killing in Cork
21 Nov 1993Description ▼
Jessica visits Fiona Delaney Griffith, the widow of Richard, a friend of her late husband in Cork Ireland, where the family runs a traditional factory of Woollens, blankets. Cousin Ambrose Griffith was about to take over management from Fionas son Sean and move the site too far for many villagers to keep the only jobs in the region. Elder son Patrick Griffith, who was away over ten years fleeing his unfair father, is furious, and has an affair. Ambrose is found murdered in Father Timothy's church. Jessica also believes the old cripple local poet William Mahaffy that Richards fall from the belfry was no accident and the crazy Una O'Reilly who puts flowers on his grave witnessed something. Sgt. Terence Boyle is clearly not up to examining murder cases, but Jessica does figure out how both murders fit together.
8Love and Hate in Cabot Cove
28 Nov 1993Description ▼
Sheriff Mort Metzger is shot at by an unknown in his office, but not hurt. Jessica came home for the annual rummage sale she's in charge of this time, but her New York accountant warned her financial situation requires an audit and local accountant Sam Bennett didn't even answer- he's gambling at Lou Keramides' clandestine casino; the sheriff gets the judge to sign a search-warrant for his restaurant, where Jessica and Dr. Seth Hazlitt insist to talk to him but a tip-off allowed him to clean it in time, again. Deputy Ethan Loomis has an affair with Sam's in-living daughter Candace Bennett and is surprised by Sam in his patrol car. Mort shows Jessica anonymous threatening letters telling him to return to New York. Dr. Seth Hazlitt found his quarterly mutual fund purchases were neglected by Sam, whose wife Laura also learns about the complaints. Ethan gets paid for tipping off Keramides. College drop-out Chad Macinoy, the son of local gazette editor Irene Macinoy, is back in town from Philadelphia, and still in love with Candance, who doesn't want him back; her parents throw him out, under gun-threat from Sam and Ethan, who gladly arrests his rival. The next morning Ethan is shot while driving the sheriff's car and dies. Jessica realizes the killer must have been able to recognize the driver, so Mort probably wasn't the target. Jessica now checks out the 'private game room' to tell Kermaides she suspects him and gets a covert threat not to insist. Deputy Andy Broom confirms he suspected Ethan tipped the casino. The sheriff arrests Sam Bennett, having found in his house a recently fired hunting gun of the killer's caliber; Jessica believes he's only guilty of gambling with clients' money and suddenly realizes an inconspicuous clue...
9Murder at a Discount
05 Dec 1993Description ▼
Dave Novaro claims Jessica's book "The Uncaught" is a thinly disguised version of the murder of his wife Janet (whose mother died of grief six months later), except that he was acquitted in court -albeit merely for lack of evidence- five years ago, not 'his character' in 'her version', so he demands millions as compensation for damages to business, health and marriage. His wife Iris Novaro complains to him this makes him absent, while she tells her lover Rick Konig she couldn't bring herself to tell him about them at such a time of stress. To Jessica's surprise, NYPD Lt. Artie Gelber Artie confirms the murders really are surprisingly similar, even in some details, and there was enough publicity so she could have known. Dave's daughter Rachel Novaro, a lawyer, also wants the book redrawn, while her grandpa Norman Trent believes Dave did murder her mother. When Iris publicly accuses Jessica of ruining her marriage to Dave, who married her, his former secretary, Jessica's publisher Ted Hartley asks her to consider a settlement to avoid the costs of a high-profile trial. When Novaro's assistant Neil Fraser warns Dave his business is about to falter under the publicity costs, he reads the book and calls Jessica, suggesting he may redraw his lawsuit as it inspired him who really would have murdered his wife; shortly after he is clobbered to death with a walking cane. Rachel persists with the lawsuit; Jessica asks her about the last passage Dave read, according to his fingerprints, and notices she has a past copy of her mother's diamond necklace which Dave used to cover up pawning the real one. Iris tells Rick off 'because he was only after the money' when he sounds disappointed Rachel is the sole heir. Artie arrests Norman Trent who was seen by a bag lady at the shop where his fingerprints where abundant, even admits he wanted Dave dead for murdering his daughter; Jessica doesn't' buy it as it would alienate Rachel and investigates her own theory...
10Murder in White
19 Dec 1993Description ▼
Jessica comes to the rescue of her friend, actress Glenda Highsmith, who is mounting a play in Martin Kramer's London theater based on a Fletcher-mystery in a defective adaptation by the in principle uncooperative dramatist Mae Shaughnessy with her younger house-mate Brett Dillon. Jessica and others get strange calls from Empire magazine reporter Malcolm Brooker about an affair between Glenda and John Camden, the 17th earl Glenhaven. The actors have their own bothers- waning glory Lawson Childress is drinking a bit much, worrying about Glenda; rising start Franklin Smith fears he is to be replaced and his girlfriend Sally Briggs is told it would take her pleasing Kramer more intimately the she's prepared to do. Director Peter Drew tells Jessica Glenda can't concentrate because of Kramer who is called by phone to the props basement and stabbed to death. Stage manager Oliver Hopkins finds him; Scotland Yard's Detective Chief Inspector Ellen Jarvis investigates. Her friend tells Jessica and Glenda confirms her the earl Glenhaven is actual her former youth love, then a grenadier, now dying and the unknowing father of Brett, who she gave up for adoption. Jarvis says Brooker is no reporter but just a 'grifter' (petty crook) and paid by Kramer; he tells Jessica he saw a blond woman go in after Martin, wearing a white raincoat like Glenda in the play, but ran from the police. Glenda is arrested and admits she was there, only in another raincoat. The disappearance of the white raincoat from props inspires Jessica to solve the murder ...
02 Jan 1994Description ▼
Jessica flies to Indian territory in British Columbia (Canada) and gets stuck because of plane trouble in Dominion, a town near Hobart Creek, where the Aurora Hills Mining Company is denied passage by armed natives, despite a contract signed by the territorial government, till old Joe Quill convinces them to wait a few days for legal action, which comes in the person of Jessica's locally born co-passenger Peter Henderson, a cynical realist, who warns Joe's grandson, nature-drawing artist George Quill, to stop using arms. Mine executive Rick Shipley and another miner rough up George till they notice Jessica approaching; he tells her to forget about it as the police never believes an Indian; meanwhile Henderson goes out with police Sgt. Hilda Dupont. Shipley warns Joey to call off George before it gets really dangerous, but is blackmailed himself by retired RCMP cop Hamish McPherson, also flown in with Jessica, who recognized him as escaped Mountie-killing bank robber Nicholas Jensen Davis; he is killed by dynamite, according to Shipley the sticks stolen from the mine by George, under the bridge where he would have been paid and drove to in the mining company truck Shipley lend him. George is arrested, but Jessica doesn't believe Shipley was the target, even after the stolen dynamite case with three sticks missing is found hidden in George's home. Next Shipley is found dead by bullet, apparently suicide, but only two hours after he booked a flight. Jessica comes up with a surprising theory and proves it.
12Proof in the Pudding
09 Jan 1994Description ▼
Jessica is celebrity guest on Italian cook Bernardo Bonelli's TV show. Bernardo is terribly rude to his Salvadorian assistant Manuel Ramirez, a good friend of Bernardo's sole relative Philip 'Phil' Bonelli's girl Lorna Thompson. The Bonelli's are starting up a restaurant, but is out of capital and targeted by mobster Paul Avoncino's racketeering, while Bernado refuses to flirt with studio manager Alex Weaver's ex, food critic Diane. In one evening Bernardo and Paul are murdered in the kitchen. Jessica has to do NYPD's job for detective MacKenzie.
13Portrait of Death
16 Jan 1994Description ▼
In New York, Jessica donates a painting to a charity auction organized by an old friend from Cabot Cove, putting her on the scene when an art dealer of dubious honesty and taste is killed. When her friend becomes the prime suspect in the murder, Jessica must wade through a sting and a missing painting to find the real murderer.
23 Jan 1994Description ▼
Sheriff Metzger and Jessica must interrupt preparations for a dinner party 'not' for doc's birthday to figure out recent crimes in Cabot Cove. Walter Perry broke into taking the pittance he was owed by metals entrepreneur Sanford Lomax from his office, but stumbles upon and grabs $900,000. It's actually owed to mobster Joseph Kempinsky, who sends goon Oscar James Gandile to retrieve it. Lomax hopes to have it returned by hiring PI Charlie Garrett, an old friend of Jessica's. However it's Oscar who gets killed, and the fortune is missing.
15Murder on the Thirtieth Floor
06 Feb 1994Description ▼
Jessica's New York publisher Edward Graham suffers from nightmares about his late wife beckoning him to the afterlife, for which he takes pills prescribed by his shrink, Dr. Jerry Santana. Awake he has excessive mood-swings, completely changing his mind on Jessica's manuscript and firing people for trifling matters. Jessica concludes he's a manic-depressive. After a romantic evening he falls to his death from the 13th floor, actually pushed, after writing an apology note for Jessica. Lieutenant Nick Acosta asks her to stay out of the investigation, but she's executor of his recently updated last will. From that, his life insurance policy, his manipulated apartment and pills she concludes it was murder. There's also a robbery and another murder.
16Time to Die
06 Mar 1994
17The Dying Game
13 Mar 1994Description ▼
In New York City to finalize a deal at the Museum of Contemporary Culture, Jessica finds herself trying to solve a murder. Her friend and fellow museum Board member Floyd Larkin, owner of the venerable Larkin's Department Store, is pre-occupied when someone is found murdered on the premises. Things seem to go from bad to worse when Laskin tells Jessica that he's backing out of his promised support for the Museum and is selling his store to a rival chain owned by Clint Halliwell. It's a bitter pill, especially for long-time employees who worry about their future. When Halliwell is also killed - by a crossbow - there is no shortage of possible suspects.
18imdb.com/title/ttMurder She Wrote.The Trouble with Seth #10.18
01 May 1994Description ▼
At Houston space control for research, Jessica overhears Sam Mercer promise NASA's LG computers order, essential for the IT firm, is on its way, but the truck gets robbed by masked men on the open road in plain daylight. Her friend and host Wayne Platte, the truck driver, got hurt, and the firm was in bad enough shape, now suppliers demand immediate payment and insurance considers them a bad risk. His son Rob Platte, a college drop-out who works in the roadhouse, seems only interested in country singing, which doesn't bring in good money. Roadhouse owner Willie Greenwood is furious her accomplice Randy Jinks, waitress Cindy Warrick's ex, could have killed Wayne. Randy and Rob, Cindy's lover who never told his dad about her, fight till Willie pulls them apart to avoid damages. Randy haggles about the looted computers; Willie reminds Wayne's secretary Meg Thomas her next debt payment is due. Ex-con Lance Taggart drops in at Willie's; she won't put him up but he follows Randy, gets him talking and makes her cut him in for 10% to keep him silent. Sheriff Jim Monday suspects Wayne hijacked his own truck to ransom the computers which are of little use except for NASA. When Wayne disapproves of Rob's proposal to Cindy, he quits as driver too. Wayne hurts his arm badly changing a truck tire and is ready to close shop, but Rob returns. Randy is run over by a truck at night after stepping out of his pickup truck; a Platte name tag from the truck Rob drove is found there- the sheriff arrests Rob. Jessica snoops at the local electronics shop after noticing a pickup with possible camouflage for the stolen computers, makes the owner betray himself as a fence, but he claims the computers were rubbish, impossible to sell even as parts. Then Jessica finds out the truck mileage was doctored so someone else could have driven Rob's truck...
20A Murderous Muse
15 May 1994Description ▼
While handyman Richie Kanpinski repairs her sink, Jessica remarks a busker plays the clarinet beautifully outside the museum where pianist Leslie Walden is rehearsing for a benefit. Her guardian and manager Byron Tocoski is impossibly demanding on everyone, even quick to fire professionals; he is startled by the suspicious arrival of Leslie's dad Hank Walden (the has-been clarinetist) who walked out on her ten years ago and came to nothing. Byron, watched by Hank from outside, tells Leslie, who approaches legal majority, he arranged for them to be married in Munich next October. Jessica finds Leslie on her doorstep in tears, Byron refuses to take notice of her. Vanessa Cross, Byron's ex but still his assistant, informs Hank about Byron's plans. Two businessmen have secret dealings about a fat recording contract Byron made, but to be signed in Leslie's name, so it can still be altered. Next morning Byron is found dead at the piano, shot, apparently through the open window. Lt. Peter DiMartini arrests Hank, who was seen outside again, from where he could have shot. Solly Prinze, the jazz musician closest to Leslie, put her up in tears after she came from Jessica, but when he went out for takeaway found her gone, and turns to Jessica, who is also intrigued by the anonymous composition Byron was playing, which contains a musical oddity...
21Wheel of Death
22 May 1994Description ▼
Before she goes to the Cabot Cove carnival with Seth, Jessica notices some jewelry is missing- she was burglarized. Sheriff Mort Metzger gets reports from other victims but is most surprised after 22 years to meet Joanna Sims again, a college girlfriend who ran off with then jock Don Sims; she's now the traveling carnival's assistant manager. Jessica and Seth are surprised to hear from Don's co-owner Carl Dormer that the carnival brought very little money in despite good attendance, according to him people just didn't spend money, but young local grosser Richard Binyon even spends $100 as thank-you for great sales. Juggler Nicodemus 'Nicky' Newton accepts someone's order to break in and look at the carnival's books. Toby Grant, who works as the roustabout for a year to finance going to college, meets up with local volunteer Lisa Farrel, who gives Jessica a tally copy confirming the income. Joanna surprises Nicky going through Dormer's desk in his trailer, according to him looking for his knife-throwing "victim"'s partner's engagement ring, but thinks they are in cahoots. Richard and Seth are picked from the audience as reluctant volunteers for magician Dormer's pickpocket act, which embarrassingly includes some of their cloths. Lisa feels for Toby, who was publicly chewed at by Dormer, and agrees to meet up after the show closes at night; in stead she witnesses a masked man stab Dormer and runs. Joanna finds the corpse on a ride. When Mort tells Joanna Don has an inheritance motive, she tells she saw Nick, who refuses to give his alibi, claiming to have taken on oath not to tell, but after a tip from Carmen she saw Nick talking with a Lighthouse Motel guest they identify him- it's Sherman Hastings from the IRS, who asked Nick's help to investigate black bookkeeping. Jessica sees that Don watched Toby telling her Lisa refuses to see him, probably fearing he might be the masked killer, and races away; Mort arrests Joanna, thinking they murdered Carl after finding out his scam. Jessica believes the couple's denial, as Don, who is soon apprehended, couldn't be the burglar and the murderer used a stolen antique knife, then realizes the significance of something resembling a wallet...
1A Nest of Vipers
25 Sep 1994Description ▼
Jessica does zoo research in LA's Animal Park. Director Norman Gilford is the center of a web of corruption, embezzlement, secrets and bribery. City councilor Joe Gandolph's plan to close the park is helped by a warped animal rights movement, Earthspeak, who tip off a newspaper journalist. Employee Mark Atwater dies from mambo snake venom, which Jesscia works out wasn't just a bite. She helps her friend LAPD lieutenant Gabriel Caceras clear Ted Fraley and uncovers the sordid truth.
02 Oct 1994Description ▼
In Amsterdam for a copyrights conference, Jessica meets old friend Nigel Allison, who is promptly kidnapped. Amid a mishmash of MI-5 agents, international arms dealers, and double-crossing lovers, Jessica tries to locate and free her friend.
3To Kill a Legend
09 Oct 1994Description ▼
In London, blackmailer Alexander Sandsby demands his half but gets a blow on the head from Jeffrey Caldwell and perishes in arson. Cabot Cove is preparing for its annual Joshua Peabody day, this time with a TV documentary production; Jessica is reading the text, written by Bostonian hot-shot director Richard Hawkes, who won an Emmy 8 years ago, with a few historical corrections by her own hand. Jessica brings an ideal period prop, a music box, for repairs to clockmaker Thomas Godfrey, who finds the mechanism is jammed by a letter from George Washington dated September 12, 1780, calling the local hero a traitor who accepted enemy payment to cowardly surrender and threatening him with court-martial. Peabody's descendant Edith fails to convince Jessica and Seth to destroy it, raging it ruins everything for her family and the whole town; experts authenticate it's from the time of the Revolution, but if it's real why did Joshua keep it, and if not, who made such a fine forgery and why? Hawkes refuses to take it on board until the university takes its final position, so producer Bob Kendall worries as they run heavily over budget. Edith is shocked to find someone gave the Peabody statue a noose and a sign 'traitor'. The annual reenactment of the Battle of Cabot Cove goes on, despite a bolting horse, but Hawkes refuses to wait for such time-consuming things as reloading. Producer Bob Kendall tells Hawks the studio has chosen another director; local production assistant Louise Peabody quits with him. Jessica gets a lesson in recording and editing technique from Scott Patterson, notably synchronizing picture and sound. Edith apologizes to Jessica, but Mort reports the letter was on a paper type used by George Washington and she runs off. Then there's a fire at the movie company's office; new director Amelia Farnum's corpse lies there, probably killed by a blow on the head; an antique pistol is missing. Sandsby's British killer approaches Hawkes, who is reinstated to finish the film and now wants to focus on the letter, but Jessica reports her idea was right to prove it a clever forgery: it has traces of 20th century mercury pollution. Jeffrey Caldwell is arrested after Scotland Yard confirmed he's a world class forger, denies any part in Sandsby's murder, but admits being hired by him to forge the Washington letter and claims to have seen Farnum's killer: Edith Peabody, under whose car seat the murder weapon is found, without finger prints. Jessica doubts her guilt and finds a very suspicious bit of sound track is missing, then Scott's tape recorder...
4Death in Hawaii
16 Oct 1994Description ▼
After an exhausting foreign books tour, Jessica checks in at the Kinkaid Oahu hotel, a penthouse suite, compliments of the owner Matt Kinkaid, who refuses to consider selling the hotel. Meanwhile Matt's brother Jeff is running for senator against Matt's son Danny's boss D.A. Randall 'Randy' Thompson. Danny reluctantly works on a dirty Southeast Asian finance investigation involving banker Brett Reynolds -who finances Matt's campaign- and Martin Osborn, to which end financial whiz Joe Yoshanaga just entered the banks service. After his grandmother Rebecca tells Jessica Danny recently had a suspicious diving accident, he has a swim and a masked diver in a motorboat throws shark bait around him- he goes missing. Joe breaks into Reynolds' PC to send his personal files by modem to the abandoned sugar mill, and Jessica finds out that's where Danny's cellular phone is connected; the police find him there holding a gun standing over family gardener Ben Kamaka's corpse; he explains how he survived and thought to be unnoticed. The Kincaid campaign released a video of Randy kissing an Asian girl, but Jessica realizes it's actually his illegitimate Vietnamese daughter. Forensic evidence suggests Matt could be the killer, but there's more apparently insignificant details, which inspire Jessica at Ben's funeral...
23 Oct 1994Description ▼
Publisher Harry Mordecai, a San Francisco newspaper's new owner, is such a meddler -but doesn't insist with his ideas to make Jessica's new book spicier- that editor John Galloway quits, but accepts to stay on a month. Wall Street reporter Max Charles hears his grumpy colleague Loretta Lee -in fact a passed-on pen name for Claire Hogan-, who runs a very popular letters column, found out his game to write a glowing column about a stock till it rises enough, then cash in and talk in down again. After Loretta had an argument with Harry, a man shoots her in the arm in the lobby while standing next to John and Jessica. SFPD Lt. Evans doesn't make much progress, till he suddenly arrests as -correct- suspect T.D. because of his coat; when John and Jessica go tell her the news, they find her knocked dead at home; John's name is carved in a glass table with Loretta's diamond ring, but the position on her finger means she probably didn't write it. Jessica guesses Max's problem, after journalist Alexis Hill, who was assigned by Harry to write a saucy article about 'stalker victim Loretta, told him she knew about his scam too and excepts his career support. John is formally charged after his prints are found; Jessica guesses however he really was Loretta's ghost writer. When Jessica finds out Loretta had her new hearing aid delivered late by mail-boy Troy Higgins, she makes striking deductions...
6The Murder Channel
06 Nov 1994Description ▼
Roy Phipps passes his n-th lie-detector test with NYPD Lieutenant Giordano, now for a bank robbery, and denies seeing his recently paroled ex-partner Leo Kositchek again. At the museum board of trustees' nomination committee meeting at her place, Jessica seconds nominating not only a fund-raising ideal CEO, as suggested by chairperson Gwen Noble (who gets a call from Roy), but also an anthropology professor. Superintendent Rob MacKenzie comes repair Jessica's TV, worrying he can't even afford a decent present for his girlfriend Susan Constable, who studies nursing. At his shop, where Darlene Farber gets a lesson in diamond cutting from Augie Blumbacher, Barry Noble receives the title jeweler of the year from a singing telegram, which also photographs his safe with a hidden camera. Leo bumps into Kitty Colfax (the telegram singer) who didn't keep in touch while he was in jail, wondering if she knows where to get a 'job'. Kitty meets her ma Leah Colfax and old friend Jessica shopping; Leah tells Lt. Giordano to stop approaching her daughter. Leo switches surveillance video tapes in Kitty's building. Rob gives his girl flowers and, as Jessica suggested, a personal present: free cable forever, rigging the wiring, but accidentally connects her to the secret surveillance video in Leah's place. When Kitty tells Roy she met Leo, he violently forbids her to consider cutting him in; on the street, their accomplice is suddenly run over by Leo's car, so Roy offers Leo his part. Gwen calls Roy to meet him. Talking to Lt. Giordano, Jessica who already had a suspicion recognizes Roy and figures out the 'cable' is a life-stream from the criminal headquarters. While Jessica calls her, Susan witness the murder of Gwen, then Leo abducts her. Jessica and the police must try to makes tail of clues while the robbery is starting ...
13 Nov 1994Description ▼
Chicago businessman Philip Sparling orders a 'not real smart guard dog'. A month later on Martinique, Melanie Venable asks Jessica whether her boy Hilton has any writing talent, but she hasn't even read his manuscript yet. She's saved by the "hotel des Deux Perroquets"'s owner, Lauren Delagre from Cabot Cove, whose teenage son Jeff(rey) -who digs the receptionist Collette- is the repairman, while daddy Maurice plays poker and loses half of the hotel to Graham Farrow. After a phone call from hotel guest Charlie Garrett, Sparling calls a woman in Washington, D.C. it's the Martinique hotel- she checks in as schoolteacher and amateur-writer Norma Willens. Garrett tells Jessica, whom he knew, he was hired by Sparling to find his missing wife Dorie; he bumps into her as a hotel guest, but a burly man soon tells him to stay away from her, the second time using fists; she calls him it's about a stolen fortune and she doesn't want to return; he helps her escape, but a masked sniper kills her. The French police arrests Charlie but Jessica believes his protestation of innocence, finds a stray bullet, witnesses him being roughed up by Farrow's goon after he and Sparling asks each-other for it over the phone and sees the stash where he hid the money is empty, even recognizes the foot print near it as belonging to Norma Willens and yet ...
20 Nov 1994Description ▼
Widow Anna Grimaldi's son, Paul, is shot in San Francisco, apparently by a robber. Jessica attends the funeral, just before grape harvest in the Sonoma estate, as does Paul's fiancÃ©e Michelle, who married him just in time without the family. Neighbor Lars Anderson, who wants to buy the Grimaldi winery in financial trouble, is murdered. The only witness is Bolivar, the dog crazy owner Felipe claims to be St. Francis' oracle. Corrupt sheriff Serafio Zuniga arrests first Felipe, then Anna's adopted, non-estate-heir son Pete. Jessica works out the surprising link between both murders.
9Murder by Twos
27 Nov 1994Description ▼
In Cabot Cove, Seth treats Jessica and her New York re-migrant friend Imogene Shaughnessy to a dinner at the bowling alley, where bad looser Sam Bryce openly tricks Al's foot. The girls decide to take a look the next morning at his friend Terry Deauville's fine, grand home; she considers moving to New York; she calls Sam it's over now he stood her up, and cries loudly after the girls have gone. Impopular wino Sam's daughter Gloria Bryce and her lover Ollie Rudman are happier. Jessica praises Seth's poem 'Ode to Literature'; they hear Sam jell to his bowling teammate to return his saber-saw and deny they'll both be at the game; the sheriff got a report on a break in at that place but nothing of value was stolen. Sam complains to Ron about he state of the saw while he's at poker with the sheriff; the saw electrocutes Sam to death, while standing in water. Miss Medora Finney reports another break-in during Sam's funeral, only her journal was stolen, according to her the key to Sam's murder she blames on Terry Deauville. Forensics confirm Sam's garage was rigged multiply, and finds Terry's fingerprints on some. Medora's diary is found in Terry's place. Ollie is the only one who seems offended by everyone considering Sam is no loss, not even his own family. Back at the mansion, Jessica finds the phone off the hook and Terry hanged, Seth presumes suicide, yet Imogen's bid was already signed, startling Jessica, just as her frock which seems better fitting to go out on a date. Seth is invited by Mort to take Sam's poker seat; Jessica urgently asks him along. Mort verifies Harvey Hoffman, another bowling team member, has Terry's order for the rope, but the signature is forged- Harvey says it's just his scribble to whom he delivered it. Measurements mean Terry couldn't hang herself, the coroner concludes she died before the hanging. The journal, written in initials and grim Apocalypse-language, includes Sam's failed attempt to stop the fire in Al Wallace's pharmacy, but he didn't tell anyone, perhaps because he started it. The bartender recalls Ron Frendly used the pay phone to call Terry; he admits he was at her place, claims nobody was home and spills the beans on Al Wallace's plan to buy a condo together with Sam. Jessica suddenly realizes how both murders connect...
10Murder of the Month Club
04 Dec 1994Description ▼
Stuart Murphy, 26, is strangled in a car and dumped in an alley in Buffalo. On his firm Telesales' infomercial-film-set, Tom Powell is not amused to hear the troublesome, expensive star-host Wade Foster is in make-up for a rehearsal for the Hartley Murder of the Month book club. Jessica is one of the authors shown around by Larry Shields before the on-air panel talk, with former glory Matt Matthews and Joellen Waller. Tom's wife Gina first complains about his late hours and a $450 credit card hotel charge he blames on a client staying a day extra, then blocks off Foster's financial desires, while confirming security will be beefed up. NYPD Lieutenant Harry Fogel (who usually works alone) and temporarily reassigned Detective Henderson drop by inquiring about the Murphy case. After the rehearsal, the dining authors get a visit from Arnold Wynn, a fan of all three and former writing class pupil of Matt in Buffalo, who is also one of the extras hired as fake audience. a female extra asks an off-script question; Mathews refuses to honor his contract, saying he won't return the next day, even after a talk with Jessica. Gina threatens to fire Tom and his assistant Sara unless he subscribes new rules. Next day Matt is back, the lunches are mixed-up so it's unclear for whom the post-it is asking to meet a certain Jason Bayer Saxon. When Wade, who worried about his ex, is approached in his dressing room by Arnold about a dodgy coop he's involved in and his $200 is rejected as peanuts as $50,000 is involved, he throws him out by fist; at 10 PM that night, Larry and Sara trip over Arnold's corpse. Henderson finds out Wynn was not in the actors union, and came from Buffalo like Murphy; Jessica notices he signed in just like mysterious Jason Bayer Saxon, and several items are missing from his effects, including a key and medical ID bracelet for quinine allergy she finds by a phone, yet he died of a quinine reaction, so they concludes murder. The police arrests Matthews as he and Arnold had rap sheets, including a bar fight in Buffalo, and glasses with quinine traces and both sets of fingerprints were found. Jessica gets an idea how to link everything...
11An Egg to Die For
11 Dec 1994Description ▼
A year ago a FabergÃ© egg-thief was shot instead of paid in St.Petersburg. In Miami, Charles Devon was telling Leo Stone he will close his book store, a first; they welcome Jessica to the world book fair, escorted by Marcie Stone Devon. Leo is told outside his attachÃ©-case of money from St.Petersburg is counterfeit, and held liable to pay within two days; Sergei Nemiroff, unknown to Leo, stops him being beaten up, but demands the egg by evening. Jessica and Valerie 'Val' Harris hear her boyfriend Ben Peterson is grumpy still to be working as Hotel magnate and ex-diplomat Victor Roscoe's errand boy while waiting for the scholarship he was promised, her dad James Harris insists the boy is not good enough. Nemiroff fails to get in claiming to be a Russian publisher who forgot his badge, but quickly greets Jessica, who notices he picks up an invoice; she stops him outside, guesses from badge pin marks he's a Russian cop, he admits investigating Leo's black market dealings; her threat to tell the U.S. authorities makes him tell the FabergÃ© egg and a tsarina's tiara, seen two weeks ago in Miami, were stolen when Leo was seen in St.Petersburg, and Sergei's innocent brother custodian Grigori is to be executed for the theft in 48 hours. Harris refuses the Devons, who hoped he would invest in their extension plans, any repayment delay, threatening to foreclose; they rush off hoping to refinance. Victor Roscoe refuses Leo any more money. Ben's med school scholarship is refused invoking a mere high school prank. Jessica suggest to Marcy that James may want to sink the Devon book company because she dumped him for Charles years ago. Jessica gets Nemiroff out by pretending he was looking for her reading glasses while snooping in James' office, but pulls them while interrogating why he as university alumnus abused his donor's cloud to get Ben's application rejected. Soon after, Valerie Harris finds her dad's body in his decorative pool, drowned unconscious, next to an empty stand Jessica expects to be the egg's in his secret art gallery. Jessica finds a medallion with the initial BP in the pool, Lt. Perez arrest Ben Petersen. Jessica suddenly sees clear and sets a trap for the real killer...
12The Scent of Murder
09 Jan 1995Description ▼
Driving Jessica to Orlando, Seth visits his South Carolina cousins Robert 'Rob' and Buford. Soon after Buford is shot, leaving his estate to its manager and Seth. The estate is key to the contract for a priceless magnolia perfume crop production he developed with local botanist Kendall Ames. However Buford wanted to break his contract with Nina Larson's New York company. The tree isn't located, blooming season runs out. Jessica and county sheriff John Lindley find both family and business interests provide interesting motives.
13Death N Denial
22 Jan 1995Description ▼
Egyptologist Sally Otterburn phones Cairo museum director Sherif Faris the Nefertari bust is original, 4000 years old; he expects her to smuggle it to Cairo, promising an affidavit it's only a copy, and suggesting to use Jessica's favorite museum as cover; however Rudy Grimes had his phone wired and calls his boss Bradford Thorpe: the one in Cairo must be a fake; Thorpe's wife Vanessa agrees to finance $350,000. Jessica and Sally Otterburn arrive in Cairo where even Nasar, the driver awaiting them, who has two years New York cab driver experience, can't prevent a thief getting away with Jessica's bag, mainly containing notes; Sally phones Faris but assures him it's not "you know what", just when the Minister of Antiquities pays his museum a surprise visit. Inspector Omar Halim almost immediately investigates the theft. Nasar asks Jessica to help him get a visa to go legally to his fiancÃ©e in the US, now courted by a relative. Thorpe's loan shark Trevor Han demands the statue, threatening Vanessa; Bradford shows his lover Maura tickets for Rome. The thief snatches the statue from Sally's room; she comes clean to Jessica, Faris and her former lover, hotel owner Boyd Venton, but they agree to keep the police out of it for now, as the Nefertari was stolen from Faris' museum two years ago in an Italian exposition, later ended up in the New York museum. Vanessa pays Grimes to tell her husband the deal is off although he has the statue, next he tells his old intelligence friend Boyd to take a hike. Jessica fails to fool Halim she recognized Grimes's mug shot. Maura tells Rudy he will regret not paying more then her usual $20,000; he falls dead out of the elevator at Jessica's feet. Halim now demands the full story, also convokes Faris and tells them to stay out of his murder investigation, but Jessica is unstoppable...
14Murder in High C
05 Feb 1995Description ▼
In Genoa, rising opera singer Andrea Beaumont wanders in foggy streets, frightened of a voice which scares her saying she will find out before she dies, and drops a scarf which is picked up. Jessica enjoys Stella Knight's opera rehearsal, but director Drew Granger, also Andrea's ex-fiancÃ©, is impossibly moody and cancels dinner. The police reports Andrea was found attacked in the street, but the doctor finds nothing wrong with her, so he just prescribes rest; her husband Jonas Cole arranges for extra security. Genoese Inspector Piero Amato suggests it's all merely a theatrical stunt. When Andrea tells Jonas she's returning to work, she gets a call with another dead threat. Amato now insists they leave her protection to the police- the NYPD has faxed her stalker there, Albert Garmes, was released five weeks earlier but never misses parole there. Jessica witnesses another threat call, in the same voice, now taped; the recording makes Rudolfo 'Rudi' Petrocelli prime suspect; he meanwhile makes a blackmail call. The jealous opera people scheme about contract breeches even more then usual given the extra publicity. During a power cut a prop dagger is drawn, but the wielder scared off before he can cut Andrea. Jessica and Amato know Garmes disappeared ten days ago, but was not seen in Italy. Petrocelli is shot by his intended blackmail-victim, and found by Jonas, who picked up his own gun, but denies to have shot in self-defense, so he's arrested. Drew's contract allows him to leave for New York, as he wanted, because of Petrocelli's death, and he announces to do so. Jessica finds proof the body was dead hours before Jonas entered, and the voice analysis did not match after all: the killer is still out, and Andrea gets another call...
12 Feb 1995Description ▼
In a laboratory, files are copies, the originals destroyed; the perpetrator is tailed- it's Nobel prize winner cancer drug researcher Dr. Max Franklin, who according to the TV news dies in a plane crash. His research colleague Liz White insists Jessica comes anyway. The firm claims he just completed work on the vaccine. Dr. Stuart Himes and Liz are ignored about safety tests. David Randall finds tests are impossible after the disappearance of crucial cultures and data and is ordered to make the tests work or get the boot. Priscilla Lake schemes about the stock's likely dive. Jessica believes to have seen Max alive in a cab, reports it to NYPD Lt. Artie Gelber, is approached by Max and tells him she saw Walter Pell, the P.I. who tails him, at the firm, he says he took the research stuff himself, someone else took his ticket and crashed, he wants to remain 'dead' for some time. As Jessica fears, there's a failed arson attempt on Max's life, which later turns out an accidentally cat-triggered bomb. Pell, an ex-cop, reports to the CEO, who orders the 'loose canon' defused. Next Jessica and Liz find Max fatally hit on the head. Gelber believes in an accidental mugger, Jessica starts sleuthing...
19 Feb 1995
17Murder a la Mode
26 Feb 1995Description ▼
Jessica is in Paris for a book promotion, and calls a friend, fashion model Carrie Quinn, who will be in the show that evening. She hears from famous designer Claude Faragere, he worries about his stepson Edmund, Carrie and her friend, his son-in-law and ambitious professional rival. Armed only with a glass of champagne, Jessica startles and chases Baretta-wielding unlawful Cambodian textile sweetshop worker Kim Huan who attacks Edmond Faragere's life in grief for his wife. Kim waits in her hotel-room, assuring he's glad she prevented his momentary hate to have irreversible consequences but doesn't dare take her advice to turn himself in. Jessica witnesses bickering at a competing fashion-house between designer Thea Vaughn, who cares for her label's name and quality, her husband Paul who only wants to sell for profit and assistant Denise Naveau who fixes the dispute; afterward Denise secretly calls Edmund the show can go on. Then Edmund is shot dead in his car. Huan calls and meets Jessica, telling his wife died in a fire in Edmund's sweetshop, but is arrested by Parisian Inspector Marc Gautier, who also believes him involved in Edmund's unlawful Asian gem trade. Jessica believes in his innocence, and the Vaughn fashion show inspires her...
18The Dream Team
19 Mar 1995Description ▼
There's commotion in Cabot Cove about a rumored plan to build a car plant, Dr. Hazlit allegedly called it a health risk, but actually assures the sheriff not even to know what the project is. Grady Fletcher is phoned by his boss J. Peter Carmody while visiting Jessica, and assures him everything is alright; he reports later Seth is campaigning to save the lighthouse, but nobody knows yet about their bay development project. Everett Buffum is pulled from Carmody's party by his wife Lorna, but refuses to reconsider not leaving her, then is told by the boss to get rid of her now. Denver Martin sneaks into and searches Carmody's hotel room during the development presentation and steals a letter; he's in time to stop Lona pulling a gun, overseen silently by Jessica who turns both over to the sheriff, who must release Lorna as Everett presses no charges but orders her out of town. Seth has a hard time turning his tail, having raved against Carmody, after Grady tells him the project includes a lighthouse restoration. Jessica learns the bank refused Grady's loan application because Carmody' company Colombus Ventures has no credit record at all, but the sheriff accepts Grady's word and some evidence it's legit. The estate agent was refusing to do business till Carmody assures her local businesses will get first crack at leases and her firm becomes their exclusive agent, which change of plans startles Grady. Lorna threatens mistress Toni Shaw to get her and Everett thrown in jail by hitting Colombus Ventures. Martin suggests to Carmody that somehow embezzling his mother induced her fatal heart attack. Lorna is killed driving into the ocean, failing on appointment with the sheriff; evidence of an unexplained detour is enough for Jessica to start snooping, and indeed her seat belt wasn't defective: murder staged as an accident. Grady is depressed after Everett pulls the plug and convinces Carmody to start selling shares to small investors instead- Toni and the boss chuckle after he leaves, it sells great, then Carmody's bunch disappears with the money...
19School for Murder
30 Apr 1995Description ▼
In St Crispin's Academy, near Cabot Cove, Jessica gives a lecture, and witnesses a prank, switching a Shakespeare bust with an Elvis. Even her protÃ©gÃ©e seems in the spell of the mischievous Prometheus fraternity, lead by silver spoon-boy Colin Forbes. Notably a Cabot Cove fisherman's son is suspected of involvement in a thefts-wave in the area. There is a vicious fight going on for the coveted post of headmaster. Jessica's friend, English professor Harry Matthews, loses against history professor James Ryerson, whose corpse is shortly after found in the faculty office, with a smashed-in skull. Matthews now gets the job, but has no alibi, so he's arrested after the murder weapon was found in his locker. Jessica and the sheriff were already on the premises, and soon unearth motives and opportunities...
20Another Killing in Cork
07 May 1995Description ▼
Jessica stays with Irish friends in a hotel which mainly caters for salmon-fishermen, in Kilcleer, a Cork county town. The locals are divided between supporters of Walter Ickes's consortium for industrial innovation supported by Councilman Harold Early, and environmentalists, lead by Tom Dempsey, whose car is according to him run off the road. Edward Pryce is missing, and blood is found by the police team lead by Sgt. Terence Boyle, who Jessica knows and trusts from an earlier case, and as Jesica guesses his body is found in the wish-well. New York salmon-fisher Freddie Layton is arrested because his fingerprints were on the lethal stone.
21Game, Set, Murder
14 May 1995Description ▼
For a year, tennis star Louise Henderson, from Cabot Cove, had weekly therapy, trying to get over her ma's killing, which she witnessed, by reliving it without masking the murderer's identity. Jessica is asked by organizing lawyer Portia Dekker as a personal family friend to help get some girls stars and their coaches to consent to a charity benefit tournament. Louise's boyfriend Jamie Carlson, a Davis cup player, isn't discouraged by her overprotective pa Lane Henderson, but her competitor Francesca Garcia hasn't given up on him. Lane uses inside information to force an endorsement contract upon Plaza sports products executive John McCarver. Overambitious dad Lane fires Lousie's coach Wendy Maitlin, to Louise's tearful horror, then prevents her from calling Jessica. John sees Lane kiss Francesca, sealing a dark business deal. Louise finds her trusted shrink Dr. Trebaro killed, and frightens Jessica by cheerfully rehiring Wendy. John informs her ex Andrew 'Andy' Bascombe about Francesca's Lane-link, she convinces him it's over. In a hotel, Jessica sees Wendy's silhouette flee from where Lane was just shot. Police Lieutenant Estelle Garr investigates this and Dr. Trebaro's murder, Jessica cancels a London trip to work everything out herself...
2A Quaking in Aspen
28 Sep 1995Description ▼
A woman lures a man who's clobbered by another. Laney Sherman Boswell tells her lawyer Terry Folger it's time for her next divorce, it was never a real marriage anyway as they spent only a few hours a year together; Sheriff Milo Pike tells them hubbie Grant Boswell just had a spectacular fatal sports car accident. When Jessica visits Laney in Aspen, Colorado a months later, even the sheriff admits the promising clues probably won't come to a court case, Folger is about to get the 5,000,000 life-insurance paid out, possibly doubled, half goes to his niece Nancy Boswell; the Majority company's executive Olivia Archer hires P.I. Charlie Garrett, known to Jessica but masquerading as stock broker Howard Dietrich, to prove for a percentage there was foul play, so it can spare itself one or both halves. Then Laney is arrested for the murder, after Anthony Pembroke testified having seen her buying the fatal items in the hardware store. Reporter Darman H. Keene is also after the case. Then Garrett is clobbered, while tailing Pembroke, by his murderer; Jessica gets a tip about his past and untangles everything from recent and further relevant past.
3The Secret of Gila Junction
05 Oct 1995Description ▼
In Gila Junction, Arizona Jessica Fletcher is visiting her friend Norma Shey when the local Sheriff, Spencer, receives a call saying they've found Norma's SUV in a ditch with no one inside. She's okay but it's clear that someone took a shot at her, blowing out a tire. Norma has been doing research on a possible cover-up at an old military base and suspects someone is trying to silence her. Spencer soon has a murder to solve when Whitey Deaver is shot. There have been a number of armed robberies in the area by someone dubbed the truck stop bandit and Tiny Kerns may have found the thief's loot. Jessica thinks she knows who the truck stop bandit is but someone else killed Whitey.
4Big Easy Murder
12 Oct 1995Description ▼
For the fourth time in three months, a man is murdered by machete in New Orleans, Lousiania, with as calling card a rooster foot, a voodoo talisman. Victim Jim Nash was an intern reporter at the Daily News, a colleague of Tom McCray and Cynthia Broussard (daughter of Emily), who believed the voodoo was just a colorful cover for a turf war over restaurant control. Jim was supposed to pick up Jessica from the airport and help her with some local research on voodoo and crime. She stays with senator Brent Renwyck, whose club is in financial trouble even before it opens, so he took a nasty loan from mobster Frank Roussel. Brent's wealthy bride Emily Broussard's nurse Yvette Dauphin's daughter Priscilla, the club's singer, shows Emily an anonymous letter claiming that Arthur Broussard was both women's father, as confirmed by Yvette, clearly both after a fat share of the considerable estate; Julliard confirms Arthur anonymously paid for Priscilla's music studies. Mobster Roussel's front-man Mal Carter overhears Tom tell the senator he knows all about the dirty money to compensate the squandered Broussard estate in exchange for help with mob money laundering. After he told Roussel that his wife's financial audit because of the inheritance claim will bring everything into the open, the senator is found dead from a heart attack, besides a voodoo doll. NOPD Detective Lietenant Alex Tibideaux, already on the voodoo murders, and Jessica, who got Jim's notes from Tom, investigate...
19 Oct 1995Description ▼
Nurse Lila Nolan returns home to Cabot Cove after working in Boston for a few years. Seth Hazlett is quite close the Lila and even set up a college fund for her before she left. Now back home, Lila is working as a home care nurse looking after the elderly Horace Gibbs who dies not long after she starts caring for him. Gibbs' daughter starts bothering Sheriff Metzger to investigate her father's death and out of courtesy he looks into Lila's background. In the interim, Lila begins to care for Jessica's good friend Maggie Saunders but when she too dies, Lila is arrested. When the Sheriff learns that Lila has lost several elderly patients it looks quite bleak for Lila. Jessica however thinks the young woman is innocent and sets a trap to get the real killer.
6Nan's Ghost: Part 1
02 Nov 1995Description ▼
Jessica Fletcher is again visiting visiting Ireland, this time to see her good friend Eileen O'Bannon accompanied by Irish police Inspector Rory Lanahan. There's a bit of a commotion on their arrival as the local police have discovered the body of Nan Conroy, who had been missing for the last year. Eileen lives in a grand old castle, far too big for her and too costly to maintain. She would like to sell up and move to Dublin but her son Ian is trying to talk her out of it. An American investor, Vincent Nader, wants to turn the house into a five star hotel. Soon there are stories of Nan's ghost haunting the house which Jessica dismisses out of hand but her own eyes seem to suggest something different. When Nader is shot dead, there are numerous suspects including his wife Andrea and her lover Peter Franklin. Jessica is convinced that Nan was murdered as well.
7Nan's Ghost: Part 2
09 Nov 1995Description ▼
Trapped in the castle's keep, Jessica does her best to get out but it's her friend Inspector Rory Lanahan who figures out where she is. Being trapped as she was convinces her more than ever that Nan Conroy was killed in the same way. She also thinks there has to be a connection between the long lost Celtic treasure and everything else that's been happening. After yet another murder, Ian O'Bannon is arrested much to his mother Eileen's objections. A slip of the tongue however tells Jessica exactly who the killer is.
8Shooting in Rome
16 Nov 1995Description ▼
Jessica Fletcher is on a movie set in Rome where her friend, producer Boyce Brown, is filming one of her novels. She's actually doing re-writes on the script and her original story is practically unrecognizable. Thew movie is being filmed in Italy for financial reasons - the story is set on the U.S. - but Boyce is upset with his Italian partner, Raimondo Bonelli, when he's been unable to pay the crew fore two weeks. Bonelli is in hock to loan sharks. The film's star Kate Danbury and it's director Monte Hayes are divorced and their son Gary Hayes does his best to have his parents at least talk to talk to one another; he doesn't have much success however. When stuntman Webb Prentiss is killed in a stunt that goes badly, Monte Hayes is is arrested for murder but Jessica figures it all out.
23 Nov 1995Description ▼
Jessica Fletcher has been authorized by the museum to purchase a handwritten manuscript of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's visit to America and Ellis island. At the auction, she runs into her old friend Charlie Garrett who has been hired to bid up to $100,000 on a painting by a relatively unknown modern artist. Garrett's only instruction is not to bid one cent more than the authorized amount but his inexperience leads him to bid four times the authorized amount. Jessica's doubts about the manuscript she was looking to buy and her friend Charlie Garrett's predicament lead her to believe there is scam going on. It all has to do with a Degas painting stolen some two years before but when a murder occurs, Jessica is in her element and sets to solve it.
30 Nov 1995Description ▼
Jessica Fletcher is in Wisconsin to collect a $750,000 donation to her literacy fund from Larry Armstrong. Larry is the co-owner of Gary and Larry's Frozen Stuff, an ice cream and sorbet manufacturing company, who has always promoted charitable giving. Soon after Jessica's arrival however, the company's accountant Kyle McGregor is found dead, an apparent suicide, and the three-quarter million dollar donation is missing. There has been much friction in the company between Larry and co-owner Gary Harling who is far more interested in profits than ethical behavior. He's been using hormones to artificially increase milk yields and he's even been passing off the cost of his wife's extravagant lifestyle to the company. It's no great surprise when Gary is found dead in a freezer but Jessica knows that they have the wrong man when the police arrest Larry for the crime.
14 Dec 1995Description ▼
A raid at the offices of Logan Investment Services sends Jessica Fletcher scurrying for the phone as she had only recently invested in a mutual fund offered by the company. Company Chairman Mason Logan has fled leaving Paige Corbin holding the bag. Assistant District Attorney Annette Rayburn offers Corbin a deal but when he vanishes as well, her career is threatened. Jessica is shocked when she is subpoenaed to testify. It turns out that the last person Corbin called before disappearing was Jessica and although she never spoke to him, Rayburn is convinced Jessica is lying. The call may have been just an inadvertent mistake on Corbin's part but when Jessica and Lt. Shawn Riley find Corbin's body, there's a murder to solve. Turns out the prosecutor has a good reason for being as aggressive as she is.
04 Jan 1996Description ▼
Jessica Fletcher is in Japan and soon finds herself in the middle of a family dispute. Miko Ishido is engaged to an American, Rick Walsh. Her engagement doesn't sit well with her brother who thinks it might harm his budding political career. Miko's former boyfriend Koji Hitaki is under pressure from his father Akiro, the head of Hitaki Industries, to ask Miko to marry him or to forget replacing him as CEO one day. The elder Hitaki's edict also has an impact on his daughter Nobu who realizes she may never become the permanent head of the family business. When Koji is killed however, Jessica is certain the intended victim was Rick and sets out to find the killer.
13Death Goes Double Platinum
07 Jan 1996Description ▼
In New York City, Jessica Fletcher is trying to help out old friends trying to get a break in the music industry. Desi Ortega thinks he has a unique sound that should sell but he's been in music for a long time and he has accumulated baggage along the way. Jessica has arranged for music producer Wilson Sloane to hear the band at a nightclub and he is suitably impressed. He's not the only one as music producer Max Daniels, who has mob connections and won't hesitate to use violence to get Desi to sign a contract, makes it clear that he's the only one the band will sign with. When during a momentary blackout one of Daniels' men is killed, Jessica has a murder to solve.
14Murder in Tempo
11 Jan 1996Description ▼
In Cabot Cove, Seth Hazlett has organized a concert in order to raise money to save a nearby forest from destruction. There's a good deal of support in the community, including Jessica Fletcher, who fully support saving the old growth forest from a developer. Someone however is out to stop Seth and those who oppose the development. One of the band members is shot at while on stage and is eventually electrocuted after someone tampers with his amplifier. It's left to Jessica to sort out who would have wanted the man dead and whether the death is related to saving the forest in the first place.
15The Dark Side of the Door
01 Feb 1996Description ▼
Erin Garmin works for Jessica Fletcher's publisher and is shocked when she reads a manuscript from writer Dirk Matheson. Although purportedly a novel, the story and detail of a young child's kidnapping is virtually identical to what happened to her when she was 12 years old. Although Erin was not hurt, she was held for several days until her mother Terri and her rich grandfather paid a $3 million ransom. She tries to interest police Lt. Phil Corelli in what she's found but the statute of limitations has passed and Corelli isn't convinced that the manuscript present any information on who may have actually kidnapped her. When Matheson is found dead in his hotel room, Erin becomes the obvious suspect but it's left to Jessica to find the real killer.
16Murder Among Friends
08 Feb 1996Description ▼
Jessica is filming her PBS documentary series on murder mysteries but the real action seems to be nearby on the set of Buds, the number 1 hit comedy on television about 6 young people living in New York. The show's producer, Ricki Vardian, is under pressure to reduce costs and let's it be known that of the 6 stars of the show is to be written out with a cliffhanger in the last episode. She refuses to say who the 'victim' will be however. Some on the show would like to be cut allowing them to pursue other interests but for most, their greatest fear is the unemployment line. Vicki isn't well liked by anyone, including her husband, so there is no shortage of suspect for Jessica to look over when Vicki is found dead in her office on the last day of shooting.
17Something Foul in Flappieville
15 Feb 1996Description ▼
All is not well on the set of a children's puppet show. Jessica is there because the shows latest puppet character, Inspector LeChat, is based on a character from one of her novels. Jessica is delighted at the idea and the general consensus is that the new puppet will likely get its own show. The show's creator, Darren Crosley, finds himself being pulled in a number of opposing direction however. Parker Cranston feels the show is losing its edge and its audience and let's it be known that it may be canceled altogether. What he really wants is to line his pockets. One of the producers thinks his wife may be having an affair while those in the creative department are fighting over credit for creating the new puppet. When a security guard is killed and someone breaks into the locked case where the new puppet design is being kept, it's up to Jessica to find the murderer.
18Track of a Soldier
25 Feb 1996
04 Apr 1996Description ▼
Jessica Fletcher travels to Australia at the behest of a lawyer, Simon Cathcart, when it appears she may have inherited a substantial piece of land. McGill Valley is currently held by a trust and leased to sheep farmers as grazing land. Everett McGill's will stipulated that the land would revert to the town if an heir was not found within 100 years. An American mining company is quite keen on getting mining rights and have already gained an ally in the local mayor, Tim Jarvis. Opposing him is sheep farmer Melba Drummond and her son Roo who want the land for the sheep. Jessica's arrival a few days before the 100th anniversary creates something of a panic, but when Cathcart is found shot dead by the side of the road and Jarvis' son Donald is found dead soon after, Jessica has two murder to solve.
21Race to Death
28 Apr 1996Description ▼
Shortly before a sailing race which can qualify for the world cup in New Zealand, captain Ned Larkin is knocked down in the Cabot Cove marina, wounded in the leg by a masked man, and his boat Free Spirit damaged, according to him by millionaire industrialist Kyle Kimball, captain of the Buccaneer. Jessica is embarrassed, given her sailing ignorance, to be asked as honorary commodore of the prestigious ocean race. Kimball's presumed skipper (crew chief) Steve Gantry gets cash from him and reports Larkin was difficult. Kimball's ex Anne, Larkin's daughter, now Larkin-man Bill Richards's partner, steps in as captain of the Free Spirit and asks deputy Deputy Andy Broom as skipper. Shortly after he resisted Gantry's attempt to blackmail him into giving him a $50,000 loan, Kimball is found dead from a blow on the head, Anne arrested, causing another replacements parade. Sheriff Mort Metzger and Jessica investigate.
22What You Don't Know Can Kill You
05 May 1996Description ▼
Seth Hazlett's niece Amy Walters is in Cabot Cove after several years' absence. She's engaged to local landscape gardener Johnny Carter who has been having problems of his own. Roger Yates is literally off his medication and has refused to pay Johnny for a recent job. After Johnny removes the plants, Roger goes on a rant and swears he will get even. Johnny has also been visiting his friend Sherri Sampson who has a young child but he comes up against Les Franklin who is continually threatening him and warning Johnny to stay away. So when Johnny is found dead, from all appearances as the result of a motorcycle accident, fiancée Amy thinks he's been killed. She's more than a bit shaken when she learns about Sherri and the baby but convinces Jessica to look into the case.
23Mrs. Parker's Revenge
12 May 1996Description ▼
In Atlanta attending a mystery writer's convention, Jessica Fletcher becomes involved in an attempted theft of a deadly virus from the Disease Research Institute. A mysterious man, Raul Jaffa, is found dead in his room. He was the go-between who had offered scientist Dr. James Lamont $2 million to steal the virus from the lab. Lamont went to the authorities however and the FBI, NSA and CIA are all now involved. Jessica's friend Mark Reisner is also involved in his capacity as the Director of security for the lab. Mark thinks there's something else going on and Jessica can't seem to keep out of all the spy business, despite receiving several warnings from the various participants.
24Death by Demographics
19 May 1996Description ▼
In a plot somewhat reminiscent of "WKRP in Cincinnati," a San Francisco radio-station owner decides to convert the station's classical format to rock and roll. He keeps one announcer who's an expert on classical music, and casts him in a dog-and-pony show where the old guy verbally spars with a young colleague who is an expert on rock ... all this to get a younger audience for the station. The experiment seems to be working fine with audiences, but tensions rise at the station and soon the owner is disemboweled by a stab wound by his own fireplace poker. With the classical-music person (her good friend) as the obvious suspect, Jessica must try to find another motive and another suspect for the murder.
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