Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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The Murder of Sherlock Holmes 

Former English teacher Jessica Fletcher travels to New York to celebrate the success of her debut novel, but when an unwanted guest is murdered at a costume party, she wishes she'd stayed home.

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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. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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30 September 1984 (USA)  »

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Trivia

In the pilot episode, the welcome-to-Cabot-Cove sign lists the town's population as 3560. See more »

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When Jessica sneaks into Ashley's office, the double light switch on the wall had the left switch up, and the right switch down, and the lights were off. When Jessica peaks down the hall (because she hears Ashley coming), both light switches are up, but the lights are still off in the office. When Ashley comes in, she changes one switch and the office lights go on (but we can't see which switch she changes). When Ashley leaves the office, she flips the right switch down and the lights go off. See more »

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[Police Chief Gunderson questions Preston Giles and his house guests]
Chief Roy Gunderson: Suppose you tell me what happened here last night, Mr. Giles. Folks don't go 'round gettin' half their heads blown off for no reason. I'm lookin' for motive.
Peter Brill: For killing Caleb McCallum? Surely you jest. Half the country had reason to kill him. The other half didn't know him.
Chief Roy Gunderson: Not funny, friend.
Ashley Vickers: But accurate. The Captain wasn't particularly well loved. Though I doubt that any of us despised him enough to kill him.
Louise McCallum: Except for me....
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References Late Night with David Letterman (1982) See more »

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A really great start to a wonderful detective series
27 June 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I love Murder She Wrote, it is a lovely, entertaining and light-hearted series with clever story lines, good guest stars and a playful theme tune. Not to mention a wonderful Angela Lansbury. The pilot The Murder of Sherlock Holmes(it is cleverer than it sounds) is everything the show is, perhaps a little more serious than some of the episodes from the series but it is a really great start. It is strikingly filmed, the locations are amazing and the photography is skillful and simple. The music is fine too, the plot has enough twists and turns to interest, though I personally could have done without the mugging attempt, with a very unexpected ending that was quite emotional(it certainly seemed so for Lansbury), the writing is funny and intelligent, the pacing is brisk and the direction is good. The acting is excellent, Angela Lansbury really makes the role of Jessica Fletcher her own and is wonderful as always, while Michael Horton and Jessica Browne are appealing as Grady and Kitty and Arthur Hill is great as Preston Giles. Overall, a rock solid start to a wonderful series. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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