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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Peter Brill
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Louise McCallum (as Anne Lloyd Francis)
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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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Pilot and first episode for the series Murder, She Wrote (1984). See more »

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When Jessica is harassed by the two guys on the street, she hits them with her purse and it is obviously a male stunt performer in a wig. 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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Murder She Wrote started here!!
10 November 2001 | by (Parkersburg, West Virginia) – See all my reviews

This is the pilot and premiere episode of the program, "Murder, She Wrote" and is a treat to watch. It was nice to have a two hour lead-off episode and was over before I knew it!! Good acting and the pace was brisk. Hard to believe that it was first shown on September 30, 1984!! Man, that seems like a lifetime ago!! LOL. But it is still nice to see on television every now and then. I still miss the show and wish it were still on the air. Oh well, thank goodness for reruns!!


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