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Murder, She Wrote: A Story to Die For (2000)

Jessica puts her sleuthing skills to work at a writers' conference after a Russian author is found murdered.

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Warren Pierce
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Mason Phillips - FBI Agent
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Patricia Williams
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William Batsby
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Yuri Malenkovich
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Matt Rolands
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Peggy Ryan
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Paul Neilly - FBI Agent
Scott Burkholder
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Everett Jang
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Feyoder
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Joseph Brennan
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Jessica Fletcher becomes a speaker at Speakers' Incorporated attended by various authors. Russian author Uri Malenkovitch also attends to promote his book about the KGB. When he is killed, Jessica must help a struggling writer who is accused of his murder.

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Jessica's back to write a few wrongs.

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Bill Layton had been the cameraman operating the master lens under the Director of Photography on the "Murder, She Wrote" series, "Mrs. Santa Claus" and the first MSW MOW. This was Bill Layton's first MSW credit as Director of Photography. See more »

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While Jessica is reading Yuri's manuscript, Warren knocks on her door and the pages in the book indicate that she is almost finished reading it. But when the camera changes to look over her shoulder, the pages in the book show that she is now back near the beginning. See more »

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Warren Pierce: [downcast] Are you sorry enough, or you understand enough, not to go to the Police?
Jessica Fletcher: Warren?
Warren Pierce: [downcast] What else did you tell them?
Jessica Fletcher: Well nothing significant. I didn't name you. I didn't need to.
Warren Pierce: Why not?
Jessica Fletcher: Because you are going to turn yourself in to the Police and you are going to confess. And you will tell your story in front of a jury.
Warren Pierce: Jessica you're the only one who knows I'm involved in this.
[takes the silenced gun from the top of the wardrobe]
Warren Pierce: What's to keep me from killing you?
Jessica Fletcher: Because I ...
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Follows Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest (1997) See more »

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Best MSW Movie
25 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am a huge Murder, She Wrote fan (and Ellery Queen, Agatha Christie, and John Dickson Carr fan, including adaptations) but for the longest time I had never seen the MSW movies, except for Celtic Riddle (I had read that book before it became a movie actually.) I was feening them like an addict. I looked everywhere, couldn't find them. Finally, Hallmark aired the three movies a few years ago.

I'm over the moon. Really, if this were part of the regular series I'd be saying this was my favorite episode block ever. We have Jessica at a writer's conference, people calling her on all her investigating and the publicity it's brought her books, questioning her motives. It's beautiful. While it still hovers just below painting a picture of a complex character it gives us a lot to like. 

And the story is classic MSW. In fact, altogether I'd say this is back to basics. Great plot, more than just cardboard cutouts for characters, and a sleek production. While there wasn't a high body count, the main murder was bloody (considering it's MSW we're talking about.) Also, ASTDF features some of the best acting in supporting roles MSW had seen in a long time (after the late 90s cringe- inducing performances from young "up and comers.") And, this might be Angela's finest portrayal of Jessica Fletcher yet. Maybe because she's aged, but she seems more vulnerable than ever before (save Thursday's Child). 

I only wish somehow Seth could've been involved, as with all the movies we don't even get a single mention of Cabot Cove (IIRC). 

If you haven't seen it, and you're a fan, make every effort to do so. You won't be disappointed. 

Angela, I love you. Jessica, I can't wait till they remake you and your world for a new audience -- which I'm sure they will.


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