While on vacation at a resort hotel in the West Indies, Miss Marple correctly suspects that the apparently natural death of a retired British major is actually the work of a murderer planning yet another killing.
A friend of Miss Marple's sees a woman being strangled in a passing train. When police cannot find a body and doubt the story, Miss Marple enlists professional housekeeper, Lucy Eyelesbarrow, to go undercover.
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.
When the FBI agent is questioning Patricia Williams he holds up a paper fingerprint card. He says, "On the left are fingerprints we took when we brought you in here. The fingerprints on the right were taken from a broken wine glass we found in Yuri's room." The fingerprint card is an ordinary one with spaces for one horizontal row of right hand rolled prints, and the next horizontal row of left hand rolled prints. (The spaces at the bottom for "flat prints" are blank.) The first row on the agents card appeared to be rolls, the next row, (not divided left and right) appeared to be flat prints, the type you would leave at a crime scene. Though, prints taken from a crime scene would be on adhesive tape placed on card stock, the paper shown has prints inked directly onto the paper. See more »
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 »
It is good to see Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) back in action in the second TV movie after the Murder, She Wrote TV series ended. This time, Jessica is among the guest authors at the Speakers Incorporated to give a speech. Russian author Uri Malenkovitch (Duncan Regehr) is another attending author and plans to promote his book about his former days in the KGB. When he is murdered, Jessica is called upon to help solve the case.
This movie possesses the same charm, sleuth tactics and plot twists and turns of the TV series, and is filled with much intriguing plot points and daring investigation scenes that puts Jessica collaborating with the sometimes oblivious local investigators and FBI agents to solve the case (it would have been better to have the detectives and FBI prove to be a little more resourceful and credible than relying on Jessica so much). I especially enjoyed how each of the authors has a background story and each one is considered a suspect, like a Clue-style case.
The direction and pacing are pretty good and, although much of the movie is all-talk and less action, the quality of the acting, the aspects of the drama and script, and the unpredictability of the plot made the movie nonetheless captivating. I also especially enjoyed some of Lansbury's eloquent and meaningful dialog she delivered throughout the movie.
With all the finger-pointing and perplexed situations, you would be eager to find the truth of the matter and who is behind the all the murder. It is a good TV movie that continues the nice throwback to the heyday of the TV series.
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