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

TV-PG | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Movie 18 May 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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Lt. Det. Bob Mankowski
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John Mendoza
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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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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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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 »

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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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Jessica Fletcher: But because I'm a romantic I still believe that we have the potential to be nobler than we know and better than we think. That the darkness I've seen is only a shadow on the *potential* of the human heart. Warren, in his own way a romantic, made hard by the world around him until he finally made a tragic mistake. He walked away from his own moral compass. So I urge you to keep your hearts' compass on the true North of your dreams. Be free to be romantics, to reject sinisism, to ...
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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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