Murder, She Wrote: Season 4, Episode 1

A Fashionable Way to Die (20 Sep. 1987)

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Jessica jaunts to Paris at the beckon of an old friend whose fashion boutique is in financial trouble. When a local loan shark is found murdered, Jessica must dig deep to ensure her friend is not fingered as the murderer.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Bergere ...
Maxim Soury
Bill Beyers ...
Peter Appleyard
Kim Bechet
Randi Brooks ...
Lu Watters
Taina Elg ...
Claudia Soury
Valerie Bechet
Eva Taylor
Paris Inspector Panassic
Karen Hensel ...
Michel Voletti ...
Officer Luter (as Michael Voletti)
Louise Dorsey ...
Jean-Paul Vignon ...
Julie Silliman ...


Promised an original, Jessica travels to Paris for her friend fashion-designer Eva Taylor's first high-profile show. Only her devoted assistant Peter Appleyard assisted when Eva's investor, Maxim Soury, extorted a 50-50 deal not to pull the plug on a loan and add $10,000 for a supermodel. Next Maxim is found shot in his hotel-room, with indications Eva did it. Jessica and gallant Paris police inspector Panassic soon find Soubry was an adulterer, known so by his wife Claudia, and a dirty pornographic extortionist with a kept mistress, bar singer Valerie Bechet, mother of model Kim. Unlike the police, Jessica believes two maids claiming each to have heard a shot with a 20 minutes interval during the fashion-show, and works out the meaning of the dresses mix-up and missing purse during the otherwise perfect show... Written by KGF Vissers

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Three Shots for the Blue, White and Red
4 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode marks the last appearance by Juliet Prowse, who began her film and television acting and dancing career in 1960. --and also the last appearance of Bill Beyers, whose brief acting career began in 1978, and who unfortunately passed at the young age of 37. --and also one of the last television roles for Lee Bergere, who began his film and television career in 1954.

Eva Taylor (Barbara Rush) has been a struggling fashion designer in her Paris, France, shoppe, "The Taylored Look," but now she finally faces an opportunity to achieve international acclaim, by showing her new season's line at Hotel Inter-Continental, with the capable assistance of her right-hand man, Peter Appleyard (Bill Beyers), and fashionable models, as Margo (Julie Silliman) and DeDe (Louise Dorsey).

Meanwhile, Eva's financial backer, Maxim Soury (Lee Bergere), who operates Maxim's Club, featuring his mistress, Valerie Bechet (Juliet Prowse), who insists that her daughter, Kim Bechet (Danielle Brisebois), model in the forthcoming fashion show (to keep an eye on her mother's lover, who seems to have an eye for Eva), coerces Eve to sign 50% of her profits to him, lest he withdraw his financial support.

Eva readily accepts Kim to model gowns, while Kim refuses to spy on Maxim at Valerie's request. But when Eva also announces recruiting the world-famous Lu Watters (Randi Brooks) to model in her show, Maxim has his ways of benefiting.

Eva's old friend Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) arrives in Paris in time for the festivities, and to learn of Eva's difficulties, over which Eva does not wish to burden Jessica.

Jessica enjoys the successful fashion show in Hotel Inter-Continental alongside Claudia Soury (Taina Elg), the wife of Maxim, who permits him to have his mistresses providing that their teenage daughters not be drawn into scandal.

But after the show, Jessica, Eva and Claudia stumble onto a body in an upstairs room.

Paris Inspector Panassic (Fritz Weaver) and Officer Luter (Michel Voletti) are called to investigate the crime, which turns complex by conflicting testimonies of Marie, the Maid (Karen Hensel) and Yvette, the Maid (Bonnie Ebsen), as well as that of Albert (Louis Plante) at Maxim's Club, plus those behind the scenes at the fashion show, who claim that Eva couldn't have been wearing her own cloak and hat, as reported.

Many dark secrets begin to emerge across the Paris nightlife, as Jessica discovers one clue after another amid "A Fashionable Way to Die."

The cast is rounded out by Fashion Show Emcee (Jean-Paul Vignon) and Hotel Inter-Continental Bellman (Alain Saint-Alix).

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