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A Murderous Muse 

Jessica searches for the truth when a legendary maestro is found murdered and an innocent man is charged with the crime.

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Jessica Fletcher
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Richie Kanpinski
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Vanessa Cross
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Byron Tokofsky
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Steven Hoyt
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Owen McLaglen
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Leslie Walden
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While handyman Richie Kanpinski repairs her sink, Jessica remarks a busker plays the clarinet beautifully outside the museum where pianist Leslie Walden is rehearsing for a benefit. Her guardian and manager Byron Tocoski is impossibly demanding on everyone, even quick to fire professionals; he is startled by the suspicious arrival of Leslie's dad Hank Walden (the has-been clarinetist) who walked out on her ten years ago and came to nothing. Byron, watched by Hank from outside, tells Leslie, who approaches legal majority, he arranged for them to be married in Munich next October. Jessica finds Leslie on her doorstep in tears, Byron refuses to take notice of her. Vanessa Cross, Byron's ex but still his assistant, informs Hank about Byron's plans. Two businessmen have secret dealings about a fat recording contract Byron made, but to be signed in Leslie's name, so it can still be altered. Next morning Byron is found dead at the piano, shot, apparently through the open window. Lt. Peter ... Written by KGF Vissers

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15 May 1994 (USA)  »

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Shooting the pianist
21 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

Have always been quite fond of 'Murder She Wrote'. It is a fun and relaxing watch that makes you think as you try to unwind in the evening. If one wants more complex, twisty mysteries with lots of tension and suspense 'Murder She Wrote' may not be for you, but if you want something light-hearted and entertaining but still provide good mysteries 'Murder She Wrote' fits the bill just fine.

"A Murderous Muse" is a decent episode but not a great one. There are far better 'Murder She Wrote' episodes and also far worse. Not everybody will connect with it, the subject matter and central relationship between the victim and his protégé makes the episode not the most comfortable of watches, especially when the victim is one of the show's sleaziest ever. How Jessica gets involved is a head-scratcher too.

In terms of the mystery however, even though it's formulaic, "A Murderous Muse" is entertaining and with enough turns to keep one engrossed. The denouement is well executed, although the identity of the murderer was not really a shock, and the murder method is pretty ingenious.

The cast elevates things to a greater level too. Can't say anything bad about Angela Lansbury, while Ronald Guttman is a suitably loathsome sleazebag and Jenny Lewis is charming and touching. Craig Wasson, Joseph Kell and Robert Knepper are also solid as rocks, Wasson especially makes one care about his predicament as one of the episode's more sympathetic characters.

Production values as always are slick, stylish and suitably cosy. The music has energy and has presence but also not making the mistake of over-scoring, while it is hard to forget or resist the theme tune.

Writing is amiable and thoughtful, while the charm and tension of the cast's chemistry shine through greatly.

On the whole, decent but not great. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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