Jessica helps a Russian police officer capture the elusive mastermind behind the theft of a Faberge egg.


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Episode cast overview:
Lt. Perez
Marcie Stone Devon
Valerie Harris
Victor Roscoe
Leo Stone
James Harris
Paul Scherrer ...
Ben Peterson
James Stephens ...
Charles Devon
Sergei Nemiroff
Christopher Thomas ...
Russian Thief (as Peter Lucas)
Steve Adell ...
Officer Long
Lazarus Jackson ...
Security Guard


A year ago a Fabergé egg-thief was shot instead of paid in St.Petersburg. In Miami, Charles Devon was telling Leo Stone he will close his book store, a first; they welcome Jessica to the world book fair, escorted by Marcie Stone Devon. Leo is told outside his attaché-case of money from St.Petersburg is counterfeit, and held liable to pay within two days; Sergei Nemiroff, unknown to Leo, stops him being beaten up, but demands the egg by evening. Jessica and Valerie 'Val' Harris hear her boyfriend Ben Peterson is grumpy still to be working as Hotel magnate and ex-diplomat Victor Roscoe's errand boy while waiting for the scholarship he was promised, her dad James Harris insists the boy is not good enough. Nemiroff fails to get in claiming to be a Russian publisher who forgot his badge, but quickly greets Jessica, who notices he picks up an invoice; she stops him outside, guesses from badge pin marks he's a Russian cop, he admits investigating Leo's black market dealings; her threat to ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






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11 December 1994 (USA)  »

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In most episodes (including the pilot) J. B. Fletcher's first novel is referred to as "The Corpse Danced at Midnight", in this episode it is referred to as "The Corpse Danced Alone". Jessica even calls it "The Corpse at Midnight". See more »

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Eggs by Faberge
22 June 2017 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Jessica Fletcher seems to find Cabot Cove people wherever she travels and in this case there's one in Miami where she is attending a book convention. In this case it's a young man played by Paul Scherer who is going out with Sarah Melson daughter of publishing magnate Andrew Robinson. Robinson does not think he's good enough for his daughter and does his best to ruin him.

But this is hardly the only bad deed attributed to Robinson. At this convention he's got a convention full of enemies and when he's killed the alternative suspects are plenty.

Aiding and abetting each other are Angela Lansbury and Russian cop David Ogden Stiers who is hot on the trail of a stolen Faberge egg belonging to Alexandra the last czarina of Russia. He's looking at Robinson for that crime also.

In fact it's the Cyrillic alphabet that helps nail the killer. You'll have to watch to see how.

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