Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Angel of Death 

A playwright haunted by his wife's suicide loses another family member to murder.

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Jessica Fletcher
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Carol Kendall
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Alex Ericson
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Martin Tremaine
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Jessica travels to Carmel to read the new play of her friend Martin Tremaine, but his real reason is the strange events haunting him after the suicide of his wife, and his fear that he is losing his mind. Someone may be pushing him towards madness, but why? Written by mama.sylvia

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3 May 1992 (USA)  »

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Noble Willingham (Sheriff McAllester) also played jovial barkeep C.D. in Chuck Norris' long running cop series Walker, Texas Ranger. See more »

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Neither angelic or hellish
26 October 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.

"Angel of Death" is another good but not great episode of Season 8, which has mostly been a solid season (one of the better and more consistent seasons of 'Murder She Wrote'). A season where "A Killing in Vegas" and "Day of the Dead" have been the only disappointments up to this late point. The mystery is very intriguing and neatly handled and a lot of it is quite creepy by 'Murder She Wrote' standards.

Not all the story works. Some of it does get melodramatic and silly, and the Lisa Ryder subplot falls flat in its ludicrousness and providing chuckles that clearly were not intended. Likewise with some of the dialogue.

Can't fault Angela Lansbury though who is typically terrific as Jessica. Nor the supporting cast, with standout performances from a quite moving Darren McGavin and Noble Willingham who is clearly enjoying himself thoroughly.

Production values are slick and stylish as ever. 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 on the most part is tight, thought-provoking and typically amiable and the characters and chemistry are good fun. The ending is not the most surprising or shocking of the season but is another clever and convincing one.

Overall, good episode but not a great one. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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