A racehorse trainer is murdered as he is on his way to expose a racing fraud.

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Tracey Noble
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Sheriff Clyde Benson
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Catherine Noble
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Lloyd Mentone
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Wally Hampton
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Paul Hampton
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Jill Cleveland
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Jessica visits horse trainer Matt Cleveland on Wally Hampton's stud ranch in Virginia's Blue Mountains, where everybody is elated about the prospects for their promising racehorse Swift Prince. Matt is clobbered down and Jessica finds a mysterious syringe, but it's a stimulant injected in Prince, three days before a major race, so unlikely still to be detected even if it makes him win. Meanwhile Catherine Noble's neighboring ranch is financially troubled, so daughter Tracey Noble can't get a grand wedding, and their partner, Lloyd Mentone, schemes with the Hamptons assistant trainer -who is fired by Matt- while insisting Prince shouldn't race with a not perfectly healed injury as his leg could be permanently hurt. Matt tells Jessica a video cassette he just received could help take 3 seconds off Prince's time, and shortly after has a fatal car accident, or is it murder? Now rancher son Paul Hampton, a banker, pulls the plug at his deal with Loyd, and calls off the wedding with Tracy '... Written by KGF Vissers

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9 November 1993 (USA)  »

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Angela Landsbury and Mickey Rooney appeared in the horse racing themed film, "National Velvet" (1944). See more »

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Murder on the racehorse track
11 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.

"Bloodlines" is somewhere in the middle when it comes to ranking the Season 10 episodes. It's a decent episode, just not a great one and could have been better considering that there are some talented names in the guest cast. Its weakest asset to me was the denouement which was not all that shocking or clever but it was mainly to do with that it was so poorly acted by the murderer (one of the worst-acted denouements on 'Murder She Wrote').

The story has enough intriguing moments and does engage, but it does tread familiar ground (it's also not the first episode to feature race-horsing, "Dead Heat" and "From the Horse's Mouth", both also above average but unexceptional episodes, did too) and the pacing is at times erratic. It takes a little too long to get to the murder and the crime-solving is very interesting and well-done but slightly rushed. At times, the writing is clunky particularly in the denouement.

Conversely, "Bloodlines" benefits from an as ever terrific Angela Lansbury and good support from Mickey Rooney, Tippi Hedren and Don Murray. The rest of the cast are competent but not enough to bowl one over, the only disaster area is the murderer in the denouement.

The big scene that is mentioned in the previous review is a narrative standout and "Bloodlines" has a pretty unique murder method and weapon, which makes it rise a notch above being too ordinary.

Production values are slick and stylish. 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 thoughtful and amiable mostly, with some exceptions.

Overall, decent above average episode, but unexceptional and a bit too familiar with an underwhelming denouement. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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