Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Day of the Dead 

The noise and costumes of the Mexican "Day of the Dead" fiesta make it hard for Jessica to identify a killer.


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Episode cast overview:
Jessica Fletcher
Juan García (as Ismael {East} Carlo)
Cyrus Ramsey
Alex Colon ...
DEA Agt. Ramirez
Consuella Montejano
Scott Baker
Rosa García
Enrico Montejano
Geno Silva ...
Police Chief Quezada
Ruben Amavizca ...
Manuel Cabral ...
Cynthia DeCure ...
Girl (as Cynthia Lee Santos)


Jesscia is on a working holiday with her friend Cyrus Ramsey, archaeologist at the Mexico City museum, whose exposition's prize piece (the Aztec emperor Montezuma's golden death mask) was just stolen. It's found with the reputed illegal collector Enrico Montejano, a self-made tycoon whose young lover's (Rosa) father, Juan Garcia, just resigned after a row over that affair. US DEA Agent Ramirez warns her not to hinder their drug investigation. She inquires about Rosa's dead fiancée Jason Powel. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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26 April 1992 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The title refers to the holiday observed in Mexico and South America "Day of the Dead" (Día de los Muertos) where families gather and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died in a similar manner to the "All Saints' Day" (November 1) in the Christian English speaking countries. See more »


References Day of the Dead (1985) See more »

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Theft and murder in Mexico
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.

"Day of the Dead" is one of the difficult to rate 'Murder She Wrote' episodes, in fact not knowing what my stance is on it is. It's not an awful episode and there is nothing really terrible about it, there are certainly far worse episodes overall. At the same time, it's a long way from being one of the best episodes of Season 8 (along with "A Killing in Vegas" it's one of the weaker ones) let alone of the whole show and very little is done exceptionally.

Production values are slick and stylish as ever and the scenery is wonderful. 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.

Angela Lansbury is terrific as usual, no matter the quality of the episode she always gave her all and it's not hard at all to see why it's one of her best-remembered roles. James Coburn is a joy and is clearly having a lot of fun in his role. There are some intriguing parts in the second half of the episode when things get going and when there's more focus on the investigation.

On the other hand, the only great performances come from Lansbury and Coburn, the latter being the only member of the supporting cast to actually seem or look like he's having fun. "Day of the Dead" is to me one of the most unevenly acted 'Murder She Wrote' episodes, not just in terms of quality but the acting styles too, with the younger cast not looking at ease. The script has thought-provoking and amiable moments, but other parts don't flow so well.

Was not sure what to make of the story either. It does get mildly intriguing once the murder happens and things become more twisty but takes a little too long to get there and some of the stuff in the first half is less interesting and not as relevant as others. The case, while suitably not too simple, tends to be on the strange side. The ending underwhelms somewhat, the identity of the killer and motive didn't surprise me much at all and is pretty simplistic for an at times reasonably complicated story.

In conclusion, a difficult episode to rate and review. 5/10 Bethany Cox

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