"Murder, She Wrote" Death Takes a Curtain Call (TV Episode 1984) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • Invited by Leo Peterson, a former dancer who defected long ago, Jessica attends a Boston performance of the famous Soviet Russian Rostoff ballet. She guesses something is up when Leo gets a program from the bottom of the pile with a code; after the performance they are joined in his car by defecting star dancers Alexander and Natalia Masurov but hear on the radio that KGB security agent Serge Berensky has been found dagger-murdered in their dressing room, so Jessica gives them short-term sanctuary at her home while she snoops. KGB Major Anatole Karzof declares to be a fan of her books and joins her, defending he thesis the defectors did it, while FBI Agents O'Farrell and Dewey Johnson conduct the official investigation. She discovers there is more...

  • Jessica is shocked when the stars of a visiting Russian ballet defect with the help of her friend and fellow Cabot Cove resident Leo Peterson. In the confusion following the performance and defection, Russian security officer Serge Berensky is stabbed to death in the defectors' dressing room. Berensky had been seen arguing with stage manager Skip Fleming for spending too much time with dancer Irina Katsa. The man in charge of Soviet security is Major Anatole Karzof who happens to be a great admirer of Jessica's books. Karzof travels to Cabot Cove to search for the missing dancers and Jessica lays a trap for the killer.

  • Two Soviet ballet dancers on tour in the States are wanted following the murder of a man backstage during their debut performance.


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