Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Charlie Garrett is in luck when Jessica is in Martinique for her vacation at the same time he is accused of murder.



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Episode cast overview:
Jessica Fletcher
Maurice Delagre
Melanie Venable
Phillip Sparling
Jeff Delagre
Lauren Delagre
Norma Willens
Graham Farrow
Hilton Augustus Venable
Police Captain
Charlie Garrett
Dorie Sparling
Sgt. Courbet (as Marc Andrew Gomes)


Chicago businessman Philip Sparling orders a 'not real smart guard dog'. A month later on Martinique, Melanie Venable asks Jessica whether her boy Hilton has any writing talent, but she hasn't even read his manuscript yet. She's saved by the "hotel des Deux Perroquets"'s owner, Lauren Delagre from Cabot Cove, whose teenage son Jeff(rey) -who digs the receptionist Collette- is the repairman, while daddy Maurice plays poker and loses half of the hotel to Graham Farrow. After a phone call from hotel guest Charlie Garrett, Sparling calls a woman in Washington, D.C. it's the Martinique hotel- she checks in as schoolteacher and amateur-writer Norma Willens. Garrett tells Jessica, whom he knew, he was hired by Sparling to find his missing wife Dorie; he bumps into her as a hotel guest, but a burly man soon tells him to stay away from her, the second time using fists; she calls him it's about a stolen fortune and she doesn't want to return; he helps her escape, but a masked sniper kills her. ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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13 November 1994 (USA)  »

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The bullet Jessica digs out of the tree has no rifling marks on it to indicate that it has been fired from a gun. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS followed by MARTINIQUE-ONE MONTH LATER See more »

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Death in Martinique
28 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.

"Fatal Paradise" is one of the top middle episodes as far as Season 11 goes to me. It's not a perfect, nor great, episode, it's always fun and rarely dull, although it does take a little too much time to get going, but it's also not always the easiest to follow with a reasonably complicated scheme and a few parts are on the implausible side (like with the clues) that it's an amazement at Jessica comes to solve the crime in a reasonably surprising and neatly tied up denouement.

Angela Lansbury continues to excel in one of her most justifiably most fondly remembered roles and she shares a charming rapport with Wayne Rogers, who is able to show the most range here of his 'Murder She Wrote' appearances (one feels sorry for Charlie here). Anne Lockhart, Cassie Yates, Patricia Barry and Christopher Allport in particular give classy support.

Mystery-wise it engages and intrigues enough and wraps up well, although the execution is not perfect.

Production values as always are slick, stylish and suitably cosy with a suitably exotic location and beautiful fashions. 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. The writing is thoughtful and amiable as well as having an endearing cosiness.

In short, pretty good. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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