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When Jessica hears on TV that director-producer Jerry Lydecker is turning the movie after her respectable mystery book The Corps Danced At Midnight into cheap slash junk with sex and gore, she flies to Hollywood to protest, but studio boss Marty Strindberg, who sends her a junior lawyer, and Lydecker have a contract clause she signed waving her rights to object. When Jessica intends to apologize to Lydecker, she finds him killed on he set, and becomes the only obvious suspect. Fortunately LAPD Detective Mack Brody, an amateur mystery writer himself, has enough faith in Jessica to encourage her snooping and believe she saw evidence which disappeared during the minute she talked to the security guard. Lydecker's ruthless behavior and romantic affair with the unexperienced female co-star provide several possible motives...
Jessica travels to Hollywood when she learns that producer Jerry Lydecker is making substantial changes to the film version of her book. Jessica isn't the only one who is upset with Lydecker who is a hard-nosed businessman who has a knack for alienating pretty well everyone around him. He keeps his pretty, Eve Crystal, star under his thumb and has banned the writer of the screenplay, Allan Gebhart, from the lot. The director Ross Hayley and wardrobe designer Marta Quintessa hated the man. When Jessica finds Lydecker murdered on the movie set, the only real surprise is that the main suspect turns out to be Jessica Fletcher.
Jessica protests when her book is turned into a tacky B-grade horror movie, and later winds up on the suspect list when the producer is murdered.
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