Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Love's Deadly Desire 

Jessica investigates the murder of a visiting romance novelist's assistant, who was having an affair with the writer's publisher husband.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Fletcher
Sibella Stone
John David Bland ...
Colin Burnham
David Gail ...
Monroe Shepard
Derek Hartman
Sheriff Mort Metzger (as Ron Másak)
Phil Coile
Valerie Hartman
Yvonne Suhor ...
Marian King
Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Deputy Andy Broom
Peggy Reed
Chairwoman (as B. J. Ward)
Robin Gordon ...


Well-known romance novelist Sibella Stone has come to Cabot Cove and taken up residence in a old dilapidated lighthouse. Her husband Derek Hartman is with her along with his daughter Valerie and her arrogant British boyfriend. When her assistant Marian King is killed while wearing Sibella's cloak on an a dark night, it doesn't take much to conclude that Sibella was the intended target. Several people may have had a reason to her dead. Derek was having an affair with Marian and Valerie's boyfriend needed her help to get his visa problems solved, something she agreed to do provided he left Valerie. A misspelled word provides the vital clue Jessica needs to identify the murderer. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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16 May 1993 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Love and desire at a deadly cost
9 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.

Some may disagree, but, although not a show high-point, "Love's Deadly Desire" is one a very inconsistent Season 9's better episodes. Don't expect the story to make complete sense, some of it really doesn't and that the premise is pretty implausible works against it. Those are reasons enough for people to not care much about the episode. Still, there is something about "Love's Deadly Desire" that to me makes it difficult to hate. Despite the lack of sense, the mystery is always compelling, nothing dull about the episode at all, has a good amount of atmosphere, and it is always entertaining.

Although suspected earlier on and the truth of the boathouse accident was not hard to figure out, the ending was very clever and succeeds in cleaning up the implausibilities which was nice for a season with its fair share of disappointing ones.

"Love's Deadly Desire" has a great cast going for it. Angela Lansbury can do no wrong and she is matched by Ron Masak, whose Mort is very easy to like and is much more than your bumbling, idiotic or push-over sheriff cliché (which has never been the case with Mort), and William Windom as everybody's favourite curmudgeon doctor and one of the show's best recurring characters.

William Katt and David Gail also give a lot of credibility and Carroll Baker's performance is worth watching the episode for alone, she's terrific.

Production values are slick and stylish. 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. A lot of thought-provoking moments and it takes itself seriously while still maintaining the show's customary cosy light-heartedness.

Summing up, very entertaining and absorbing episode once one looks past the implausibility of the premise and the lack of sense. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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