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Murder at a Discount 

One of Jessica's best-selling mysteries makes her the target of a lawsuit by a man who was tried and acquitted for murder.

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Jessica Fletcher
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Neil Fraser
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Lt. Artie Gelber (as Herbert Edelman)
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Randy Konig (as John Enos)
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Iris Novaro
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Aaron Woodman
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Ted Hartley
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Lillian Conway
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Dave Novaro claims Jessica's book "The Uncaught" is a thinly disguised version of the murder of his wife Janet (whose mother died of grief six months later), except that he was acquitted in court -albeit merely for lack of evidence- five years ago, not 'his character' in 'her version', so he demands millions as compensation for damages to business, health and marriage. His wife Iris Novaro complains to him this makes him absent, while she tells her lover Rick Konig she couldn't bring herself to tell him about them at such a time of stress. To Jessica's surprise, NYPD Lt. Artie Gelber Artie confirms the murders really are surprisingly similar, even in some details, and there was enough publicity so she could have known. Dave's daughter Rachel Novaro, a lawyer, also wants the book redrawn, while her grandpa Norman Trent believes Dave did murder her mother. When Iris publicly accuses Jessica of ruining her marriage to Dave, who married her, his former secretary, Jessica's publisher Ted ... Written by KGF Vissers

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5 December 1993 (USA)  »

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Lawsuits, literature and murder
12 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.

Despite the premise of the episode bears small similarities to that of Season 5's "The Sins of Castle Cove", with notable differences (such as a lawsuit thrown into the mix), "Murder at a Discount" is still very entertaining. It has a mystery that keeps one guessing and grabs the attention throughout. The ending is not a shocking one but it is still well-executed. It is also a lot of fun wondering whether Jessica is guilty of what she has been accused of, the outcome doesn't surprise (am fond of the show but it can be formulaic) but the episode does make a good case.

Angela Lansbury is terrific as always, while Herb Edelman and their chemistry together bring lots of charm and tension. Gelber and Lightfoot's rapport too entertains. George Segal and Sandy Ward are especially good of the supporting cast, and Sam Anderson and Julianna Marguiles are also solid. Morgan Fairchild was a little flat for my tastes but that is probably just me, she looks great though.

Production values are slick, stylish and suitably cosy. 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.

Writing is thoughtful and amiable.

Overall, another very enjoyable episode and one of Season 10's better ones, regardless of questions concerning originality being raised. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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