"Murder, She Wrote" Murder in a Minor Key (TV Episode 1987) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • College music student Michael 'Mike' Prentice discovers that his professor Tyler Stoneham published a song based on a theme part of one of his assignments as his own composition, under the alias Alden Gilbert, but can't prove the plagiarist theft. The professor's wife Christine Stoneham also suspects him of adultery with a student. Professor Harry Papasian, Stoneham's assistant, is furious not to be mentioned as co-author on their new music dictionary. Stoneham is found stabbed to death in the archives where Mike was looking for the original partitions, enough for an arrest. His friend, law student Chad Singer, starts sleuthing, helped by fellow music student who helps trace more musical malversations to Broadway. Christine actually has a secret affair herself with Vice Chancellor Simon. Musical producer Max Hellinger promises Papazian $5,000 to help find some Gilbert songs, Chad finds out. After the lyrics writer is traced, Chad stages an elaborate reconstruction to trick the killer...

    - Written by KGF Vissers
  • Jessica Fletcher introduces the case of a murder on a college campus. During a noisy student protest, music Professor Tyler Stoneham is killed, stabbed in the chest with a tuning fork. Unfortunately for student Mike Prentice, he had broken into Stoneham office to find evidence that the professor had stolen one of his compositions and sold it as his own. In the darkened room, he didn't see the dead body until a university policeman arrived and turned on the light. Although Mike is arrested there are many possible suspects: an academic rival who feels his been cheated out of proper credit for a book; Stoneham's wife, who thinks he may have been having an affair; a theater producer who is still waiting for the last song in his soon-to-open musical. Mike's friend Chad Singer sets out to solve the crime.

    - Written by garykmcd
  • Jessica tells the story of her new novel about a composer accused of killing the professor who plagiarized his music.


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