Grady Fletcher is in big trouble again when his boss is found dead and he is the main suspect.



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Episode cast overview:
Mrs. Ellis
Lester Grinshaw
Marty Giles
Lana Whitman (as Patricia McCormack)
Tom McFadden ...
Harry Caldwell (as Thom McFadden)
Paul Carlisle
Ralph Whitman
Connie Norton
Paul Comi ...
Peggy Doyle ...
Edna Weems
Charles Walker ...
Michael J. London ...


Jessica is visiting her nephew Grady who has a job working as an accountant at an investment firm. He likes the work and is very busy and working long hours, even if there is supposedly a ghost in the building. He returns to the office late one evening and finds his boss, Ralph Whitman, dead. To top it off, there's also an IRS auditor sniffing around looking into one of the firm's investment funds, Neptune Ventures. Grady becomes the prime suspect in the case but Jessica works with police Lt. Timothy Hanratty. She soon learns that Whitman's wife visited him at the office on the evening he died. Then there's the supposed ghost in the building which is more than just people's overactive imagination. Jessica sorts it all out. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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22 March 1987 (USA)  »

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Ron Masak, who played Cabot Cove's Sheriff Mort Metzger from 1988 until the end of the series, first appeared in Episode: # 1.17."Footnote to Murder" as Lt. Meyer, and also #3.19, "No Accounting for Murder", as a sleazy NYC business owner, Marty Giles. See more »

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Grady Inadvertently Faces Tough Clients, Tax Fraud, a Phanthom and Murder Charges
27 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode marks one of the last appearances by, and final television role for Classic film star Dorothy Lamour, who began her fifty year screen career in 1937. Peggy Doyle and Barney Martin have also since passed.

One winter's day in New York City (with actually on-location snowfall filming), there is much activity at accounting agency co-owned by Ralph Whitman (Michael Tolan) and Paul Carlisle (James Noble), of which its staff includes Secretary Connie Norton (Kate Vernon), Security Guard Harry Caldwell (Tom McFadden), Custodian Mrs. Weems (Peggy Doyle) and Grady Fletcher (Michael Horton) as Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Visitors include clients Mrs. Ellis (Dorothy Lamour), and Marty Giles (Ron Masak in his pre-Mort Metzger days), Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Agent Lester Grinshaw (Geoffrey Lewis), estranged wife of Ralph, Lana Whitman (Patty McCormack) and The Phantom (Paul Comi), who lurks behind the scenes to scrutinize activity.

Grady awaits the arrival of his Aunt Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury), who steps from the elevator as Connie screams for Security Guard Caldwell to apprehend the Phanthom, whom she sights in the corridor, for all to discover that he has tackled Grady.

But Grady's problems are just beginning. IRS Agent Grinshaw slaps a summons on him when it is discovered that the agency has been shielding clients' tax payments in an overseas account bearing Grady's name.

That night, several who are connected with the accounting firm are seen entering the building, before a garroter strangles a victim with drapery cords.

NYPD Lieutenant Timothy Hanratty (Barney Martin) and Joe, Police Sergeant (Charles Walker) are assigned to the case, in which all fingers point to Grady, while additional blackmail threats continue around the agency.

Jessica rises to the occasion of defending Grady, by obtaining information from various suspects, paying a visit to the local IRS office with Grady, to discover that agents pay squealers an Informant's Fee for providing information toward tax fraud suspects, to search through the building's hidden passageways in search of the Phanthom, and also to pay a visit to Marty's Merchandisers, to discover that its "Going OUt of Business" sale has been going on since 1968.

As everyone tries to crack down upon Neptune Ventures, the Caribbean account to which payments of six tax blackmail victims is stored, the perpetrator goes after another prospective victim with drapery cords, as Jessica hangs onto the Charles Hammond file and suspects that there is "No Accounting for Murder." The cast is rounded out by a Seller at Marty's Merchandisers (Michael J. London).

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