Celebrity Richard Bennett gets Jessica to bid for him in San Francisco on suicided fellow star friend Evangeline's diary to destroy it. Before the auction she witnesses security guard Albert Cromwell reporting to auctioneer William Readford a failed offer of $5,000 to steal it for Evangeline's therapist Dr. Sylvia Dunn. At the auction, Richard's corpse is found in an armoire. SFPD Lt. Casey nearly arrests Jessica, speculating his check was made out in her name, but still doesn't do after Readford is found murdered too just when Jessica comes return to him the diary she found in the secret compartment of a chess set she privately bought from him. Dodgy P.I. Harland 'Harry' McGraw takes it on himself to 'offer for sale' a photocopy of the diary. Meanwhile Jessica follows up on people mentioned in the diary, finds out who had it auctioned and... Written by
Did You Know?
Angela Landsbury and Hurd Hatfield can be seen gazing at a full-length portrait of Evangeline much like the full-length oil portrait of Hurd Hatfield in the famed Oscar Wilde 1945 movie Picture of Dorian Gray of which Hatfield and Landsbury both starred together. See more
When Jessica is in her hotel room talking to Dr. Dunn, the boom mic can be seen in the mirror behind Dr. Dunn. See more
[to Jessica Fletcher
If murder were a disease, you'd be contagious.