"Murder, She Wrote" Race to Death (TV Episode 1996) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • Shortly before a sailing race which can qualify for the world cup in New Zealand, captain Ned Larkin is knocked down in the Cabot Cove marina, wounded in the leg by a masked man, and his boat Free Spirit damaged, according to him by millionaire industrialist Kyle Kimball, captain of the Buccaneer. Jessica is embarrassed, given her sailing ignorance, to be asked as honorary commodore of the prestigious ocean race. Kimball's presumed skipper (crew chief) Steve Gantry gets cash from him and reports Larkin was difficult. Kimball's ex Anne, Larkin's daughter, now Larkin-man Bill Richards's partner, steps in as captain of the Free Spirit and asks deputy Deputy Andy Broom as skipper. Shortly after he resisted Gantry's attempt to blackmail him into giving him a $50,000 loan, Kimball is found dead from a blow on the head, Anne arrested, causing another replacements parade. Sheriff Mort Metzger and Jessica investigate.

  • Cabot Cove is hosting a qualifying yacht race for the America's Cup and the competition is proving to be deadly. After boat owner Ned Larkin catches a man taking photos of a new hull design, he is badly injured putting in question who will captain his boat in the upcoming race. His main competitor is the rich Kyle Kimball who is almost fanatical in his quest to win. He has an expert race advisor in boat designer John Venderselt and will even resort to blackmail if necessary. Larkin's estranged daughter - and Kimball's ex-wife - Anne, an experienced yachtswoman in her own right, returns to Cabot Cove and decides to captain her father's boat. When Kimball is found dead however, she is arrested and it's up to Jessica to sort out the mystery and identify the real killer.

  • Jessica investigates when a wealthy yachtsman is murdered two days before a big race, and the daughter of his rival is charged with the crime.


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