In California on a book tour, Jessica is invited to stay by her old friends, Clark and Ginny Blanchard who are celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary at their home in Santa Barbara. Clark is a highly successful businessman but Jessica soon learns that when drunk, he's also violent and beats Ginny. When Clark is found dead - beaten with fireplace poker, suspicion immediately falls on Ginny but Jessica is certain her friend is innocent. There are several other suspects including a businessman who lost his company to the dead Blanchard and an employee whose wife was having an affair with him. Jessica puts it all together. Written by
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The airplane shown at the beginning of the film is the Piaggio P.180 Avanti, a twin turboprop (not, as Jessica Fletcher calls it, a jet) executive aircraft. See more
Just a few episodes earlier, Jessica was stunned to learn that computer files can be transferred through a phone line. Yet in this story, she explains with confidence about splicing a coaxial cable. See more