As Jessica tells in her garden at Lady Abigail Austin's death aged 101, that mystery writing model once solved a real murder aboard the Queen Mary in 1947. Peter Daniken collapsed at her and millionaire Edwin Chancellor's table, stabbed to death. Questioned by New York reporter Christy McGinn, she volunteers her services to help him and waves her badge as honorary Scotland yard reporter to get access to his pa, NYPD lieutenant detective Martin McGinn. U.S. Treasury Agent Lennihan informs them Danikin was an alias for a Nazi smuggling a counterfeit dollar plate. But another murder in committed before three theories are tested. Written by
Did You Know?
The episode "The Grand Old Lady" was actually intended as an Ellery Queen
(1975) episode but was shelved after the series was canceled. It was filmed as a Murder, She Wrote
(1984) episode using entirely new names for the characters, and Jessica was given the prologue and epilogue that originally belonged to the Jim Hutton
character Ellery Queen. The role of the radio reporter was intended for the Simon Brimmer character, who was played by John Hillerman
. The role of the inspector, who's the "Ellery" character's father, was intended for David Wayne
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