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  • Boston, 1974- a security guard is shot when trying to stop three robbers get away, the very next moment the police arrests them. Present (1990s), schoolboy Jimmy Taylor who works as part-time busboy overhears a man who did 20 years of jail demand Julia Harris to get paid for not having her friend Stanley put away for life. Sheriff Mort Metzger got many reports on a prowler, but all descriptions are contradictory. Dr. Seth Hazlitt remarks local computer store owner Evan Rafferty is particularly grumpy, perhaps because he doesn't want his son Will to start a boating business and thus refuses to cosign; Evan tells Julia Harris his property is not for sale, whatever her company bids; she suggests to Will, who also told her about his dad's past, a Boston bank which might co-finance his project, he gratefully invites her for dinner. Shortly after he examined the mysterious ex-con, Seth is missing, his office ransacked, and there is a blood stain, his type. Based on a robot-photo of the presumed prowler, the sheriff finds the man -our ex-con- was using various false names; Jessica believes Jimmy lied not to recognize him; the fingerprints in Seth's office belong to Leo David Fender. A male body is spotted in the woods- it's Leo's; Seth is around all-right, he just made a distant medical house-call, and recognizes Leo as a recent patient. After a talk with Jimmy, who realizes Evan was the only one in town who went all the way to Boston to hear a symphony orchestra, Evan decides to move in a hurry, saying to his fiancée, Jimmy's mother Marion Taylor, his past has caught up with him. From Leo's police file Jessica notices the names of his accomplices and starts figuring out some links just in time...

    - Written by KGF Vissers
  • In Cabot Cove, Jessica Fletcher and Sheriff Metzger become alarmed when Seth Hazlett seems to have disappeared. His office has been ransacked and when a body is found in the woods, they expect the worse. The man in the woods however is Leo Fender, a criminal with a long list of convictions who was seen to be speaking to visiting real estate developer, Julia Harris, who seems more interested in local computer store owner Evan Rafferty than in real estate. All is not as it seems however and for Jessica Fletcher to make sense of what is happening, she will have to unmask someone's true identity and stop someone who is intent on revenge for the loss of a loved one.

    - Written by garykmcd
  • Jessica searches for Seth when he suddenly disappears and fresh bloodstains in his office indicate foul play.


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