Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Who Killed J.B. Fletcher? 

A fan, posing as Jessica, is arrested and later murdered.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
St. Trooper Boone Willoughby (as Max Baer)
Kit Parkins
Sheriff J.T. Tanner
Lisa McCauley
Mitchell Lawrence
Marge Allen
Jon Menick ...
Kennel Clerk
Mario Machado ...


Marge Allen gets arrested using her fake JB Fletcher identity card from a literary fan club to intrude the McCauley kennel. She makes bail but is found dead in her crashed car. Since the press reports both incidents, Jessica convinces sheriff J.T. Tanner he arrested an impersonator, then accepts the club's help to investigate after kennel owner and dog trainer, Simon McCauley, is reported killed with his hunting rifle 'by his dog'. The sheriff initially dismisses either theories or help, but is won over. The widow Lisa McCauley is also killed, but Jessica solves all three murders at once from assorted clues. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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10 February 1991 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Delightful Episode with an All-Star Cast
27 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

In this episode, Angela Lansbury is joined by a group of classic movie and TV actresses, including former child actresses Margaret O'Brien and Jane Withers.

Jessica Fletcher has just gotten off a book signing tour in Dallas, TX only to hear her name in a news report stating that she had been arrested and released in a nearby town. She travels there only to have to prove to the gruff, suspicious Sheriff Tanner (Earl Holliman) that SHE is the real J.B. Fletcher by buying a drugstore paperback with her photo on the back. She finds out the name of the impostor's friend who bailed her out and finds they are both members of the J.B. Fletcher Literary Society. It turns out one of the women owns a print shop and made all the members fake photo IDs for fun with J.B. Fletcher's name. She learns the impostor's husband is a state senator whom she didn't want to embarrass with the arrest and so used the fake ID.

It gets worse when the impostor makes an accusation to the wrong person and is killed, causing the news to announce the death of Jessica Fletcher. In addition to realizing friends and family are going to think she's dead, the real Jessica has to deal with her credit cards being canceled as well as solving the mystery of what turns out to be three deaths. Helping her, of course, are her exuberant fans from the J.B. Fletcher Literary Society, sometimes with means that aren't totally legal.

Max Baer makes a short, but well done, guest appearance and you realize it's a shame he was type-cast as Jethro.

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