Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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A Body to Die For 

The owner of a new, hot fitness club in Cabot Cove has secrets that lead to murder.


(as Anthony Shaw)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Jessica Fletcher
... Eve Simpson
... Wayne Bennett
Joe Dorsey ... Ben Devlin
... Mrs. Hardin
... Renee
... Joe Hardin
... Sheriff Mort Metzger (as Ron Másak)
... Betty
... Fred Keppard
... Clarence La Rue
... Nancy La Rue
... Floyd
Katharine Durish ... Receptionist
Michele Bernath ... Woman


Studly newcomer Wayne Bennett's fitness club is an instant hit with Cabot Cove ladies, while some of their men aren't amused. His former coach Fred Keppard charms local real estate agent Eve Simpson personally and business-wise. She finds him shot dead in her home. Sheriff Metzger arrests Wayne after finding out they but have a criminal record and shared a Florida jail. A walk in Eve's home inspires Jessica to another line of thought. Written by KGF Vissers

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jail | gym | prison | false identity | See All (4) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

11 November 1990 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


As of 2011, this is the last screen appearance of actor James Olson. See more »


When Jessica, Nancy, and Ben Devlin are riding their bicycles, they pass a sign for Navarro something-or-other that's partially blocked by a tree. Navarro would be found in Mendocino, Calif., the filming location, not in Maine, the setting. See more »

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An episode to die for
12 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

Have always been quite fond of 'Murder She Wrote'. It is a fun and relaxing watch that makes you think as you try to unwind in the evening. If one wants more complex, twisty mysteries with lots of tension and suspense 'Murder She Wrote' may not be for you, but if you want something light-hearted and entertaining but still provide good mysteries 'Murder She Wrote' fits the bill just fine.

"A Body to Die For" is another one of the best Season 7 episodes. One may miss Ruth Roman and Gloria DeHaven but their absence is nowhere near enough to bring down an excellent episode that at its best is to die for. It is hugely entertaining and charming, with a very easy to get on board with and absorbing mystery that is tied up neatly and cleverly.

The episode is particularly worth seeing for the cast. Can't say anything bad about Angela Lansbury, who can do no wrong as Jessica, while Ron Masak is fully settled and has an easy-going presence and never descends into pushover or buffoon territory. Will Nye does a nice job.

Julie Adams is great fun and succeeds at being both feisty and classy. Jason Beghe is on smoking hot form, one can totally see what everybody sees in him. The only acting debit, and my only criticism of the episode, is the returning Joe Dorsey, once again epitomising the adjective annoying.

Production values as ever are slick and stylish, Cabot Cove never fails to charm. The music has energy and has presence but also not making the mistake of over-scoring, while it is hard to forget or resist the theme tune. The writing is suitably light-hearted, amiable and intriguing while taking itself seriously when needed without going overly so.

Overall, excellent. One of the better Season 7 episodes. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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