Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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A Killing in Cork 

While visiting Ireland, Jessica searches for clues when a widowed friend's son is suspected of killing an American relative.


Anthony Pullen Shaw (as Anthony Shaw)


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Wendy Benson-Landes ... Siobhan Kennedy (as Wendy Benson)
Gordon Currie ... Sean Griffith
Fionnula Flanagan ... Fiona Delaney Griffith
Dakin Matthews ... Dennis Moylan
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Father Timothy
Cyril O'Reilly ... Patrick Griffith
Donnelly Rhodes ... William Mahaffy
Andrew Robinson ... Ambrose Griffith
Mark Rolston ... Sgt. Terence Boyle
Bridgette Wilson-Sampras ... Emily Griffith (as Bridgette Wilson)
Udana Power ... Una O'Reilly
Michael Connors Michael Connors ... Eric
Lee Magnuson Lee Magnuson ... Barman
Paul Ivy ... Duffy


Jessica visits Fiona Delaney Griffith, the widow of Robert, a friend of her late husband, in Cork, Ireland, where the family runs a traditional factory of Woollens, blankets. Cousin Ambrose Griffith was about to take over management from Fiona's son Sean and move the site too far for many villagers to keep the only jobs in the region. Elder son Patrick Griffith, who was away over ten years fleeing his unfair father, is furious. Ambrose is found murdered in Father Timothy's church. Jessica also believes the old cripple local poet William Mahaffy who thinks Richards fall from the belfry was no accident and the crazy Una O'Reilly who puts flowers on his grave witnessed something. Sgt. Terence Boyle is clearly not up to examining murder cases, but Jessica does figure out how both murders fit together. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

21 November 1993 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Although set in Ireland, no filming was actually done there. See more »


[first lines]
Siobhan Kennedy: When Mrs. Griffith said you were coming to Kilcleer, I was surprised. You know, with Mr. Griffith dead barely two months.
Jessica Fletcher: Well, my husband, Frank, and I were at her wedding to Robert. Fiona and I planned this visit a year ago.
Siobhan Kennedy: She needs a good friend. That's what it is.
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Murder comes to Cork
11 November 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee 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 Killing in Cork" is the second episode of 'Murder She Wrote' set in Ireland, the first being "The Wind Around the Tower". It's not as good as that episode, it lacks that episode's atmosphere and the ending is not quite as terrific, but when it comes to Season 10 it's in the better half. It's not a perfect episode, the mystery drags slightly at times especially in the early parts and the accents once again are distractingly bad (worse in this case).

The mystery is an intriguing one though and the ending is one of the more satisfying, actually being surprising, and better acted ones of the first half of Season 10.

While the accents were really not great to put it lightly, the acting otherwise is not bad if not exceptional. Angela Lansbury can't be faulted and she is very well supported by Fionnula Flanagan, Andrew Robinson and Dakin Matthews.

Even if one questions the authenticity of the Cork setting, it hardly looks cheap and the way it's photographed is still slick, stylish and nicely cosy. 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.

Writing is thoughtful and amiable mostly and there is some nice suspense at times, especially in the lead up to the second murder.

In conclusion, pretty good. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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