Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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A Virtual Murder 

Jessica happens on a computerized clue to a murder while writing a mystery story for a friend's interactive video game company.


Lee Smith


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Julia Campbell ... Sharon Baskin
Kate McNeil ... Kate Walden
Allan Miller ... John Crowley / Charles Kroll
Phil Morris ... David Salt
Shawn Phelan Shawn Phelan ... Alex Porter
Thomas Ryan Thomas Ryan ... Dan Porter, P.I.
Kevin Sorbo ... Michael Burke
William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Richard Yniguez ... Sgt. Ignacio Delcanto (as Richard Yñiguez)
Ramy Zada ... James Lindstrom
Sherman Augustus ... Officer Rossi
Art Cohan Art Cohan ... Jeremy Hastings (as Arthur Cohan)
Danny Woodburn ... Mr. Townsend
Wayne Bolton Wayne Bolton ... Colonel Fleming


Cabot Cove's own youngster Alex Hooper, who got his first job with virtual reality-video game expert Michael Burke, has got Jessica to write a murder script 'A Killing at Hastings Rock' for their firm Marathon to design one about. The test version has grave program flaws, which may sink the firm by missing a nearby press presentation deadline- Jessica promises to rewrite the script so the failing character is no longer needed. Two partners secretly go to Redwood Concepts where James Lindstrom tells its CEO John/Charles Crowe he demands a bonus for dealing with him now he knows about his criminal past and name change, while his partner David Salt promises 'another solution'. It works, but programing out a confusing set of pointless doors would take too long. During the reception Michael gets called by his P.I., Dan Porter, and confronts James about his contacting Crowe, who is there too; shortly after James' corps is discovered, presumably found out stealing essential source codes. ... Written by KGF Vissers

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scolding | party | fingerprints | See All (3) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

31 October 1993 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The building and exterior used for the software company, Marathon Images, is the same building and exterior used as the location of the Bio-Dome in Bio-Dome (1996). See more »


The 2nd time Jessica is playing the game she sees two battle axes hanging on a wall and asks that they be changed to sabers. Even though a tech says the axes are now changed to sabers, what actually appears are scimitars, which have a more pronounced curve to their blades than do sabers. See more »

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Jessica Fletcher in cyber space
19 May 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This MSW story takes place in fabled Silicon Valley in California where Angela Lansbury has written a story to be turned into a video game. She and computer juvenile genius Shawn Phelan also from Cabot Cove are at the company that Kevin Sorbo owns who is designing the game.

But Sorbo has problems of his own with partners and when during a party a rival turns up dead, he's looking good for it.

With young Mr. Phelan's help, Lansbury navigates the highways and byways of a virtual world. Believe it or not the solution to the murder lies there.

Just reading also about young Mr. Phelan and how this was his farewell performance, dead after a car crash and 4 years in a coma. How incredibly sad.

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