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Another Killing in Cork 

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While Jessica is enjoying her stay at a fishing lodge in Ireland, she finds out the owner is beset by a consortium that wants to buy his land for a strip mine.

Director:

Anthony Pullen Shaw (as Anthony Shaw)

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Eleanor Comegys Eleanor Comegys ... Brigid Ahearn
Bairbre Dowling Bairbre Dowling ... Kate Dempsey
Francis Guinan ... Edward Pryce
Martin Jarvis ... Cyril Ruddy
Ross Kettle ... Dennis McSorley
James Lancaster ... Councilman Harold Early
Felicia Lansbury ... Shauna
Mark Rolston ... Sgt. Terence Boyle
Carolyn Seymour ... Nellie Ruddy
Rod Taylor ... Tom Dempsey
Lyman Ward ... Walter Ickes
Kent Williams ... Freddie Layton
Amanda Wyss ... Laura Maples
Gerry Gibson Gerry Gibson ... Shamus Riley
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Jessica stays with Irish friends in a hotel which mainly caters for salmon-fishermen, in Kilcleer, a Cork county town. The locals are divided between supporters of Walter Ickes's consortium for industrial innovation supported by Councilman Harold Early, and environmentalists, lead by Tom Dempsey, whose car was, according to him, tampered with causing him to run off the road. Edward Pryce is missing and blood is found by the police team lead by Sgt. Terence Boyle, who Jessica knows and trusts from an earlier case, and as Jessica guesses, his body is found in the wish-well. New York salmon-fisher Freddie Layton is arrested because his fingerprints were on the lethal stone. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 1995 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Tom Dempsey: [voice-over reading of letter] "My dear Jessica. Your letter came only yesterday, so I hope to blazes this reaches you in time. Since you're going to London, I'd consider it an insult to an old friend if you don't spend your spare week with Kate and me in Kilcleer. My current lodgers are a queer lot. God knows there may be a story for you here in Kilcleer. Kate sends her love, as do I. Tom."
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Murder comes to County Cork...again
8 December 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.

"Another Killing in Cork" is the third of five episodes set in Ireland, the first being "The Wind Around the Tower", followed by "A Killing in Cork" and then succeeded by the two part "Nan's Ghost" (the best of the Ireland-set episodes to me). To me, as well, it is the weakest of the five (or four if one wants to count the two halves of "Nan's Ghost" as one) while being by no means a bad episode.

It is not a flawless episode. The episode drags slightly at times especially in the early parts and the accents once again are distractingly, of all the Ireland-themed episodes this episode is perhaps the worst in this regard. Sadly too, the acting, with the exceptions of an always terrific Angela Lansbury and the ever reliable Martin Jarvis, is rather bland to make up for this (something that "The Wind Around the Tower" and "A Killing in Cork" did manage to do).

On the other hand, the mystery is an engaging and well-crafted one that keeps one guessing to the end without being too simple or too confusing. The ending is one of the season's most surprising, the true identity of the bearded man easily being the biggest shock of Season 11. The dialogue is uneven with some thought-provoking and amiable moments and also some stale moments.

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.

In conclusion, decent episode if lacking in a few crucial areas. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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