Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Doom with a View 

Jessica and her nephew get more than they expect while staying at a posh New York hotel managed by Grady's old fraternity buddy.


Walter Grauman


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 5 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
John Callahan ... Garrett Harper
Robert Desiderio ... Mark Havlin
Jennifer Holmes Jennifer Holmes ... Sandra Clemons
Michael Horton ... Grady Fletcher
Janet Leigh ... Cornelia Montaigne Harper
Monte Markham ... Insp. Donald Matheney
Macon McCalman ... Hotel Det. Fritz Rice
Charlotte Rae ... Nettie Harper
Tony Ballen ... Workman
Juli Reding ... Mrs. Townsend (as Juli Reding Hutner)
Mary Ingersoll Mary Ingersoll ... Cashier
Kenny Davis ... Husband
Judy Kerr ... Wife
Sheila Shaw ... Maid


Jessica was looking forward to staying with her nephew, Grady Fletcher, but pest control fumigation drives them out of his New York apartment, however, to a deluxe hotel owned by his frat buddy Garrett Harper's older wife Cornelia Montaigne Harper, an overbearing workaholic. We soon learn Garrett is hiding from her his contacts with computer operator Sandra Clemons, who could never afford the hotel's steep prices. Grady finds Sandra dead, but agrees to keep silent about Garrett being in the room and thus becomes the prime suspect to save his frat buddy's marriage. While dandy NYPD Inspector Donald Matheney sees properly screening the crime scene as an interruption before returning to the ballet, Jessica soon finds mother Nettie Harper knew about a secret, which enabled blackmail. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

13 December 1987 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The character 'Garrett' is referred to as 'Gary' several times. This is not a mistake as 'Gary' is a valid nickname for 'Garrett' See more »


[first lines]
Jessica Fletcher: Uh, would you wait here, please?
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References A Room with a View (1985) See more »


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Written by John Addison
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Old frat buddy
30 April 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

On a visit to New York City Jessica Fletcher and nephew Grady get to stay in a really posh hotel owned by Janet Leigh. She's got a much younger husband who was Michael Horton fraternity brother Robert Desiderio. Wouldn't you know it, there's a murder of Jennifer Holmes who was a switchboard operator at the hotel who Desiderio has been getting very intimate with on the side.

Janet Leigh could have been the model for the notorious Leona Helmsley. She's the Queen of Mean before Helmsley got that title bestowed on her. She notoriously pays her workers some low wages and that comes back to haunt her in more ways than one.

As for Desiderio he's less a friend and brother than Michael Horton thought he had.

Monte Markham plays the tuxedo clad police detective who is distressed a mere homicide could call him away from the ballet. Jessica Fletcher has to do all the work here.

Last postscript scene is a doozy, I'll say no more.

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