Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Suspicion of Murder 

Dennis Stanton must prove his innocence when he is accused of murdering a flames estranged husband.

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... Jessica Fletcher
... Dennis Stanton
... Christina Hellinger
... Joe Hellinger
... Ryan Donovan
... Robert Butler
Robin Strand ... Danny Hellinger
... Lt. Catalano
... Rhoda Markowitz
... Clerk
... Cashier
Ed Beechner ... Policeman
... Doorman
... First Man
... Housekeeper
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At tennis star Ryan Donovan's retirement party Dennis Stanton begins an affair with socialite Christina Hellinger, who convinces him she's being beaten for wanting a divorce from Ben. SFPD Lieutenant detective Catalano refuses to act against Ben when his car hits Dennis and Christina's off the road. After Ben is found murdered, Dennis is arrested but escapes, determined to find out and prove who set him up, presumably for the Hellinger inheritance, as there are two sons, Joe and Danny. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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20 January 1991 (USA)  »

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Deadly suspicion
14 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.

Personally like the character of Dennis Stanton, if more with Jessica than on his own and mostly because his chemistry with Jessica is so great and the episodes are much better. He is a fun and compelling lead character, love how distinguished, sophisticated and suave he is, it is easy to be as charmed by me as Jessica is in her too few collaborations. Plus it is hard to not like a character who dresses dapper, drives a cool car and loves classical music and opera, sounds shallow but couldn't resist.

Can definitely understand why fans malign his solo bookend episodes, a few of them are good, others not so good to put it lightly. "Suspicion of Murder" to me, while not a 'Murder She Wrote' low point, is one of his weaker outings.

There are certainly good things. On the other hand, Keith Michell is terrific as Dennis, he oozes charm and charisma, really love his distinguished and suave air that he does better than any other bookend lead character. Ken Swofford is great fun and Dennis Cole and especially Susan Blakely are wonderful guest stars.

'Murder She Wrote' has always been good in the production values and gets better with each season. Here they're slick and stylish with nostalgia-inducing fashions. 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. Some of the writing is light-hearted and thoughtful.

On the other hand, there is not much of a mystery here in "Suspicion of Murder". The pacing is dull, while the who, why and how aspects and the outcome of Dennis' situation are incredibly obvious in the very early stages of the story. That the case has far too suspects, and ones that are not that well defined or interesting on the whole to properly invest in (the only guest supporting characters that intrigue are Christine and Donovan), also doesn't help.

Dialogue is pretty bland on the whole, and other than Cole and Blakely the rest of the guest cast don't register, either in underused character roles or blandly written characters full stop. The character of Rhonda and Hallie Todd playing her continue to grate.

In conclusion, it's okay but it is hardly 'Murder She Wrote' or Dennis Stanton's finest hour. 5/10 Bethany Cox


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