Jessica attends the ground breaking for a real estate project (in Palm Springs) that she invested in at her accountant's advice. Her observations there cause police lieutenant J.T. Hanna to arrest Clark 's wife Marian Randall for his murder, which she denies, while the fortune he held for the project remains missing. After Marian's sister, Linda Dixon, puts up her house for bail, she commits suicide, but the combination of car-exhausts and the wrong pills prove that the suicide must have been staged. Despite Hanna's irritated instructions to butt out, Jessica sleuths on among the parties who lost in the deal such as other investors, the fired banker who approved a fat loan and future residents who put up down-payments.
Did You Know?
Yet another script by Donald Ross showing one of his trademarks: naming characters after jazz musicians. Ross, who wrote the 1972 Timex All-Star Swing Special, this time paid tribute to the Bob Crosby Orchestra, a 1930's band led by Bing Crosby's brother Bob that played a fusion of Dixieland and swing. Among the Crosby musicians paid tribute to in this show are trumpeter Sterling Bose, trombonist Ward Silloway and vocalist Kay Weber. Another character, Clark Randall, is named after a wealthy dilettante who in 1935 hired the Crosby band (before Crosby himself was involved with it) to back him as a singer on a record date. Still another character, Pauline Byrne, is named after a singer who recorded with Artie Shaw in 1940. See more