Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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The Secret of Gila Junction 

When Jessica's friend Norma asks her to come to Gila Junction, Jessica is roped into helping Norma investigate a possible conspiracy while a rumored treasure may have led to a murder.


Anthony Pullen Shaw (as Anthony Shaw)


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

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Episode cast overview:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Lawrence Bayne ... George Creech
Guy Boyd ... Whitey Deaver
Dorothy Lyman ... Norma Shey
Maya McLaughlin ... Dena Harding
Robert Rusler ... Pete Menteer
Douglas Roberts ... Tiny Kerns
Bo Svenson ... Cal Harding
Jay Underwood ... Spencer
Kari Whitman ... Marge Deaver
Bruce Ed Morrow ... Corley Thompson (as Bruce E. Morrow)
Biff Yeager ... Todd Hawkins
Paul Ivy ... Lawson Parks
Robert Seals ... Highway Patrolman
Dale Swann ... Bus Driver


In Gila Junction, Arizona Jessica Fletcher is visiting her friend Norma Shey when the local Sheriff, Spencer, receives a call saying they've found Norma's SUV in a ditch with no one inside. She's okay but it's clear that someone took a shot at her, blowing out a tire. Norma has been doing research on a possible cover-up at an old military base and suspects someone is trying to silence her. Spencer soon has a murder to solve when Whitey Deaver is shot. There have been a number of armed robberies in the area by someone dubbed the truck stop bandit and Tiny Kerns may have found the thief's loot. Jessica thinks she knows who the truck stop bandit is but someone else killed Whitey. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

5 October 1995 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Secrets and murder at Gila Junction
10 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.

Season 12, along with Seasons 9 and 11, is one of the weaker and more variable ones of 'Murder She Wrote'. It is though a season that got off to a good start, and "The Secret of Gila Junction" continues this while not being one of the best or worst of either the season or 'Murder She Wrote' in general. It is not a perfect or great episode. The denouement is a bit anaemic, it didn't surprise me and was not that well acted.

The acting from the younger suspects was not so convincing either, a common theme it seems for the later seasons generally and in particular Season 12.

On the other hand, the mystery is entertaining and interesting with enough twists and turns to keep one guessing. All the crimes are engagingly written and resolved neatly but not too patly.

Angela Lansbury can be depended upon to give a good performance and she gives that and more consistently in one of her best remembered roles for good reasons. Dorothy Lyman, Bo Swenson and Guy Boyd give good support.

Production values are slick and stylish with great use of the setting. 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. The writing is amiable and thought-provoking.

In conclusion, good though the denouement and the questionable acting from the younger cast bring things down somewhat. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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