Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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The Wind Around the Tower 

While being visitors at an estate in Ireland, Jessica and her friend are convinced that their host's demise is not from natural causes.

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Walter Grauman

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Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Episode cast overview:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Michael Alldredge ... Jason MacNamara
Mark Lindsay Chapman ... Francis O'Reilly
Shay Duffin ... Brian Mulrain
Shirley Anne Field ... Anne Gillen
John Finnegan ... Douglas Foudy
George Hearn ... Sean Culhane
Don Knight ... Quint Sankey
Sarah MacDonnell Sarah MacDonnell ... Claire Abbott (as Sarah Mac Donnell)
Dakin Matthews ... Neal Gillen
Richard Riehle ... Sergeant Devon O'Malley
Mark Rolston ... Liam Gillen
Pat Crawford Brown ... Cashier
Nora Masterson Nora Masterson ... Carolyn Mulrain
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In Ireland to research a new book, Jessica is a guest at a house supposedly haunted by a weeping ghost. The owner, Neal Gillen, fears he is going to be murdered and has asked the help of Jessica's ex-policeman friend Sean Culhane. When Neal dies, the possible suspects include his apparently loving wife, his cousin who has been dipping into the corporate accounts, a neighbor whose land Neal bought cheap, and a village girl who had her own agenda. Written by mama.sylvia

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1992 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Of all the cast members, Shay Duffin is the only one actually born in Ireland. See more »

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Murder comes to Ireland
2 November 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.

While it may not be one of the best 'Murder She Wrote' episodes ever, the first one set in Ireland "The Wind Around the Tower" is still one of the better episodes of Season 9 and the best by far of the season up to this early point. Coming from somebody who disliked "Murder in Milan", sort of liked "Family Secrets" and hated "The Mole", whereas this is one of the really liked if not loved episodes.

There is not much to criticise. The biggest problem really is that the whole stuff with the secret passage does require a lot of suspension of disbelief. Really didn't buy that it had not been found before despite the blatant obviousness of its placement and whether there actually was one was not that much of a surprise to the viewer well before it was found.

'Murder She Wrote' has also had a patchy track record when it comes to accents (before and since the episodes-set-in-Ireland episodes, such as "Sing a Song of Murder" before and "Southern Double Cross" since), but regardless of the quality of the acting elsewhere some of the accents here are enough to make one wince, very approximate and almost stereotypical. The scary thing is that, from memory, they are done even worse in the following set-in-Ireland episodes especially, from memory, "A Killing in Cork".

Elsewhere, "The Wind Around the Tower" is otherwise a well-acted episode. Angela Lansbury delivers her usual greatness and George Hearn (so charming with Lansbury, 'Murder She Wrote' has been so enjoyable reuniting them after 'Sweeney Todd'), Dakin Matthews and Shirley Anne Field are particularly good in support.

On the mystery front, it is a highly atmospheric in a creepy way and engaging one, while the denouement is incredibly terrific. It contains one of the show's cleverest murder methods that one doesn't know how it was done until very late on, and is one of the few endings of Season 9 that's actually genuinely surprising.

Production values are slick and stylish as ever, regardless of whether one questions the authenticity of the Irish setting it is still beautifully and atmospherically rendered. 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.

Writing on the most part is tight, thought-provoking and typically amiable and the characters and chemistry are good fun.

In conclusion, very good and with more care put into the accents and more thought put into a potentially intriguing plot strand that didn't quite come off here it could have been great. Still one of the better Ireland-oriented episodes. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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