Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Unfinished Business 

A retired policeman decides to re-examine an old case and returns to the lakeside cabins where the murder occurred, gathering all the old suspects together.


Walter Grauman


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

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Episode cast overview:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Lloyd Bochner ... Dr. Terence Mayhew
Tom Bosley ... Sheriff Amos Tupper
J.D. Cannon ... Sheriff McCoy (as J. D. Cannon)
Don DeFore ... Jake Sanford
Pat Hingle ... Ret. Lt. Det. Barney Kale
Hayley Mills ... Cynthia Tate
Erin Moran ... Maggie Roberts
William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Erich Anderson ... Gary Roberts (as E. Erich Anderson)
Phillip Clark ... Deputy
William Mims William Mims ... Mayor
James Bartz ... Deputy #2
Connie Sawyer ... Ethel
Armand Cerami Armand Cerami ... Searcher


When Lieutenant Detective Barney Kale is offered a trip around the world at his third and final retirement, he announces he will delay it till Spring to finish full-time what he considers his only unsolved murder case, his friend Lowell Dixon's drowning ten years ago at Juniper Lake in the midst of a property development. Barney Kale informs everyone who was into it, including Seth Hazlitt. Worrying doc may get in trouble, Jessica and Amos go looking, and find ex-con Gary Roberts shot in Kale's cabin. They stay to help Sheriff McCoy and Kale investigate the new and old murders, if linked to each other and of course the other guests, including Gary's young widow, Maggie Roberts, whom he promised a fortune after this trip, Seth's period friend Cynthia Tate and her present friend Dr. Terence Mayhew. Written by KGF Vissers

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lake | doctor | sheriff | retired cop | See All (4) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

12 October 1986 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the shotgun is found in the woods, the deputy character picks it up with one hand in a handkerchief, to protect fingerprint clues, but then puts his other bare hand right on the barrel. See more »


[first lines]
Mayor: Supercop. I'm sure you all know how this man got that name. No, not because he served longer than anyone else on the force. No, no. And not because in all his years as Chief of Detectives, not one single major murder went unsolved.
Mayor: No, no, no, please. Ladies and gentlemen, the real reason we pay homage to this man, and pay, and pay, is simply because he is the only police officer in the history of this city who has swindled us out of, not one, not two, but three solid ...
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In the eyes of the local law
30 March 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A lot of Jessica Fletcher's cases take place in various exotic locales and just as many are close to home in Cabot Cove. This one was not too far from her home town. It also ties in to a murder 10 years earlier of a vacationing police detective.

In fact the detective on that case is in this area again and Pat Hingle and there's another murder of a recently released convict Erich Anderson with a shotgun. That's the thing about shotguns, there's no forensics with them.

There's a nice little stew of suspects that in the eyes of the local law also includes Dr. Seth Hazlitt who's also on the scene. The local law is Sheriff J.D. Cannon and on Angela Lansbury's list he's on it as well.

I was fooled on this one, but on reflecting the sequence of events no other outcome was possible.

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