Oh my lanta. I love Murder, She Wrote. This was one of my favorite shows as a kid. Some of my favorite memories are of me and my mom sitting and watching Dame Angela Lansbury solve murders in every town she visited. It wasn’t until last year that I discovered there was a series of books based on the series.
My Christmas presents last year were the start of my book collection. I now have all of them. Because of course I do. And since I have them, I figured why not actually read them.
So, that’s what I’m doing. Starting from the first one.
The Murder of Sherlock Holmes. https://amzn.to/3XeCwrP
This was released on January 1, 1985 and written by James Anderson.
This was pretty much a play by play of the show. We get to see the start of Jessica’s writing career. We meet Grady, her nephew, and his girlfriend, Kitt. Listen. Here’s the thing. I love the fact that the actors playing Grady and Kitt are actually married and still married to this day. I found out Dame Angela is the Godmother to their children. Are you for real? How sweet is that?
So, we get to see Jessica navigating sudden fame. Interviews, tv shows, the whole thing. And she does the best she can dealing with the crazy life of a best selling author.
After a party at her publisher’s house, a body is found in the pool. Dun Dun Duuuuuuuuuuuuuun.
I know right.
Now I can’t go into much more after that but I will say Jessica spends the rest of the time trying to exonerate her nephew. That’s right. Grady got himself arrested for murder. And it’s up to Jess to find the truth.
Y’all I love this book. I loved this / episode. And this is basically a written version of the show. It’s twisty and turny. Lots of red herrings. And of course, Jessica snooping and asking questions.
This is such a great introduction into the series. It’s everything we love about Jessica Fletcher. A calm and collected snarkiness in the face of adversity and tribulations.
I love how we see the beginning of author life for Jessica. We see a little of Cabot Cove but more than anything we see New York. There is a whole thing with Jess and a bus driver that made me laugh out loud. I’m from Philly and could just imagine that interaction on the C bus in Center City. That alone made the character even better for me. That’s the Jessica we know and love. Always a lady. Is it any wonder my 8 year old self imagined Jessica Fletcher as my gramma? What’s not to love.
Anyway, would I recommend this? Absolutely. Will I keep reading the series? You bet. This is a fun romp into cozy mysteries and the nostalgia is absolutely the icing on the cake.
I give this 5 out of 5 cups of tea. Check it out.
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