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Jessica is on the Hawaiian island of Maui, giving a lecture at Maui College on community involvement in police investigations--a subject she knows well. Her co-lecturer is legendary retired detective Mike Kane, a behemoth of a man who shares his love of Hawaiian lore, legends and culture with Jessica.
Jessica Fletcher is visiting the Napa Valley wine country while doing research for her next book, and invites her old friend, Scotland Yard detective George Sutherland to join her at a cozy Bed and Breakfast. No sooner do they arrive than they find the valley abuzz over the murder of a waiter at the restaurant owned by infamous ex-Hollywood heavyweight Bill Ladington. Ladington's blatant womanizing and involvement in a bitter vineyard land dispute have already marked him as a dubious character--and a possible suspect. But when Ladington turns up dead himself from a supposed "suicide," Jessica knows that a murderer is on the loose--and with a little help from George, she must try and bottle up a motive for murder from an extensive list of less-than-vintage suspects...
MURDER BY THE BOOK. Cozy Cabot Cove, Maine, has a country luncheonette, but not much high culture. Mystery author Jessica Fletcher is the only writer in residence, but the renovation of the local Worrell mansion into an art colony may bring scores of artistic people to town. No one, however, expected a creative killer. The posh retreat offers struggling artists a European spa, psychiatry, and even hypnotism. But soon the retreat begins to look like a health hazard. A suicide attempt and a brutal murder quickly arouse the sheriff's attention--and Jessica's And when an old friend mysteriously disappears, Jessica fears a twisted genius is at work writing a scenario for murder--putting Jessica's own life on the line.
Cabot Cove is about to be invaded--by Hollywood. One of Jessica's older novels is being made into a big-budget movie. The producer has decided to shoot most of the film on location in town, since the book was loosely based on a murder that shocked Cabot Cove over a decade earlier.
Remember when flying was glamorous and sexy, even fun? When airline food was gourmet, everyone dressed up for a flight, and stewardesses catered to our every need-at least in our imaginations? This classic memoir by two audaciously outspoken young ladies, who lived and loved the free-spirited stewardess life, jets you back to those golden days of air travel-from the captain who's as subtle as a 747 when he's on the make to the passenger who mistakes the overhead luggage rack for an upper berth; from the names of celebrities who were a pleasure to serve (and some surprising notables on the "bad guy" list) to the origins of some naughty stereotypes-Spaniards arethe best lovers, actors the most foul-mouthed. This huge bestseller, a First Class jet-age journal, offers a hilarious gold mine of outrageous anecdotes from the high-flying and amorous lives of those busty, lusty, adventuresome young women of the swinging '60s known as "stews. "
Wayne Silverton invites Jessica on the inaugural flight of his new airline from Boston to London. Jessica is thrilled to visit with her friend, George Sutherland of Scotland Yard. But their reunion hits turbulence when Wayne is murdered.
MURDER IN BEANTOWN. Jessica Fletcher is off to Boston to help her eccentric lawyer friend, Malcolm McLoon, defend a tycoon accused of fratricide. Her uncanny sleuthing talents will come in handy when the two old acquaintances dive into the case with their characteristic vigor. Even so, Jessica anticipates enough time to take in the charming sights of New England's historic capital. But when the defendant's girlfriend--and his only alibi--is found dead in her apartment, the case takes one more murderous turn for the worse. Is someone out to make sure the accused gets convicted? Jessica has her suspicions, and soon--when the jurors become victims of deadly accidents--there's even more to ponder. With only her gut feelings at work for her, Jessica must outwit the tenacious prosecutor determined to get a guilty verdict. She must find the real culprit--before the killer finds her ...
Jessica Fletcher and her friend Scotland Yard detective inspector George Sutherland are invited to attend a New Year's Eve Ball at Castorbrook Castle, thanks to her British publisher. Shortly after arriving in the idyllic English countryside, Jessica discovers the body of a lady's maid in the garden.
Famed mystery writer Jessica Fletcher accompanies a friend, a member of a railroad association, on a three-day train trip through scenic British Columbia. There she meets club president Alvin Blevin, an unlikable character who is later poisoned. Jessica searches for clues with the help of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Jessica is volunteering at the Cabot Cove women's shelter when a woman walks in bruised physically and mentally. Her husband is a well-respected businessman in town. Could this paragon of virtue be abusing his wife? Despite Jessica's support and advice, the woman refuses to stay at the shelter or press charges.
Florida. Mystery writer Jessica Fletcher uncovers evidence of foul play in the death of her former Cabot Cove, Maine, neighbor Portia Shelby. She hunts for clues in Portia's retirement community, Foreverglades, identifies possible suspects--including a rumored mobster and Portia's own husband--and even takes a side trip to Key West.
Jessica Fletcher would like to relax as Thanksgiving comes to Cabot Cove, but she's hosting a bountiful dinner for an ever-growing guest list. She couldn't be happier with the results-until she stumbles upon a body with a carving knife stuck in its chest.
Jessica Fletcher heads to London to deliver the keynote address at the International Society of Mystery Writers. She pays a visit to her friend and fellow mystery writer Marjorie Ainsworth. But unfortunately, while Jessica is at Ainsworth Manor Marjorie is murdered--and Jessica becomes the main suspect. Gin and Daggers, was published in 1989 it included several inaccuracies to the TV series including Jessica driving a car which she could not do as she never learned to drive. Due to fans pointing out the errors, the novel was republished in 2000 with most of the inaccuracies corrected.
I stood outside Marjorie's bedroom door. It was ajar, not enough so that you could see through the opening, but certainly not closed tight. I put my ear to it and listened, heard nothing but silence. The steeple bell at a nearby country church suddenly went into action: one, two, three chimes. It was three o'clock in the morning, unless the clock controlling the bell hadn't been set correctly. I placed my fingertips against the door and pushed. It was heavy and did not swing open, had to be pushed more. I did that and peered into the room. Marjorie's bed was king-sized and covered with a canopy. The room was dark except for a sharp shaft of moonlight that poured through an opening in the drapes. It was perfectly aimed, as though a theater lighting technician had highlighted a section of a stage where major action would occur. I stepped over the threshold and walked to the side of the bed, like a moth drawn to a summer candle. A whole arsenal of grotesque sounds rose up inside me but stopped at my throat, sounds of protest, of outrage, of shock and horror. Yet not a sound came from me as I looked down at the body of Marjorie Ainsworth, the grande dame of murder mystery fiction, sprawled on her back, arms and legs flung out, a long dagger protruding from her chest like a graveyard marker.
Jessica Fletcher, in Britain promoting her latest mystery novel, accepts an invitation to stay at the Scotland Yard inspector's ancestral Scottish castle, which is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of an executed seventeenth-century witch. When a local girl is murdered in an eerily similar manner, Jessica investigates.
Jessica Flecther and a group of her friends from Cabot Cove, Maine, take off for the British Isles and end up at a castle in Scotland. it would be a great vacation--except for the ghost. And the murders.
In the newest mystery in the USA Today bestselling series, there's a battle brewing in Cabot Cove between two eateries. But when one of the combatants becomes a fatality, Jessica Fletcher will have to get cooking and find a killer. Jessica may not know everything about food, but she knows what she likes--and she definitely likes the Leg & Claw restaurant. Opened last summer by young couple Brad and Marcie, the Leg & Claw is their dream come true, combining Marcie's sunny personality with Brad's deft hand in the kitchen. But now their ream is turning into a nightmare. Gerard "Pepe" Lebeouf is a renowned New York City chef who has a summer home in Cabot Cove. And now he's decided to open two new restaurants in Cabot Cove--in an old warehouse right next to the Leg & Claw. As Lebeouf and his crew renovate the warehouse, the people of Cabot Cove slowly come to the realization that the town's newest celebrity may be more trouble than he's worth. His "assistants" are little more than thugs, and the haughty Lebeouf is nowhere near as charming as he seems--leading to a nasty confrontation with Brad. So when Lebeouf is found dead with a knife planted in his chest, Brad naturally becomes suspect number one. But plenty of others had a motive to kill Pepe, and it's up to Jessica to uncover who really added a murder to the menu.
Mystery writer Jessica Fletcher travels to New York to oversee the Broadway stage adaptation of her book Knock 'Em Dead. During the production, Jessica encounters unstable actors, an uppity playwright, and a dead producer who Jessica fears may be the victim of a serial killer.
Jessica's favorite nephew, Grady, asks her to visit him in New York City - and star in a commercial he's creating. But there's little time for sightseeing when there's a murder on the set, complete with a long list of suspects.
Mystery writer Jessica Fletcher is teaching a class at an Indiana college when a tornado strikes and one of two professors who didn't seek emergency shelter is soon discovered dead. Jessica doubts the death was accidental, instead suspecting foul play. As she investigates, Jessica becomes embroiled in campus politics.
MANHATTAN IS MURDER AT CHRISTMASTIME Promoting her latest book brings bestselling mystery writer Jessica Fletcher to New York for Christmas. Her schedule includes book signings, Larry King Live, restaurants, department stores . . . and murder? It all begins with a sidewalk Santa staring at Jessica with fear and recognition. Behind the beard is Waldo Morse, former drug smuggler and the most notorious citizen of Cabot Cove, Maine. Jessica hasn't a clue as to how he ended up as a street corner Saint Nick, but she agrees to meet him at two o'clock the next day. Jessica shows up with her camera, but in no time at all Santa is dead--a totally unexpected murder in progress. While the police are strangely slow on their feet, and the dead man's wife uncommonly fast on the run, Jessica, in her no-nonsense way, decides to do what she does best: strategically snoop around and graciously outwit the pros on both sides of the law . . . doing whatever it takes to stop a murderer from striking again . . . .
When a Washington psychiatrist is found dead in his office, Mackenzie Smith is called in to defend one of his patients who has become a suspect. Then information emerges that links the slain shrink to a highly secret CIA mind control project. A programmed assassin strikes and kills the wildly popular frontrunner in the presidential race. As a result of the assassination, the other government agencies have become aware of the rogue CIA program. They want to infiltrate it, and Mac Smith's client, the accused killer, seems to be their perfect spy.
Private investigator Robert Brixton has always hated Washington. Against his better judgment, he decides to stick around and take a job as an agent in a new State Department security agency headed by his former boss at the Washington P.D. After work one day he meets his youngest daughter, Janet, for a drink at an outdoor cafe. Shockingly, a young Arabic woman blows herself up, killing Janet and a dozen others. Seeking revenge for his daughter, Brixton follows the tracks of the bomber to a powerful senator's son.
From the book jacket: The latest novel in the USA Today bestselling series finds mystery author Jessica Fletcher on vacation south of the border, where she learns a new definition of "tourist trap".... San Miguel de Allende is a picturesque town in central Mexico's highlands that attracts artists, retirees, and those in need of some rest and relaxation. So when publisher Vaughan Buckley and his wife, Olga, invite Jessica to join them for a little R & R, she jumps at the opportunity to spend time basking in the sun and enjoying Mexican culture with her friends. But there are those who don't share Jessica's appreciation for the arts. Ruthless kidnappers abduct Vaughan and demand a considerable ransom for his safe return, or else Olga will be made a widow. Jessica can't imagine why local criminals would be interested in Vaughan. To solve the mystery, she turns her attention to his friends in San Miguel - friends who don't appreciate Jessica poking her nose into their business....
MURDER BY THE BAY. Cabot Cove, Maine's most famous mystery author, Jessica Fletcher, is excited about promoting her new book in glamorous San Francisco. She can't wait for drinks and dinner on Fisherman's Wharf, a ride on the cable cars, and a romantic rendezvous with Scottish policeman George Sutherland. She doesn't know that solving a murder may be penciled into her agenda. Actually, a visit to a women's prison is already on Jessica's schedule, and afterwards she finds a mysterious diary slipped into her bag. Its poignant contents make her suspect a beautiful inmate has been unjustly convicted of killing her husband. Soon Jessica, always ready to right a wrong even if she attracts dangerous attention, is questioning witnesses throughout the Bay Area, from a restauranteur in a Sausalito mall to a female impersonator in the Castro district. But death is waiting on the Golden Gate Bridge--and Jessica may find out how risky love can be. MURDER SHE WROTE
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