A murder mystery written by Jessica Fletcher, based on the Universal TV series. Does than mean that the author's name is fictional? After all, the only picture presented is that of actress Angela Lansbury and the bio is limited to one sentence. Hmmm, a mystery in itself ...
Murder She Wrote, the TV series, has become a classic in itself. The book series - there appear to be a great many titles out there - seems to have grown a life of its own. As on TV, Jessica Fletcher lives and writes in Cabot Cove, Maine, with her friends, but is affluent enough to travel and live in good hotels for extended periods of time. Her novels are written in the first person, as if recollecting actual events happening in her life. As with the TV series, Jessica is very curious and inquisitive which either annoys the local law enforcement officers or intrigues them to actually ask for her input in whatever investigation is going on. Guess, as in real life, it depends on the personality of the local cop.
Knock 'em Dead is her latest publication and has been optioned to become Jessica's very first Broadway play. That in itself requires the mystery writer's presence in New York, where a serial killer appears to be on the rampage through numerous theatres. Can the murderer possibly resist affecting a play based on a mystery novel?
The book was supposedly written by Jessica Fletcher in collaboration with Donald Bain. There is even less information available on him, the bio simply states that they have co-written a great number of mysteries, with a list of the titles. Nonetheless, whoever does write the stories is doing a great job, with the actual culprit not becoming known until right to the end. A well-written suspense adventure and an easy read, with a straight-forward storyline. A typical Jessica Fletcher murder mystery.