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Murder, She Wrote: Skating on Thin Ice [Mass Market Paperback]

Jessica Fletcher , Donald Bain
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March 6 2012 Murder She Wrote (Book 35)
Olympic pairs figure skating hopeful Christine Allen is training in Cabot Cove under the tutelage of former gold medalist Brian Devlin and partnered with up-and-coming Russian skater Alexei Olshansky. But when a series of mysterious "accidents" occur-leading to the death of one of the skaters-Jessica Fletcher suspects someone is getting away with cold-blooded murder...

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Jessica Fletcher is a bestselling mystery writer who has a knack for stumbling upon real-life mysteries in her various travels. 

Donald Bain, Jessica Fletcher’s longtime collaborator, is the writer of over eighty books, many of them bestsellers.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Book looks good Oct. 17 2013
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Book arrived in good time and very good condition. I have not had time to read it yet but look forward to it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars engaging whodunit April 29 2011
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
In Cabot Cove, Maine, Olympic Gold medalist Bruce Devlin trains promising figure skating pair Christine Allen and Russian Alexei Olshansky. Christine does not like either male as her coach is a demanding perfectionist who rejects anything less than the best; her pompous partner believes he is Russia's gift to the American female population. Still at the Cabot Cove Ice Arena she endures both as they are her platform to success in skating pair competition.

However, accidents begin to occur with a frequency that makes local Dr. Seth Hazlitt feel they are deliberate. Soon afterward Alexei is murdered and another skater Jeremy is hammered into a coma. Sheriff Mort Metzger and novelist Jessica Fletcher investigate Skating on Thin Ice.

After the mostly recent road tour (see A Slaying in Savannah, Madison Avenue Shoot, Queen Jewels and Nashville Noir), Jessica returns home to Cabot Cove where she investigates the Alexei homicide and related felonies. Her being back in Maine is a two edged sword as that locale has been the prime place for the myriad of books and the TV series, but also brings a deja vu feel to the plot. Still this is an engaging whodunit in which readers will never look at a Zamboni in the same way.

Harriet Klausner
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another cabot cove read April 15 2011
By Florida Shopper - Published on
I love the Murder She Wrote books that take place in Cabot Cove. Fall and winter settings are my favorite. I think this was a well written book with plenty of suspense. I just wish there were less books where Jessica is abroad and more in cabot cove. Good read!
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3.0 out of 5 stars 'Skating on Thin Ice': Thin on Plot July 25 2011
By T.B. Grant - Published on
The latest `Murder She Wrote' novel, set in Maine's fictional idyllic town, Cabot Cove, is a meandering whodunit in the ongoing mystery series.

And for many reasons:
The resolution, for example, is a bit of a stretch, with implausible scenarios and an unmoving confession by the killer.

But let's rewind to the beginning, where the story opens with mystery writer, Jessica Fletcher, and her friend and Cabot Cove's physician, Dr. Seth Hazlitt, discussing Jessica's return to the ice rink--as a skater (Another implausible scenario, trying to place the character on the rink. It doesn't work). Moreover, chapter one is in no way an awful opener for a mystery book. But the lack of suspense, particularly throughout the novel, while trying to grip the reader, seems to slow down the story. In other words: too much dialogue and description; not enough action.

That said, the first 104 pages, or ten chapters, is mostly an account of the goings-on in the sport of figure skating. The author sprinkles the pages, sparingly, with clues, culminating to the formulaic showdown between Jessica Fletcher and the killer, but even the trail of clues are suffocated with too much filler (i.e., the description of someone's costume, which sounds more like a L.L. Bean ad, and background on the insignificance of a character's life). None of this advances the plot of the story, which, at times, makes you want to roll your eyes in disbelief.

As evidence, in chapter 14, while Jessica and Sheriff Metzger are snooping through a character's apartment, combing the area for a viable clue that might point a finger at a suspect, an out-of-the-blue chitchat about Seth's dinner the night before--a pot of stew--bypasses the importance of the moment, fleetingly, but the discussion seems out of place here.

And as for playing a major role in the story, Cabot Cove's man-hungry real estate agent, Eve Simpson, makes a brief appearance, which may be maddening for many readers, considering the high hopes for her return to the novel. A cameo would be more apt to describe Simpson's involvement in the story: in Loretta Spiegel's beauty shop at the beginning and end of the book, and in the middle, where Jessica confronts Eve on her latest investment: a love interest by the name of Harvey Gemell, a shady business man. But even that storyline falls flat.

Luckily, amid the slow-paced first half, the story does pick up speed midway, and Jessica gets to do what she does best: investigate, putting herself in inevitable harms way. And for the most part, the reader will be satisfied to watch Jessica deduce, alone, at home in her cozy digs, and at the side of Cabot Cove's sheriff, Mort Metzger, while traipsing across the quaint seaside town.

Other highlights: Bain's deft hand at characterizations of people. Tommy Mulvaney, for example, is an interesting character in more ways than one, and he is depicted as such in this outing, with a background the reader will be shocked to discover. Too bad Eve Simpson did not get enough page time, what with all the anticipation of her return. But maybe next time.

SKATING ON THIN ICE is not a strong entry in the popular mystery series, but if you're interested in learning the ins and outs of the world of figure skating, the newest Murder She Wrote whodunit will satisfy many sports enthusiasts--and some mystery readers too.

T.B. Grant
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder She Wrote Skating on thin ice May 23 2011
By MICKEY 086 - Published on
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Skating on thin ice is a true Jessice Fletcher Novel good mystery as always I never miss one of this series, good, clean and great writing a novel for all ages
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The writer who... April 11 2011
By Laura M. Rowell - Published on
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This series is beginning to remind me a lot of the old "Cat Who..." series - it seems to be the same old, same old over and over again - with each book getting progressively worse.
The dialog, settings, characters - they all seem recycled from previous novels.
With that being said, this book isn't "bad", but it's not a book you have to really focus on while reading - I guess in a word: Hollow
I'm not entirely writing this series off, it's a good summer read if you're stretched out on a beach, but it's not a novel you can sink your teeth into and lose yourself in either.
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