I did not watch the tv show, but that is not required to enjoy this. Jessica is only a narrator between stories written by mystery writers on different subjects (but always a murder). She literally only adds a sentence or two as an introduction before each story. So, no need to be acquainted with the show in order to enjoy. The stories are really easy to read and get into, so it's a quick read. I bought this for the Charlaine Harris story from the Aurora Teagarden series, but there are tons of other great stories to enjoy besides the CH story.