Former English teacher Jessica Fletcher travels to New York to celebrate the success of her debut novel, but when an unwanted guest is murdered at a costume party, she wishes she'd stayed home.
After a terrible storm, Stephen Earl's four daughters tell Sheriff Tupper that their father died while they were out on the boat. Jessica is only midly intrigued; she finds Ralph, the older gentleman who has offered to work for food, much more intriguing, especially since it is obvious he comes from money. The womens' stories about what happened on the boat change constantly, but once Ralph is found dead and later found to be Stephen Earl, Jessica has to help Amos wage through the inconsistencies in the four Earl daughters storylines to determine who killed their father and why.
Jessica heads to San Francisco for the wedding of her niece, Victoria Brandon, only to learn that Victoria is having second thoughts because she suspects that her fiancé, Howard, is having an affair. Although Jessica and Victoria are relieved to learn that Howard isn't cheating but rather dressing up as a woman to perform at a nightclub, the relief is short lived when Howard is arrested for murdering his boss, Al Drake, who had been refusing to pay him. The police are convinced that Drake was shot during Freddy York's act, which doesn't leave a lot of time, but Jessica is determined to prove Howard's innocence.
Jessica's first book, The Corpse Danced at Midnight, is being made into a major Hollywood motion picture, backed by producer Jerry Lydecker. Jessica is furious to see how her book is being butchered by Lydecker and his crew. She heads out to Hollywood to confront Lydecker, but things take a turn when Lydecker is found dead on stage. Jessica ends up being the prime suspect in the murder, but luckily the officer in charge of the investigation believes she's too smart to be the killer and sets her up to find the real murderer.
While visiting her cousin at Langley Manor, a country estate in the South, a man dies during a fox-hunt under strang circumstances, and Jessica tries to find out what really happened.
While in Seattle lecturing at the university, Jessica is convinced that the young man she hired as her secretary is not a killer.
Jessica helps a most unconventional neighbor who is accused of murdering his former partner with one of his inventions.
Jessica is asked to help solve the "impossible" murder of a wealthy, and much disliked, amusement park owner.
While attending a special ballet performance, Jessica helps solve the backstage murder of a young dancer by a defecting ballerina.
Jessica's deductive abilities are in demand when a flamboyant hypnotist turns up dead, behind locked doors, in front of an audience of journalists whom he had put into a trance.
Jessica is assigned to fill the empty seat of a deceased congressman for a brief period of time and finds a great deal of political game-playing in Washington.
Broadway legend Rita Bristol and her daughter star in a musical produced by her son, not knowing that murder is lurking in the wings.
While in New Orleans, Jessica must solve the mysterious murder of a famous musician who died while performing onstage.
Jessica's niece is terrorized on a cruise intended to take her mind off her husband's recent death...or is he dead?
The life of a famous artist is threatened on what would be otherwise an idyllic Mediterranean island.
Jessica meets Harry McGraw and they figure out which one of three cases may contain the motive for the death of a private detective. One dates back 25 years.
Jessica suddenly must learn all about football when she inherits an interest in a professional team.
An unpublished manuscript is stolen and its author murdered during an awards convention.
Bus trips are not always as relaxing as they should be. In this case, one passenger had a one-way ticket.
Over Jessica's protests, she is taken to a hospital after a minor accident in the airport.
An unpopular show-business personality discovers that elaborate security systems are no guarantee of safety.
A Wyoming rancher leaves all to an ill-fated stranger, to the disgust of his disinherited daughter.
Jessica's vacation at a Caribbean resort is not solely for pleasure, but to investigate a friend's murder.
Plans to build a new hotel in Cabot Cove are put on hold when diggers discover an old skeleton that had been buried deeply that many of the townspeople believe to be the remains of Joshua Peabody. Not everyone is thus inclined though, and many people believe it's just a random dead body. But when Jessica and Amos head back to the dig site, they find there's another body there! Jessica not only has to find out who killed Wheatley, she has to help an old friend when his past comes back to haunt him.
While filming a soap opera in which Mrs. Fletcher's niece plays a part, a 'pretend' victim is really dead.
When Jessica is offered an honorary degree from Crenshaw University, she has no idea she's about to become embroiled in a murder. After the boyfriend of (in)famous writer Daphne Clover is found murdered, Jessica agrees to assist the chief of police, who has never had a murder case before, find out who the killer is. She soon has more on her plate than she bargained for when first Daphne's mother confesses, then Daphne herself confesses. Jessica realises the two women are simply trying to protect each other, and begins to look at the faculty at the university.
When cousin Emma's life is threatened, she plays dead and Jessica is summoned to London as the heir to the estate.
Jessica decides to pay a visit to her long-time friend Francesca, only to learn that Francesca, who is now married to a much younger man, is convinced that she is being haunted by the ghost of her first husband, Ross. When her new husband, Scott, turns up dead, the investigation reveals that he had been poisoned, and suspicion turns to Francesca. Jessica, however, is determined to prove that her friend did not commit the crime, and begins looking into the mysterious re-appearances of her dead husband.
While spending time at a lake, Jessica sees what appears to be a struggle and a woman falling from a boat into the lake.
Jessica goes to the races to watch her niece ride the winning horse. Then the horse's owner is murdered after a dispute.
Doing public service, Jessica becomes a hostage in a prison riot caused by anger in the handling of the doctor's murder.
An archaeological dig at the site of Coronado's City of Gold does not please everyone and a new corpse is dug up.
One of Jessica's former students is murdered and she takes a personal interest in the investigation.
It's a bad day for the jurors when Jessica is the foreperson of the jury hearing the case of a man claiming self-defense in the death of an enraged husband.
Jessica, Seth and Amos try out a new tourist-oriented restaurant, and murder interrupts their meal.
After their car breaks down after dinner with the governor, Jessica and her friend Ames Caufield find themselves in a small southern town just in time for local bad boy Ed Bonner to be found dead, and young Matt Burns, the son of a former student of Ames', ends up accused of the murder. At the behest of Linda Bonner, the victim's sister who happens to care deeply about the accused, Jessica takes a look into the murder, but hatred runs deep in this town and it's pure luck (and Andy Crane) that leads Jessica and Ames to the right answer.
Jessica must find the murderer of her close friend whose will is in contention between family and a popular evangelist.
A red hot diary of a sex symbol is to be auctioned and some of the bidders are ready to shed blood.
Investigation of a claim that the deceased was murdered leads the police to discover that the wrong body is in the coffin.
Jessica and Grady head to the home of publisher Christopher Bundy, whose publishing company owns the rights to Jessica's first short story. Jessica is quite upset, as Bundy's magazine is known for it's racy pictures of young women. While there, Jessica is pleased to run into an old acquaintance, Chester Harrison, and when Harrison is accused of murdering Christopher Bundy, Jessica vows to prove his innocence but runs into trouble when the family isn't interested in having their own skeletons dragged out of the closet.
Who was the intended victim when a tennis star is blown up in his girl friend's car?
At the request of aunt Mildred, Jessica agrees to stop by New Orleans to check on cousin Cal while on her way to Houston. No sooner does Jessica get to New Orleans then she is tossed into a Mardi Gras party where the host ends up dead, and Cal is accused of the crime. While attempting to clear Cal's name and reputation, Jessica delves into the world of cheating poker players, cheating girlfriends and vengefilled police officers while trying to convince a local lieutenant that Cal is not capable of murder.
After Julia Marcus Granger is found murdered during what seems to have been an apparent art theft, suspicion turns to her husband Donald, who, as a result, also ends up being suspected in a recent rash of art thefts where there were no fatalities. Julia's sister Sabrina is convinced that Donald didn't do it and begs Jessica for help. While looking into Julia's murder, Jessica realises that she has two completely different criminals on her hands, and someone tampered with the scene of Julia's murder to make it look like something else.
A retired policeman decides to re-examine an old case he never solved in which Seth was a strong suspect.
Attending a concert in Washington, D.C., Jessica gets involved with two East German defectors and a murder.
An adman handling the account of a fast-food chain is murdered and Jessica smells something funny.
While diving for sunken treasure near Cabot Cove, a young woman is murdered.
A veteran reporter, who suffered a heart attack, says his best medicine would be the removal of his publisher who has turned a good paper into a yellow rag.
Jessica offers to help Thomas Magnum, who has been accused of killing a hitman with an unknown target. The crossover starts on Magnum, P.I. S07E09 Novel Connection (I).
Jessica reluctantly agrees to do an interview for an old friend, Paula Roman, but is surprised when Kevin Keats, a journalist who had been doing a series of stories on an art dealer who was really a drug dealer, shows up to do the interview, complete with cameras and crew. After Kevin is presumed dead when a boat Amos chartered for him explodes, Cabot Cove explodes with press and paparazzi, and the citizens blame Jessica for all the problems it causes, demanding that she solve the mystery. Unfortunately, once Keats is revealed to be alive and well, the real question is who the true target was.
The murder of the leading lady's understudy disrupts rehearsals of a play starring two previously married, but now warring, actors.
The 'headless' horseman rides again, but his costume becomes more realistic.
Theft and murder of the courier occur on board a jet bound for London.
The phone wires get crossed during a storm and Jessica can't convince anyone that what she heard was real.
Jessica tells the tale of a composer accused of killing the professor who plagiarized his music.
A lying TV Consumer advocate is killed. Was it done by one of the clients whose products he maligned?
Jessica inherits a boxer's contract and her old friend; Harry McGraw is accused of murdering its former owner.
An artist is murdered and his prized painting is missing.
After the engagement party for the offspring of two estranged comics, someone is found dead.
Grady Fletcher is in big trouble when his boss, a specialist in tax shelters, is found dead and he is the main suspect.
First, the reform mayor dies in an ""accident"" and then the mayor's father is murdered after he demands an investigation of the ""accident"".
Thirty years ago, Sam Wilson was sent to prison for murdering his boss, Malcolm Jarvis. After finally being released, Sam goes home to his wife and now-grown son who is expecting his first child with his wife, Terry. At Georgia Jarvis' request, Jessica looks into the crime, and through flashbacks, Sam remembers when Jarvis had offered him $10,000 to make his suicide look like murder. While Jessica believes that Sam is innocent, she doesn't believe it was suicide, and asks Sam's son Rod, a police officer, to lend a hand.
During a short black-out in the studio where Jessica is recording a book for the blind, the studio co-owner is murdered.
Ooh la la! Jessica travels to gay Paris to spend some time with an old friend... and finds herself entangled in a case involving fashion, finance and murder.
A walk down memory lane is anything but pleasant for Jessica when she re-examines a 20 year-old case involving her close friends and former students.
Jessica goes to Quebec to testify at the trial of a friend who is accused of killing his wife and burning his house.
A terminally ill nun seems to have committed suicide which would be an unacceptable sin.
After the 'accidental' death of a tycoon, his associates battle for position to succeed him.
Cousin Emma in London has a new problem when someone serves her lover poisoned herring.
When Deputy Martin becomes a widower by murder, the investigation turns up some surprising activity.
The special effects used by a TV producer are a real bomb.
Hostility and other surprises await Jessica in a town where she's posing as her friend to investigate the rumoured murder of the friend's sister.
A resident of Cabot Cove threatens the Native American who claims to own the land, and later is found dead.
Grady gets into a spot again when he is found with the body of woman known from college days and now had been dating a frat brother who was married.
Somebody laced Mrs. Fletcher's chowder and Amos' brutish brother-in-law was in for the long sleep.
Jessica is thrilled to be visiting her niece Carrie and her husband Leonard, an astronomer dreaming of seeing a long-lost comet, but when Carrie's ex-boyfriend Drake Eaton is murdered in the home she's been staying in, Jessica has to prove not only her niece but also her husband innocent of murder.
Seth's family is touched by an ancient curse attached to the history of a ruby.
Jessica visits her old friend Eugene McClendon, who soon stands accused of the murder of an old friend, Jonathan Keeler. While helping clear Eugene's name, Jessica learns that her friend believes he is dying, and is surprised when he asks her to marry him so that she can look after his affairs once he's gone. Jessica agrees, but only so that they can expose Jonathan's true killer.
Jessica gets herself into a mess of trouble after overhearing the dying words of a professional hitman. When she investigates the murder of Adam Cosgrove, she soon discovers that no one seems to want to admit he's missing, let alone dead. With the help of a prickly police sergeant and a priest who isn't quite what he seems, Jessica discovers that the man who was killed was in charge of leading a top-secret government mission to protect a foreign diplomat, and that someone in the safehouse has gone to the other side.
The Gambini family gathers to celebrate the 75th birthday of the patriarch and a murder.
Someone wants the old historic house enough to kill for it and its supposed hidden treasure AND Jessica is executor of the late owner's will.
Somebody put the maitre d' on ice. Jessica wonders if she has made a bad investment.
Arson is intended to remove the Rodeo doctor and his patient permanently.
Two critics take opposite views of a play based on one of Jessica's novels, 'Mainly Murder'. One is suspected of the murder of the other.
The suicide of a campaign manager who is suspected of having an affair with a married woman excites the press.
A colossal mix-up puts Jessica in jail as a suspect in a murder only she witnessed. British agent Hagarty returns.
A senatorial hopeful is murdered and his wife's necklace stolen.
The sisters used a new type of fertilizer to make their chrysanthemums best of show.
A blizzard interrupts a skiing vacation and traps everyone, including a killer.
The coal miner's daughter thinks the mine owner is responsible for her father's death and someone takes action.
A Fletcher novel is the entree to a legendary actress who is a hermit refusing to meet anyone. The occasion is the theft of a famous tiara.
The airplane her late husband bailed out of in 1952 has finally been found -- with a body inside.
A psychic's predictions have come true, convincing a rancher's daughter that the next one, a fatal fire, will happen.
Grady's wedding seems doomed when someone does in the persnickety housekeeper.
Things look bad when a married woman's keys are found by the body in a motel room and she can't explain why.
A long missing heir turns up and trouble ensues.
When a drunk is found dead in the alley, it raises a lot of questions. He was well dressed (but only one shoe) and had no id or money--a robbery or something else?
A very attractive young witch appears in Cabot Cove making some residents wonder if she really died a century or so ago.
A purse snatcher gets Jessica in big trouble in Moscow. What they found in her purse shouldn't have been there.
An old English professor is caught red-handed over a young girl's body and insists he did it, but a young man later confesses. Whodunit?
Walter tells his story by way of black and white flashbacks which makes an interesting change from the usual. He has made a tape of the events that ended with his murder and we see the events unfold.
A red hot novel, written by a former Fletcher student, seems to expose the small town's secrets and inspires murder. Julie Adams, Gloria DeHaven, Kathryn Grayson and Ruth Roman appear again as the local gossips.
A small town editor in Montana threatens to claim in public that he is the real author of a dead man's manuscript.
In a strange case, Jessica bumps into an old friend who is supposed to be dead. His widow insists he is dead and Jessica hires Harry McGraw to investigate.
A surprised burglar is blamed for the death of the team's pre-game TV Host.
Jessica's old friend, Michael Hagarty, persuades her to play a part in his scheme to free a fellow agent from captivity.
A parishioner's confession to a priest is confidential and nothing will make him break his oath.
When a famous mystery writer dies, Jessica recalls a 1947 case that the writer was personally involved in.
When the wife of a developer is accused of killing her husband and commits suicide, it leaves the whereabouts of his embezzled millions a mystery.
A former athlete cares for a friend's dog and, after his friend is murdered, finds the dog is a target.
An unsent letter turns up in an old bureau bought at a rummage sale the same day arson occurs in a furniture store. Are these events connected?
A voodoo curse of death caused by the marriage of a plantation heir to the wrong person, sets off a string of events in Jamaica.
The backstage activities are more exciting than the opera as a famous tenor suffers a heart attack after a shooting.
A wealthy lumberman invites Jessica to his island retreat to discover which of his relatives is trying to kill him.
A homicide detective is farmed out to teach a class. His opening speech reduces his class to two. Together they work on a special 'closed' case as their term project.
The town gets a shock when bachelor Mayor Sam is confronted on the speaker's platform by a young woman claiming he is the father of her five children. Julie Adams, Gloria De Haven, Kathryn Grayson and Ruth Roman return as gossips Eve, Phyllis, Idal and Loretta.
Three sets of people try to claim the body found on the railroad track--a nephew, a daughter and a wife. Jessica narrates this story.
A single mother is accused of killing the landlord that is always harassing her.
Jessica is trying to learn to invest, but this wasn't the best day for it.
Jessica's niece, who is a real estate broker, arrives at the mansion and finds a body instead of a buyer.
Twenty five years after a show in which a stabbing occurred, the cast is reunited and a mystery woman reappears, seeming to accuse Barry.
The producer of a police drama investigates the murder of a programmer who differed with her.
An Irish detective does not believe the death of a real estate mogul was suicide.
Insurance investigator Dennis Stanton, who uses his skills as an ex-thief to solve crimes, returns to investigate a theft and two murders.
Jessica's cousin is left waiting at the church when her fiancÃ©e is murdered in a similar fashion to a murder 15 years ago for which her brother was blamed.
Grady and his pregnant wife are tending Jessica's house in her absence when an old seaman is killed in her front room.
Michael Hagarty is involved in a case in Sicily which has many twists and turns including the Mafia.
Jessica is blamed for the death of an escapee who was wrongly convicted.
A young reporter is persuaded to help a typist alter the evidence and move her husband's body.
Jessica introduces this story of a lawyer with many enemies who is the victim and Dennis who must investigate.
A journalist died before finishing his book trying to show a man was unjustly convicted of murder 16 years ago. Jessica is asked to use his notes to finish his book.
A wealthy woman's passion for jewellery, not always hers, and her involvement with the chauffeur might be connected
Eve is appalled to find the body of a friend of the local gym owner in her bedroom, but at a loss to explain it.
This time it is the company controller that seems to have been the victim of the previously convicted publisher.
Proving a burnt Mark Twain manuscript is a fake is the reason for a book expert's murder.
Jimmy Dean plays a country-music star who's the victim in this story.
Jessica plays a tape sent to her by Dennis. Bad luck follows a famous concert pianist as he burns his hands and then loses his wife.
In Boston, Jessica and Seth are captured by the angry son of one of Seth's patients who didn't survive.
Dennis is suspected in the murder of the husband of an old flame with whom he has been spending some time.
An influential father cuts no ice with Sheriff Metzger.
A snoopy fan in Texas impersonates Jessica when she starts investigating a potential dog show scandal and Jessica is reported dead.
The owner of Edna's Pies near St. Louis, is accused of skimping on her IRS payments. She in turn blames her ex-husband who, consequently, is found murdered.
An argument over stud fees ends in murder.
A bank robber, long thought dead, returns to see his daughter and face the wrath of the townspeople.
A locked room mystery with the missing ventriloquist's dummy found with the Club owner's corpse.
A woman turns up claiming that Jessica's late husband was the father of her child and he is in deep trouble involving fraud in his construction company and murder.
When Jessica visits the Amish to buy a quilt, she finds they are not immune to murder.
The owner of a diner is accused of using too much 'spice' in the food, when someone finds arsenic.
The brewery family is angry when they find out the writer acting as spokesperson for them has written an expose.
Jessica heads off to New York to begin teaching and has difficulty finding an apartment. She finally gets one that she likes, only to learn that a murder recently took place in the apartment complex and that someone desperately wants something that is inside her apartment. She's relieved when Seth comes to New York to check up on her, and enlists his help in cracking the case.
Former policeman Wallace Evans, now a professor, challenges Jessica to a race to solve a series of muggings on campus, and the muggings soon escalate to murder.
After Jane Dawson informs Jessica of her plans to write an unauthorized biography on her good friend Ellen Lombard, Ellen's husband Arthur comes under suspicion when Jane's sister and husband find her dead body electrocuted after a T.V. was dropped in her hot tub, and Arthur is seen leaving the house.
When his younger brother Wayne, the family's black sheep, becomes chief suspect in the murder of his employer, Sherrif Metzger relies on Jessica to help him keep his perspective about the case.
Teaching a computer class seems tame, but not when Jessica is one of the students.
The death of a rhythm and blues legend and subsequent murder of his bass player reopen the 20-year-old unsolved murder of the musician's wife.
Evidence points to the battered wife of a powerful businessman as his killer, but Jessica establishes that there is a ling list of suspects who wished him dead.
Jessica stakes her life on slim odds when she investigates a murder.
The governing committee of an exclusive men's club commissions Jessica to identify a rogue member's killer--who likely serves on the committee.
Chance possession of a secret intelligence document lands Jessica in the center of an international web of intrigue and murder.
When a beautiful ballerina dies during her preniere performance in a new ballet, Jessica is convinced it is murder.
The thespians of Cabot Cove put on a play about a 17th century woman who cursed the town before she was executed as a witch.
The Bates House of the movie, Psycho, is to be the setting of Jessica's book in the film made at Universal Studios.
Jessica is brought into the case of a murdered financier and the theft of his wife's diamonds in Monaco.
No one wants to believe that Jessica found a body in her hotel suite in London and they don't want her to believe it, either.
A real life soap opera involves a soap star, her co-star, and the victim--her millionaire husband.
All of Jessica's intuitive and deductive skills are called into play when she sets out to clear a university colleague of a murder charge.
There is something strange about a software expert's sudden death from bleeding ulcers that just doesn't compute.
The theft of a priceless artifact from Mexico City museum leads Jessica into a labyrinth of clues, where murder is the fact behind the Mask of Montezuma.
While Jessica is in Carmel, California, consoling a well-known playwright haunted by his wife's suicide, another family member is murdered.
Jessica intervenes when a long-lost Army buddy of her friend Seth is accused of murder.
Jessica plays a real-life version of her own murder mystery board-game when the toy company she's working with becomes the scene of the crime.
During the Milan Film Festival, famous fim producer Catherine Wayne is murdered.
Jessica's former student, a reporter, returns to Cabot Cove with new evidence on a 30-year-old scandal involving two of the founding families.
Jessica is mistaken for someone else and kidnapped at the airport. When the woman she is mistaken for is killed, Jessica finds the murderer.
While they are visitors at an estate in Ireland, Jessica and friend Seas are convinced that their host's demise is not from natural causes.
Jessica is appalled when, upon returning to New York City, she finds herself caricatured as a fox in a politically satirical comic strip with libelous dialogue.
The legend of a stage coach robber's hidden treasure leads to the murder of an old mining town entrepreneur.
Agent Michael Hagarty is arrested for the murder of his estranged daughter's crooked fiancee.
After a tycoon disappears, a psychic divines that the has been murdered--then she is found dead!
The return of a Gulf War veteran and his reunion with his fiancÃ©e is marred by his big secret.
The last sound the producer hears is not from a record.
The personal manager of a 'resting' actor dies just as his client returns to the stage.
The confessional is the site of the last rites as an estranged father seeks absolution from his priest son.
Are the disappearance of a private eye in 1963 and the Kennedy assassination of the same year connected?
The prospective owner of a radio station in the prairies is killed before the sale goes through.
Was a Beverly Hills florist killed because he was supplying more than flowers for gossip magazine editors?
A recluse is terrified when the killer she sees in her dreams tries to see her in real life.
The town is concerned when a local fisherman dies, but concern turns to confusion when a second body is discovered aboard a fishing boat. Both men died from carbon monoxide poisoning, but seem to have no connection until the fisherman's daughter receives her father's logbook and nautical charts in the mail.
Jessica knows her former researcher is a congenital liar, so why should she believe her now?
A delivery boy says he was only a witness when he is found kneeling beside the victim.
A pleasant cruise is marred by the discovery that there are thieves on board and possibly a murderer.
Jessica's computer tech becomes an inadvertent target when she dates an undercover cop, whom she has just met.
The death of a novelist's assistant seemed to be a case of mistaken identity.
A trader working on a merger dies at a Chinese banquet in Hong Kong.
One of the partners trying to raze a Brownstone where Hemmingway once wrote is erased--permanently.
A new Victorian house owner is killed in the manner befitting a vampire -- a wooden stake in his chest.
A media tycoon may have been killed by a literary agent who seems as substantial as smoke.
Jessica is fascinated by a demo of a VR game based on her book, but, while playing it, she thinks she sees a real murder.
A racehorse trainer is murdered as he is on his way to expose a racing fraud and there is some friction concerning his daughter's permission to ride in the race.
An American nephew, out to get the family business, gets a different kind and the Irish widow's son is suspected.
There are three suspects in the murder of a crooked deputy: a CPA, an illegal casino owner and his daughter's jilted lover.
A man thinks he should get royalties from a book based on his case, written by Jessica.
A producer staging an adaptation of one of Jessica's novels finds no joy in London.
In Canada, a land war breaks out between Native Americans and a mining company.
When the chef of a restaurant who recently had over half his stock bought up by a well-known mobster dies, suspicion turns to Jessica's young friend Lorna Thompson, but when the mobster himself dies, Jessica realises there is more than meets the eye to this case.
A piece of sculpture does double duty as a murder weapon.
A mobster is upset when he learns that a petty thief has found an unexpected $900,000.
Jessica is shocked to learn that her editor has taken a flying leap from his high-rise office.
A step-father may have been eliminated by his step-son, a graffiti artist.
An old established store has closed for the last time and its accountant won't have to find another job.
Seth vanishes and every one is sure there was foul play.
A truck hijacker comes to the end of the road.
The strict mentor of a piano prodigy is found dead.
It is no sleight of hand when the crooked carnival magician is murdered.
When Jessica spends some time at a zoo researching her latest novel, she soon gets drawn into a case of murder when the body of Mark Atwater, the fiancÃ© of one of the zoo workers, is found murdered (death by snake venom), and another employee is charged with his murder. In the course of her investigation, she soon learns that a number of people had a motive to want Mark dead.
While on a visit to Amsterdam, Jessica meets up with fellow novelist and old friend Nigel Allison. When Allison goes missing, Colin Biddle, who claims to be Allison's publishing liaison, try to convince her that nothing is wrong. Jessica soon realises that both Nigel and Colin are secret agents, and despite Colin's request for her to stay out of it, Jessica investigates Allison's disappearance and soon convinces a previously reluctant inspector that there is something terribly wrong. At the same time, Philip and Lydia de Kooning are trying to make a deal in diamonds, and when Philip turns up dead after Jessica gets a note supposedly from him, Jessica is the prime suspect in his murder.
The discovery of an old document may make Cabot Cove rewrite its history.
Poor Jessica can't take a vacation without finding mystery or murder. In this case, it is an election campaign gone bad.
While Jessica prepares her book for serialization of her book in a newspaper, real trouble is brewing in the newsroom.
In a friend's apartment, Jessica and her friends are amused by and then puzzled by the strange drama unfolding on TV.
Private investigator Charlie Garrett is in luck when Jessica is in Martinique vacationing at the same time he is accused of murdering the woman he's been trying to locate for a client.
Jessica investigates two brutal murders at a struggling winery in Sonoma Valley.
A Cabot Cove resident is killed in Jessica's garage.
Murder, plagiarisim, and blackmail stalk those around Jessica on her promotional book tour.
A book fair in Miami becomes Jessica's backdrop when she teams with a Russian detective to solve an art theft and murder.
Jessica helps Seth solve family problems when his rich southern cousin is murdered.
A dear friend's involvement with the theft of a priceless Egyptian relic and a murder birng Jessica to the rescue.
Jessica finds herself crime-solving in a highly intense world of opera while in Genoa, Italy.
When a brilliant scientist fakes his own death and is then murdered, Jessica sets the record strait when the wrong man is arrested.
Jessica sets out to prove that the death of a young movie buff is murder.
Parisian slave-labor sweatshops provide the setting for the crimes, and the pretentious world of fashion is where Jessica solves them.
The townspeople are concerned about a massive development on their shore and it is further complicated for Jessica since the firm employs her nephew, Grady.
It seems that there is more than schoolboy pranks going on between a Cabot Cove prep school and its rival.
While Jessica is enjoying her stay at a fishing lodge in Ireland, she finds out the owner is beset by a consortium that wants to buy his land for a strip mine.
A domineering father forces a teenager to play beyond her desire and she suffers emotional problems.
Gossip is rampant in a stylish Fifth Avenue beauty salon where an expert hair-dresser is involved in several intrigues.
In Aspen, Colo, Jessica's friend, Laney, seems to be the best suspect in the murder of her husband, Grant Boswell.
People in a sleepy Arizona town, are threatened by a truck- stop bandit and suspicious treasure hunters.
Jessica travels to New Orleans to research a new novel, but gets caught up in a series of voodoo killings.
A nurse under a cloud comes to Cabot Cove. One of her patients is Jessica's best friend Maggie.
A spooky story set in an old Irish castle where legend has it that there is a ghost and a hidden treasure.
Jessica is trapped in the rat-infested dungeon of an ancient Irish castle, but uses her ingenuity to get rescued and find the treasure and a murderer.
A movie set in Rome is the setting for a more than they planned while filming a J.B. Fletcher novel.
Jessica agrees to go to New York to bid on a manuscript purportedly by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and while there, she gets mixed up in the murder of a local forger who had been involved in the theft of a priceless Degas painting two years earlier when she tries to help Charlie Garrett out of a jam.
What is the secret ingredient in the ice cream? Jessica means to find out and see that the donation for the literary foundation is paid as promised.
Jessica is called to testify before a grand jury after a victim's last phone call was traced to her number.
Motorcycle racing in Osaka, Japan, puts a man's life in danger when he tries to wed a girl from a traditional Japanese family.
The members of an up-and-coming Latin instrumental band get an offer they can't refuse just when they are getting noticed by a more reputable company.
A much disliked singer gets a jolt from an electric guitar during a rehearsal for a rock concert benefit in Cabot Cove.
The victim of a childhood kidnapping sees more in the manuscript she is editing than coincidence would suggest.
A TV sitcom, Buds, turns out to be less friendly than the producer hoped.
The puppets are dancing to a different tune, much to the dismay of the young designer.
The scene is a guest lodge in the Grand Tetons. Two of the guests are hiding secrets. Who has the diamond?
Deputy Andy bought a house with numerous defects from the victim and emerges as the chief suspect.
Jessica is booked for a seminar in Australia when she gets word that she may have claim to an inheritance in the area--land used for sheep grazing. The natives are not all happy with this.
Jessica is the honorary commodore of the World's Cup Race, featuring Kyle Kimball's Buccaneer and Ned Larkin's Free Spirit. There is much ill-will and Ned is injured, too much to skipper his craft. His daughter replaces him and then Kyle is killed. This is no way to run a regatta!
Seth's niece returns to Cabot Cove for her wedding only to have her groom die ""accidentally"" before the event.
Jessica somehow gets tangled in a situation involving a deadly virus and an arms deal.
In San Francisco, a radio station's new manager is trying to change their image by firing every staff member who is past a certain age and playing music for teen-agers only.