List of Murder, She Wrote episodes

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This is a list of Murder, She Wrote episodes in the order that they originally aired on CBS. Many of the episodes took place in either Jessica's hometown of Cabot Cove or in New York, but her travels promoting books or visiting relatives and friends led to cases throughout the world.

Beginning in season six, Angela Lansbury cut back her appearances. Thirteen episodes purported to be stories "written" by Jessica, or submitted to her by friends. She would introduce each episode, but generally disappear until the end, when she would wrap up the story. Other sleuths, such as reformed jewel thief turned insurance investigator Dennis Stanton, retired spy Michael Hagarty and down-at-heel private eye Harry McGraw, took center stage. These episodes became known as "bookend episodes". Viewers, however, didn't like Jessica's frequent absences, and the "replacement detective" policy was eventually dropped.

After the final episode aired in 1996, Lansbury sporadically reprised the character of Jessica Fletcher in a handful of feature-length Murder, She Wrote specials starting in 1997. The last TV movie aired in May 2003. In February 2007, on the ABC daytime talk show The View,[1] Lansbury announced that she hoped to make another Murder, She Wrote TV movie in the near future but only if her son, director Anthony Shaw, could find a suitable story.[2]

Out of the many actors featured on Murder, She Wrote, Lansbury is the only actress to appear in every episode and TV movie, albeit not always playing Jessica Fletcher, but sometimes her cousin Emma McGill (only on two occasions) and her aunt Sarah.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Premiered Ended
1 22 September 30, 1984 (1984-09-30) April 21, 1985 (1985-04-21)
2 22 September 29, 1985 (1985-09-29) May 18, 1986 (1986-05-18)
3 22 September 28, 1986 (1986-09-28) May 10, 1987 (1987-05-10)
4 22 September 20, 1987 (1987-09-20) May 8, 1988 (1988-05-08)
5 22 October 23, 1988 (1988-10-23) May 21, 1989 (1989-05-21)
6 22 September 24, 1989 (1989-09-24) May 20, 1990 (1990-05-20)
7 22 September 16, 1990 (1990-09-16) May 12, 1991 (1991-05-12)
8 22 September 15, 1991 (1991-09-15) May 17, 1992 (1992-05-17)
9 22 September 20, 1992 (1992-09-20) May 16, 1993 (1993-05-16)
10 21 September 12, 1993 (1993-09-12) May 22, 1994 (1994-05-22)
11 21 September 25, 1994 (1994-09-25) May 14, 1995 (1995-05-14)
12 24 September 21, 1995 (1995-09-21) May 16, 1996 (1996-05-16)
TVMs 4 November 2, 1997 (1997-11-02) May 9, 2003 (2003-05-09)

DVD releases[edit]


Season 1 (1984-85)[edit]

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1/2 1/2 "The Murder of Sherlock Holmes" Corey Allen Teleplay: Peter S. Fischer
Story: Richard Levinson & William Link and Peter S. Fischer
September 30, 1984 (1984-09-30) 59274

Pilot episode. (Airs as two separate episodes during syndication)
Jessica Fletcher, a retired schoolteacher from Cabot Cove, Maine, is shocked to find out that not only did her nephew send her manuscript to a publisher, but it's been accepted. Rushed to New York, Jessica is caught up in a whirlwind of publicity tours, book signings, and public appearances, but everything takes a turn when she attends a costume party in New Holvang and a private investigator dressed as Sherlock Holmes ends up facedown in the pool, shot. Jessica initially tries to stay out of things until her nephew Grady becomes the prime suspect, and Jessica decides to take matters into her own hands while fighting her attraction to Preston Giles, the first man to interest her since the death of her husband Frank. Guest Star: Arthur Hill. Filming Date: March 29, 1984, April 11, 1984

Murderer: Preston Giles
3 3 "Deadly Lady" Corey Allen Peter S. Fischer October 7, 1984 (1984-10-07) 59206

After a terrible storm in Cabot Cove, Stephen Earl's four daughters tell Sheriff Tupper that their father died while they were out on the boat. Jessica is only mildly 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 women's 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 Tupper wade through the inconsistencies in the four Earl daughters' stories to determine who killed their father and why.

Filming Date: May 1984

Murderer: Maggie Earl
4 4 "Birds of a Feather" John Llewellyn Moxey Robert E. Swanson October 14, 1984 (1984-10-14) 59203

Pre-wedding jitters take on a new meaning for the fiancé of Jessica's niece when he's accused of a cabaret owner's murder.

Murderer: Freddie York
5 5 "Hooray for Homicide" Richard A. Colla Robert Van Scoyk October 28, 1984 (1984-10-28) 59201

It's lights, camera, murder when Jessica flies to Los Angeles to protest the movie adaptation of one of her novels, but when the producer ends up murdered, she unwittingly gets cast in the role of prime suspect.

Murderer: Eve Crystal
6 6 "It's a Dog's Life" Seymour Robbie Mark Giles & Linda Shank November 4, 1984 (1984-11-04) 59208

Man's best friend gets a bad reputation when a fox hunter dies in a riding accident and the authorities try to blame the heir to his estate, his beloved pooch.

Murderers: Marcus Boswell and Trish Langley
7 7 "Lovers and Other Killers" Allen Reisner Peter S. Fischer November 18, 1984 (1984-11-18) 59207

Jessica searches for clues hidden in rainy Seattle when her personal secretary is accused of murdering his wealthy girlfriend.

Filming Date: June 1984

Murderer: Amelia
8 8 "Hit, Run and Homicide" Alan Cooke Gerald K. Siegel November 25, 1984 (1984-11-25) 59216

When a car with a mind of its own runs over a wealthy businessman, Jessica's very eccentric neighbor is accused of covering the tracks.

Murderer: Leslie Andler
9 9 "We're Off to Kill the Wizard" Walter Grauman Teleplay by: Peter S. Fischer
Story by: Peter S. Fischer and Gerald K. Siegel
December 9, 1984 (1984-12-09) 59204

In a case of art imitating life, a disagreeable amusement park owner is found murdered after hiring Jessica to design the House of Horror.

Murderer: Phillip Carlson
10 10 "Death Takes a Curtain Call" Allen Reisner Paul W. Cooper December 16, 1984 (1984-12-16) 59219

It's the final curtain for a man found murdered backstage during the performance of a popular Soviet ballet troupe. The last appearance of Ethan Cragg who disappears from the show with no explanation and is never heard of again.

Filming Date:12 September 1984

Murderer: Irina Katsa
11 11 "Death Casts a Spell" Allen Reisner Steve Hensley & Miyoko Hensley December 30, 1984 (1984-12-30) 59211

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.

Murderer: Andy Townsend
12 12 "Capitol Offense" John Llewellyn Moxey Peter S. Fischer January 6, 1985 (1985-01-06) 59220

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.

Murderer: Joe Blinn
13 13 "Broadway Malady" Hy Averback Tom Sawyer January 13, 1985 (1985-01-13) 59209

Broadway legend Rita Bristol and her daughter star in a musical produced by her son, not knowing that murder is lurking in the wings.

Murderer: Barry Bristol
14 14 "Murder to a Jazz Beat" Walter Grauman Teleplay by: Paul Savage
Story by: Paul Savage and David Abramowitz
February 3, 1985 (1985-02-03) 59212

While in New Orleans, Jessica must solve the mysterious murder of a famous musician who died from a heart attack while performing onstage.

Filming Date: May 20, 1985

Murderer: Eddie Walters
15 15 "My Johnny Lies Over the Ocean" Seymour Robbie Peter S. Fischer February 10, 1985 (1985-02-10) 59210

Jessica's niece is terrorized with reminders of her dead husband on a cruise intended to take her mind off her husband's recent suicide.

Murderer: George Reed
16 16 "Paint Me a Murder" John Llewellyn Moxey Peter S. Fischer February 17, 1985 (1985-02-17) 59215

The life of a famous artist is threatened on what would be otherwise an idyllic Mediterranean island.

Murderer: Sir John Landry
17 17 "Tough Guys Don't Die" Seymour Robbie Peter S. Fischer February 24, 1985 (1985-02-24) 59223

Jessica meets tough-as-nails Harry McGraw when they must pinpoint the motive for the murder of a private detective.

Murderer: Ray Kravitz
18 18 "Sudden Death" Edward M. Abroms Robert E. Swanson March 3, 1985 (1985-03-03) 59217

Jessica suddenly must learn all about football when she inherits an interest in a professional team.

Murderer: Web McCord
19 19 "Footnote to Murder" Peter Crane Robert E. Swanson March 10, 1985 (1985-03-10) 59221

An unpublished manuscript is stolen and its author murdered during an awards convention.

Murderer: Debbie Delancy
20 20 "Murder Takes the Bus" Walter Grauman Michael Scheff & Maryanne Kasica March 17, 1985 (1985-03-17) 59231

After boarding a bus to travel to a convention in Boston, Jessica and Amos are forced to take refuge from a fierce storm at a remote diner where one of the passengers is discovered murdered. Guest Stars: Rue McClanahan, Larry Linville, and Michael Constantine

Murderer: Ben Gibbons
21 21 "Armed Response" Charles S. Dubin Gerald K. Siegel March 31, 1985 (1985-03-31) 59228

Over Jessica's protests, she is taken to a hospital after a minor accident in the airport.

Murderers: Dr Wesley Kenyon and Dr Ellison
22 22 "Murder at the Oasis" Arthur Allan Seidelman Robert Van Scoyk April 7, 1985 (1985-04-07) 59222

An unpopular show-business personality discovers that elaborate security systems are no guarantee of safety.

Murderer: Sergeant Barnes
23 23 "Funeral at Fifty-Mile" Seymour Robbie Dick Nelson April 21, 1985 (1985-04-21) 59226

Jessica has to unravel the secrets and threats at the funeral of a friend in Wyoming.

Murderers: Doc Wallace, Sam Breen, Bill Carmody, and Tim Carver

Season 2 (1985-86)[edit]

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23 1 "Widow, Weep for Me" Michael A. Hoey Peter S. Fischer September 29, 1985 (1985-09-29) 60309

Jessica's trip to a resort is filled with sun, sand and a murder investigation.

Murderer: Sheldon Greenberg
24 2 "Joshua Peabody Died Here... Possibly" Peter Crane Tom Sawyer October 6, 1985 (1985-10-06) 60305

Plans for a new hotel in Cabot Cove must be put on hold when a skeleton is discovered at the construction site and Amos and Jessica find a second body.

Murderer: Del Scott
25 3 "Murder in the Afternoon" Arthur Allan Seidelman Teleplay: Paul Savage
Story: Paul W. Cooper
October 13, 1985 (1985-10-13) 60302

Jessica's actress niece worries about her job security when the character she plays turns out to be the serial killer. Before long she herself needs to worry when her real-life boss ends up dead and she is a prime suspect.

Murderer: Larry Holleran
26 4 "School for Scandal" Arthur Allan Seidelman Robert E. Swanson October 20, 1985 (1985-10-20) 60314

Jessica must look between the lines to discover the truth and the murderer.

Murderer: Dr. Alger Kenyon
27 5 "Sing a Song of Murder" John Llewellyn Moxey Peter S. Fischer October 27, 1985 (1985-10-27) 60306

Jessica is devastated to be informed of her cousin Emma's untimely passing, but when she arrives in London she learns that Emma isn't dead after all, but has been in hiding after threats on her life. Jessica goes along with the ruse in the hopes of flushing out the would-be killer.

Murderer: Kitty Trumbull
28 6 "Reflections of the Mind" Seymour Robbie Robert E. Swanson November 3, 1985 (1985-11-03) 60304

Jessica visits an old friend who claims to be haunted by the ghost of her late husband. But when the woman's second spouse is murdered and she becomes the prime suspect, Jessica is determined to help clear her name.

Murderers: Carl/Carson Todd and Cheryl Lodge
29 7 "A Lady in the Lake" Walter Grauman Robert Van Scoyk November 10, 1985 (1985-11-10) 60307

Jessica spends a little time at a lakeside inn where she witnesses what appears to be a struggle and a woman falling into the lake. Everyone is convinced that the husband did it, but Jessica isn't quite so sure.

Murderer: Burton Hollis
30 8 "Dead Heat" Peter Crane J. Miyoko Hensley & Steven Hensley November 24, 1985 (1985-11-24) 60303

Jessica goes to the races to watch her niece ride the winning horse but then the horse's disagreeable owner is murdered after a dispute.

Murderer: Vicky Gallegos
31 9 "Jessica Behind Bars" John Llewellyn Moxey Carleton Eastlake December 1, 1985 (1985-12-01) 60316

Jessica agrees to teach an English class at a women's prison for her friend Margaret and soon finds herself being held hostage after Dr. Matthews is murdered and the prisoners are convinced that the warden is responsible. Guest Stars: Barbara Baxley, Margaret Avery, Adrienne Barbeau, Yvonne DeCarlo, Vera Miles, and Susan Oliver

Murderer: Deputy Warden Debs
32 10 "Sticks and Stones" Seymour Robbie Story: Jackson Gillis and Linda Shank & Mark Giles
Teleplay: Linda Shank & Mark Giles
December 15, 1985 (1985-12-15) 60301

Cabot Cove is flooded with poison pen letters which proves hard for the town to handle as Amos prepares to hand the reins over to a new sheriff, Harry Pierce.

Murderer: Harry Pierce
33 11 "Murder Digs Deep" Philip Leacock Maryanne Kasica & Michael Scheff December 29, 1985 (1985-12-29) 60315

An archaeological dig at the site of Coronado's City of Gold does not please everyone as a new corpse is dug up.

Filming Date:15-21 February 1985

Murderer: Cynthia Armstrong
34 12 "Murder by Appointment Only" Arthur Allan Seidelman Jerry Ross January 5, 1986 (1986-01-05) 60310

One of Jessica's former students is murdered and she takes a personal interest in the investigation and finds herself at the heart of a family feud while taking a look into the company that Grady is working for now.

Filming Date: October 18, 1985

Murderer: Norman Amberson
35 13 "Trial by Error" Seymour Robbie Teleplay: Paul Savage
Story: Scott Shepherd
January 12, 1986 (1986-01-12) 60317

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. The jury alternates between wanting to convict him and wanting to set him free, but Jessica realises there's more than just one murder going on here.

Murderers: Mark Lee Reynolds and Becky Anderson
36 14 "Keep the Home Fries Burning" Peter Crane Philip Gerson January 19, 1986 (1986-01-19) 60320

Jessica, Seth and Amos try out a new tourist-oriented restaurant, but a number of the guests fall ill after eating strawberry preserves and one dies. Jessica investigates the murder while everyone in town tries to point the finger at someone else.

Murderer: Wilhelmina Fraser
37 15 "Powder Keg" John Llewellyn Moxey Peter S. Fischer February 9, 1986 (1986-02-09) 60326

The justice system is tested when a group of angry Southerners form a lynch party and plan to hang a murder suspect.

Murderer: Frank Kelso
38 16 "Murder in the Electric Cathedral" John Llewellyn Moxey Dick Nelson February 16, 1986 (1986-02-16) 60312

Jessica must find the murderer of her close friend whose will is in contention between family and a popular evangelist and soon finds herself in the middle of a feud between different members of the evangelist's family.

Murderer: Ruth Fargo
39 17 "One Good Bid Deserves a Murder" Seymour Robbie J. Miyoko Hensley & Steven Hensley February 23, 1986 (1986-02-23) 60318

Jessica finds herself in a tough spot when one of the auctioneers of a diary is found murdered and she has to rely on Harry McGraw to help her out.

Murderer: Albert Cromwell
40 18 "If a Body Meet a Body" Walter Grauman Steve Stoliar March 9, 1986 (1986-03-09) 60321

What begins as a routine murder investigation leads the police to discover that a coffin contains the wrong body.

Murderer: Connie Vernon
41 19 "Christopher Bundy - Died on Sunday" Peter Crane Gerald K. Siegel March 30, 1986 (1986-03-30) 60311

The writing's on the wall when a reputable magazine is acquired by a mercenary publisher who quickly changes it into a tabloid rag.

Murderer: Vanessa D'Argento
42 20 "Menace, Anyone?" Arthur Allan Seidelman Robert B. Sherman April 6, 1986 (1986-04-06) 60319

Jessica struggles to protect her former student Carol, a tennis star whose boyfriend is blown up in Carol's car; Carol is the only suspect.

Murderer: Doris Robinson
43 21 "The Perfect Foil" Walter Grauman Robert E. Swanson April 13, 1986 (1986-04-13) 60329

Jessica travels to New Orleans, but the good times can't roll when her cousin suspected of murder.

Murderer: Gilbert Gaston
44 22 "If the Frame Fits" Paul Lynch Philip Gerson May 18, 1986 (1986-05-18) 60331

The picture's not pretty when an art thief is on the loose; an heiress, Julia Granger is killed, and her husband becomes the suspect.

Murderer: Donald Granger

Season 3 (1986-87)[edit]

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45 1 "Death Stalks the Big Top: Part 1" Seymour Robbie Teleplay: Paul Savage
Story: Peter S. Fischer
September 28, 1986 (1986-09-28) 62104

When Jessica's niece receives a silver Leprechaun from someone who has been presumed dead for years, Jessica decides to hunt down the mysterious gift giver from beyond the grave. Her search leads her to a circus, where unnatural things are happening in and out of the ring. Guest Stars: Jackie Cooper, Laraine Day, Courteney Cox, Alex Cord, Martin Balsam, and Florence Henderson. To be continued...

Murderer: Not revealed until Part 2.
46 2 "Death Stalks the Big Top: Part 2" Seymour Robbie Teleplay: Paul Savage
Story: Peter S. Fischer
October 5, 1986 (1986-10-05) 62105

One murder leads to another as Jessica finds herself chasing down false alibis and the employees of a rival circus. Just when she thinks she has all the funny business behind her, a stunning confession will throw everyone for a loop. Guest Stars: Jackie Cooper, Laraine Day, Courteney Cox, Alex Cord, Martin Balsam, and Florence Henderson.

Murderer: Preston Bartholomew
47 3 "Unfinished Business" Walter Grauman Jackson Gillis October 12, 1986 (1986-10-12) 62103

A retired policeman decides to re-examine an old case he never solved, in which Seth was a strong suspect, and returns to the lakeside cabins where the murder occurred, gathering all the old suspects together. It isn't long before there's another murder.

Murderer: Retired Lt. Barney Kale
48 4 "One White Rose for Death" Peter Crane Peter S. Fischer October 19, 1986 (1986-10-19) 62107

While attending a concert in Washington, D.C., Jessica gets involved with two East German defectors and a murder.

Murderer: Andrew Wyckham
49 5 "Corned Beef & Carnage" John Llewellyn Moxey Robert E. Swanson November 2, 1986 (1986-11-02) 62108

Jessica gets involved when her niece Victoria is believed to be connected to the murder of her lecherous boss, who had been trying to barter more than just Victoria's advertising skills to a new client.

Murderer: Aubrey Thornton
50 6 "Dead Man's Gold" Seymour Robbie Robert Van Scoyk November 9, 1986 (1986-11-09) 62102

A group of young treasure hunters come to Cabot Cove looking for sunken treasure but after one dies and the other is arrested for her murder, Jessica gets involved both to clear a young man she believes is innocent and to help an old friend she knows tends not to be.

Murderer: Susan Ainsley
51 7 "Deadline for Murder" Seymour Robbie Teleplay: Tom Sawyer
Story: John Kennedy & Michael McGough and Tom Sawyer
November 16, 1986 (1986-11-16) 62101

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 gets involved after the man ends up dead, but there seems to be more than enough people with motives.

Murderer: Billy Simms
52 8 "Magnum on Ice" Peter Crane Robert E. Swanson November 23, 1986 (1986-11-23) 62121

Jessica comes to the assistance of Thomas Magnum when he's framed for two murders that occur during her vacation in Hawaii. Guest Star: Tom Selleck

Murderer: Joan Fulton
53 9 "Obituary for a Dead Anchor" Walter Grauman Teleplay: Robert Van Scoyk
Story: Bob Shayne
December 7, 1986 (1986-12-07) 62111

Cabot Cove becomes a media magnet when a TV news reporter is presumed dead on a chartered boat. But Jessica finds there's even more action off-camera, when the murder turns out to be a publicity ploy by the reporter in order to avoid one of his former sources.

Murderer: Nick Brody
54 10 "Stage Struck" John Astin Philip Gerson December 14, 1986 (1986-12-14) 62115

The murder of the leading lady's understudy disrupts rehearsals of a play starring two previously married, but now warring, actors, who have a secret of their own to hide.

Murderer: Julian Lord
55 11 "Night of the Headless Horseman" Walter Grauman R. Barker Price January 4, 1987 (1987-01-04) 62106

Jessica is in the wrong place at the right time to help her friend Dorian Beecher when he is accused of a murder he didn't commit after Nate Findley, his primary rival for Sarah Dupont's affections, is found dead.

Murderer: Dentist Penn "Doc" Walker
56 12 "The Corpse Flew First Class" Walter Grauman Donald Ross January 18, 1987 (1987-01-18) 62114

Theft and murder of the courier occur on board a jet bound for London with a plethora of suspects ranging from an older couple to a well-known actress to a former police officer.

Murderer: Sonny Greer
57 13 "Crossed Up" David Hemmings Steven Long Mitchell & Craig W. Van Sickle February 1, 1987 (1987-02-01) 62120

The phone wires get crossed during a storm and Jessica can't convince anyone that what she heard was real.

Murderer: Dody Rogers
58 14 "Murder in a Minor Key" Nick Havinga Teleplay: Peter S. Fischer and Gerald K. Siegel
Story: Arthur Marks
February 8, 1987 (1987-02-08) 62122

Bookend episode
Jessica tells the story of her new novel about a composer accused of killing the professor who plagiarized his music.

Murderer: Christine Stoneham
59 15 "The Bottom Line is Murder" Anthony Shaw Steven Long Mitchell & Craig W. Van Sickle February 15, 1987 (1987-02-15) 62110

A lying TV consumer advocate is killed and suspicion lands on one of the clients whose products he maligned.

Murderer: Robert Warren
60 16 "Death Takes a Dive" Seymour Robbie Peter S. Fischer February 22, 1987 (1987-02-22) 62112

Backdoor pilot episode for The Law & Harry McGraw. (Running time of 70 minutes, excluding commercials.)
Jessica visits her old friend Harry McGraw in Boston who has become wrangled in the high-stakes game of boxing.

Murderer: Sean Shaleen
61 17 "Simon Says, Color Me Dead" Kevin G. Cremin Robert E. Swanson March 1, 1987 (1987-03-01) 62123

When an artist is murdered and his prized painting is missing, Jessica investigates.

Filming Date:13 January 1987

Murderer: Carol Selby
62 18 "No Laughing Murder" Walter Grauman Tom Sawyer March 15, 1987 (1987-03-15) 62113

After the engagement party for the offspring of two estranged comics, someone is found dead.

Murderer: Farley Pressman
63 19 "No Accounting for Murder" Peter Crane Gerald K. Siegel March 22, 1987 (1987-03-22) 62117

Grady Fletcher is in big trouble when his boss, a specialist in tax shelters, is found dead and he is the main suspect. Guest Star: James Noble.

Murderer: Paul Carlisle
64 20 "The Cemetery Vote" Seymour Robbie Robert Van Scoyk April 5, 1987 (1987-04-05) 62116

The reform mayor dies in a so called "accident" and then the mayor's father is murdered after he demands an investigation of it.

Murderer: David Carroll
65 21 "The Days Dwindle Down" Michael Lynch Philip Gerson April 19, 1987 (1987-04-19) 62124

Jessica investigates the possibility that Sam, a recent parolee, went to jail for a crime he didn't commit.

Filming Date: February 10, 1987
Note: This episode was originally titled "The Strangest of Bargains".

Murderer: Edna Jarvis
66 22 "Murder, She Spoke" Anthony Shaw Si Rose May 10, 1987 (1987-05-10) 62109

A temporary black-out at a recording studio leaves Jessica in the dark when the wealthy soon-to-be-owner is stabbed to death. When the murder weapon matches the cutlery set of an old friend, Jessica takes on the case with a plan to put the real culprit on the record.

Filming Date: October 9, 1986

Murderer: Al Parker

Season 4 (1987-88)[edit]

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67 1 "A Fashionable Way to Die" Nick Havinga Donald Ross September 20, 1987 (1987-09-20) 63303

In Paris, a fashion designer with financial trouble is accused of killing a shady loan shark.

Murderer: Valerie Becht
68 2 "When Thieves Fall Out" Seymour Robbie Arthur David Weingarten September 27, 1987 (1987-09-27) 63304

When a prisoner is released from jail (after 20 years), he returns to Cabot Cove, to prove he was wrongly convicted and rows prove his innocence. But when Jessica looks further into this claims which involves some ex-students, could he be telling the truth?

Murderer: Coach Kevin Cauldwell
69 3 "Witness for the Defense" Seymour Robbie Robert E. Swanson October 4, 1987 (1987-10-04) 63311

Jessica goes to Quebec to testify at the trial of a friend who is accused of killing his wife and burning his house.

Murderer: Judith Harlan
70 4 "Old Habits Die Hard" John Llewellyn Moxey Chris Manheim October 11, 1987 (1987-10-11) 63308

A terminally ill nun seems to have committed suicide which would be an unacceptable sin.

Murderer: Marian Sampson
71 5 "The Way to Dusty Death" Nick Havinga Philip Gerson October 25, 1987 (1987-10-25) 63310

After the "accidental" death of a tycoon, his associates battle for position to succeed him.

Murderer: Kate Dutton
72 6 "It Runs in the Family" Walter Grauman Peter S. Fischer November 1, 1987 (1987-11-01) 63313

Bookend Episode
Jessica's cousin Emma in London has a new problem when someone serves her lover poisoned herring.

Murderer: Pauline Constable
73 7 "If It's Thursday, It Must Be Beverly" Peter Crane Wendy Graf & Lisa Stotsky November 8, 1987 (1987-11-08) 63309

When Deputy Martin becomes a widower by murder, the investigation turns up some very surprising activity by the most unexpected people. Guest Stars: Julie Adams, Ruth Roman, Dody Goodman, Gloria DeHaven, Antoinette Bower and Rick Lenz.

Murderer: George Tibbits
74 8 "Steal Me a Story" John Llewellyn Moxey Peter S. Fischer November 15, 1987 (1987-11-15) 63316

Jessica makes an appointment with TV producer Sid Sharkey when she learns he is trying to appropriate her latest novel for his TV show, but when Sid turns up dead, Jessica is one of the prime suspects.

Murderer: Bert Puzo
75 9 "Trouble in Eden" Nick Havinga Teleplay: John D.F. Black and Paul Savage
Story: John D.F. Black
November 22, 1987 (1987-11-22) 63301

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.

Murderer: C.J. Dobbs
76 10 "Indian Giver" Walter Grauman Gerald K. Siegel November 29, 1987 (1987-11-29) 63306

A resident of Cabot Cove threatens a Native American who claims to own the land, and later is found dead.

Murderer: Helen Langley
77 11 "Doom With a View" Walter Grauman Kenneth A. Berg December 13, 1987 (1987-12-13) 63314

Grady gets into trouble, again, when he is found with the body of a woman he had known from his college days who had been dating a married frat brother of Grady's.

Murderer: Mark Havlin
78 12 "Who Threw the Barbitals in Mrs. Fletcher's Chowder?" John Llewellyn Moxey Robert Van Scoyk January 3, 1988 (1988-01-03) 63320

When Amos' sister and her in-laws descend upon Cabot Cove, Jessica hosts a dinner party with homicidal results, leaving the finger pointing at Sheriff Tupper's sister. Guest Star: Anne Meara.

Murderer: Kenny Oakes
79 13 "Harbinger of Death" Anthony Shaw R. Barker Price January 24, 1988 (1988-01-24) 63302

While in Washington, Jessica visits her niece Carrie whose husband is an astronomer dedicated to discovering a comet. When a defense contractor is found murdered and the telescope pointed at the scene of the crime, Jessica must prove her nephew-in-law is innocent.

Murderer: Madeline DeHaven
80 14 "Curse of the Daanav" Walter Grauman Chris Manheim February 7, 1988 (1988-02-07) 63319

Seth's family is touched by an ancient curse attached to the history of a ruby.

Murderer: Bert Davies
81 15 "Mourning Among the Wisterias" Walter Grauman Scott Anderson February 14, 1988 (1988-02-14) 63312

Jessica is summoned to help a friend with his play and receives an offer of marriage she didn't expect. Even more surprised are the man's plotting family.

Murderer: Crystal Wendle
82 16 "Murder Through the Looking Glass" Seymour Robbie Robert Van Scoyk February 21, 1988 (1988-02-21) 63307

While in Connecticut for a convention, Jessica hears the dying confession of a hit man and uncovers a mysterious safe house housing an important foreign dignitary.

Murderer: Van Buran
83 17 "A Very Good Year for Murder" Walter Grauman Robert E. Swanson February 28, 1988 (1988-02-28) 63305

The Gambini Winery is being extorted by organized crime and it's up to Jessica to uncover who is behind the murder of a mafia hit man.

Murderer: Salvatore Gambini
84 18 "Benedict Arnold Slipped Here" Seymour Robbie Teleplay: Robert Van Scoyk
Story: Wendy Graf & Lisa Stotsky
March 13, 1988 (1988-03-13) 63323

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.

Murderer: Alistair Andrews
85 19 "Just Another Fish Story" Walter Grauman Philip Gerson March 27, 1988 (1988-03-27) 63322

Jessica is delighted to return to New York City with the announcement of her nephew's impending engagement. But when a restaurant employee is found dead, the engagement is threatened.

Murderer: Donna Mayberry
86 20 "Showdown in Saskatchewan" Vincent McEveety Dick Nelson April 10, 1988 (1988-04-10) 63315

Jessica's niece is smitten with a rodeo rider and refuses to believe he could have committed a murder.

Murderer: Luke Purdue/Carl Mattson
87 21 "Deadpan" E.W. Swackhamer Teleplay: Maryanne Kasica & Michael Scheff
Story: Arthur David Weingarten
May 1, 1988 (1988-05-01) 63318

When one of Jessica's former students brings a play based on one of her novels to Broadway, she finds herself in the middle of a war of words between rival critics.

Murderer: Eliot Easterbrook
88 22 "The Body Politic" Anthony Shaw Donald Ross May 8, 1988 (1988-05-08) 63317

Jessica comes to the aid of yet another dear old friend running as a senatorial candidate. When the candidate's campaign manager is murdered, Jessica must help prove her innocence.

Murderer: Jackson Lane

Season 5 (1988-89)[edit]

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89 1 "J.B. As in Jailbird" Anthony Shaw Robert E. Swanson October 23, 1988 (1988-10-23) 63701

A chance encounter with her old British intelligence friend Michael Hagarty leaves Jessica standing over a dead Bulgarian diplomat and accused of murder. Incarcerated, she has to leave it up to Grady and Michael to prove her innocence.

Filming Date:August 1988

Murderer: Kevin Styles
90 2 "A Little Night Work" Walter Grauman Peter S. Fischer October 30, 1988 (1988-10-30) 63706

After her publisher announces his impending retirement, Jessica heads to New York where she is simultaneously wooed by potential new publishers and a smooth-talking jewel thief.

Murderer: Miles Hatcher
91 3 "Mr. Penroy's Vacation" Anthony Shaw Robert E. Swanson November 6, 1988 (1988-11-06) 63704

Jessica is perplexed by the apparent murder of an elderly man points to two spinster sisters with whom he was living. This episode marks the retirement of Cabot Cove Sheriff Amos Tupper, and the beginning of Mort Metzger's tenure as sheriff. Guest Stars: Joan Leslie, Teresa Wright and Henry Jones.

Murderer: Marilee Coleson
92 4 "Snow White, Blood Red" Vincent McEveety Peter S. Fischer November 13, 1988 (1988-11-13) 63709

A massive storm results in Jessica snowed in at a ski lodge with an Olympic men's ski team and a murderer on the loose.

Murderer: Ex-NYPD Lt. Ed McMasters
93 5 "Coal Miner's Slaughter" Walter Grauman Chris Manheim November 20, 1988 (1988-11-20) 63705

Deep in the hills of West Virginia, Jessica looks under the surface of a corrupt mining company that claims no responsibility for the death of two perceptive employees.

Murderer: Carlton Reid
94 6 "Wearing of the Green" Seymour Robbie Peter S. Fischer November 27, 1988 (1988-11-27) 63711

In New York City researching her next book, Jessica is drawn into a mystery involving a priceless tiara, a reclusive former actress and a news reporter accused of murder.

Murderer: Andrea Dean
95 7 "The Last Flight of the Dixie Damsel" Vincent McEveety Peter S. Fischer December 18, 1988 (1988-12-18) 63702

Jessica is summoned to California where a recently recovered Air Force plane could pin a decades-old murder on her dead husband Frank. Guest Stars: Dale Robertson, Martin Milner, Jane Greer, Richard Rountree, Robin Strasser and Michael Ansara.

Murderer: Nicholas Rossi
96 8 "Prediction: Murder" Walter Grauman Richard Stanley & Ralph Meyering Jr. January 1, 1989 (1989-01-01) 63703

When a charismatic psychic's predictions begin to come true a rancher's new age daughter-in-law is convinced that the next one, a fatal fire, is about to happen.

Murderers: Franchesco and Jill Goddard
97 9 "Something Borrowed, Someone Blue" John Llewellyn Moxey Philip Gerson January 8, 1989 (1989-01-08) 63714

Grady's wedding day arrives, and so does an unpleasant fate for the shrewish housekeeper of his prospective father-in-law's estate. Guest Stars: Betsy Palmer and Conchata Ferrell.

Murderer: Valerie
98 10 "Weave a Tangled Web" Seymour Robbie Robert E. Swanson January 15, 1989 (1989-01-15) 63712

Things look bad when a married woman's keys are found by the body in a motel room and she can't explain why.

Murderer: Frankie the Bartender
99 11 "The Search for Peter Kerry" Walter Grauman Peter S. Fischer February 5, 1989 (1989-02-05) 63719

Jessica aids yet another dear old friend in his search for his missing grandson.

Murderer: Leona Schubert
100 12 "Smooth Operators" Anthony Shaw Gerald K. Siegel February 12, 1989 (1989-02-12) 63707

While in New York, a missing shoe on the discovered dead body of a homeless person leads Jessica to believe the supposed accidental death was not an accident.

Murderer: David Latimer
101 13 "Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble" John Llewellyn Moxey Tom Sawyer February 19, 1989 (1989-02-19) 63716

Jessica is suspicious when the appearance of the ghost of a long-dead witch burned at the stake coincides with the release of a book on the very subject. Guest Stars: Dee Wallace Stone and Christopher Stone.

Murderer: Adam Frobisher
102 14 "From Russia with Blood" Vincent McEveety Donald Ross February 26, 1989 (1989-02-26) 63717

Jessica is detained in Moscow when a spy attempts to smuggle film out of the Soviet Union in her handbag.

Murderer: Minister Melnikov
103 15 "Alma Murder" Anthony Shaw Chris Manheim March 12, 1989 (1989-03-12) 63715

An old English professor is caught red-handed over a young girl's body and insists he did it, but Jessica believes he didn't really commit.

Murderer: D.A. Paul Robbins
104 16 "Truck Stop" Vincent McEveety Philip Gerson April 2, 1989 (1989-04-02) 63722

Jessica is detoured on her way to Los Angeles at a seedy truck stop where a series of murders makes it apparent she isn't there by accident.

Murderers: Walter Murray, Roscoe and Vera Gerakaris
105 17 "The Sins of Castle Cove" John Llewellyn Moxey Robert Van Scoyk April 9, 1989 (1989-04-09) 63721

A vindictive, tell-all work of fiction mirroring Cabot Cove sends the townspeople into an uproar, and when a murder occurs following the plot of the book it's up to Jessica to separate fact from fiction.

Murderer: Ellis Hilgate
106 18 "Trevor Hudson's Legacy" Walter Grauman Teleplay: Paul Savage
Story: Eric Houston
April 16, 1989 (1989-04-16) 63708

Jessica heads to Montana to aid a young friend editing the last manuscript of the late writer Trevor Hudson, but when murder results she must weed through the lies of Hudson's scheming family to uncover the truth.

Murderer: Sheriff Hank Masters
107 19 "Double Exposure" Anthony Shaw Robert E. Swanson April 30, 1989 (1989-04-30) 63728

Jessica encounters a man in Boston whom she is convinced is her neighbor from years back, but when the man denies it, and his wife claims the man is dead, Jessica recruits Harry McGraw to dig to the bottom of the mystery.

Murderer: Lt. Roy Quinlan
108 20 "Three Strikes, You're Out" Seymour Robbie Donald Ross May 7, 1989 (1989-05-07) 63729

Jessica visits her nephew Johnny, recently recruited onto a Major League Baseball team, and then must solve the murder of a scheming news reporter.

Murderer: Al Sidell
109 21 "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Part 1" Walter Grauman Peter S. Fischer May 14, 1989 (1989-05-14) 63724

Eudora McVeigh (aka Shipton), a rival mystery writer, arrives at Jessica's door with seemingly friendly intentions, but the discovery of a corpse and a web of deceit follows her to Cabot Cove leading Jessica to suspect the woman of ulterior and sinister motives. To be continued ... Guest Stars: Jean Simmons, Ken Howard, and Shelley Fabares.

Murderer: Not Revealed until Part 2
110 22 "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Part 2" Walter Grauman Peter S. Fischer May 21, 1989 (1989-05-21) 63725

Jessica fears the worst when Seth is poisoned, meanwhile Cabot Cove is abuzz when Eudora McVeigh is determined to fill Jessica's role in solving a local murder. This heavily re-written two parter was the planned swan song for Jessica but a last minute change of mind from Angela, with a promised reduced workload, meant the producers had to order heavy rewrites. Guest Stars: Jean Simmons, Ken Howard, and Shelley Fabares.

Murderer: Bobby Shipton

Season 6 (1989-90)[edit]

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111 1 "Appointment in Athens" Vincent McEveety Tom Sawyer September 24, 1989 (1989-09-24) 65309

Jessica is detoured from a scheduled book tour after encountering MI6 agent Michael Haggerty and he convinces her to pose as his wife in Greece.

Murderer: Harold Baines
112 2 "Seal of the Confessional" Vincent McEveety Teleplay: Lynne Kelsey
Story: Whitney Wherrett Roberson
October 1, 1989 (1989-10-01) 65301

Cabot Cove's young, new priest finds himself in a sticky situation when a murderer confesses their crime and he recruits Jessica to help him uncover the truth without violating his oath of silence.

Murderer: Marilyn North
113 3 "The Grand Old Lady" Vincent McEveety Peter S. Fischer October 8, 1989 (1989-10-08) 65305

Bookend episode
Jessica narrates a story from 40 years ago when another female mystery writer helped to solve a mysterious murder aboard the Queen Mary. Guest Star: June Havoc.

Murderer: Paul Viscard
114 4 "The Error of Her Ways" Anthony Shaw Donald Ross October 15, 1989 (1989-10-15) 65311

Jessica help proves a wife killed her real estate developer husband. But when $3 million goes missing, and the wife protests her innocence, did Jessica get it wrong?

Murderer: Pauline Byrne
115 5 "Jack and Bill" Chuck Bowman Peter S. Fischer & Chuck Bowman October 29, 1989 (1989-10-29) 65312

Bookend episode
It's a whole new game for an ex-football star when he becomes a private investigator, unwillingly takes on a French poodle for a partner and attempts to stop the assassination of a Latin American president.

Filming Date: May 25, 1989

Murderer: Stephen Bowman
116 6 "Dead Letter" Anthony Shaw Paul Schiffer November 5, 1989 (1989-11-05) 65302

Where there's smoke there's fire, and possibly murder, when a furniture store is torched by an arsonist, and the deceased firefighter inside is found to have died from a blow to the head rather than the blaze.

Murderer: Stanley Holmes
117 7 "Night of the Tarantula" Vincent McEveety Chris Manheim November 12, 1989 (1989-11-12) 65310

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, when Jessica visits an old friend.

Murderer: Jean-Pierre Dusant
118 8 "When the Fat Lady Sings" Walter Grauman Peter S. Fischer November 19, 1989 (1989-11-19) 65304

There's more drama backstage than onstage, on opening night of the opera, where a world-renowned tenor is accused of murder but claims it was self-defence.

Murderer: Maria Deschier
119 9 "Test of Wills" Anthony Shaw Robert E. Swanson November 26, 1989 (1989-11-26) 65303

A wealthy lumberman invites Jessica to his island retreat to discover which of his relatives is trying to kill him.

Murderer: Kimberly Carson
120 10 "Class Act" Allen Reisner Peter S. Fischer December 3, 1989 (1989-12-03) 65316

Bookend episode
Jake Ballinger, a Los Angeles homicide detective and friend of Jessica, finds himself immersed in a case that may cost him his career.

Murderer: Colin Hale
121 11 "Town Father" John Llewellyn Moxey Philip Gerson December 17, 1989 (1989-12-17) 65306

Cabot Cove 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.

Murderer: Winifred Thayer
122 12 "Goodbye Charlie" Anthony Shaw Robert Van Scoyk January 7, 1990 (1990-01-07) 65307

Bookend episode
Three sets of people try to claim the body found on a railroad track.

Murderers: Clarence and Jerry Wilbur
123 13 "If the Shoe Fits" Anthony Shaw Lynne Kelsey January 21, 1990 (1990-01-21) 65324

A single mother is accused of killing her landlord who is always harassing her.

Murderer: Danny Snow
124 14 "How to Make a Killing Without Really Trying" Walter Grauman Teleplay: Robert E. Swanson
Story: Charles Leinenweber
February 4, 1990 (1990-02-04) 65313

When Jessica's stockbroker is murdered, she finds a wealth of suspects in his ruthless world of high finance.

Murderer: Jerome Ashcroft
125 15 "The Fixer-Upper" John Llewellyn Moxey Teleplay: Oliver Hailey
Story: Paul Schiffer
February 11, 1990 (1990-02-11) 65315

Jessica's niece, a real estate broker, arrives at the mansion and finds a body instead of a buyer.

Murderer: Claire Hastings
126 16 "The Big Show of 1965" Jerry Jameson Robert Van Scoyk February 25, 1990 (1990-02-25) 65319

Twenty five years after a show in which a stabbing occurred, the cast is reunited and a mystery woman reappears, seeming to accuse Barry.

Murderers: Marge and Lee Haley
127 17 "Murder - According to Maggie" John Llewellyn Moxey Peter S. Fischer March 4, 1990 (1990-03-04) 65314

Bookend episode
The producer of a police drama investigates the murder of a programmer who argued with her.

Murderer: Andy Butler
128 18 "O'Malley's Luck" Michael J. Lynch Teleplay: Lynne Kelsey
Story: Gerald K. Siegel
March 25, 1990 (1990-03-25) 65308

Bookend episode
An Irish detective does not believe the death of a real estate mogul was suicide.

Murderer: Cindy Marsh
129 19 "Always a Thief" Walter Grauman Peter S. Fischer April 8, 1990 (1990-04-08) 65322

Bookend episode
Dennis Stanton, a former jewel thief turned insurance investigator, finds himself involved in a high-society murder.

Murderer: Langston "Lanny" Bascombe and Andrea Bascombe
130 20 "Shear Madness" Walter Grauman Chris Manheim April 29, 1990 (1990-04-29) 65318

When a murder is committed shortly after the release of a mentally handicapped man, Jessica helps the man's sister prove his innocence.

Murderers: George Owens and Rosemary Taylor
131 21 "The Szechuan Dragon" Kevin G. Cremin Tom Sawyer May 6, 1990 (1990-05-06) 65317

Bookend episode
Grady and his pregnant wife are tending Jessica's house in her absence when a murder occurs in her living room.

Murderer: Stanley Lewis
132 22 "The Sicilian Encounter" Kevin G. Cremin Robert E. Swanson May 20, 1990 (1990-05-20) 65326

Bookend episode
Michael Hagarty is involved in a case in Sicily which has many twists and turns including the Mafia.

Murderer: The Carboni Family

Season 7 (1990-91)[edit]

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133 1 "Trials and Tribulations" Vincent McEveety Peter S. Fischer September 16, 1990 (1990-09-16) 66304

While in New York, Jessica is forced to defend herself after Edward Stone dies during a jail escape. His daughter is suing Jessica for $50 million, and the prime witness in the case years ago has changed his story.

Murderer: Suicide
134 2 "Deadly Misunderstanding" Anthony Shaw Robert E. Swanson September 23, 1990 (1990-09-23) 66320

Jessica finds herself embroiled in a Cabot Cove murder case when the husband of her temporary typist is murdered and a young reporter agrees to help the grieving widow cover up the crime.

Murderer: Rita Garrison
135 3 "See You in Court, Baby" Vincent McEveety Peter S. Fischer September 30, 1990 (1990-09-30) 66321

Bookend episode
In San Francisco, Dennis investigates the murder of Truman Calloway, a man with no shortage of enemies, when the ex-husband of one of Calloway's clients is charged with the murder.

Murderer: Karen Davies
136 4 "Hannigan's Wake" Vincent McEveety Peter S. Fischer October 28, 1990 (1990-10-28) 66308

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.

Murderer: Eddie Flokes Jr.
137 5 "The Family Jewels" Jerry Jameson Tom Sawyer November 4, 1990 (1990-11-04) 66318

Jessica looks into the matter when she makes a new friend in Westchester county, who just happens to have a penchant for jewelry theft, that ends up being arrested for the murder of her chauffeur.

Murderer: Charles Lockner
138 6 "A Body to Die For" Anthony Shaw Donald Ross November 11, 1990 (1990-11-11) 66302

Eve Simpson is at a loss to explain how the body of Fred Keppard ended up in her bedroom. When Wayne Bennett, owner of a trendy local gym, is suspected of the crime, Jessica agrees to look into the matter after receiving a request from a surprising source. Guest Star: Julie Adams.

Murderer: Clarence La Rue
139 7 "The Return of Preston Giles" Walter Grauman Tom Sawyer November 18, 1990 (1990-11-18) 66307

Preston Giles, Jessica's former publisher and the first murderer she ever caught, has been released from jail after serving six years of his sentence. When an old rival is murdered shortly after Giles returns to work, Jessica has to determine if Giles is being framed or if he has committed his third murder. Guest Star: Arthur Hill.

Murderer: Millie Bingham Stafford
140 8 "The Great Twain Robbery" Jerry Jameson Steve Brown November 25, 1990 (1990-11-25) 66314

Bookend episode
Proving a burnt Mark Twain manuscript is a fake is the reason for a book expert's murder.

Murderer: Professor Chandler Fitzpatrick
141 9 "Ballad for a Blue Lady" Jerry Jameson William Bigelow December 2, 1990 (1990-12-02) 66322

Jessica heads to Nashville to visit her old friends, Bobby and Patti Sue Diamond and finds herself embroiled in the middle of a murder mystery when Bobby and Patti Sue are both poisoned. Guest Star: Florence Henderson and Jimmy Dean.

Murderer: Patti Sue Diamond
142 10 "Murder in F Sharp" Kevin G. Cremin William Bigelow December 16, 1990 (1990-12-16) 66312

Bookend episode
Dennis investigates a fire that burned the hands of famous concert pianist Vaclav Maryska. When Maryska's wife winds up murdered, Dennis tries to sort through the suspects and find the killer. Guest Stars: Patricia Neal and Ricardo Montalban.

Murderer: Vaclav Maryska
143 11 "Family Doctor" Walter Grauman Robert Van Scoyk January 6, 1991 (1991-01-06) 66306

In Boston, Jessica and Seth are captured by the angry son of one of Seth's patients who didn't survive.

Murderer: Rosa Abruzzi
144 12 "Suspicion of Murder" Vincent McEveety Peter S. Fischer January 20, 1991 (1991-01-20) 66313

Bookend episode
Dennis is suspected in the murder of the husband of an old flame with whom he has been spending some time.

Murderer: Christina Hellinger
145 13 "Moving Violation" Anthony Shaw Robert E. Swanson February 3, 1991 (1991-02-03) 66324

Things get messy in Cabot Cove when Bradley Hellman, the son of an influential ambassador, is murdered only an hour after making bail for drunken driving. Jessica is determined to protect Mort, who has been accused of Hellman's murder by Bradley's father.

Murderer: Meredith Hellman
146 14 "Who Killed J.B. Fletcher?" Walter Grauman Lynne Kelsey February 10, 1991 (1991-02-10) 66309

A snoopy fan in Texas impersonates Jessica when she starts investigating a potential dog show scandal and Jessica is reported dead.

Murderer: Mitchell Lawrence
147 15 "The Taxman Cometh" Anthony Shaw Donald Ross February 17, 1991 (1991-02-17) 66311

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. Guest star Phyllis Newman.

Murderer: Richard Wellstood
148 16 "From the Horse's Mouth" Jerry Jameson Gerry Day February 24, 1991 (1991-02-24) 66301

Jessica teams up with Harry McGraw when an argument over stud fees results in someone ending up dead.

Murderer: Derek Padley
149 17 "The Prodigal Father" Anthony Shaw Maryann Kasica & Michael Scheff March 10, 1991 (1991-03-10) 66303

A bank robber, long thought dead, returns to see his daughter and face the wrath of the townspeople.

Murderer: Elton Summers
150 18 "Where Have You Gone, Billy Boy" John Llewellyn Moxey Peter S. Fischer March 17, 1991 (1991-03-17) 66310

Bookend episode
Dennis is on the case when a "kidnapped" ventriloquist's dummy is found in a locked room along with the corpse of a comedy club owner. The ventriloquist is the prime suspect and Dennis sets out to solve the crime.

Murderer: Joe Gelardi
151 19 "Thursday's Child" Anthony Shaw Robert E. Swanson April 7, 1991 (1991-04-07) 66305

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. Jessica turns to her old friend, Clint Phelps, for help, but he doesn't have any answers he can give her. After the woman and her son end up mixed up in a murder investigation, Jessica agrees to solve the case, but does so with a heavy heart.

Murderer: Cynthia Olston
152 20 "Murder, Plain and Simple" Vincent McEveety Chris Manheim April 28, 1991 (1991-04-28) 66319

When Jessica visits the Amish to buy a quilt, she finds they are not immune to murder. Guest star Martha Byrne.

Murderer: Sarah Lapp
153 21 "Tainted Lady" Vincent McEveety Robert Van Scoyk May 5, 1991 (1991-05-05) 66316

A local man dies of heart failure, but when someone find arsenic the suspicion points to the local diner, where the owner was once tried for murder, but when someone else died from the same condition, is the owner really a serial killer?

Murderer: Laura Corman
154 22 "The Skinny According to Nick Cullhane" Walter Grauman Tom Sawyer May 12, 1991 (1991-05-12) 66323

The brewery family is angry when they find out the writer acting as spokesperson for them has written an expose. (Like Season five's finale, this was written as the possible swan song for the series. After having to heavily rewrite that finale, the producers filmed two endings, the second having Jessica wink at the camera (in case the series continues).

Murderer: Phil Mannix

Season 8 (1991-92)[edit]

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155 1 "Bite the Big Apple" David Moessinger David Moessinger September 15, 1991 (1991-09-15) 67501

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 inside her apartment. Guest Stars: Julie Adams, John Considine, Rosemary Forsyth, and Eugene Roche.

Murderer: Lt. Jack Boyle
156 2 "Night Fears" Anthony Shaw J. Michael Straczynski September 22, 1991 (1991-09-22) 67503

Former policeman Wallace Evans (Wings Hauser), now a professor, challenges Jessica to a race to solve a series of muggings on campus, and the muggings soon escalate to murder. Guest Stars: Alan Oppenheimer and Roxie Roker.

Murderer: Professor Wallace Evans
157 3 "Unauthorized Obituary" Walter Grauman Robert E. Swanson September 29, 1991 (1991-09-29) 67512

After a sensationalist biographer writing an exposé on Jessica's good friend is found dead, suspicion falls on the subject's husband. Guest Stars: Barbara Bain, Bradford Dillman, and Jessica Walter.

Murderer: Steve Lockner
158 4 "Thicker Than Water" Anthony Shaw Lawrence DiTillio October 6, 1991 (1991-10-06) 67504

When his younger brother Wayne, the family's black sheep, becomes chief suspect in the murder of his employer, Mort relies on Jessica to help him keep his perspective about the case. Luke Askew and Pat Hingle guest star.

Murderer: Zack Franklin
159 5 "Lines of Excellence" Walter Grauman J. Michael Straczynski November 3, 1991 (1991-11-03) 67517

Teaching a computer class seems tame, but not when Jessica is one of the students.

Murderer: Derek St. James
160 6 "Judge Not" Chuck Bowman Gerald DiPego November 10, 1991 (1991-11-10) 67505

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 mistress.

Murderer: Posecutor Andy Henley
161 7 "Terminal Connection" Walter Grauman Robert E. Swanson November 17, 1991 (1991-11-17) 67519

Evidence points to the battered wife of a powerful businessman as his killer, but Jessica establishes that there is a long list of suspects who wished him dead.

Murderer: Allison Franklin
162 8 "A Killing in Vegas" Anthony Shaw Bruce Lansbury November 24, 1991 (1991-11-24) 67513

Jessica stakes her life on slim odds when she investigates a murder.

Murderer: Wes McSorley
163 9 "The Committee" Jerry Jameson J. Michael Straczynski December 1, 1991 (1991-12-01) 67524

The governing committee of an exclusive men's club commissions Jessica to identify a rogue member's killer--who likely serves on the committee.

Murderer: Theo Cayle
164 10 "The List of Yuri Lermentov" Anthony Shaw Tom Sawyer December 15, 1991 (1991-12-15) 67516

Chance possession of a secret intelligence document lands Jessica in the center of an international web of intrigue and murder.

Murderer: Harry Neville
165 11 "Danse Diabolique" Alexander Singer Jo William Philipp January 5, 1992 (1992-01-05) 67507

When a beautiful ballerina dies during her premiere performance in a new ballet, Jessica is convinced it is murder.

Murderer: Edward Hale
166 12 "The Witch's Curse" Jerry Jameson Tracy Friedman January 12, 1992 (1992-01-12) 67506

The people of Cabot Cove put on a play about a 17th century woman who cursed the town before she was executed as a witch. Guest Star: Marian Seldes.

Murderer: Lydia Winthrop
167 13 "Incident in Lot 7" Anthony Shaw J. Michael Straczynski January 19, 1992 (1992-01-19) 67527

Jessica travels to Hollywood to discuss the film version of her latest novel and discovers the producer dead on the set. This episode is a tribute to Psycho.

Murderer: Willy Montego
168 14 "The Monte Carlo Murders" Jerry Jameson Bruce Lansbury February 2, 1992 (1992-02-02) 67525

Jessica is brought into the case of a murdered financier and the theft of his wife's diamonds in Monaco.

Murderer: Inspector Charles Morel
169 15 "Tinker, Tailor, Liar, Thief" Peter Salim Robert E. Swanson March 1, 1992 (1992-03-01) 67528

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. Guest Stars: Sharon Maughan and Trevor Eve.

Murderer: Daisy Collins
170 16 "Ever After" Anthony Shaw Robert Van Scoyk March 8, 1992 (1992-03-08) 67521

A real life soap opera involves a soap star, her co-star, and the victim -- her millionaire husband.

Murderer: Joanna Rollins
171 17 "To the Last Will I Grapple with Thee" Walter Grauman J. Michael Straczynski March 15, 1992 (1992-03-15) 67536

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 by staging a false birthday.

Murderer: Suicide
172 18 "Programmed for Murder" Jerry Jameson Tom Sawyer April 5, 1992 (1992-04-05) 67526

There is something strange about a software expert's sudden death from bleeding ulcers that just doesn't compute.

Murderer: Alan Wooster
173 19 "Day of the Dead" Anthony Shaw Mark A. Burley April 26, 1992 (1992-04-26) 67535

The theft of a priceless artifact from a Mexico City museum leads Jessica into a labyrinth of clues, where murder is the fact behind the Mask of Montezuma.

Murderer: Cyrus Ramsey
174 20 "Angel of Death" Walter Grauman Robert E. Swanson May 3, 1992 (1992-05-03) 67532

While Jessica is in Carmel, California consoling a well known playwright haunted by his wife's suicide, another family member is murdered.

Murderer: Alex Erickson
175 21 "Badge of Honor" David Moessinger David Moessinger May 10, 1992 (1992-05-10) 67539

Jessica intervenes when Seth's long-lost Army buddy is accused of murder.

Murderer: Neal Dishman
176 22 "Murder on Madison Avenue" Jerry Jameson Bruce Lansbury May 17, 1992 (1992-05-17) 67531

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.

Murderer: Sylvia Moffet

Season 9 (1992-93)[edit]

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177 1 "Murder in Milan" Anthony Shaw Laurence Heath September 20, 1992 (1992-09-20) 67905

While in Milan attending the premiere of a film adapted from one of her books, Jessica searches for the killer when the producer is murdered.

Murderer: Tom Hiller
178 2 "Family Secrets" Walter Grauman Robert Hamner September 27, 1992 (1992-09-27) 67907

One of Jessica's former students is murdered when he returns to Cabot Cove to write a book exposing new information on a 30-year-old town scandal.

Murderer: Janet Weymouth
179 3 "The Mole" Peter Salim Tom Sawyer October 4, 1992 (1992-10-04) 67902

The police refuse to believe Jessica when she is mistaken for a government informant and kidnapped by the town's most respected citizen.

Murderer: Fred Chandler
180 4 "The Wind Around the Tower" Walter Grauman J. Michael Straczynski November 1, 1992 (1992-11-01) 67901

While they are visitors at an estate in Ireland, Jessica and her friend are convinced that their host's demise is not from natural causes. Guest Stars: Shirley Ann Field and Dakin Matthews.

Murderers: Anne Gillen and Francis O'Reilly
181 5 "The Dead File" Anthony Shaw Tom Sawyer November 15, 1992 (1992-11-15) 67910

Jessica is threatened with lawsuits after she is depicted in a newspaper comic strip accusing some of Manhattan's leading citizens of crimes. Guest star: Harvey Fierstein.

Murderer: Teddy Graves
182 6 "Night of the Coyote" Jerry Jameson Mark A. Burley November 22, 1992 (1992-11-22) 67914

Jessica helps the sheriff of an old Western town solve a murder that is connected to a legendary stagecoach robber's long-lost treasure.

Murderer: Charles Strickland
183 7 "Sugar & Spice, Malice & Vice" Vincent McEveety Robert E. Swanson November 29, 1992 (1992-11-29) 67903

Michael Haggerty's soon to be son-in-law is involved in a merger with a Hong Kong financial institution operated by drug lords and arms smugglers. When Michael is found standing over the dead body of his soon to be son-in-law, he is accused of the murder. Jessica knows better and helps Michael prove that he is innocent.

Murderer: Laura Downing
184 8 "The Classic Murder" Vincent McEveety Robert Van Scoyk December 6, 1992 (1992-12-06) 67906

Jessica investigates the mysterious disappearance of her editor's millionaire father along with $150 million from his corporate account.

Murderer: George Foster
185 9 "A Christmas Secret" Anthony Shaw Bruce Lansbury December 13, 1992 (1992-12-13) 67912

Jessica uncovers embezzlement and blackmail after a Cabot Cove newcomer is suspected of shooting a woman at the local Christmas celebration. It is notable for being the only episode of the series in which no character is killed. The woman shot recovers, and the perpetrator is only charged with attempted murder. This ending was likely written in to match the Christmas mood of the episode.

Attempted Murderer: Amy Wainwright
186 10 "The Sound of Murder" Anthony Shaw Bruce Lansbury January 3, 1993 (1993-01-03) 67909

Jessica records one of her novels for the blind. While at the recording studio she gets an invitation to the taping of a rock video. A murder takes place during the taping and Jessica sets off to seek out clues to the mystery.

Murderer: Charles George Drexler
187 11 "Final Curtain" Walter Grauman J. Michael Straczynski January 10, 1993 (1993-01-10) 67913

The community center of Cabot Cove is getting ready to produce a pre-off Broadway play with retired actor, David North at the helm. What follows is interrupted rehearsals and a murder in town. The search is then on for clues to the murder.

Murderer: David North
188 12 "Double Jeopardy" Anthony Shaw Laurence Heath January 17, 1993 (1993-01-17) 67921

A not-guilty verdict in the murder of a community activist leads to threats of violence while Jessica is teaching a mystery writing class at a Catholic church in an ethnically mixed neighborhood. She goes in search of the facts.

Murderer: Raymond Fernandez
189 13 "Dead Eye" Jerry Jameson Tom Sawyer February 7, 1993 (1993-02-07) 67920

Murder, missing persons, and the Kennedy assassination are all part of the mysteries Jessica must face to solve her current case.

Murderer: Frank Hemet and Laura Callan
190 14 "Killer Radio" Peter Salim Carlton Hollander February 14, 1993 (1993-02-14) 67917

While on a book tour, Jessica agrees to guest on a local radio talk show that has feuding co-owners. Jessica gets the last word in when she is interviewed by a rude and disrespectful interviewer. When a murder takes place Jessica helps sort out the tangled webs of confusion to bring the killer to justice.

Murderer: Danny Cochran
191 15 "The Petrified Florist" Anthony Shaw Donald Ross February 21, 1993 (1993-02-21) 67916

While observing the guests at a dinner party held by a Beverly Hills gossip magazine editor, Jessica envisions the plot for her next murder mystery.

Murderer: Junie Cobb
192 16 "Threshold of Fear" Vincent McEveety James L. Novack February 28, 1993 (1993-02-28) 67916

Jessica helps a neighbor in her New York building who has a phobia about leaving her apartment since she saw her mother murdered five years ago. Guest Star: Cynthia Nixon.

Murderer: Peter Morgan
193 17 "The Big Kill" Jerry Jameson Mark A. Burley March 7, 1993 (1993-03-07) 67929

Two murders result when the CEO of a defense corporation tries to save his company by illegally selling leftover components.

Murderer: Brian Bentall
194 18 "Dead to Rights" Anthony Shaw Tom Sawyer March 21, 1993 (1993-03-21) 67927

Jessica agrees to help clear a former research assistant of killing her new employer, despite the fact that the woman is a pathological liar.

Murderer: Bruce Hastings
195 19 "Lone Witness" Walter Grauman Maryanne Kasica & Michael Scheff April 4, 1993 (1993-04-04) 67932

Jessica helps solve a murder when the only witness, a local delivery boy she has befriended (played by Neil Patrick Harris), becomes the prime suspect.

Murderers: Fred Turner and Lt. Steve Warren
196 20 "Ship of Thieves" Anthony Shaw Bruce Lansbury May 2, 1993 (1993-05-02) 67935

While on a cruise, Jessica helps an old friend, now a ship's security chief, investigate when a woman is found dead in the cargo area.

Murderers:' Janet Fisk and Leslie Hunter
197 21 "The Survivor" Anthony Shaw Robert Van Scoyk May 9, 1993 (1993-05-09) 67919

Jessica becomes involved in an internal police investigation when a colleague is left for dead in an accident in which a rookie policeman is killed.

Murderer: Jimmy Haynes
198 22 "Love's Deadly Desire" Robert M. Williams, Jr. Chris Manheim May 16, 1993 (1993-05-16) 67925

Jessica investigates the murder of a visiting romance novelist's assistant, who was having an affair with the writer's publisher husband.

Murderer: Sibella Stone

Season 10 (1993-94)[edit]

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199 1 "A Death in Hong Kong" Vincent McEveety Laurence Heath September 12, 1993 (1993-09-12) 69103

Jessica's trip to Hong Kong is interrupted by the murder of an American businessman negotiating a merger with a Chinese tycoon.

Murderer: Louise Walton
200 2 "For Whom the Ball Tolls" Anthony Shaw Donald Ross September 26, 1993 (1993-09-26) 69104

When Jessica agrees to help preserve a historic brownstone, she winds up trying to clear her editor of the murder of an opposing developer.

Murderer: Lee Gillrich
201 3 "The Legacy of Borbey House" Walter Grauman Danna Doyle & Debbie Smith October 3, 1993 (1993-10-03) 69107

While restoring her house in Cabot Cove, Jessica worries that her contractor is preoccupied by the remodeling of another house until the project is put on hold when the client is found murdered.

Murderer: Charles Weatherly
202 4 "The Phantom Killer" Anthony Shaw Tom Sawyer October 24, 1993 (1993-10-24) 69106

Jessica comes to the aid of a promising young reporter when he is suspected of murdering a rival magazine's unscrupulous publisher.

Murderer: Kathryn Schofford
203 5 "A Virtual Murder" Lee Smith Carlton Hollander October 31, 1993 (1993-10-31) 69105

Jessica happens on a computerized clue to a murder while writing a mystery story for a friend's interactive video game company.

Murderer: Sharon Baskin
204 6 "Bloodlines" Don Mischer Teleplay: Robert Hamner
Story: Michael Berlin & Eric Estrin
November 9, 1993 (1993-11-09) 69115

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.

Murderer: Tracey Noble
205 7 "A Killing in Cork" Anthony Shaw Bruce Lansbury November 21, 1993 (1993-11-21) 69118

While visiting Ireland, Jessica searches for clues when a widowed friend's son is suspected of killing an American relative.

Murderer: Dennis Moylan
206 8 "Love and Hate in Cabot Cove" Anthony Shaw Robert Van Scoyk November 28, 1993 (1993-11-28) 69122

Jessica returns to Cabot Cove to discover why her accountant is not paying her bills.

Murderer: Irene Machinoy
207 9 "Murder at a Discount" Walter Grauman Rick Mittleman December 5, 1993 (1993-12-05) 69123

One of Jessica's best-selling mysteries makes her the target of a lawsuit by a man who was tried and acquitted for murder.

Murderer: Iris Navaro
208 10 "Murder in White" Vincent McEveety Lawrence Vail December 19, 1993 (1993-12-19) 69116

When Jessica is called to London to rewrite the stage adaptation of her novel, she must prove her actress friend innocent of killing a producer.

Murderer: Oliver Hopkins
209 11 "Northern Explosion" Anthony Shaw Mark A. Burley January 2, 1994 (1994-01-02) 69114

While stranded in a small Canadian town, Jessica helps the Mounties solve two local murders.

Murderer: Marie Comuche
210 12 "Proof in the Pudding" Jerry Jameson Lisa Seidman January 9, 1994 (1994-01-09) 69124

Jessica discovers clues to a puzzling murder when she is a guest star on a friend's television cooking show.

Murderer: Jeannine Bonelli
211 13 "Portrait of Death" Vincent McEveety Donald Ross January 16, 1994 (1994-01-16) 69127

Jessica comes to the rescue when a friend's sculpture is used as a murder weapon.

Murderer: Wanda Ray Skutnik/Frances
212 14 "Deadly Assets" Anthony Shaw Tom Sawyer January 23, 1994 (1994-01-23) 69129

Jessica attempts to clear the name of a Cabot Cove fisherman who is suspected of murdering a Chicago hit man.

Murderer: Harvey Terhune
10.15 213 "Murder on the Thirtieth Floor" Walter Grauman Robert Van Scoyk February 6, 1994 (1994-02-06) 69130

Jessica refuses to believe that the editor of her latest book has committed suicide and is determined to find out the truth.

Murderer: Leonard Ambler
214 16 "Time to Die" Anthony Shaw Laurence Heath March 6, 1994 (1994-03-06) 69128

Infrared cameras seem to prove Jessica's writing student is guilty of killing his abusive stepfather.

Murderer: Mario Fernandez
215 17 "The Dying Game" Jerry Jameson Bruce Lansbury March 13, 1994 (1994-03-13) 69133

Financial problems lead to a double murder at a department store, forcing Jessica to prove the innocence of a friend.

Murderer: Floyd Larkin
216 18 "The Trouble with Seth" Anthony Shaw Tom Sawyer March 27, 1994 (1994-03-27) 69138

Jessica searches for Seth when he suddenly disappears and fresh bloodstains in his office indicate foul play.

Murderer: Connie Anderson
217 19 "Roadkill" Walter Grauman Mark A. Burley May 1, 1994 (1994-05-01) 69134

While visiting a friend in Texas, Jessica attempts to help the owner of a small trucking company clear his son of a murder charge.

Murderer: Sam Mercer
218 20 "A Murderous Muse" Anthony Shaw Bruce Lansbury May 15, 1994 (1994-05-15) 69140

Jessica searches for the truth when a legendary maestro, who is about to lose control of his protege, is found murdered and an innocent man is charged with the crime.

Murderers: Vanessa Cross and Steven Hoyt
219 21 "Wheel of Death" Walter Grauman Robert Van Scoyk May 22, 1994 (1994-05-22) 69141

The arrival of a traveling carnival in Cabot Cove coincides with a rash of burglaries and the murder of the troupe's owner.

Murderer: Richard Binyon

Season 11 (1994-95)[edit]

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220 1 "A Nest of Vipers" Anthony Shaw Rick Mittleman September 25, 1994 (1994-09-25) 69503

While researching her newest novel at a California zoo, Jessica finds herself in the middle of a murder involving a black mamba snake.

Murderer: Joyce Hacker
221 2 "Amsterdam Kill" Jerry Jameson Jerry Ludwig October 2, 1994 (1994-10-02) 69532

Jessica's investigation of a novelist's kidnapping leads her into the dark world of diamond smuggling and murder. (Produced during the tenth season but aired during the eleventh season.)

Murderer: Colin Biddle
222 3 "To Kill a Legend" Anthony Shaw J. Larry Carroll & David Bennett Carren October 9, 1994 (1994-10-09) 69504

Jessica accidentally discovers a letter from George Washington that leads to a hero's disgrace and a director's murder.

Filming Date: September 28, 1994

Murderer: Nancy Godfrey
223 4 "Death in Hawaii" Don Mischer Laurence Heath October 16, 1994 (1994-10-16) 69505

Jessica's vacation to Honolulu becomes chaotic when the son of her host, power broker Matt Kinkaid, vanishes during a hotly contested U.S. Senate election.

Murderer: Liz Doughtery
224 5 "Dear Deadly" Anthony Shaw Donald Ross October 23, 1994 (1994-10-23) 69506

When a newspaper columnist becomes the target of a crazed gunman, Jessica's advice to be careful is ignored.

Murderer: Alexis Hill
225 6 "The Murder Channel" Walter Grauman Jerry Ludwig November 6, 1994 (1994-11-06) 69513

In a friend's apartment, Jessica and her friends are amused by and then puzzled by the strange drama unfolding on TV. Jessica slowly realizes that the "TV show" is actually the feed from a surveillance camera, and she may be witnessing the planning of a robbery and murder.

Murderer: Augie Blumbacher
226 7 "Fatal Paradise" Jerry Jameson Tom Sawyer November 13, 1994 (1994-11-13) 69508

Private investigator Charlie Garrett is in luck when Jessica is in Martinique for her vacation at the same time he is accused of murdering the woman he's been trying to locate for a client.

Murderer: Maurice Delagre
227 8 "Crimson Harvest" Anthony Shaw Bruce Lansbury November 20, 1994 (1994-11-20) 69518

The mysterious deaths of a winery matriarch's son and a rival vintner lead Jessica into a world of greed and betrayal.

Murderer: Edgar Warner
228 9 "Murder by Twos" Anthony Shaw Bruce Lansbury November 27, 1994 (1994-11-27) 69522

Jessica searches for a link between the town bully's death and the death of the woman he was having an affair with.

Murderer: Al Wallace
229 10 "Murder of the Month Club" Walter Grauman Donald Ross December 4, 1994 (1994-12-04) 69520

The taping of an infomercial by Jessica and two fellow novelists is plagued by problems including the mysterious death of an audience member.

Murderers: Arnold Wynn/Jason Bayer Saxon and Joellen Waller
230 11 "An Egg to Die For" Robert M. Williams, Jr. Maryanne Kasica & Michael Scheff December 11, 1994 (1994-12-11) 69511

Jessica helps a Russian police officer capture the elusive mastermind behind the theft of a Faberge egg.

Murderer: Victor Roscoe
231 12 "The Scent of Murder" Anthony Shaw Laurence Heath January 9, 1995 (1995-01-09) 69517

The pervasive stench of death looms over Jessica and Seth's visit to his cousin's South Carolina plantation.

Murderer: Sargent John Lindley
232 13 "Death 'n Denial" Jerry Jameson Mark A. Burley January 22, 1995 (1995-01-22) 69516

Jessica takes a trip to Egypt to finalize a cultural exchange program and ends up searching for a killer and a stolen artifact.

Murderer: Sally Otterburn
233 14 "Murder in High-C" Anthony Shaw Jerry Ludwig February 5, 1995 (1995-02-05) 69525

An opera singer tries to make her debut before a stalker can fulfill his promise to kill her.

Murderer: Jonas Cole
234 15 "Twice Dead" Walter Grauman Paul Schiffer February 12, 1995 (1995-02-12) 69515

When a brilliant scientist fakes his own death and is then murdered, Jessica sets the record straight when the wrong man is arrested.

Murderer: Liz White
235 16 "Film Flam" Anthony Shaw Donald Ross February 19, 1995 (1995-02-19) 69535

Homicide haunts the release of a restored movie, and Jessica investigates the current crime and the 1960 murder that prevented the original release.

Murderer: Joan Kemp
236 17 "Murder a la Mode" Jerry Jameson Laurence Heath February 26, 1995 (1995-02-26) 69537

Jessica's excursion into the world of the fashion elite in Paris leads to murder, sweatshops and smugglers.

Filming Date:January-February 1995

Murderer: Denise Naveau
237 18 "The Dream Team" Anthony Shaw Tom Sawyer March 19, 1995 (1995-03-19) 69529

The townspeople of Cabot Cove are concerned about a massive development on their shore and it is further complicated for Jessica since the firm employs her nephew, Grady.

Murderer: Noah Farmer
238 19 "School for Murder" Vincent McEveety Teleplay: Robert Brennan and Jerry Ludwig
Story: Robert Brennan
April 30, 1995 (1995-04-30) 69534

It seems that more than schoolboy pranks are going on between a Cabot Cove prep school and its rival.

Murderer: Irving Tripler/Joey Mallo
239 20 "Another Killing in Cork" Anthony Shaw Bruce Lansbury May 7, 1995 (1995-05-07) 69528

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.

Murderer: Nellie Ruddy
240 21 "Game, Set, Murder" Walter Grauman Philip John Taylor May 14, 1995 (1995-05-14) 69530

A domineering father forces a teenager to play beyond her desire and she suffers emotional problems.

Filming Date:May 1995

Murderer: Andy Bascombe

Season 12 (1995-96)[edit]

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241 1 "Nailed" Anthony Shaw Donald Ross September 21, 1995 (1995-09-21) K0201

Jessica uses her head to weave through the makeup and hairspray concealing the murderer of a financier at a beauty salon.

Murderers: Nancy Rayburn and Kathy Stafford
242 2 "A Quaking in Aspen" Vincent McEveety Tom Sawyer September 28, 1995 (1995-09-28) K0205

Jessica is fired up to find the true murderer of her friend's husband, but private detective Charlie Garrett is unwittingly putting out the flames.

Murderer: Mr. Vernon/Grant Boswell
243 3 "The Secret of Gila Junction" Anthony Shaw Jerry Ludwig October 5, 1995 (1995-10-05) K0203

While visiting a friend in Arizona, a green sheriff asks Jessica for her help investigating a murder that followed the discovery of a stash of cash.

Murderer: Spencer
244 4 "Big Easy Murder" Vincent McEveety Cynthia Deming & William Royce October 12, 1995 (1995-10-12) 69533

Jessica travels to New Orleans and is caught up in a web of voodoo related murders. (Produced during the eleventh season but aired during the twelfth season.)

Murderer: Mal Carter
245 5 "Home Care" Anthony Shaw Robert Van Scoyk October 19, 1995 (1995-10-19) 69538

Jessica immerses herself in the medical profession when a young nurse is accused of murdering two patients to whom she was providing home care. (Produced during the eleventh season but aired during the twelfth season.)

Murderer: Justin Haynes
246 6 "Nan's Ghost: Part 1" Anthony Shaw Bruce Lansbury November 2, 1995 (1995-11-02) K0217

Jessica is in Ireland visiting an old friend and staying at a bed and breakfast at Ballynook Castle. A haunted spirit and antique smugglers are just a few challenges Jessica faces on her Irish vacation.

Murderer: Not Revealed until Part 2
247 7 "Nan's Ghost: Part 2" Anthony Shaw Bruce Lansbury November 9, 1995 (1995-11-09) K0217

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.

Murderer: Superintendent Arthur Joyce
248 8 "Shooting in Rome" Vincent McEveety Jerry Ludwig November 16, 1995 (1995-11-16) K0214

Jessica travels to Rome to help rewrite the script for the filming of one of her books, but the filming takes a tragic turn when a stuntman dies.

Murderer: Lucy Hendrix
249 9 "Deadly Bidding" Anthony Shaw Tom Sawyer November 23, 1995 (1995-11-23) K0215

Charlie Garrett's outrageous bid at an auction arouses Jessica's suspicions, after the artist becomes the subject of a homicide photographer.

Murderer: Giles Havelock
250 10 "Frozen Stiff" Paul Lazarus Mark A. Burley November 30, 1995 (1995-11-30) K0204

When Jessica arrives at an ice cream company to get a check for charity, the funds have melted and the company's co-founder is iced.

Murderer: Susan McGregor
251 11 "Unwilling Witness" Anthony Shaw Robert Van Scoyk December 14, 1995 (1995-12-14) K0216

After being subpoenaed to testify at the jury probe of a brokerage house, Jessica is charged with contempt for speaking to a witness who is killed.

Murderer: Federal Prosecutor Annette Rayburn
252 12 "Kendo Killing" Walter Grauman Laurence Heath January 4, 1996 (1996-01-04) K0208

Jessica's delivery to a motorcycle racer in Japan speeds up a series of events that result in the death of another racer.

Murderer: Bill Dawson
253 13 "Death Goes Double Platinum" Anthony Shaw Philip John Taylor January 7, 1996 (1996-01-07) K0222

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.

Filming Date:7 November 1995

Murderer: Sam DeSoto
254 14 "Murder in Tempo" Kevin Corcoran Teleplay: Laurence Heath
Story: David Thoreau
January 11, 1996 (1996-01-11) K0210

Seth's benefit concert to save the woods near Cabot Cove is endangered when the lead singer is permanently silenced.

Murderer: Hal Palmer
255 15 "The Dark Side of the Door" Anthony Shaw James L. Novack February 1, 1996 (1996-02-01) K0221

When the police are reluctant to become involved, Jessica links a recent murder, a possible suicide and an 11-year-old kidnapping.

Murderer: Terry Garman Holbert
256 16 "Murder Among Friends" Vincent McEveety Jerry Ludwig February 8, 1996 (1996-02-08) K0220

When the producer of a hit twenty-something TV series is murdered, Jessica does some directing of her own.

Filming Date: December 6, 1995

Murderer: Dyan Emery
257 17 "Something Foul in Flappieville" Anthony Shaw Teleplay: Robert Van Scoyk
Story: Dan Wilcox
February 15, 1996 (1996-02-15) K0202

After Jessica's short story for children becomes a television puppet show, she must find the fiend who used one of the puppets as a murder weapon.

Murderer: Parker Foreman
258 18 "Track of a Soldier" Vincent McEveety Bruce Lansbury February 25, 1996 (1996-02-25) K0227

A vacation in the Grand Tetons turns into work when the man threatening Jessica's host with blackmail is murdered.

Murderer: Juan
259 19 "Evidence of Malice" Anthony Shaw Tom Sawyer March 28, 1996 (1996-03-28) K0230

Jessica has to solve two murders to clear the name of her old friend Deputy Andy, who becomes a suspect when a murder weapon is found in his car.

Murderer: Meg Berringan
260 20 "Southern Double-Cross" Walter Grauman Mark A. Burley April 4, 1996 (1996-04-04) K0229

Jessica travels to Australia to prove that she is the rightful heir to 130,000 acres (530 km2) of grazing land, but her arrival results in two murders.

Murderer: Tim Jarvis
261 21 "Race to Death" Vincent McEveety Teleplay: Laurence Heath
Story: Peter Barwood and Laurence Heath
April 25, 1996 (1996-04-25) K0213

Jessica investigates when a wealthy yachtsman is murdered two days before a big race, and the daughter of his rival is charged with the crime.

Murderer: Jon Vandervelt
262 22 "What You Don't Know Can Kill You" Kevin Corcoran Robert Van Scoyk May 2, 1996 (1996-05-02) K0232

When a young man dies in a motorcycle crash, and a local attorney is murdered, Jessica looks for links between the two seemingly unrelated deaths.

Murderer: Tom Sampson
263 23 "Mrs. Parker's Revenge" Anthony Shaw Anne C. Collins May 9, 1996 (1996-05-09) K0231

Jessica gets caught up in a web of international intrigue and rogue government agents when a deadly virus is stolen from the Biological Research Institute.

Murderers: Carl Van Ness and FBI Agent Ed Crider
264 24 "Death by Demographics" Anthony Shaw Donald Ross May 16, 1996 (1996-05-16) K0226

In San Francisco, a radio station's new manager is murdered after changing their image by firing every staff member who is past a certain age and changing the format from classical music to hard rock.

Murderer: T.T. Baines

TV movies[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "South by Southwest" Anthony Shaw Teleplay: Derek Marlowe and Mark A. Burley
Story: Derek Marlowe
November 2, 1997 (1997-11-02)

Jessica is warned away by an FBI agent while following clues to Agua Verde where a woman who left her purse apparently lives.

Filming Date:25 September 1997

Note:This TV movie was originally titled "The Killer Among Us"

Murderers: Sarah and Jack Ogden
2 "A Story to Die For" Anthony Shaw J. Michael Straczynski May 18, 2000 (2000-05-18)

Jessica Fletcher puts her sleuthing skills to work at a writers' conference after a Russian author is found dead.

Murderer: Warren Pierce
3 "The Last Free Man" Anthony Shaw Matthew Sommer May 2, 2001 (2001-05-02)

Jessica Fletcher uncovers a shocking link between her family history and the death of a slave in the 1860s.

Murderer: Charles Hobbs
4 "The Celtic Riddle" Anthony Shaw Teleplay: Rosemary Anne Sisson and Bruce Lansbury
Based on the novel by: Lyn Hamilton
May 9, 2003 (2003-05-09)

Jessica travels to Ireland, where she attends the reading of an old acquaintance's will. The will contains the clues to finding a secret treasure, one that will require an already strained family to work together in order to solve the mystery. It was based on The Celtic Riddle by Lyn Hamilton.

Murderer: Mr. McCafferty


  1. ^ "The View Recaps". Retrieved 2007-02-26. 
  2. ^ "Murder, She Wrote: Could Jessica Fletcher Return?". Retrieved 2007-02-28. 

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