Murder, She Wrote 5.17 “The Sins of Castle Cove”

Jessica Fletcher is in Cabot Cove for this episode! One of her former students is now also a writer and has published The Sins of Castle Cove–a book that purports to be fictional and yet contains many truths and characters that are clearly based on Cabot Cove residents. This includes Jessica who appears to have been the inspiration for English teacher Mrs. K. C. Feather.

Just the facts:

Click on the text below to reveal spoilers.

Click to reveal the victim It was Miriam, a local woman in an unhappy marriage!
Click to reveal the killer It was Ellis, the bookstore owner!
Click to reveal the weapon She was killed by a blow to the head with a frying pan! (But in the book, she was killed by a lamp.)
Click to reveal the location She died in the kitchen (just like in the book)!
Click to reveal the motive Ellis was in love with Miriam and he couldn’t handle that she didn’t love him back–especially when he found out that she hadn’t even been faithful to her husband!

Cast of characters:

As this is a Cabot Cove episode, we get:

  • William Windom as Dr. Seth Hazlitt (a.k.a. Dr. Valiant in The Sins of Castle Cove).
  • Ron Masak as Sheriff Mort Metzger
  • Will Nye as Deputy Floyd

We also get the beauty parlour ladies:

  • Ruth Roman as Loretta Spiegel, hairdresser and beauty parlour owner. (This is Roman’s 2nd of 3 total appearances on the show as the same character.)
  • Julie Adams as real estate agent Eve Simpson. (This is Adams’ 3rd of 10 total appearances on the show as the same character.)
  • Gloria DeHaven as Phyllis Grant. (This is DeHaven’s 2nd of 3 total appearances on the show as the same character.)
  • Kathryn Grayson as Ideal Molloy. (This is Grayson’s 2nd of 3 total appearances on the show as the same character.)
  • Sally Klein as Corinne, the manicurist at the beauty salon. (This is Klein’s 2nd of 3 total appearances on the show as the same character.)

Other townspeople include:

  • Rosanna Huffman as Miriam Harwood. (This is Huffman’s 5th of 7 total appearances on MSW.)
  • Luke Askew as Noah Harwood, Miriam’s husband. (This is Askew’s first of two total appearances on MSW.)
  • Frederick Coffin as Tim Mulligan, the town butcher and Miriam’s one-time lover. (This is Coffin’s first of four total appearances on MSW.)
  • Fran Ryan as Rose Mulligan, the butcher’s overprotective mother
  • Ellis Holgate, the bookstore owner

And of course, there’s Page Hannah as Sybil Reed, the notorious author of The Sins of Castle Cove.

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