In this episode, Jessica Fletcher is in Custer Creek, Montana. (My research tells me that there is no town named Custer Creek. However, there is an actual stream named Custer Creek in the state.) Jessica is in town in order to attend a dedication ceremony for a new postage stamp featuring local (deceased) author Trevor Hudson.
Fun fact: The painting of Trevor Hudson that appears in this episode actually depicts one of the show’s crew member.
Just the facts:
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Click to reveal the victimIt was Bob Jarrett, the writer working on Trevor Hudson’s last manuscript!
Click to reveal the killerIt was the sheriff!
Click to reveal the weaponI’m not sure it was every specifically revealed what the weapon was.
Click to reveal the locationHe was found in the study!
Click to reveal the motiveThe sheriff was friends with the Hudson family and wanted to stop Bob Jarrett from making public the fact that he pretty much single-handedly wrote Trevor Hudson’s last book!
Cast of characters:
The cast of characters includes members of the literary world:
- Georgia Brown plays literary agent Dorothy Westerfield, who has arrived in town with Jessica. (This is Brown’s first of two total appearances on MSW.)
- Robin Strand plays Robert ‘Bob’ Jarrett, a writer who has been tasked with finishing Trevor Hudson’s last manuscript. (This is Strand’s first of two total appearances on MSW.)
The cast of characters also includes members of Trevor Hudson’s family.
- Don Galloway plays Andrew Hudson, Trevor Hudson’s son. He painted a portrait of his father that the stamp is based on. (This is Galloway’s first of two total appearances on MSW.)
- Barrie Youngfellow plays Olivia Hudson, Trevor Hudson’s daughter.
- Michael Learned plays Maria Hudson, Trevor Hudson’s other daughter. Learned is probably best known for portraying mother Olivia Walton on The Waltons.
- Yvette Nipar plays Cat Hudson Drake, Maria’s daughter. (This is Nipar’s first of two total appearances on MSW.)
- Robert Klein plays Barney Drake, Cat’s husband.
And we also have a few other locals:
- Steve Forrest plays Sheriff Hank Masters, who is also a friend of the family. (This is Forrest’s second of five total appearances on MSW.)
- David Bradley plays Adam Perry, Cat’s one night stand/lover.
- Jay Horton plays a deputy.
- Raymond Davis plays a doctor.