Before Jessica Fletcher: early detective shows starring women

Early detective shows produced at the dawn of television were ubiquitously centered on male detectives. In the 1950s, the shows had eponymous titles like 'Casey, Crime Photographer', 'Charlie Wilde, Private Detective', and 'Craig Kenney, Criminologist'. But it took a while…

Jessica Fletcher is NOT allergic to radishes: a Wikipedia cautionary tale

It all started on the Murder, She Wrote subreddit: a Reddit user posted a question asking "Was Jessica Fletcher Allergic to Radishes???" This piqued my interest since (just like the original poster) I couldn't recall this allergy ever being mentioned…

American detective shows that premiered in 2020

This week, I'm continuing with my mission to compile a TV Detective Database listing all mystery/detective/crime shows ever made. I have already compiled lists spanning the decades from the 1950s until the 2010s. And now that the year 2020 is well…

Murder, She Wrote: Manhattans and Murder (Book Review)

While I have watched the Murder, She Wrote TV series over and over multiple times, I must confess that it wasn't until I started this blog almost three years ago that I first discovered the Murder, She Wrote spin-off novels.…

Murder, She Wrote Season 7 “Bookend” episodes

A popular topic among Murder, She Wrote fans involves the so-called "Bookend" episodes --- episodes where Jessica Fletcher provides introductory (and sometimes concluding) remarks, but doesn't actively take part in the main story action. The reason for these episodes had…

A history of skulls on Murder, She Wrote book covers

I have always been interested in book cover design, especially when it comes to book series---which often strive to maintain a consistent "look". So when I first learned about the Murder, She Wrote spin-off novels, I quickly became aware of…

Top 8 detectives according to the 80s TV detective showdown

Back in March, I was inspired by a "Best TV Detective" tournament on Twitter to run my own "Best 80s Detective/Crime Show" tournament. I chose to focus on the 80s because I'm a fan of Murder, She Wrote and other…