Exploring Cabot Cove history on Murder, She Wrote

Jessica Fletcher's hometown of Cabot Cove is perhaps best known for its potential as the (fictional) murder capital of the world. But for fans of the show, it's more than just a setting for murder mysteries. It is a familiar…

Jerry Orbach on ‘Murder, She Wrote’ and ‘The Law & Harry McGraw’

Prior to his long-running role as the NYPD detective Lennie Briscoe on Law & Order, Jerry Orbach had a recurring role as a Boston private investigator named Harry McGraw. The character was first introduced in an episode of Murder, She…

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…

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.…

Best and worst of Murder, She Wrote Season 7 (Cabot Cove episodes)

[Updated on June 7th 2022 with survey results] If you ever ask a Murder, She Wrote fan what their favorite episodes are, almost invariably their response would be: "Any episode set in Cabot Cove." But given that there are almost…

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…

Murder, She Wrote TV Guide cover story from December 1992

Over the past several months, I have been documenting the various articles about Murder, She Wrote that were featured in TV Guide magazine during the show's original run. Previously on this blog, I have posted about the articles from March 1985,…

Murder, She Wrote 9.7 “Sugar & Spice, Malice & Vice”

This episode is set in San Francisco where Michael Hagarty is up to his usual hijinks -- this time spying on a company called AG Financial Corp., which is planning a merger with the Mainland Hong Kong Bank. Meanwhile, Jessica…

Murder, She Wrote TV Guide cover story from December 1988

Since January of this year, I have taken it upon myself to document the various articles about Murder, She Wrote that were featured in TV Guide magazine during the show's original run. The show was featured five times on the cover…