Murder, She Wrote: A Date with Murder

Murder, She Wrote: A Date with Murder

by Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain, Jon Land


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Jessica Fletcher investigates a friend's murder and a dangerous dating service in the latest entry in this USA Today bestselling series...

Jessica Fletcher takes up the cause of her good friend Barbara "Babs" Wirth after Babs' husband Hal suffers a fatal heart attack that Jessica has reason to believe was actually murder. At the heart of her suspicions lies a sinister dating site Hal had used while he and Babs were having marital issues--a site that may be complicit in somehow swindling him out of millions.

Jessica's investigation reveals that Hal was far from the only victim and when his former business partner is also killed, a deadly pattern emerges. Jessica teams up with a brilliant young computer hacker to follow the trail but as she gets closer to the truth, two near misses force her to realize that she may very well be the next victim.

The stakes have never been this high as Jessica finds herself being stalked by the killer she is trying to catch. She must now set the perfect trap to avoid her very own date with murder.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451489272
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Series: Murder, She Wrote Series , #47
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 485,411
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jessica Fletcher is a bestselling mystery writer who has a knack for stumbling upon real-life mysteries in her various travels. Donald Bain, the author of more than one hundred and twenty books, collaborates, with Jon Land on this bestselling series.

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Murder, She Wrote: A Date with Murder 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author doesn't appear to know the characters from MSW. If he did, he would know that Sheriff Metzger referred to Jessica Fletcher as Mrs. F, not by her first name. Seth Hazlitt called her Jess. May seem trivial but for those of us that have watched the show's over and over this detail is important so we can relate to Jessica Fletcher and the other Cabot Cove residents in the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The new writers are not portraying the characters correctly. I have ordered the next book being released in Nov 2018. If the characters are not more in line with previous stories, that will be my last Murder, She Wrote purchase. I havepurchased and read every book in this series. But maybe Nov 2018 will be the end. Sad.
JuliW More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love Murder She Wrote! I watched the show faithfully each week when it was on television in the 80s and 90s, and I have my DVR set to record reruns even now. I've probably seen every episode at least 10 times. Angela Lansbury was perfect in the part of Jessica Fletcher, a retired teacher and amateur sleuth in Cabot Cove, Maine. She toodled along on her bicycle and solved murders. It was just great television. A Date With Murder is the first novel based on the show that I have read. I'm so glad I did -- I loved it!! As I read the story, I heard the dialogue in my head in the voice of the actors....Angela Lansbury, Tom Bosley, William Windom. I could visualize the picturesque seaside of Cabot Cove, the characters, the story as it unfolded...and even imagine Jessica's horror as she discovered her friend, Hal Wirth, motionless on the floor of his kitchen during a party at his home. It was like getting to enjoy a new episode of Murder She Wrote after all these years. Some books just make you happy in your heart...know what I mean? The basics: A Cabot Cove businessman dies after having a massive coronary at his home during a luncheon. After Hal Wirth's death, it is discovered that his finances were in ruin. His memoir reveals that he was unhappy in his marriage and actually used an online dating site once trying to find happiness with someone else. When strange information pops up about the dating site, Jessica begins to investigate the service to see if the site somehow had something to do with Hal's financial ruin and subsequent death. She discovers there is a whole lot more going on at than just matching people with dating partners. I enjoyed this story. It moved along at a nice pace and there were plenty of twists and turns in the plot, plus plenty of suspects. Because this is the first Murder She Wrote book that I've read, I didn't notice any of the differences in writing that some other reviews mention. Donald Bain who wrote the earlier books in the series passed away, and this book was written by another author, Jon Land. I thought he stayed true to the characters, but I'm basing my opinion on the television show and not any prior novels in this series. I did enjoy reading a new Jessica Fletcher mystery, so I plan to go back and read the earlier books. A Date With Murder is the 47th book in the Murder She Wrote series, so I'm not sure if I will read them all....or just cherry pick a few that sound particularly interesting. But I know I will enjoy any of them! I love the television show and the characters! It's always great to re-visit Cabot Cove! Jon Land is the author of several mystery/thriller novels including the Blaine McCracken series. I enjoyed this book and will definitely be reading more of his work. **I voluntarily read an advance readers copy of this book from Berkley Publishing via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**
CozyMarie More than 1 year ago
A fresh take on a classic series! I’ve read several books in this series. To be honest a few books back they got quite repetitive for me and I had stopped reading them as regularly. I felt this book was a fresh take on the series. It humanized Jessica Fletcher and brought depth to her as a character that I appreciated, while still holding true to her personality. The book dealt with current day issues and was an entertaining read. I would recommend it to fans of cozy mysteries and Murder, She Wrote in particular.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Labor Day in Cabot Cove, Maine, means the Wirth’s annual end of summer picnic, and Jessica Fletcher is there to enjoy the time with her friends. The party ends in tragedy, however, when Hal Wirth dies of a heart attack. Something feels off to Jessica about his death, and she starts looking for answers. When she is warned off and another body turns up, Jessica knows she must be on the right track. Can she prove it? As big a fan of the show as I am, I have never picked up one of the tie in novels until now. I’m glad I finally did because I really enjoyed this book. The Cabot Cove episodes were always my favorite, and I enjoyed reconnecting with Mort and Seth as well as Jessica. They were all in fine form, and it was comforting to be in their presence again. The mystery was complex, with several surprises that kept me turning pages. Unfortunately, I did feel that the ending was short changed, leaving one major plot point unaddressed. Still, I’m glad I picked up this book overall.
MariWatson1 More than 1 year ago
Jessica Fletcher is at it again in, A Date with Murder. Her close friends Hal and Babs Wirth have hosted a Labor Day Barbq with games. Hal Wirth dies during the event and everyone takes it for granted it is a heart attack. But something is nagging at Jessica and her instincts will take her into a complicated murder and us a great mystery. Donald Bain wrote 46 mysteries in the Murder She Wrote Series. Television and these books have made Jessica one of the most beloved characters in mysteries. Jon Land brings a fresh approach to the 47th in the series, more in line with his background writing thrillers. He brings a harder edge but the plot has all the turns and twists that keep you reading late into the night. I have loved revisiting this Series and Cabot Cove. There was always something so special about the Character and formed our own version of an American Miss Marple. Land has his writing cut out for him, but, he is first class and I look forward to him continuing the series. I gave it five stars. My thanks to Netgalley and Berkley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DATE WITH MURDER a Murder, She Wrote mystery By Jessica Fletcher and Jon Land Reviewed by Russell Ilg There are few brands with better name recognition than MURDER, SHE WROTE and, arguably,no sleuth better known than Jessica Fletcher. The fabulously successful television show, featuring Angela Lansbury, was a huge hit and spawned a book series that rested in the able hands of Don Bain for 46 titles. Following Bain’s passing last year, thriller author Jon Land stepped into his shoes and his first effort joining forces with the fictional Jessica, A Date with Murder, is a spectacular success. Lending a harder edge to an established formula has the dual effect of keeping things cozy, while at the same time making the series feel more fresh and contemporary. Look no further than Jessica’s uncovering a nefarious Internet dating site as responsible for a trusted friend’s murder as a prime example of just that. Following Jessica’s relentless crusade which brings her into the netherworld of the worldwide web made for great fun, especially when she ultimately poses as a lonely dowager herself to flesh out the murderous manipulators associated with the aptly named Love Is Written as always in first person means placing Jessica in every single scene, and we welcome her the same way we’d invite a trusted friend over for coffee (or tea, in her case). She drives a bicycle instead of a car, evokes unadulterated passion for her hometown of Cabot Cove, and seems to revel in her lively banter with the likes of Dr. Seth Hazlitt, Sheriff Mort Metzger, and private detective Harry McGraw as much as we do. Yes, Jon Land might be new at this series, but he brings that cozily comfortable cast of characters along for the ride, meshing them with some new millennial friends we meet for the first time. The difference, as Jessica investigates the murders of both computer maven Hal Wirth and his alcoholic ex-business partner, is that she finds her own life in peril at the hands of their killer. This along the fact that the sinister dating site is responsible for far more murders with a cutthroat clever economic motivation that stretches beyond the comfortable confines of Cabot Cove, combine to make A Date with Murder as much thriller as mystery, a bit more hardboiled than soft. But what’s in a name? Jessica Fletcher remains the quintessential American sleuth, our own Hercule Poirot or Sherlock Holmes, a pop culture icon across multi-media platforms. And in A Date with Murder, Jon Land has penned a classic whodunit that rivals the best of Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle. His series debut is nothing short of a monumental triumph of form and function, replete with the kind of suspense and swift pacing certain to leave you guessing and gasping. This is mystery writing of the highest order, the MURDER, SHE WROTE series certain to be safe in his grasp, even if the same cannot be said for the beleaguered residents of Cabot Cove