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Murder, She Wrote: A Book, a Lady and a Journey

Updated on September 16, 2014

Murder, She Wrote

I've always been a bookworm right from an early age. I love words. Put those words into a great story and I can lose myself in the journey for hours.

I like Mysteries, they can be in the form of novels, movies or a TV series. I guess I have a brain that likes to help the good guys save the day and help solve the crime from the comfort of my couch. Don't you?

That's what I love about the Murder She Wrote series. The descriptions are wonderful and as the story is told from Jessica Fletcher's perspective you feel like you are seeing everything through her eyes, so ultimately you are drawn into solving the who dun-nit? They are also an easy read, just what you want if you have a busy life.

I especially like a good mystery novel to read with a nice cup of coffee, relaxing on those long hazy days sitting outdoors in the park or in my own backyard or even on my Summer vacation. Summer is Summer wherever you are, so as long as the sun is shining and you have a good book to read, your favorite drink next to you and a relaxing setting, getting lost in the plot of the story will be easy.

Intrigued enough to carry on? I hope so, as I want to share my fascination and love of the Murder, She Wrote books. Iâm sure youâve seen the popular TV show, maybe even the original when it first aired and countless re-runs in-between, but did you know there are some great novels too?

Are you sitting comfortably, don't forget that drink, then weâll begin...

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mage Credit: Courtesy of Wikipedia and David Edward Byrd Collection

Donald Bain

Author of the Murder, She Wrote Novels

Firstly, let me tell you who writes the Murder, She Wrote books. The author is Donald Bain but he also credits J.B. Fletcher as his co-author which is a nice touch. As the books are told from her perspective, he cites the fictional Mrs Fletcher as working on the book with him. How about that for a twist, but what do you think?

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Reality and Fiction Meet

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Picture Credit: Pinkstone Pictures

Do you like the fact that Donald Bain pretends that he has a fictional co-author that actually is his main character in the Murder, She Wrote novels?

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Top 10 Murder, She Wrote Novels

I'm not going to showcase all of them here but I'm going to highlight the top 10 books that I have enjoyed and can personally recommend.

All the titles are prefixed with Murder She Wrote and then the title of the book.

  1. Coffee, Tea or Murder?
  2. Blood on the Vine
  3. Gin and Daggers
  4. Skating on Thin Ice
  5. The Fine Art of Murder
  6. A Palette for Murder
  7. Murder at the Powderhorn Ranch
  8. Destination Murder
  9. Nashville Noir
  10. Brandy and Bullets

Here are a few others you may like to try

Here are the top 5 books from my top 10 recommended list to read this Summer

Coffee Tea or Murder
Coffee Tea or Murder

This is my number one recommendation for your Summer read this year

 
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Why did I put Coffee, Tea or Murder at Number One?

It's another easy read and I like the fact that the characters that you know very well, be it from the TV series or maybe other books you have read in the series, are all together. The mixture of starting in the US, ending up on a flight and then the story unfolding in London is what I really loved about this story it really mixes it up.

The author really knows how to describe the locations well and I found I could really picture the places he was describing. As I'm originally from the UK, it was nice to read a story that featured my home and I can confirm that he did a great job describing where the gang traveled and the sights they managed to take in on their trip.

What is great about this book?

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Photograph Credit: Everett Collection/Rex Features

You know Mrs Fletcher loves to cycle around her beloved Cabot Cove on her trusty cycle visiting people, shopping and sometimes getting into trouble. Any avid fan will know that she can not drive a car but, did you know she has a private pilot's licence? Well, she doesn't fly to England in this book, as she's not that good yet, but the people she meets in her adventures always find that's quite an astounding skill to have and occasionally in other books she will fly light aircraft run by an ex-commercial airline pilot who also resides in Cabot Cove.

Here's a fact you may not know about the author. Donald Bain actually used to work in the aviation industry so maybe that's why his character began showing an interest in getting a private pilot's license - what do you reckon?

In Coffee, Tea or Murder she does fly from Cabot Cove to Boston where she and her fellow passengers will make the trip across the big pond to London for the inaugural flight of a new jet airline, SilverAir run by former CC resident, Wayne Silverton.

Instead of being set entirely in Maine, the gang of regulars, such as Dr. Seth Hazlitt and Sheriff Mort Metzger join Jessica on the trip, so it almost feels like you haven't quite left Maine and you have a feeling something is going to happen as the whole village seems to be on the plane! That poses the question...who exactly was left to run things back home?

I do enjoy the novels even more when they are set in the fictional cosy fishing village, but I also think it's great when Jessica is allowed to leave her little town and visit other places. If you have read other books in the series, you will know about Detective Inspector Sutherland, the lovable Scottish brogue from Bonnie Scotland who works in London at Scotland Yard. If you don't know the sub-plot I won't spoil it here for you, but it's nice that he appears in this novel too to lend Mrs Fletcher a hand..no wait, shouldn't that be the other way around?

Photograph: Everett Collection/Rex Features

Have you read any of this series?

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Picture Credit: Pinkstone Pictures

There are a total of 39 books in the series and in October there will be a new one added to the collection.

Have you read any of the Murder, She Wrote books?

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If you've never seen the show and reading is not for you - then you may be interested to grab one of these DVD boxsets

There's nothing like owning the whole season of your favorite show so you can pop one into the DVD player at a time to suit you. No waiting in line for someone else to give you popcorn - that's what the microwave popcorn button is for, right?

There's also been some feature length movies too.

Hope you enjoy your visit to Cabot Cove, just watch out for a few murders a long the way...

From: Dance Diabolique

Jessica Fletcher: There's just something that doesn't seem right.

SFPD Lt. Martin Kinicki: Yeah, it's these grown men running around in their long underwear flapping their arms, which they do a lot of in ballet.

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Picture Credit: Pinkstone Pictures

Happy Sleuthing!

I hope you have fun trying to solve the murder as you read along.

You don't necessarily have to read the books in order. There are certain story lines that unfold over time such as Jessica getting her pilot's licence but the author always seems to manage to bring the reader up to speed by explaining how the character arrived at a particular juncture so you can easily understand the back story. These are kept to a minimum and I've never felt it necessary to read them in order.

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Have I tempted you to pick up a Murder, She Wrote book to add to your Summer selection? - I'd love to hear your thoughts...

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      PinkstonePictures 3 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      Thanks Emma, glad you liked it.

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      PinkstonePictures 3 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      I agree Kim. Enjoy the books

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      PinkstonePictures 3 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      You're welcome Jenny. Enjoy Cabot Cove.

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      Jenny 3 years ago

      Thank you for reminding me about this series.

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      emma_07 4 years ago

      I am her childhood fan.Thanks for making this lens.It is Super !

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      Yes, I will look for at least one to read this summer. Angela Lansbury was so perfect as Jessica Fletcher. The entire cast was great.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @WeaselPuppy: I'm glad I could give you a trip down memory lane. Thanks for sharing :-)

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      WeaselPuppy 4 years ago

      I remember the series from when I was a kid. This article brings back fond memories. My mother has big blue eyes and that sort of innocent look while she was getting into trouble. The main character reminded me of her :-)

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @iamraincrystal: They are fun - you may like the books. Thanks for visiting.

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      Rosyel Sawali 4 years ago from Manila Philippines

      I haven't read the book, but I do like the TV series. I love whodunnits! ^_^

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @ChristyZ: Thank you.

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      Murder She Wrote was one of my mother's favorite TV shows and I remember watching it with her as a child. I've never been too interested in mystery novels but my mom can't get enough of them! Terrific lens:)

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @mbgphoto: Thank you for your kind comment and visiting my lens. Have a great day.

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      Kim Milai 4 years ago

      Really enjoyed your lens on Murder She Wrote. I actually didn't know about the novels. I will have to click and buy one of these books. Which do you recommend for the first one for preteens?

      PS I'll add you to my lenses related lens section.

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      Mary Beth Granger 4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Very nice lens. I really enjoy Murder She Wrote.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @anonymous: The classics are fun to watch.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @LiteraryMind: The TV classics are the best especially on a lazy Sunday :-) Hope you enjoy revisiting Cabot Cove through the books. Thanks for stopping by.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @aesta1: I do that too. Enjoy and thanks for visiting.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @Kim Milai: Thanks for your kind comment. For a pre-teen I would recommend Skating on Thin Ice especially if they have an interest in Ice Skating. There's another couple that they could be interested in - one called Majoring in Murder which is set in a college or Three Strikes and You're Dead which is set around AA Baseball League. Let me know if you need any further help or if they have any particular interests as I have them all and can help point you in the right direction.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I might reread some of these. I have fall back novels I read when the book I am reading gets too heavy.

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I really miss the television series. Never even gave it much thought that the series originated from books. It might really be some good reading.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @Rangoon House: Thank you very much, I'm delighted to have been featured. So pleased you liked it, thanks for stopping by.

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      AJ 4 years ago from Australia

      Enjoying your lens over my morning coffee. Congratulations for being featured in the HQ Coffee Theme Feature.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My husband and I have watched many of her episodes on T.V. and really enjoyed them.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @Vera-S: If you like the shows, you'll love the books. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 4 years ago from Albany New York

      I saw all the TV shows, and it never occured to me to read the books. Thanks for the nudge!

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      Vera-S 4 years ago

      I saw TV shows, but I didn't read the books.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @artbyrodriguez: Glad I could inspire you. Let me know if you enjoy them.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @RedShoesGirl: Enjoy. Could be an interesting surprise for your Mom for Mother's Day too :-)

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @SusanDeppner: I was the same. Then I discovered I could get them on my Kindle and before I knew it, I'd ended up with them all :-)

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      We used to really enjoy the show, but I've never read the books. I'd love them, though, I'm sure. You've re-piqued (is that a word?) my interest!

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      RedShoesGirl 4 years ago

      I would definitely read the books. This is one of my mom's favorite TV shows.