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Title:
Blood on the vine : a Murder, she wrote mystery : a novel
Author:
Bain, Donald, 1935-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : New American Library, 2001.
Physical Description:
266 pages ; 18 cm
General Note:
"Based on the Universal television series created by Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson & William Link."

"A Signet book."
Language:
English
Personal Subject:
Added Uniform Title:
Murder, she wrote (Television program)
ISBN:
9780451202758
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Victim in the Vineyard

Jessica Fletcher is visiting the Napa Valley wine country while doing research for her next book, and invites her old friend, Scotland Yard detective George Sutherland to join her at a cozy Bed and Breakfast. No sooner do they arrive than they find the valley abuzz over the murder of a waiter at the restaurant owned by infamous ex-Hollywood heavyweight Bill Ladington. Ladington's blatant womanizing and involvement in a bitter vineyard land dispute have already marked him as a dubious character--and a possible suspect.

But when Ladington turns up dead himself from a supposed "suicide," Jessica knows that a murderer is on the loose--and with a little help from George, she must try and bottle up a motive for murder from an extensive list of less-than-vintage suspects...


Author Notes

Jessica Fletcher was born Jessica Beatrice Macgill and writes under the initialed J.B. Fletcher. She is a fictional character portrayed by actress Angela Lansbury on the television series Murder She Wrote. She is a best selling author of mystery novels as well as an amateur detective. Within the sereis she holds the occupation of English teacher and novelist. She lives in a fictional town of Cabot Cove Maine. This town seems to have a high murder ratio based on the number of murders that occur in any one season of the show. She traveled a great deal as an author which took her to places around much of the English speaking world. This allowed her writers to stretch her character and her situations further than rural New England. In one episode she went to Hawaii and shared a case with Thomas Magnum of Magnum PI. Mrs. Fletcher was widowed from her husband Frank with no children but en endless supply of nephews, nieces, cousins and in-laws who are in need of her help. She began her career writing on an old Royal typewriter but as she progressed she purchased an Intel 80386 clsss computer. Her friends included both millionaires and homeless people. The format of the show usually had Jessica solving the mystery within 5 minutes of the end of the show. The show ran from 1985-1996. After the weekly series concluded Jessica Fletcher did appear in some made for TV movies based on Murder She Wrote.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Excerpts

Excerpts

In the hot seat The temperature of the mud bath continued to rise, and I realized it was reaching a dangerous point. My flesh was on fire, and my head pounded. "Could you make the mud cooler?" I asked. "That's not possible," she said. Her bitter, angry expression said she had no intention of doing that, and it occurred to me that she was the one who had turned up the temperature. "I have to get out now," I said, attempting to sit up, but the mud blanket was too heavy. Mary Jane placed her hands--strong hands--through the mud on my shoulders, holding me down. "Let me up!" I snapped. "I've had enough." "What do you know about Louis' death?" she hissed, continuing the pressure on my shoulders." "Nothing, just that he was murdered." I now yelled, "Let me out, damn it!" If she pushed down any more, I would drown in the boiling mud, and there wasn't a thing I could do about it… Excerpted from Blood on the Vine by Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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