Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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A Quaking in Aspen 

Jessica is fired up to find the murderer of her friend's husband, but private detective Charlie Garrett is unwittingly putting out the flames.


Vincent McEveety


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Wendy Benson-Landes ... Gina Sherman (as Wendy Benson)
Victor Bevine ... Anthony Pembroke
Thom Bierdz ... Phil Carmichael
Tom Everett ... Mr. Vernon
Kurt Fuller ... Sheriff Milo Pike
Elizabeth Gracen ... Sydney Pembrook
Leslie Horan ... Nancy Boswell
Deborah Lacey ... Olivia Archer
Gerald McRaney ... Terry Folger
Wayne Rogers ... Charlie Garrett
Leigh Taylor-Young ... Lainie Sherman Boswell
Scott Valentine ... Darman H. Keene


A woman lures a man who's clobbered by another. Lainie Sherman Boswell tells her lawyer Terry Folger it's time for her next divorce, it was never a real marriage anyway as they spent only a few hours a year together. Sheriff Milo Pike tells them her husband Grant Boswell just had a spectacular fatal sports car accident. When Jessica visits Lainie in Aspen, Colorado a month later, even the sheriff admits the promising clues probably won't come to a court case, Folger is about to get the 5,000,000 life-insurance paid out, possibly doubled, half goes to his niece Nancy Boswell. Majority Insurance company executive Olivia Archer hires P.I. Charlie Garrett, known to Jessica but masquerading as stock broker Howard Dietrich, to prove, for a percentage, there was foul play, so it can spare itself one or both halves. Then Laney is arrested for the murder, after Anthony Pembroke testified having seen her buying the fatal items in the hardware store. Reporter Darman H. Keene is also after the ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

28 September 1995 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Phil Carmichael (Thom Bierdz) has broken into a house and is rummaging through the drawers of the desk. All three drawers are open. The scene cuts to the desk top where he takes out some papers from a folder. When the scene cuts back to the drawers, only the middle one is open and the other two are closed already. See more »


[last lines]
[seeing Phil and Gina kissing outside]
Jessica Fletcher: Well, it looks to me as if the biggest beneficiaries are not even listed on the policy.
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Aspen Homicide
10 December 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Have always been quite fond of 'Murder She Wrote'. It is a fun and relaxing watch that makes you think as you try to unwind in the evening. If one wants more complex, twisty mysteries with lots of tension and suspense 'Murder She Wrote' may not be for you, but if you want something light-hearted and entertaining but still provide good mysteries 'Murder She Wrote' fits the bill just fine.

Season 12, along with Seasons 9 and 11 one of the weaker and more variable ones of 'Murder She Wrote', started off quite well with "Nailed". "A Quaking in Aspen" is even better and generally one of the season's better episodes. A few of the twists are on the predictable and not that surprising side, including a customer that triggered our suspicion once he was introduced, and a little too much was revealed too early for my liking.

On the other hand, the mystery generally is a good one. It is intriguing, thanks to its numerous twists that mostly are clever and unexpected. The denouement is well done, and the episode is all round entertaining to watch.

"A Quaking in Aspen" is also one of the better cast Season 12 episodes. Not just the always great Angela Lansbury and the charmingly professional Wayne Rogers, but the guest supporting cast succeed in not making the goings on too obvious too soon, keeping things as twisty as possible and making the characters not too hard to root for. Instead of having inexperience-ridden younger cast members, this felt professional level and like they were serious in doing it properly.

Production values are slick and stylish with great use of the setting. The music has energy and has presence but also not making the mistake of over-scoring, while it is hard to forget or resist the theme tune. The writing is amiable and thought-provoking on the most part, though there are moments of overripe-ness.

In summary, good episode and one of Season 12's better ones. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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