Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Fatal Paradise 

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Charlie Garrett is in luck when Jessica is in Martinique for her vacation at the same time he is accused of murder.


Jerry Jameson


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


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Episode cast overview:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Christopher Allport ... Maurice Delagre
Patricia Barry ... Melanie Venable
Michael Callan ... Phillip Sparling
Rodney Eastman ... Jeff Delagre
Cynthia Harris ... Lauren Delagre
Anne Lockhart ... Norma Willens
Stephen Meadows ... Graham Farrow
Andrew Hill Newman ... Hilton Augustus Venable
Marie-Alise Recasner ... Collette
Maurice Roëves ... Police Captain
Wayne Rogers ... Charlie Garrett
Cassie Yates ... Dorie Sparling
Marc Gomes ... Sgt. Courbet (as Marc Andrew Gomes)


Chicago businessman Philip Sparling orders a 'not real smart bird dog', a PI to find someone and not ask any questions. A month later on Martinique, Melanie Venable asks Jessica whether her boy Hilton has any writing talent, but she hasn't even read his manuscript yet. She's saved by the Hotel des Deux Perroquets's owner, Lauren Delagre from Cabot Cove. Her teenage son Jeff, who digs the receptionist Collette, is the repairman, while husband Maurice plays poker and loses half of the hotel to Graham Farrow. After a phone call from hotel guest Charlie Garrett, Sparling calls a woman in Washington, D.C. who arrives at the Martinique hotel and checks in as schoolteacher Norma Willens. Garrett tells Jessica, whom he knew, he was hired by Sparling to find his kidnapped wife Dorie. He bumps into Dorie at the hotel but a burly man soon tells him to stay away from her, the second time using fists. She calls Charlie and tells him it's about a stolen fortune and she doesn't want to return. He ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

13 November 1994 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Although set in Chicago and Martinique, no scenes are actually filmed in either place. See more »


The bullet Jessica digs out of the tree has no rifling marks on it to indicate that it has been fired from a gun. See more »


[first lines]
Dorie Sparling: [on answering machine] Phil, darling, I wish there was a nicer way to tell you this, but it's over. I guess it has been for a long time. There isn't much more that I can say, except by the time you hear this, Graham and I will be long gone. Anyway, Phil, I hope some day you'll find it in your heart to...
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Opening credits prologue: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS followed by MARTINIQUE-ONE MONTH LATER See more »

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Death in Martinique
28 November 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.

"Fatal Paradise" is one of the top middle episodes as far as Season 11 goes to me. It's not a perfect, nor great, episode, it's always fun and rarely dull, although it does take a little too much time to get going, but it's also not always the easiest to follow with a reasonably complicated scheme and a few parts are on the implausible side (like with the clues) that it's an amazement at Jessica comes to solve the crime in a reasonably surprising and neatly tied up denouement.

Angela Lansbury continues to excel in one of her most justifiably most fondly remembered roles and she shares a charming rapport with Wayne Rogers, who is able to show the most range here of his 'Murder She Wrote' appearances (one feels sorry for Charlie here). Anne Lockhart, Cassie Yates, Patricia Barry and Christopher Allport in particular give classy support.

Mystery-wise it engages and intrigues enough and wraps up well, although the execution is not perfect.

Production values as always are slick, stylish and suitably cosy with a suitably exotic location and beautiful fashions. 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 thoughtful and amiable as well as having an endearing cosiness.

In short, pretty good. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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