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 ...
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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
[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...
Opening credits prologue: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS followed by MARTINIQUE-ONE MONTH LATER See more