Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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No Accounting for Murder 

Grady Fletcher is in big trouble again when his boss is found dead and he is the main suspect.


Peter Crane


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 5 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Michael Horton ... Grady Fletcher
Dorothy Lamour ... Mrs. Ellis
Geoffrey Lewis ... Lester Grimshaw
Barney Martin ... NYPD Lt. Timothy Hanratty
Ron Masak ... Marty Giles
Patty McCormack ... Lana Whitman (as Patricia McCormack)
Tom McFadden Tom McFadden ... Harry Caldwell (as Thom McFadden)
James Noble ... Paul Carlisle
Michael Tolan ... Ralph Whitman
Kate Vernon ... Connie Norton
Paul Comi ... Phantom
Peggy Doyle Peggy Doyle ... Edna Weems
Charles Walker ... Sergeant
Michael J. London Michael J. London ... Seller


Jessica is visiting her nephew, Grady, who has a job working as an accountant at an investment firm. He likes the work and is very busy and working long hours, even if there is supposedly a ghost in the building. He returns to the office late one evening and finds his boss, Ralph Whitman, dead. To top it off, there's also an IRS auditor sniffing around looking into one of the firm's investment funds, Neptune Ventures. Grady becomes the prime suspect in the case but Jessica works with police Lt. Timothy Hanratty. She soon learns that Whitman's wife visited him at the office on the evening he died. Then there's the supposed ghost in the building which is more than just people's overactive imagination. Jessica sorts it all out. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

22 March 1987 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ron Masak, who played Cabot Cove's Sheriff Mort Metzger from 1988 until the end of the series, first appeared in Murder, She Wrote: Footnote to Murder (1985) as Lt. Meyer, and also Murder, She Wrote: No Accounting for Murder (1987), as a sleazy NYC business owner, Marty Giles. See more »


[first lines]
Connie Norton: Mr. Giles, I told you Mr. Whitman is tied up and can't be disturbed.
Marty Giles: Well, that's a lot of garbage, honey. Now you got tell Ralphie boy I want to talk to him *now*.
Connie Norton: If you'll just take a seat, sir, I'm sure it won't be more than 15, 20 minutes.
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New York, New York
Written by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green
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Grady in another jackpot
5 April 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Jessica Fletcher's most frequent relation appearing on Murder She Wrote is her nephew by marriage Grady Fletcher. He's an accountant and you would think that's as non-violent a profession as there can be. But during the course of the series Michael Horton kept getting into all kinds of jackpots that Aunt Jess had to get him out of.

Horton is now in an investment firm run by James Noble with a second in command Michael Tolan who becomes our murder victim. Barney Martin plays an NYPD homicide cop with a delightful Irish brogue and he and Angela Lansbury have some charming scenes. It's with the greatest of reluctance that Martin arrests Horton and he's happy when Lansbury clears her nephew.

The firm occupies an old building riddled with secret passages more than likely due to Prohibition days. Rumored there's phantom within the walls. Lansbury discovers Paul Comi living there and for keeping his secret she gets more than repaid.

Ron Masak is in this one and plays a shady discount store owner who is a suspect, one of two roles before he became Sheriff Mort Metzger.

But can Grady keep avoiding jobs with jackpots?

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