Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Who Killed J.B. Fletcher? 

A fan, posing as Jessica, is arrested and later murdered.


Walter Grauman


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Max Baer Jr. ... St. Trooper Boone Willoughby (as Max Baer)
Janet Blair ... Bertie
Betty Garrett ... Kit Parkins
Earl Holliman ... Sheriff J.T. Tanner
Terry Moore ... Florence
Margaret O'Brien ... Jane
Jamie Rose ... Lisa McCauley
Tom Schanley ... Rick
Lyman Ward ... Mitchell Lawrence
Marie Windsor ... Caroline
Jane Withers ... Marge Allen
David Cowgill ... Deputy
Jon Menick Jon Menick ... Kennel Clerk
Mario Machado ... Anchor


Marge Allen gets arrested using her fake JB Fletcher identity card from a literary fan club while investigating the McCauley kennel. She makes bail but is found dead in her crashed car. Since the press reports both incidents, Jessica convinces Sheriff J.T. Tanner he arrested an impersonator, then accepts the club's help to investigate after kennel owner and dog trainer, Simon McCauley, is reported killed with his hunting rifle 'by his dog'. The sheriff initially dismisses either theories or help, but is won over. The widow, Lisa McCauley, is also killed, but Jessica solves all three murders at once from assorted clues. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

10 February 1991 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jessica Fletcher can be seen with a Basset Hound. In Columbo (1971), Lt Columbo, also created by William Link and Peter S. Fischer, has a sometimes side-kick Basset Hound partner/pet named "Dog." See more »


[first lines]
Kennel Clerk: Well, let's see, I should have the card right here under Spaniels. Well, here it is. Springer Spaniels. Larkin's Prince Regent, bred by Simon McCauley over in Bremerton. Here's the address. Can't imagine what kind of mystery you're gonna be writing about hunting dogs, but I hope I helped.
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A dream of an episode
12 August 2017 | by martin-interculturalSee all my reviews

Never mind the three murders, all successfully solved. It is the small-town setting that brings this story alive. And to make things even fresher, instead of Cabot Cove we head to Texas! A veritable posse of Miss Marple-like ladies await. Sure, J.B. Fletcher can hold her own with Congressmen, tycoons and Manhattan publishers -- but it's precisely this type of homey atmosphere where her personality and her investigative gifts truly shine. They are powerfully enhanced by a supreme quality of production -- lovingly observed and meticulously assembled, down to the Lone Star-themed sofa cushion. A classic.

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