List of Murder, She Wrote episodes

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This is a list of Murder, She Wrote episodes in the order that they originally aired on CBS. Many of the episodes took place in either Jessica's hometown of Cabot Cove or in New York, but her travels promoting books or visiting relatives and friends led to cases throughout the world.

Beginning in season six, Angela Lansbury cut back her appearances. Thirteen episodes purported to be stories "written" by Jessica, or submitted to her by friends. She would introduce each episode, but generally disappear until the end, when she would wrap up the story. Other sleuths, such as reformed jewel thief turned insurance investigator Dennis Stanton, retired spy Michael Hagarty and down-at-heel private eye Harry McGraw, took center stage. These episodes became known as "bookend episodes". Viewers, however, didn't like Jessica's frequent absences, and the "replacement detective" policy was eventually dropped.

After the final episode aired in 1996, Lansbury sporadically reprised the character of Jessica Fletcher in a handful of feature-length Murder, She Wrote specials starting in 1997. The last TV movie aired in May 2003. In February 2007, on the ABC daytime talk show The View,[1] Lansbury announced that she hopes to make another Murder, She Wrote TV movie in the near future but only if her son director, Anthony Shaw, can find a suitable story.[2]

Out of the many actors featured on Murder, She Wrote, Lansbury is the only actress to appear in every episode and TV movie, albeit not always playing Jessica Fletcher, but sometimes her cousin Emma McGill and her aunt Sarah.


Season 1 (1984–85)[edit]

Season #Total #TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal AirdateProduction Code
1.11"The Murder of Sherlock Holmes"Corey AllenTeleplay: Peter S. Fischer
Story: Richard Levinson, William Link & Peter S. Fischer
September 30, 1984 (1984-09-30)59274
Pilot episode. (Airs as two separate episodes during syndication)
Jessica Fletcher, a retired schoolteacher from Cabot Cove, Maine, is shocked to find out that not only did her nephew send her manuscript to a publisher, but it's been accepted. Rushed to New York, Jessica is caught up in a whirlwind of publicity tours, book signings, and public appearances, but everything takes a turn when she attends a costume party in New Holvang and a private investigator dressed as Sherlock Holmes ends up facedown in the pool, shot. Jessica initially tries to stay out of things until her nephew Grady becomes the prime suspect, and Jessica decides to take matters into her own hands while fighting her attraction to Preston Giles, the first man to interest her since the death of her husband Frank. 
1.22"Deadly Lady"Corey AllenPeter S. FischerOctober 7, 1984 (1984-10-07)59206
After a terrible storm in Cabot Cove, Stephen Earl's four daughters tell Sheriff Tupper that their father died while they were out on the boat. Jessica is only mildly intrigued; she finds Ralph, the older gentleman who has offered to work for food, much more intriguing, especially since it is obvious he comes from money. The women's stories about what happened on the boat change constantly, but once Ralph is found dead and later found to be Stephen Earl, Jessica has to help Amos wade through the inconsistencies in the four Earl daughters' stories to determine who killed their father and why. 
1.33"Birds of a Feather"John Llewellyn MoxeyRobert E. SwansonOctober 14, 1984 (1984-10-14)59203
Pre-wedding jitters take on a new meaning for the fiancé of Jessica's niece when he's accused of a cabaret owner's murder. 
1.44"Hooray for Homicide"Richard A. CollaRobert Van ScoykOctober 28, 1984 (1984-10-28)59201
It's lights, camera, murder when Jessica flies to Los Angeles to protest the movie adaptation of one of her novels, but when the producer ends up murdered, she unwittingly gets cast in the role of prime suspect. 
1.55"It's a Dog's Life"Seymour RobbieMark Giles & Linda ShankNovember 4, 1984 (1984-11-04)59208
Man's best friend gets a bad reputation when a fox hunter dies in a riding accident and the authorities try to blame the heir to his estate, his beloved pooch. 
1.66"Lovers and Other Killers"Allen ReisnerPeter S. FischerNovember 18, 1984 (1984-11-18)59207
Jessica searches for clues hidden in rainy Seattle when her personal secretary is accused of murdering his wealthy girlfriend. 
1.77"Hit, Run and Homicide"Alan CookeGerald K. SiegelNovember 25, 1984 (1984-11-25)59216
When a car with a mind of its own runs over a wealthy businessman, Jessica's very eccentric neighbor is accused of covering the tracks. 
1.88"We're Off to Kill the Wizard"Walter GraumanTeleplay: Peter S. Fischer
Story:Peter S. Fischer and Gerald K. Siegel
December 9, 1984 (1984-12-09)59204
In a case of art imitating life, a disagreeable amusement park owner is found murdered after hiring Jessica to design the House of Horror. 
1.99"Death Takes a Curtain Call"Allen ReisnerPaul W. CooperDecember 16, 1984 (1984-12-16)59219
Jessica investigates a murder that takes place in the wings of a Russian ballet and the subsequent disappearance of two Russian ballet dancers. 
1.1010"Death Casts a Spell"Allen ReisnerSteve & Miyoko HensleyDecember 30, 1984 (1984-12-30)59211
Jessica's deductive abilities are in demand when a flamboyant hypnotist turns up dead, behind locked doors, in front of an audience of journalists whom he had put into a trance. 
1.1111"Capitol Offense"John Llewellyn MoxeyPeter S. FischerJanuary 6, 1985 (1985-01-06)59220
Jessica is assigned to fill the empty seat of a deceased congressman for a brief period of time. When Martha Craig is found beaten to death in her room, Jessica investigates and finds a great deal of political game-playing in Washington. 
1.1212"Broadway Malady"Hy AverbackTom SawyerJanuary 13, 1985 (1985-01-13)59209
Broadway legend Rita Bristol and her daughter star in a musical produced by her son, not knowing that murder is lurking in the wings. 
1.1313"Murder to a Jazz Beat"Walter GraumanTeleplay: Paul Savage
Story: Paul Savage & David Abramowitz
February 3, 1985 (1985-02-03)59212
While in New Orleans, Jessica must solve the mysterious murder of a famous musician who died from a heart attack while performing onstage. 
1.1414"My Johnny Lies Over the Ocean"Seymour RobbiePeter S. FischerFebruary 10, 1985 (1985-02-10)59210
Jessica's niece is terrorized with reminders of her dead husband on a cruise intended to take her mind off her husband's recent suicide. However, a passenger is murdered by her husband on-board and Jessica sets out to prove his guilt. 
1.1515"Paint Me a Murder"John Llewellyn MoxeyPeter S. FischerFebruary 17, 1985 (1985-02-17)59215
The life of a famous artist is threatened on what would be otherwise an idyllic Mediterranean island. 
1.1616"Tough Guys Don't Die"Seymour RobbiePeter S. FischerFebruary 24, 1985 (1985-02-24)59223
Jessica meets tough-as-nails Harry McGraw when they must pinpoint the motive for the murder of a private detective. 
1.1717"Sudden Death"Edward M. AbromsRobert E. SwansonMarch 3, 1985 (1985-03-03)59217
Jessica suddenly must learn all about football when she inherits an interest in a professional team. 
1.1818"Footnote to Murder"Peter CraneRobert SwansonMarch 10, 1985 (1985-03-10)59221
An unpublished manuscript is stolen and its author murdered during an awards convention. 
1.1919"Murder Takes the Bus"Walter GraumanMichael Scheff & Marryanne KasicaMarch 17, 1985 (1985-03-17)59231
After boarding a bus to travel to a convention in Boston, Jessica and Amos are forced to take refuge from a fierce storm at a remote diner where one of the passengers, an recent parolee picked up from the local prison is discovered murdered. 
1.2020"Armed Response"Charles S. DubinGerald K. SiegelMarch 31, 1985 (1985-03-31)59228
Over Jessica's protests, she is taken to a hospital after a minor accident in the airport. 
1.2121"Murder at the Oasis"Arthur Allan SeidelmanRobert Van ScoykApril 7, 1985 (1985-04-07)59222
An unpopular show-business personality discovers that elaborate security systems are no guarantee of safety. 
1.2222"Funeral at Fifty-Mile"Seymour RobbieDick NelsonApril 21, 1985 (1985-04-21)59226
Jessica has to unravel the secrets and threats at the funeral of a friend in Wyoming. 

Season 2 (1985–86)[edit]

Season #Total #TitleOriginal air dateProduction code
2.123"Widow, Weep for Me"September 29, 1985 (1985-09-29)60309
Jessica's trip to a resort is filled with sun, sand and a murder investigation. 
2.224"Joshua Peabody Died Here... Possibly"October 6, 1985 (1985-10-06)60305
Plans for a new hotel in Cabot Cove must be put on hold when a skeleton is discovered at the construction site and Amos and Jessica find a second body. 
2.325"Murder in the Afternoon"October 13, 1985 (1985-10-13)60302
Jessica's niece worries about her job security when her character she plays turns out to be the serial killer. Before long she herself needs to worry when her boss ends up dead and she looks like the prime suspect. 
2.426"School for Scandal"October 20, 1985 (1985-10-20)60314
Jessica must look between the lines to discover the truth and the murderer. 
2.527"Sing a Song of Murder"October 27, 1985 (1985-10-27)60306
Jessica is devastated to be informed of her cousin Emma's untimely passing, but when she arrives in London she learns that Emma isn't dead after all, but has been in hiding after threats on her life. Jessica goes along with the ruse in the hopes of flushing out the would-be killer. 
2.628"Reflections of the Mind"November 3, 1985 (1985-11-03)60304
Jessica visits an old friend who claims to be haunted by the ghost of her late husband. But when the woman's second spouse is murdered and she becomes the prime suspect, Jessica is determined to help clear her name. 
2.729"A Lady in the Lake"November 10, 1985 (1985-11-10)60307
Jessica spends a little time at a lakeside inn where she witnesses what appears to be a struggle and a woman falling into the lake. Everyone is convinced that the husband did it, but Jessica isn't quite so sure. 
2.830"Dead Heat"November 24, 1985 (1985-11-24)60303
Jessica goes to the races to watch her niece ride the winning horse but then the horse's disagreeable owner is murdered after a dispute. 
2.931"Jessica Behind Bars"December 1, 1985 (1985-12-01)60316
Jessica agrees to teach an English class at a women's prison for her friend Margaret and soon finds herself being held hostage after Dr. Matthews is murdered and the prisoners are convinced that the warden is responsible. 
2.1032"Sticks and Stones"December 15, 1985 (1985-12-15)60301
Cabot Cove is flooded with poison pen letters which proves hard for the town to handle as Amos prepares to hand the reins over to a new sheriff, Harry Pierce. 
2.1133"Murder Digs Deep"December 29, 1985 (1985-12-29)60315
An archaeological dig at the site of Coronado's City of Gold does not please everyone as a new corpse is dug up. 
2.1234"Murder by Appointment Only"January 5, 1986 (1986-01-05)60310
One of Jessica's former students is murdered and she takes a personal interest in the investigation and finds herself at the heart of a family feud while taking a look into the company that Grady is working for now. 
2.1335"Trial by Error"January 12, 1986 (1986-01-12)60317
It's a bad day for the jurors when Jessica is the foreperson of the jury hearing the case of a man claiming self-defense in the death of an enraged husband. The jury alternates between wanting to convict him and wanting to set him free, but Jessica realises there's more than just one murder going on here. 
2.1436"Keep the Home Fries Burning"January 19, 1986 (1986-01-19)60320
Jessica, Seth and Amos try out a new tourist-oriented restaurant, but after a number of the guests fall ill eating strawberry preserves, one of the women dies. Jessica investigates the murder while everyone in town tries to point the finger at someone else. 
2.1537"Powder Keg"February 9, 1986 (1986-02-09)60326
The justice system is tested when a group of angry Southerners form a lynch party and plan to hang a murder suspect. 
2.1638"Murder in the Electric Cathedral"February 16, 1986 (1986-02-16)60312
Jessica must find the murderer of her close friend whose will is in contention between family and a popular evangelist and soon finds herself in the middle of a feud between different members of the evangelist's family. 
2.1739"One Good Bid Deserves a Murder"February 23, 1986 (1986-02-23)60318
Jessica finds herself in a tough spot when one of the auctioneers of a diary is found murdered and she has to rely on Harry McGraw to help her out. 
2.1840"If a Body Meet a Body"March 9, 1986 (1986-03-09)60321
What begins as a routine murder investigation leads the police to discover that a coffin contains the wrong body. 
2.1941"Christopher Bundy - Died on Sunday"March 30, 1986 (1986-03-30)60311
The writing's on the wall when a reputable magazine is acquired by a mercenary publisher who quickly changes it into a gossip rag. 
2.2042"Menace, Anyone?"April 6, 1986 (1986-04-06)60319
Jessica struggles to protect her former student Carol, a tennis star, when her boyfriend is blown up in her car and Carol is the only suspect. 
2.2143"The Perfect Foil"April 13, 1986 (1986-04-13)60329
Jessica travels to New Orleans, but the good times can't roll when her cousin suspected of murder. 
2.2244"If the Frame Fits"May 18, 1986 (1986-05-18)60331
The picture's not pretty when an art thief is on the loose; an heiress Julia Granger is killed, and her husband becomes the suspect. 

Season 3 (1986–87)[edit]

Season #Total #TitleOriginal AirdateProduction Code
3.145"Death Stalks the Big Top: Part 1"September 28, 1986 (1986-09-28)62104

When Jessica's niece receives a silver Leprechaun from someone who has been presumed dead for years, Jessica decides to hunt down the mysterious gift giver from beyond the grave. Her search leads her to a circus, where unnatural things are happening in and out of the ring. To be continued...

Murderer: Not revealed until Part 2 
3.246"Death Stalks the Big Top: Part 2"October 5, 1986 (1986-10-05)62105

One murder leads to another as Jessica finds herself chasing down false alibis and the employees of a rival circus. Just when she thinks she has all the funny business behind her, a stunning confession will throw everyone for a loop.

Murderer: Preston Bartholomew 
3.347"Unfinished Business"October 12, 1986 (1986-10-12)62103

A retired policeman decides to re-examine an old case he never solved, in which Seth was a strong suspect, and returns to the lakeside cabins where the murder occurred, gathering all the old suspects together. It isn't long before there's another murder.

Murderer: Ret. Lt. Det. Barney Kale 
3.448"One White Rose for Death"October 19, 1986 (1986-10-19)62107

While attending a concert in Washington, D.C., Jessica gets involved with two East German defectors and a murder.

Murderer: Andrew Wyckham 
3.549"Corned Beef & Carnage"November 2, 1986 (1986-11-02)62108

Jessica gets involved when her niece, Victoria, is believed to be connected to the murder of her lecherous boss, who had been trying to barter more than just Victoria's advertising skills to a new client.

Murderer: Aubrey Thornton 
3.650"Dead Man's Gold"November 9, 1986 (1986-11-09)62102

A group of young treasure hunters come to Cabot Cove looking for sunken treasure but when one is killed walking back to her motel and the other is arrested for her murder, Jessica gets involved both to clear a young man she believes is innocent and to help an old friend she knows tends not to be.

Murderer: Susan Ainsley 
3.751"Deadline for Murder"November 16, 1986 (1986-11-16)62101

A veteran reporter, who suffered a heart attack, says his best medicine would be the removal of his publisher who has turned a good paper into a yellow rag. Jessica gets involved after the man ends up dead, but there seems to be more than enough people with motives.

Murderer: Billy Simms 
"Novel Connection: Part 1"November 19, 1986 (1986-11-19)N/A
Crossover episode with Magnum, P.I.
Jessica offers to help Thomas Magnum, who has been accused of killing a hitman with an unknown target and continues in his corner when another murder occurs. (Episode 9 of the seventh season of Magnum, P.I.
3.852"Magnum on Ice: Part 2"November 23, 1986 (1986-11-23)62121

Crossover episode with Magnum, P.I.
Jessica comes to the assistance of Magnum when he's framed for two murders that occur during her vacation in Hawaii.

Murderer: Joan Fulton 
3.953"Obituary for a Dead Anchor"December 7, 1986 (1986-12-07)62111

Cabot Cove becomes a media magnet when a TV news reporter is presumed dead on a chartered boat. But Jessica finds there's even more action off-camera, when the murder turns out to be a publicity ploy by the reporter in order to avoid one of his former sources.

Murderer: Nick Brody 
3.1054"Stage Struck"December 14, 1986 (1986-12-14)62115

The murder of the leading lady's understudy disrupts rehearsals of a play starring two previously married, but now warring, actors, who have a secret of their own to hide.

Murderer: Julian Lord 
3.1155"Night of the Headless Horseman"January 4, 1987 (1987-01-04)62106

Jessica is in the wrong place at the right time to help her friend Dorian Beecher when he is accused of a murder he didn't commit after Nate Findley, his primary rival for Sarah Dupont's affections, is found dead.

Murderer: Dentist Penn 'Doc' Walker 
3.1256"The Corpse Flew First Class"January 18, 1987 (1987-01-18)62114

Theft and murder of the courier occur on board a jet bound for London with a plethora of suspects ranging from an older couple to a well-known actress to a former police officer.

Murderer: Sonny Greer 
3.1357"Crossed Up"February 1, 1987 (1987-02-01)62120

The phone wires get crossed during a storm and Jessica can't convince anyone that what she heard was real.

Murderer: Dody Rogers 
3.1458"Murder in a Minor Key"February 8, 1987 (1987-02-08)62122

Bookend episode.
Jessica tells the story of her new novel about a composer accused of killing the professor who plagiarized his music.

Murderer: Christine Stoneham 
3.1559"The Bottom Line is Murder"February 15, 1987 (1987-02-15)62110

A lying TV consumer advocate is killed and suspicion lands on one of the clients whose products he maligned.

Murderer: Robert Warren 
3.1660"Death Takes a Dive"February 22, 1987 (1987-02-22)62112

Backdoor pilot episode for The Law & Harry McGraw. (Running time of 70 minutes, excluding commercials)
Jessica visits her old friend Harry McGraw in New York who has become wrangled in the high stakes game of boxing.

Murderer: Sean Shaleen 
3.1761"Simon Says, Color Me Dead"March 1, 1987 (1987-03-01)62123

An artist is murdered and his prized painting is missing, Jessica investigates.

Murderer: Carol Selby 
3.1862"No Laughing Murder"March 15, 1987 (1987-03-15)62113

After the engagement party for the offspring of two estranged comics, their agent is found dead.

Murderer: Farley Pressman 
3.1963"No Accounting for Murder"March 22, 1987 (1987-03-22)62117

Grady Fletcher is in big trouble when his boss, a specialist in tax shelters, is found dead and he is the main suspect.

Murderer: Paul Carlisle 
3.2064"The Cemetery Vote"April 5, 1987 (1987-04-05)62116

The reform mayor dies in a so called "accident" and then the mayor's father is murdered after he demands an investigation of it.

Murderer: David Carroll 
3.2165"The Days Dwindle Down"April 19, 1987 (1987-04-19)62124

Jessica investigates the possibility that Sam, a recent parolee, went to jail for a crime he didn't commit.

Murderer: Edna Jarvis, Sydney Jarvis, Jr. (Accessory after the fact) 
3.2266"Murder, She Spoke"May 10, 1987 (1987-05-10)62109

A temporary black-out at a recording studio leaves Jessica in the dark when the wealthy soon-to-be-owner is stabbed to death. When the murder weapon matches the cutlery set of an old friend, Jessica takes on the case with a plan to put the real culprit on the record.

Murderer: Al Parker 

Season 4 (1987–88)[edit]

Season #Total #TitleOriginal AirdateProduction Code
4.167"A Fashionable Way to Die"September 20, 1987 (1987-09-20)63303

In Paris, a fashion designer with financial trouble is accused of killing a shady loan shark.

Murderer: Valerie Bechet 
4.268"When Thieves Fall Out"September 27, 1987 (1987-09-27)63304

When A prison is released from jail (after 20 years), he returns to Cabot Cove, to provide he was wrongly convicted and rows prove his innocent. But when Jessica looks further into this claims which involves some ex-students could he be telling the truth.

Murderer: Coach Kevin Cauldwell 
4.369"Witness for the Defense"October 4, 1987 (1987-10-04)63311

Jessica goes to Quebec to testify at the trial of a friend who is accused of killing his wife and burning his house.

Murderer: Judith Harlan 
4.470"Old Habits Die Hard"October 11, 1987 (1987-10-11)63308

A terminally ill nun seems to have committed suicide which would be an unacceptable sin.

Murderer: Marian Simpson 
4.571"The Way to Dusty Death"October 25, 1987 (1987-10-25)63310

After the "accidental" death of a tycoon, his associates battle for position to succeed him.

Murderer: Kate Dutton 
4.672"It Runs in the Family"November 1, 1987 (1987-11-01)63313

Bookend Episode
Jessica's cousin Emma in London has a new problem when someone serves her lover poisoned herring.

Murderer: Pauline Constable 
4.773"If It's Thursday, It Must Be Beverly"November 8, 1987 (1987-11-08)63309

When Deputy Martin becomes a widower by murder, the investigation turns up some very surprising activity.

Murderer: George Tibbits 
4.874"Steal Me a Story"November 15, 1987 (1987-11-15)63316

Jessica makes an appointment with TV producer Sid Sharkey when she learns he is trying to appropriate her latest novel for his TV show, but when Sid turns up dead, Jessica is one of the prime suspects.

Murderer: Bert Puzo 
4.975"Trouble in Eden"November 22, 1987 (1987-11-22)63301

Hostility and other surprises await Jessica in a town where she's posing as her friend to investigate the rumoured murder of the friend's sister.

Murderer: C.J. Dobbs 
4.1076"Indian Giver"November 29, 1987 (1987-11-29)63306

A resident of Cabot Cove threatens a Native American who claims to own the land, and later is found dead.

Murderer: Helen Langley 
4.1177"Doom With a View"December 13, 1987 (1987-12-13)63314

Grady gets into trouble, again, when he is found with the body of woman known from his college days and now had been dating a frat brother who was married.

Murderer: Mark Havlin 
4.1278"Who Threw the Barbitals in Mrs. Fletcher's Chowder?"January 3, 1988 (1988-01-03)63320

When Amos' sister and her in-laws descend upon Cabot Cove, Jessica hosts a dinner party with homicidal results, leaving the finger pointing at the Sheriff's sister.

Murderer: Kenny Oakes 
4.1379"Harbinger of Death"January 24, 1988 (1988-01-24)63302

While in Washington, Jessica visits her niece Carrie whose husband is an astronomer dedicated to discovering a comet. When a defense contractor is found murdered and the telescope pointed at the scene of the crime, Jessica must prove her nephew-in-law is innocent.

Murderer: Madeline DeHaven 
4.1480"Curse of the Daanau"February 7, 1988 (1988-02-07)63319

Seth's family is touched by an ancient curse attached to the history of a ruby.

Murderer: Bert Davies 
4.1581"Mourning Among the Wisterias"February 14, 1988 (1988-02-14)63312

Jessica is summoned to help a friend with his play and receives an offer of marriage she didn't expect. Even more surprised are the man's plotting family.

Murderer: Crystal Wendle 
4.1682"Murder Through the Looking Glass"February 21, 1988 (1988-02-21)63307

While in Connecticut for a convention, Jessica hears the dying confession of a hit man and uncovers a mysterious safe house housing an important foreign dignitary.

Murderer: Van Buran 
4.1783"A Very Good Year for Murder"February 28, 1988 (1988-02-28)63305

The Gambini Winery is being extorted by organized crime and it's up to Jessica to uncover who is behind the murder of a mafia hit man.

Murderer: Salvatore Gambini 
4.1884"Benedict Arnold Slipped Here"March 13, 1988 (1988-03-13)63323

Someone wants the old historic house enough to kill for it and its supposed hidden treasure and Jessica is executor of the late owner's will.

Murderer: Alastair Andrews 
4.1985"Just Another Fish Story"March 27, 1988 (1988-03-27)63322

Jessica is delighted to return to New York City with the announcement of her nephew's impending engagement. But when a restaurant employee is found dead, the engagement is threatened.

Murderer: Donna Mayberry 
4.2086"Showdown in Saskatchewan"April 10, 1988 (1988-04-10)63315

Jessica's niece is smitten with a rodeo rider and refuses to believe he could have committed a murder.

Murderer: Luke Purdue/Carl Mattson 
4.2187"Deadpan"May 1, 1988 (1988-05-01)63318

When one of Jessica's former students brings a play based on one of her novels to Broadway, she finds herself in the middle of a war of words between rival critics.

Murderer: Eliot Easterbrook 
4.2288"The Body Politic"May 8, 1988 (1988-05-08)63317

Jessica comes to the aid of yet another dear old friend running as a senatorial candidate. When the candidate's campaign manager is murdered, Jessica must help prove her innocence.

Murderer: Jackson Lane 

Season 5 (1988–89)[edit]

Season #Total #TitleOriginal AirdateProduction Code
5.189"J.B. As in Jailbird"October 23, 1988 (1988-10-23)63701

A chance encounter with her old British intelligence friend Michael Hagarty leaves Jessica standing over a dead Bulgarian diplomat and accused of murder. Incarcerated, she has to leave it up to Grady and Michael to prove her innocence.

Murderer: "U.S. Attorney Styles" 
5.290"A Little Night Work"October 30, 1988 (1988-10-30)63706

After her publisher announces his impending retirement, Jessica heads to New York where she is simultaneously wooed by potential new publishers and a smooth-talking jewel thief.

Murderer: Miles Hatcher 
5.391"Mr. Penroy's Vacation"November 6, 1988 (1988-11-06)63704

Jessica is perplexed by the apparent murder of an elderly man points to two simple-minded, spinster sisters he was living with. This episode marks the retirement of Cabot Cove Sheriff Amos Tupper, and the beginning of Mort Metzger's tenure as sheriff.

Murderer: Marilee Coleson 
5.492"Snow White, Blood Red"November 13, 1988 (1988-11-13)63709

A massive storm results in Jessica snowed in at a ski lodge with an Olympic men's ski team and a murderer on the loose.

Murderers: Ex-NYPD Lt. Ed McMasters and Sylvia McMasters 
5.593"Coal Miner's Slaughter"November 20, 1988 (1988-11-20)63705

Deep in the hills of West Virginia, Jessica looks under the surface of a corrupt mining company that claims no responsibility for the death of two perceptive employees.

Murderer: Carlton Reid 
5.694"Wearing of the Green"November 27, 1988 (1988-11-27)63711

In New York City researching her next book, Jessica is drawn into a mystery involving a priceless tiara, a reclusive former actress and a news reporter accused of murder.

Murderer: Andrea Dean 
5.795"The Last Flight of the Dixie Damsel"December 18, 1988 (1988-12-18)63702

Jessica is summoned to California where a recently recovered Air Force plane could pin a decades-old murder on her dead husband Frank.

Murderer: Nicholas Rossi 
5.896"Prediction: Murder"January 1, 1989 (1989-01-01)63703

When a charismatic psychic's predictions begin to come true a rancher's new age daughter-in-law is convinced that the next one, a fatal fire, is about to happen.

Murderers: Jill Goddard and Francesco 
5.997"Something Borrowed, Someone Blue"January 8, 1989 (1989-01-08)63714

Grady's wedding day arrives, and so does an unpleasant fate for the shrewish housekeeper of his prospective father-in-law's estate.

Murderer: Valerie/Mrs.Parker 
5.1098"Weave a Tangled Web"January 15, 1989 (1989-01-15)63712

Things look bad when a married woman's keys are found by the body in a motel room and she can't explain why.

Murderer: Frankie the Bartender 
5.1199"The Search for Peter Kerry"February 5, 1989 (1989-02-05)63719

Jessica aids yet another dear old friend in his search for his missing grandson.

Murderer: Leona Schubert 
5.12100"Smooth Operators"February 12, 1989 (1989-02-12)63707

While in New York, a missing shoe on the discovered dead body of a homeless person leads Jessica to believe the supposed accidental death was not an accident.

Murderer: Dr. David Latimer 
5.13101"Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble"February 19, 1989 (1989-02-19)63716

Jessica is suspicious when the appearance of the ghost of a long-dead witch burned at the stake coincides with the release of a book on the very subject.

Murderer: Adam Frobisher 
5.14102"From Russia with Blood"February 26, 1989 (1989-02-26)63717

Jessica is detained in Moscow when a spy attempts to smuggle film out of the Soviet Union in her handbag.

Murderer: Minister Melnikov 
5.15103"Alma Murder"March 12, 1989 (1989-03-12)63715

An old English professor is caught red-handed over a young girl's body and insists he did it, but Jessica believes he didn't really commit.

Murderer: District Attorney Paul Robbins 
5.16104"Truck Stop"April 2, 1989 (1989-04-02)63722

Jessica is detoured on her way to Los Angeles at a seedy truck stop where a series of murders makes it apparent she isn't there by accident.

Murderer: Vera Gerakaris 
5.17105"The Sins of Castle Cove"April 9, 1989 (1989-04-09)63721

A vindictive, tell-all work of fiction mirroring Cabot Cove sends the townspeople into an uproar, and when a murder occurs following the plot of the book it's up to Jessica to separate fact from fiction.

Murderer: Ellis Hilgate 
5.18106"Trevor Hudson's Legacy"April 16, 1989 (1989-04-16)63708

Jessica heads to Montana to aid a young friend editing the last manuscript of the late writer Trevor Hudson, but when murder results she must weed through the lies of Hudson's scheming family to uncover the truth.

Murderers: Sherriff Hank Masters and Cat Hudson Drake 
5.19107"Double Exposure"April 30, 1989 (1989-04-30)63728

Jessica encounters a man in Boston whom she is convinced is her neighbor from years back, but when the man denies it, and his wife claims the man is dead, Jessica recruits Harry McGraw to dig to the bottom of the mystery.

Murderer: Lt. Roy Quinlan 
5.20108"Three Strikes, You're Out"May 7, 1989 (1989-05-07)63729

Jessica visits her nephew Johnny, recently recruited onto a Major League Baseball team, and then must solve the murder of a scheming news reporter.

Murderer: Al Sidell 
5.21109"Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Part 1"May 14, 1989 (1989-05-14)63724

Eudora McVeigh, a rival mystery writer, arrives at Jessica's door with seemingly friendly intentions, but the discovery of a corpse and a web of deceit follows her to Cabot Cove leading Jessica to suspect the woman of ulterior and sinister motives. To be continued...

Murderer: Not revealed until part 2 
5.22110"Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Part 2"May 21, 1989 (1989-05-21)63725

Jessica fears the worst when Seth is poisoned, meanwhile Cabot Cove is abuzz when Eudora McVeigh is determined to fill Jessica's role in solving a local murder. This heavily re-written two parter was the planned swan song for Jessica but a last minute change of mind from Angela, with a promised reduced workload, meant the producers had to order heavy rewrites.

Murderer: Bobby Shipton 

Season 6 (1989–90)[edit]

Season #Total #TitleOriginal AirdateProduction Code
6.1111"Appointment in Athens"September 24, 1989 (1989-09-24)65309

Jessica is detoured from a scheduled book tour after encountering MI6 agent Michael Haggerty and he convinces her to pose as his wife in Greece.

Murderer: Harold Baines 
6.2112"Seal of the Confessional"October 1, 1989 (1989-10-01)65301

Cabot Cove's young, new priest finds himself in a sticky situation when a murderer confesses their crime and he recruits Jessica to help him uncover the truth without violating his oath of silence.

Murderer: Marilyn North 
6.3113"The Grand Old Lady"October 8, 1989 (1989-10-08)65305

Bookend episode.
Jessica narrates a story from 40 years ago when another female mystery writer helped to solve a mysterious murder aboard the Queen Mary.

Murderer: Paul Viscard 
6.4114"The Error of Her Ways"October 15, 1989 (1989-10-15)65311

Jessica help proves a wife kill her real estate developer husband, but when $3million goes missing, and the wife protests she is innocent; has Jessica got it wrong?

Murderer: Pauline Byrne 
6.5115"Jack and Bill"October 29, 1989 (1989-10-29)65312

Bookend episode.
It's a whole new game for an ex-football star when he becomes a private investigator, unwillingly takes on a French poodle for a partner and attempts to stop the assassination of a Latin American president.

Murderers: Maria and the terrorists 
6.6116"Dead Letter"November 5, 1989 (1989-11-05)65302

Where there's smoke there's fire, and possibly murder, when a furniture store is torched by an arsonist, and the deceased firefighter inside is found to have died from a blow to the head rather than the blaze.

Murderer: Stanley Holmes 
6.7117"Night of the Tarantula"November 12, 1989 (1989-11-12)65310

A voodoo curse of death caused by the marriage of a plantation heir to the wrong person, sets off a string of events in Jamaica, when Jessica visits an old friend.

Murderer: Jean-Pierre Dusant 
6.8118"When the Fat Lady Sings"November 19, 1989 (1989-11-19)65304

There's more drama backstage than onstage, on opening night of the opera, where a world-renowned tenor is accused of murder but claims it was self-defence.

Murderer: Maria Deschier 
6.9119"Test of Wills"November 26, 1989 (1989-11-26)65303

A wealthy lumberman invites Jessica to his island retreat to discover which of his relatives is trying to kill him.

Murderer: Kimberly Carson 
6.10120"Class Act"December 3, 1989 (1989-12-03)65316

Bookend episode.
Jake Ballinger, a Los Angeles homicide detective and friend of Jessica's, finds himself immersed in a case that may cost him his career.

Murderer: Colin Hale 
6.11121"Town Father"December 17, 1989 (1989-12-17)65306

Cabot Cove gets a shock when bachelor Mayor Sam is confronted on the speaker's platform by a young woman claiming he is the father of her five children.

Murderer: Winifred Thayer 
6.12122"Goodbye Charlie"January 7, 1990 (1990-01-07)65307

Bookend episode.
Three sets of people try to claim the body found on a railroad track.

Murderers: Clarence, Tillie Bascomb, and Jerry Wilber 
6.13123"If the Shoe Fits"January 21, 1990 (1990-01-21)65324

A single mother is accused of killing her landlord who is always harassing her.

Murderer: Danny Snow 
6.14124"How to Make a Killing Without Really Trying"February 4, 1990 (1990-02-04)65313

When Jessica's stockbroker is murdered, she finds a wealth of suspects in his ruthless world of high finance.

Murderer: Jerome Ashcroft 
6.15125"The Fixer-Upper"February 11, 1990 (1990-02-11)65315

Jessica's niece, who is a real estate broker, arrives at the mansion and finds a body instead of a buyer.

Murderer: Claire Hastings 
6.16126"The Big Show of 1965"February 25, 1990 (1990-02-25)65319

Twenty five years after a show in which a stabbing occurred, the cast is reunited and a mystery woman reappears, seeming to accuse Barry.

Murderers: Marge Haley and Lee Haley 
6.17127"Murder - According to Maggie"March 4, 1990 (1990-03-04)65314

Bookend episode.
The producer of a police drama investigates the murder of a programmer who argued with her.

Murderer: Andy Butler 
6.18128"O'Malley's Luck"March 25, 1990 (1990-03-25)65308

Bookend episode.
An Irish detective does not believe the death of a real estate mogul was suicide.

Murderer: Cindy Marsh 
6.19129"Always a Thief"April 8, 1990 (1990-04-08)65322

Bookend episode.
Dennis Stanton, a former jewel thief turned insurance investigator, finds himself involved in a high-society murder.

Murderer: Andrea Bascomb Douglas 
6.20130"Shear Madness"April 29, 1990 (1990-04-29)65318

When a murder is committed shortly after the release of a mentally handicapped man, Jessica helps the man's sister prove his innocence.

Murderer: Rosemary Taylor 
6.21131"The Szechuan Dragon"May 6, 1990 (1990-05-06)65317

Grady and his pregnant wife are tending Jessica's house in her absence when an old seaman is killed in her living room.

Murderer: Stanley Lewis 
6.22132"The Sicilian Encounter"May 20, 1990 (1990-05-20)65326

Bookend episode.
Michael Hagarty is involved in a case in Sicily which has many twists and turns including the Mafia.

Murderers: The Carboni Family 

Season 7 (1990–91)[edit]

Season #Total #TitleOriginal AirdateProduction Code
7.1133"Trials and Tribulations"September 16, 1990 (1990-09-16)66304

While in New York, Jessica is forced to defend herself after Edward Stone dies during a jail escape. His daughter is suing Jessica for $50 million, and the prime witness in the case years ago has changed his story.

Murderer: N/A (Suicide) 
7.2134"Deadly Misunderstanding"September 23, 1990 (1990-09-23)66320

Jessica finds herself embroiled in a Cabot Cove murder case when the husband of her temporary typist is murdered and a young reporter agrees to help the grieving widow cover up the crime.

Murderer: Rita Garrison 
7.3135"See You in Court, Baby"September 30, 1990 (1990-09-30)66321

Bookend episode.
In San Francisco, Dennis investigates the murder of Truman Calloway, a man with no shortage of enemies, when the ex-husband of one of Calloway's clients is charged with the murder.

Murderer: Karen Davies 
7.4136"Hannigan's Wake"October 28, 1990 (1990-10-28)66308

A journalist died before finishing his book trying to show a man was unjustly convicted of murder 16 years ago. Jessica is asked to use his notes to finish his book.

Murderer: Edward Bradley "J.R." Folkes Jr. 
7.5137"The Family Jewels"November 4, 1990 (1990-11-04)66318

Jessica looks into the matter when she makes a new friend in Westchester county, who just happens to have a penchant for jewelry theft, that ends up being arrested for the murder of her chauffeur.

Murderer: Charles Lockner 
7.6138"A Body to Die For"November 11, 1990 (1990-11-11)66302

Eve Simpson is at a loss to explain how the body of Fred Keppard ended up in her bedroom. When Wayne Bennett, owner of Cabot Cove's newest, hottest gym, is suspected of the crime, Jessica agrees to look into the matter after receiving a request from a surprising source.

Murderer: Clarence La Rue 
7.7139"The Return of Preston Giles"November 18, 1990 (1990-11-18)66307

Preston Giles, Jessica's former publisher and the first murderer she ever caught, has been released from jail after serving only six years of his sentence. When an old rival is murdered shortly after Giles returns to work, Jessica has to determine if Giles is being framed or if he has committed his third murder.

Murderer: Millie Bingham Stafford 
7.8140"The Great Twain Robbery"November 25, 1990 (1990-11-25)66314

Bookend episode.
Proving a burnt Mark Twain manuscript is a fake is the reason for a book expert's murder.

Murderer: Professor Chandler Fitzpatrick 
7.9141"Ballad for a Blue Lady"December 2, 1990 (1990-12-02)66322

Jessica heads to Nashville to visit her old friends, Bobby and Patti Sue Diamond and finds herself embroiled in the middle of a murder mystery when Bobby and Patti Sue are both poisoned.

Murderer: Patti Sue Diamond 
7.10142"Murder in F Sharp"December 16, 1990 (1990-12-16)66312

Bookend episode.
Dennis investigates a fire that burned the hands of famous concert pianist Vaclav Maryska. When Maryska's wife winds up murdered, Dennis tries to sort through the suspects and find the killer. Guest stars Patricia Neal.

Murderer: Vaacclav Maryska 
7.11143"Family Doctor"January 6, 1991 (1991-01-06)66306

In Boston, Jessica and Seth are captured by the angry son of one of Seth's patients who didn't survive.

Murderer: Rosa Abruzzi 
7.12144"Suspicion of Murder"January 20, 1991 (1991-01-20)66313

Bookend episode.
Dennis is suspected in the murder of the husband of an old flame with whom he has been spending some time.

Murderers: Christina Hellinger and Joe Hellinger 
7.13145"Moving Violation"February 3, 1991 (1991-02-03)66324

Things get messy in Cabot Cove when Bradley Hellman, the son of an influential ambassador, is murdered only an hour after making bail for drunken driving. Jessica is determined to protect Mort, who has been accused of Hellman's murder by his father.

Murderer: Meredith Hellman 
7.14146"Who Killed J.B. Fletcher?"February 10, 1991 (1991-02-10)66309

A snoopy fan in Texas impersonates Jessica when she starts investigating a potential dog show scandal and Jessica is reported dead.

Murderer: Mitchell Lawrence 
7.15147"The Taxman Cometh"February 17, 1991 (1991-02-17)66311

The owner of Edna's Pies near St. Louis, is accused of skimping on her IRS payments. She in turn blames her ex-husband who, consequently, is found murdered.

Murderer: Richard Wellstood 
7.16148"From the Horse's Mouth"February 24, 1991 (1991-02-24)66301

Jessica teams up with Harry McGraw when an argument over stud fees results in someone ending up dead.

Murderer: Derek Padley 
7.17149"The Prodigal Father"March 10, 1991 (1991-03-10)66303

A bank robber, long thought dead, returns to see his daughter and face the wrath of the townspeople.

Murderer: Elton Summers 
7.18150"Where Have You Gone, Billy Boy"March 17, 1991 (1991-03-17)66310

Bookend episode.
Dennis is on the case when a "kidnapped" ventriloquist's dummy is found in a locked room along with the corpse of a comedy club owner. The ventriloquist is the prime suspect and Dennis sets out to solve the crime.

Murderer: Joe Gelardi 
7.19151"Thursday's Child"April 7, 1991 (1991-04-07)66305

A woman turns up claiming that Jessica's late husband was the father of her child and he is in deep trouble involving fraud in his construction company and murder. Jessica turns to her old friend, Clint Phelps, for help, but he doesn't have any answers he can give her. After the woman and her son end up mixed up in a murder investigation, Jessica agrees to solve the case, but does so with a heavy heart.

Murderer: Cynthia Olston 
7.20152"Murder, Plain and Simple"April 28, 1991 (1991-04-28)66319

When Jessica visits the Amish to buy a quilt, she finds they are not immune to murder.

Murderer: Sarah Lapp 
7.21153"Tainted Lady"May 5, 1991 (1991-05-05)66316

A local man dies of heart failure, but when someone find arsenic the suspicion points to the local diner, where the owner was once tried for murder, but when someone else died from the same condition, is the owner really a serial killer?

Murderer: Laura Corman 
7.22154"The Skinny According to Nick Cullhane"May 12, 1991 (1991-05-12)66323

The brewery family is angry when they find out the writer acting as spokesperson for them has written an expose. (Like Season five's finale, this was written as the possible swan song for Jessica. After having to heavily rewrite that finale, the producers filmed two endings, the second having Jessica wink at the camera, in case as previous she changes her mind and signs on for more series).

Murderer: Phil Mannix 

Season 8 (1991–92)[edit]

Season #Total #TitleOriginal AirdateProduction Code
8.1155"Bite the Big Apple"September 15, 1991 (1991-09-15)67501

Jessica heads off to New York to begin teaching and has difficulty finding an apartment. She finally gets one that she likes, only to learn that a murder recently took place in the apartment complex and that someone desperately wants something that is inside her apartment.

Murderer: Lt. Jack Boyle 
8.2156"Night Fears"September 22, 1991 (1991-09-22)67503

Former policeman Wallace Evans, now a professor, challenges Jessica to a race to solve a series of muggings on campus, and the muggings soon escalate to murder.

Murderer: Wallace Evans 
8.3157"Unauthorized Obituary"September 29, 1991 (1991-09-29)67512

After a sensationalist biographer writing an exposé on Jessica's good friend is found dead, suspicion falls on the subject's husband.

Murderer: Steve Lockner 
8.4158"Thicker Than Water"October 6, 1991 (1991-10-06)67504

When his younger brother Wayne, the family's black sheep, becomes chief suspect in the murder of his employer, Mort relies on Jessica to help him keep his perspective about the case.

Murderer: Zach Franklin 
8.5159"Lines of Excellence"November 3, 1991 (1991-11-03)67517

Teaching a computer class seems tame, but not when Jessica is one of the students.

Murderer: Derek St. James 
8.6160"Judge Not"November 10, 1991 (1991-11-10)67505

The death of a rhythm and blues legend and subsequent murder of his bass player reopen the 20-year-old unsolved murder of the musician's mistress.

Murderer: Prosecutor Andy Henley 
8.7161"Terminal Connection"November 17, 1991 (1991-11-17)67519

Evidence points to the battered wife of a powerful businessman as his killer, but Jessica establishes that there is a long list of suspects who wished him dead.

Murderer: Allison Franklin 
8.8162"A Killing in Vegas"November 24, 1991 (1991-11-24)67513

Jessica stakes her life on slim odds when she investigates a murder.

Murderer: Wes McSorley 
8.9163"The Committee"December 1, 1991 (1991-12-01)67524

The governing committee of an exclusive men's club commissions Jessica to identify a rogue member's killer--who likely serves on the committee.

Murderers: Theo Cayle and Lisa Sutton 
8.10164"The List of Yuri Lermentov"December 15, 1991 (1991-12-15)67516

Chance possession of a secret intelligence document lands Jessica in the center of an international web of intrigue and murder.

Murderer: Harry Neville 
8.11165"Danse Diabolique"January 5, 1992 (1992-01-05)67507

When a beautiful ballerina dies during her premiere performance in a new ballet, Jessica is convinced it is murder.

Murderer: Edward Hale 
8.12166"The Witch's Curse"January 12, 1992 (1992-01-12)67506

The people of Cabot Cove put on a play about a 17th century woman who cursed the town before she was executed as a witch.

Murderer: Lydia Winthrop 
8.13167"Incident in Lot 7"January 19, 1992 (1992-01-19)67527

Jessica travels to Hollywood to discuss the film version of her latest novel and discovers the producer dead on the set. This episode is a tribute to Psycho.

Murderer: Willy Montego 
8.14168"The Monte Carlo Murders"February 2, 1992 (1992-02-02)67525

Jessica is brought into the case of a murdered financier and the theft of his wife's diamonds in Monaco.

Murderer: Inspector Morel 
8.15169"Tinker, Tailor, Liar, Thief"March 1, 1992 (1992-03-01)67528

No one wants to believe that Jessica found a body in her hotel suite in London and they don't want her to believe it, either.

Murderer: Daisy Collins 
8.16170"Ever After"March 8, 1992 (1992-03-08)67521

A real life soap opera involves a soap star, her co-star, and the victim--her millionaire husband.

Murderers: Joanna Rollins and Devon 'Sonny' Lane 
8.17171"To the Last Will I Grapple with Thee"March 15, 1992 (1992-03-15)67536

All of Jessica's intuitive and deductive skills are called into play when she sets out to clear a university colleague of a murder charge by staging a false birthday.

Murderer: N/A (Suicide) 
8.18172"Programmed for Murder"April 5, 1992 (1992-04-05)67526

There is something strange about a software expert's sudden death from bleeding ulcers that just doesn't compute.

Murderers: Allan Wooster and Gretchen Price 
8.19173"Day of the Dead"April 26, 1992 (1992-04-26)67535

The theft of a priceless artifact from a Mexico City museum leads Jessica into a labyrinth of clues, where murder is the fact behind the Mask of Montezuma.

Murderer: Cyrus Ramsey 
8.20174"Angel of Death"May 3, 1992 (1992-05-03)67532

While Jessica is in Carmel, consoling a well known playwright haunted by his wife's suicide, another family member is murdered.

Murderer: Alex Ericson 
8.21175"Badge of Honor"May 10, 1992 (1992-05-10)67539

Jessica intervenes when Seth's long-lost Army buddy is accused of murder.

Murderer: Neal Dishman 
8.22176"Murder on Madison Avenue"May 17, 1992 (1992-05-17)67531

Jessica plays a real-life version of her own murder mystery board-game when the toy company she's working with becomes the scene of the crime.

Murderer: Sylvia Moffett 

Season 9 (1992–93)[edit]

Season #Total #TitleOriginal AirdateProduction Code
9.1177"Murder in Milan"September 20, 1992 (1992-09-20)67905

While in Milan attending the premiere of a film adapted from one of her books, Jessica searches for the killer when the producer is murdered.

Murderer: Tom Hiller 
9.2178"Family Secrets"September 27, 1992 (1992-09-27)67907

One of Jessica's former students is murdered when he returns to Cabot Cove to write a book exposing new information on a 30 year-old town scandal.

Murderer: Janet Weymouth 
9.3179"The Mole"October 4, 1992 (1992-10-04)67902

The police refuse to believe Jessica when she is mistaken for a government informant and kidnapped by the town's most respected citizen.

Murderer: Fred Chandler 
9.4180"The Wind Around the Tower"November 1, 1992 (1992-11-01)67901

While they are visitors at an estate in Ireland, Jessica and her friend are convinced that their host's demise is not from natural causes.

Murderers: Anne Gillen and Francis O'Reilly 
9.5181"The Dead File"November 15, 1992 (1992-11-15)67910

Jessica is threatened with lawsuits after she is depicted in a newspaper comic strip accusing some of Manhattan's leading citizens of crimes. Guest star Harvey Fierstein

Murderer: Teddy Graves 
9.6182"Night of the Coyote"November 22, 1992 (1992-11-22)67914

Jessica helps the sheriff of an old Western town solve a murder that is connected to a legendary stagecoach robber's long-lost treasure.

Murderer: Charles Strickland 
9.7183"Sugar & Spice, Malice & Vice"November 29, 1992 (1992-11-29)67903

Michael Haggerty's soon to be son-in-law is involved in a merger with a Hong Kong financial institution operated by drug lords and arms smugglers. When Michael is found standing over the dead body of his soon to be son-in-law, he is accused of the murder. Jessica knows better and helps Michael prove that he is innocent.

Murderer: Laura Downing 
9.8184"The Classic Murder"December 6, 1992 (1992-12-06)67906

Jessica investigates the mysterious disappearance of her editor's millionaire father along with $150 million from his corporate account.

Murderer: George Foster 
9.9185"A Christmas Secret"December 13, 1992 (1992-12-13)67912

Jessica uncovers embezzlement and blackmail after a Cabot Cove newcomer is suspected of shooting a woman at the local Christmas celebration. It is notable for being the only episode of the series in which no character is killed. The woman shot recovers, and the perpetrator is only charged with attempted murder. This ending was likely written in to match the lighter, Christmas mood of the episode.

Murderer: Amy Wainwright 
9.10186"The Sound of Murder"January 3, 1993 (1993-01-03)67909

Jessica records one of her novels for the blind. While at the recording studio she gets an invitation to the taping of a rock video. A murder takes place during the taping and Jessica sets off to seek out clues to the mystery.

Murderer: Charles George Drexler 
9.11187"Final Curtain"January 10, 1993 (1993-01-10)67913

The community center of Cabot Cove is getting ready to produce a pre-off Broadway play with retired actor, David North at the helm. What follows is interrupted rehearsals and a murder in town. The search is then on for clues to the murder.

Murderer: David North 
9.12188"Double Jeopardy"January 17, 1993 (1993-01-17)67921

A not-guilty verdict in the murder of a community activist leads to threats of violence while Jessica is teaching a mystery writing class at a Catholic church in an ethically mixed neighborhood. Jessica goes in search of the facts.

Murderer: Raymond Fernandez 
9.13189"Dead Eye"February 7, 1993 (1993-02-07)67920

Murder, missing persons, and the Kennedy assassination are all part of the mysteries Jessica must face to solve her current case.

Murderer: Laura Callan 
9.14190"Killer Radio"February 14, 1993 (1993-02-14)67917

While on a book tour, Jessica agrees to guest on a local radio talk show that has feuding co-owners. Jessica gets the last word in when she is interviewed by a "Howard Stern" type interviewer. When a murder takes place Jessica helps sort out the tangled webs of confusion to bring the killer to justice.

Murderer: Danny Cochran 
9.15191"The Petrified Florist"February 21, 1993 (1993-02-21)67916

While observing the guests at a dinner party held by a Beverly Hills gossip magazine editor, Jessica envisions the plot for her next murder mystery.

Murderer: Junie Cobb 
9.16192"Threshold of Fear"February 28, 1993 (1993-02-28)67916

Jessica helps a neighbor in her New York building who has a phobia about leaving her apartment since she saw her mother murdered five years ago. Guest Star Cynthia Nixon

Murderer: Peter Morgan 
9.17193"The Big Kill"March 7, 1993 (1993-03-07)67929

Two murders result when the CEO of Cabot Cove defense corporation tries to save his company by illegally selling leftover components.

Murderer: Brian Bentall 
9.18194"Dead to Rights"March 21, 1993 (1993-03-21)67927

Jessica agrees to help clear a former research assistant of killing her new employer, despite the fact that the woman is a pathological liar.

Murderer: Deputy Prosecutor Bruce Hastings 
9.19195"Lone Witness"April 4, 1993 (1993-04-04)67932

Jessica helps solve the murder of a when the only witness, a local delivery boy she has befriended (played by Neil Patrick Harris), becomes the prime suspect.

Murderer: Lt. Steve Warren 
9.20196"Ship of Thieves"May 2, 1993 (1993-05-02)67935

While on a cruise, Jessica helps an old friend, now a ship's security chief, investigate when a woman is found dead in the cargo area.

Murderer: Leslie Hunter 
9.21197"The Survivor"May 9, 1993 (1993-05-09)67919

Jessica becomes involved in an internal police investigation when a colleague is left for dead in an accident in which a rookie policeman is killed.

Murderer: Jimmy Haynes 
9.22198"Love's Deadly Desire"May 16, 1993 (1993-05-16)67925

Jessica investigates the murder of a visiting romance novelist's assistant, who was having an affair with the writer's publisher husband.

Murderer: Sibella Stone 

Season 10 (1993–94)[edit]

Season #Total #TitleOriginal AirdateProduction Code
10.1199"A Death in Hong Kong"September 12, 1993 (1993-09-12)69103

Jessica's trip to Hong Kong is interrupted by the murder of an American businessman negotiating a merger with a Chinese tycoon.

Murderer: Louise Walton 
10.2200"For Whom the Ball Tolls"September 26, 1993 (1993-09-26)69104

When Jessica agrees to help preserve a historic brownstone, she winds up trying to clear her editor of the murder of an opposing developer.

Murderer: Lee Gillrich 
10.3201"The Legacy of Borbey House"October 3, 1993 (1993-10-03)69107

While restoring her house in Cabot Cove, Jessica worries that her contractor is preoccupied by the remodeling of another house until the project is put on hold when the client is found murdered.

Murderer: Charles Wetherby 
10.4202"The Phantom Killer"October 24, 1993 (1993-10-24)69106

Jessica comes to the aid of a promising young reporter when he is suspected of murdering a rival magazine's unscrupulous publisher.

Murderer: Kathryn Scofield 
10.5203"A Virtual Murder"October 31, 1993 (1993-10-31)69105

Jessica happens on a computerized clue to a murder while writing a mystery story for a friend's interactive video game company.

Murderer: Sharon Baskin 
10.6204"Bloodlines"November 9, 1993 (1993-11-09)69115

A racehorse trainer is murdered as he is on his way to expose a racing fraud and there is some friction concerning his daughter's permission to ride in the race.

Murderer: Tracey Noble 
10.7205"A Killing in Cork"November 21, 1993 (1993-11-21)69118

While visiting Ireland, Jessica searches for clues when a widowed friend's son is suspected of killing an American relative.

Murderer: Dennis Moylan 
10.8206"Love and Hate in Cabot Cove"November 28, 1993 (1993-11-28)69122

Jessica returns to Cabot Cove to discover why her accountant is not paying her bills.

Murderer: Irene Macinoy 
10.9207"Murder at a Discount"December 5, 1993 (1993-12-05)69123

One of Jessica's best-selling mysteries makes her the target of a lawsuit by a man who was tried and acquitted for murder.

Murderer: Iris Novaro 
10.10208"Murder in White"December 19, 1993 (1993-12-19)69116

When Jessica is called to London to rewrite the stage adaptation of her novel, she must prove her actress friend innocent of killing a producer.

Murderer: Oliver Hopkins 
10.11209"Northern Explosion"January 2, 1994 (1994-01-02)69114

While stranded in a small Canadian town, Jessica helps the Mounties solve two local murders.

Murderer: Marie Comouche 
10.12210"Proof in the Pudding"January 9, 1994 (1994-01-09)69124

Jessica discovers clues to a puzzling murder when she is a guest star on a friend's television cooking show.

Murderer: Jeannine Bonelli 
10.13211"Portrait of Death"January 16, 1994 (1994-01-16)69127

Jessica comes to the rescue when a friend's sculpture is used as a murder weapon.

Murderer: Frances McMahon 
10.14212"Deadly Assets"January 23, 1994 (1994-01-23)69129

Jessica attempts to clear the name of a Cabot Cove fisherman who is suspected of murdering a Chicago hit man.

Murderer: Harvey Terhune 
10.15213"Murder on the Thirtieth Floor"February 6, 1994 (1994-02-06)69130

Jessica refuses to believe that the editor of her latest book has committed suicide and is determined to find out the truth.

Murderers: Leonard Ambler and Lori Graham 
10.16214"Time to Die"March 6, 1994 (1994-03-06)69128

Infrared cameras seem to prove Jessica's writing student is guilty of killing his abusive stepfather.

Murderer: Mario Fernandez 
10.17215"The Dying Game"March 13, 1994 (1994-03-13)69133

Financial problems lead to a double murder at a department store, forcing Jessica to prove the innocence of a friend.

Murderer: Floyd Larkin 
10.18216"The Trouble with Seth"March 27, 1994 (1994-03-27)69138

Jessica searches for Seth when he suddenly disappears and fresh bloodstains in his office indicate foul play.

Murderer: Connie Anderson 
10.19217"Roadkill"May 1, 1994 (1994-05-01)N/A

While visiting a friend in Texas, Jessica attempts to help the owner of a small trucking company clear his son of a murder charge.

Murderer: Sam Mercer 
10.20218"A Murderous Muse"May 15, 1994 (1994-05-15)69140

Jessica searches for the truth when a legendary maestro, who is about to lose control of his protege, is found murdered and an innocent man is charged with the crime.

Murderers: Vanessa Cross and Steve Hoyt 
10.21219"Wheel of Death"May 22, 1994 (1994-05-22)69141

The arrival of a traveling carnival in Cabot Cove coincides with a rash of burglaries and the murder of the troupe's owner.

Murderer: Richard Binyon 

Season 11 (1994–95)[edit]

Season #Total #TitleOriginal AirdateProduction Code
11.1220"A Nest of Vipers"September 25, 1994 (1994-09-25)69503
While researching her newest novel at a California zoo, Jessica finds herself in the middle of a murder involving a black mamba snake. 
11.2221"Amsterdam Kill"October 2, 1994 (1994-10-02)69532
Jessica's investigation of a novelist's kidnapping leads her into the dark world of diamond smuggling and murder. (Produced during the tenth season but aired during the eleventh) 
11.3222"To Kill a Legend"October 9, 1994 (1994-10-09)69504
Jessica accidentally discovers a letter from George Washington that leads to a hero's disgrace and a director's murder. 
11.4223"Death in Hawaii"October 16, 1994 (1994-10-16)69505
Jessica's vacation to Honolulu becomes chaotic when the son of her host, power broker Matt Kinkaid, vanishes during a hotly contested U.S. Senate election. 
11.5224"Dear Deadly"October 23, 1994 (1994-10-23)69506
When a newspaper columnist becomes the target of a crazed gunman, Jessica's advice to be careful is ignored. 
11.6225"The Murder Channel"November 6, 1994 (1994-11-06)69513
In a friend's apartment, Jessica and her friends are amused by and then puzzled by the strange drama unfolding on TV. Jessica slowly realizes that the "TV show" is actually the feed from a surveillance camera, and she may be witnessing the planning of a robbery and murder. 
11.7226"Fatal Paradise"November 13, 1994 (1994-11-13)69508
Private investigator Charlie Garrett is in luck when Jessica is in Martinique for her vacation at the same time he is accused of murdering the woman he's been trying to locate for a client. 
11.8227"Crimson Harvest"November 20, 1994 (1994-11-20)69518
The mysterious deaths of a winery matriarch's son and a rival vintner lead Jessica into a world of greed and betrayal. 
11.9228"Murder by Twos"November 27, 1994 (1994-11-27)69522
Jessica searches for a link between the town bully's death and the death of the woman he was having an affair with. 
11.10229"Murder of the Month Club"December 4, 1994 (1994-12-04)69520
The taping of an infomercial by Jessica and two fellow novelists is plagued by problems including the mysterious death of an audience member. 
11.11230"An Egg to Die For"December 11, 1994 (1994-12-11)69511
Jessica helps a Russian police officer capture the elusive mastermind behind the theft of a Faberge egg
11.12231"The Scent of Murder"January 9, 1995 (1995-01-09)69517
The pervasive stench of death looms over Jessica and Seth's visit to his cousin's South Carolina plantation. 
11.13232"Death 'n Denial"January 22, 1995 (1995-01-22)69516
Jessica takes a trip to Egypt to finalize a cultural exchange program and ends up searching for a killer and a stolen artifact. 
11.14233"Murder in High-C"February 5, 1995 (1995-02-05)69525
An opera singer tries to make her debut before a stalker can fulfill his promise to kill her. 
11.15234"Twice Dead"February 12, 1995 (1995-02-12)69515
When a brilliant scientist fakes his own death and is then murdered, Jessica sets the record straight when the wrong man is arrested. 
11.16235"Film Flam"February 19, 1995 (1995-02-19)69535
Homicide haunts the release of a restored movie, and Jessica investigates the current crime and the 1960 murder that prevented the original release. 
11.17236"Murder a la Mode"February 26, 1995 (1995-02-26)69537
Jessica's excursion into the world of the fashion elite in Paris leads to murder, seamy sweatshops and smugglers. 
11.18237"The Dream Team"March 19, 1995 (1995-03-19)69529
The townspeople of Cabot Cove are concerned about a massive development on their shore and it is further complicated for Jessica since the firm employs her nephew, Grady. 
11.19238"School for Murder"April 30, 1995 (1995-04-30)69534
It seems that there is more than schoolboy pranks going on between a Cabot Cove prep school and its rival. 
11.20239"Another Killing in Cork"May 7, 1995 (1995-05-07)69528
While Jessica is enjoying her stay at a fishing lodge in Ireland, she finds out the owner is beset by a consortium that wants to buy his land for a strip mine. 
11.21240"Game, Set, Murder"May 14, 1995 (1995-05-14)69530
A domineering father forces a teenager to play beyond her desire and she suffers emotional problems. 

Season 12 (1995–96)[edit]

Season #Total #TitleOriginal AirdateProduction Code
12.1241"Nailed"September 21, 1995 (1995-09-21)K0201
12.2242"A Quaking in Aspen"September 28, 1995 (1995-09-28)K0205
12.3243"The Secret of Gila Junction"October 5, 1995 (1995-10-05)K0203
While visiting a friend in Arizona, a green sheriff asks Jessica for her help investigating a murder that followed the discovery of a stash of cash. 
12.4244"Big Easy Murder"October 12, 1995 (1995-10-12)69533
Jessica travels to New Orleans and is caught up in a web of voodoo related murders. (Produced during the eleventh season but aired during the twelfth) 
12.5245"Home Care"October 19, 1995 (1995-10-19)69538
Jessica immerses herself in the medical profession when a young nurse is accused of murdering two patients to whom she was providing home care. (Produced during the eleventh season but aired during the twelfth) 
12.6246"Nan's Ghost: Part 1"November 2, 1995 (1995-11-02)K0217
Jessica is in Ireland visiting an old friend and staying at a bed and breakfast at Ballynook Castle. A haunted spirit and antique smugglers are just a few challenges Jessica faces on her Irish vacation. 
12.7247"Nan's Ghost: Part 2"November 9, 1995 (1995-11-09)K0217
Jessica is trapped in the rat-infested dungeon of an ancient Irish castle, but uses her ingenuity to get rescued and find the treasure and a murderer. 
12.8248"Shooting in Rome"November 16, 1995 (1995-11-16)K0214
Jessica travels to Rome to help rewrite the script for the filming of one of her books, but the filming takes a tragic turn when a stuntman dies. 
12.9249"Deadly Bidding"November 23, 1995 (1995-11-23)K0215
Charlie Garrett's outrageous bid at an auction arouses Jessica's suspicions, after the artist becomes the subject of a homicide photographer. 
12.10250"Frozen Stiff"November 30, 1995 (1995-11-30)K0204
When Jessica arrives at an ice cream company to get a check for charity, the funds have melted and the company's co-founder is iced. 
12.11251"Unwilling Witness"December 14, 1995 (1995-12-14)K0216
After being subpoenaed to testify at the jury probe of a brokerage house, Jessica is charged with contempt for speaking to a witness who is killed. 
12.12252"Kendo Killing"January 4, 1996 (1996-01-04)K0208
Jessica's delivery to a motorcycle racer in Japan speeds up a series of events that result in the death of another racer. 
12.13253"Death Goes Double Platinum"January 7, 1996 (1996-01-07)K0222
The members of an up-and-coming Latin instrumental band get an offer they can't refuse just when they are getting noticed by a more reputable company. 
12.14254"Murder in Tempo"January 11, 1996 (1996-01-11)K0210
Seth's benefit concert to save the woods near Cabot Cove is endangered when the lead singer is permanently silenced. 
12.15255"The Dark Side of the Door"February 1, 1996 (1996-02-01)K0221
When the police are reluctant to become involved, Jessica links a recent murder, a possible suicide and an 11-year-old kidnapping. 
12.16256"Murder Among Friends"February 8, 1996 (1996-02-08)K0220
When the producer of a hit twenty-something TV series is murdered, Jessica does some directing of her own. 
12.17257"Something Foul in Flappieville"February 15, 1996 (1996-02-15)K0202
After Jessica's short story for children becomes a television puppet show, she must find the fiend who used one of the puppets as a murder weapon. 
12.18258"Track of a Soldier"February 25, 1996 (1996-02-25)K0227
A vacation in the Grand Tetons turns into work when the man threatening Jessica's host with blackmail is murdered. 
12.19259"Evidence of Malice"March 28, 1996 (1996-03-28)K0230
Jessica has to solve two murders to clear the name of her old friend Deputy Andy, who becomes a suspect when a murder weapon is found in his car. 
12.20260"Southern Double-Cross"April 4, 1996 (1996-04-04)K0229
Jessica travels to Australia to prove that she is the rightful heir to 130,000 acres (530 km2) of grazing land, but her arrival results in two murders. 
12.21261"Race to Death"April 25, 1996 (1996-04-25)K0213
Jessica investigates when a wealthy yachtsman is murdered two days before a big race, and the daughter of his rival is charged with the crime. 
12.22262"What You Don't Know Can Kill You"May 2, 1996 (1996-05-02)K0232
When a young man dies in a motorcycle crash, and a local attorney is murdered, Jessica looks for links between the two seemingly unrelated deaths. 
12.23263"Mrs. Parker's Revenge"May 9, 1996 (1996-05-09)K0231
Jessica gets caught up in a web of international intrigue and rogue government agents when a deadly virus is stolen from the Biological Research Institute. 
12.24264"Death by Demographics"May 16, 1996 (1996-05-16)K0226
In San Francisco, a radio station's new manager is murdered after changing their image by firing every staff member who is past a certain age and changing the format from classical music to hard rock. 

TV movies[edit]

TV Movie #TitleOriginal Airdate
1Murder, She Wrote: South by SouthwestNovember 2, 1997 (1997-11-02)
Jessica is warned away by an FBI agent while following clues to Agua Verde where a woman who left her purse apparently lives. 
2Murder, She Wrote: A Story to Die ForMay 18, 2000 (2000-05-18)
Jessica Fletcher puts her sleuthing skills to work at a writers' conference after a Russian author is found dead. 
3Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free ManMay 2, 2001 (2001-05-02)
Jessica Fletcher uncovers a shocking link between her family history and the death of a slave in the 1860s. 
4Murder, She Wrote: The Celtic RiddleMay 9, 2003 (2003-05-09)
Jessica travels to Ireland, where she attends the reading of an old acquaintance's will. The will contains the clues to finding a secret treasure, one that will require an already strained family to work together in order to solve the mystery. It was based on The Celtic Riddle by Lyn Hamilton


  1. ^ "The View Recaps". Retrieved 2007-02-26. 
  2. ^ "Murder, She Wrote: Could Jessica Fletcher Return?". Retrieved 2007-02-28. 

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