Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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The Murder of Sherlock Holmes 

Former English teacher Jessica Fletcher travels to New York to celebrate the success of her debut novel, but when an unwanted guest is murdered at a costume party, she wishes she'd stayed home.


Corey Allen


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Eddie Barth ... Bernie
Jessica Browne Jessica Browne ... Kitty Donovan
Bert Convy ... Peter Brill
Herb Edelman ... George
Anne Francis ... Louise McCallum (as Anne Lloyd Francis)
Michael Horton ... Grady Fletcher
Tricia O'Neil ... Ashley Vickers
Dennis Patrick ... Dexter Baxendale
Raymond St. Jacques ... Doctor
Ned Beatty ... Chief Roy Gunderson
Arthur Hill ... Preston Giles
Brian Keith ... Caleb McCallum
Rosanna Huffman Rosanna Huffman ... Eleanor Thompson
Paddi Edwards ... Lois Hoey


In this Pilot episode we are introduced to Jessica Fletcher, a recent widow, who lives in Cabot Cove, Maine. Jessica is an substitute English teacher who becomes a mystery book author thanks to her nephew, Grady Fletcher. Grady submits his aunts manuscript to a publishing company who loves it and publishes it immediately. It is a best-seller and Jessica goes to New York City to promote her new book. While there, Jessica gets involved in a murder while at her publisher's home for a costume party. When her nephew becomes a suspect of the murder, Jessica must find the real killer. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

30 September 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chi ha ucciso Sherlock Holmes? See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The First Appearance Of Michael Horton As Grady Fletcher, Jessica's Nephew. See more »


When Jessica sneaks into Ashley's office, the double light switch on the wall had the left switch up, and the right switch down, and the lights were off. When Jessica peaks down the hall (because she hears Ashley coming), both light switches are up, but the lights are still off in the office. When Ashley comes in, she changes one switch and the office lights go on (but we can't see which switch she changes). When Ashley leaves the office, she flips the right switch down and the lights go off. See more »


[first lines]
Performer: Roger, is that you?
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References Donahue (1967) See more »


Murder She Wrote Theme
Written by John Addison
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The Lady From Cabot Cove
6 July 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This 2 hour pilot episode of Murder She Wrote shows us how Angela Lansbury became the celebrity mystery writer we knew and loved. Michael Horton made the first of his many appearances as her nephew Grady sends in a story she wrote as a hobby and it becomes a best seller. So this former English teacher develops into the cosmopolitan world traveler and American version of Agatha Christie, Jessica Fletcher.

In this episode we get two murders to solve, first that of Dennis Patrick a rather sleazy gumshoe given to blackmail killed at a costume party that Lasnbury is attending given by Arthur Hill. Another of the guests at said party Brian Keith is also later murdered.

Hill and Lansbury seem to be getting something going. It was as serious as I ever saw in the whole history of the show.

Also Lansbury puts herself in harm's way. Her encounter with those street thugs is as much danger as I ever saw her in.

A nice program sendoff for a beloved TV character.

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