Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Ship of Thieves 

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.


Anthony Pullen Shaw (as Anthony Shaw)


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
Dwier Brown ... Philip Polachek
Jon Cypher ... Capt. Rory O'Neil
Michelle Johnson ... Janet Fisk
Lee Meriwether ... Leslie Hunter
Keith Michell ... Dennis Stanton
Albie Selznick ... Marvin Sobel
Ellia Thompson Ellia Thompson ... Molly Altrip
George Tovar ... Roland Devereux
Jane Withers ... Alma Sobel
Michael Woods ... Lance Brinegar
Sharon Lee Jones Sharon Lee Jones ... Diana Peale
Jack Garner Jack Garner ... Mr. Worthington
Sarah Partridge Sarah Partridge ... Agnes Lowry
Sammy Goldstein Sammy Goldstein ... Comic


While enjoying a Caribbean cruise given to her by her editor as a reward for finishing her latest manuscript early, Jessica finds herself investigating the murder of Janet Fisk, who was killed with her own gun. Jessica's old friend and retired insurance investigator Dennis Stanton is now the chief of security for the cruise line and is aboard the ship. She's also been giving advice to Molly Altrip whose boyfriend is something of a cad and one of the murder suspects. Molly is questioning her relationship with him and seems to have taken an interest in Philip Polachek, a member of the crew. Jessica's former college roommate, Leslie Hunter, is also on board and has been dating the ship's Captain for over a year. A lost lighter picked up by the kleptomaniac Mrs. Sobel provides Jessica with the vital clue to solve the crime. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

2 May 1993 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Janet Fisk: Agnes Lowry?
Agnes Lowry: Yes.
Janet Fisk: I'm the one who left you the message. You alone?
Agnes Lowry: As promised. My boss guarantees you immunity. But I've gotta be on that boat first thing in the morning knowing who the courier is.
Janet Fisk: You were gonna have that in writing.
Agnes Lowry: I do.
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References Ship of Fools (1965) See more »


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Some pair
10 June 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In the slang sense of the word, Michelle Johnson has some pair on her as she kills a DA's investigator and takes her identity and goes on a Caribbean cruise. Unfortunately not only is Jessica Fletcher taking the cruise but reformed thief and now insurance investigator Dennis Stanton is there as well. When Angela Lansbury and Keith Michell are on the same case, evildoers might as well just throw in the towel.

Johnson is after a big score on Captain Jon Cypher's cruise ship, but she herself is murdered. Once again we have a red herring as a former acquaintance of Johnson's recognizes her and wants in.

I will say this, the woman was aiming high until she meets her demise. There's quite a sweet racket connected with the ship.

Jane Withers is the comic relief, she is a compulsive kleptomaniac. But she steals something that provides the break in the case for Lansbury and Michell.

Withers is worth seeing this one alone for.

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