Friday, May 28, 2010

Murder, She Wrote: A Fatal Feast by Donald Bain

It's Thanksgiving in Cabot Cove, Maine, and Jessica Fletcher is hoping to show her Scottish friend George Sutherland an old-fashioned American holiday. She hadn't counted on being swept into a murder investigation! When a body is discovered near her home, and she has ties to the victim and the murder weapon, Jessica and George try to figure out exactly who the murderer is, and why the man was killed.

I am a big fan of Murder, She Wrote, the TV show, and I recently discovered this series of mystery novels. They aren't based on the TV shows exactly - they aren't novelizations of the shows - but they do feature the same main character, supporting characters, and settings. Jessica, as usual, comes off like she might be one of your elderly relatives (she sometimes breaks into her narrative to give her opinions on things like social assistance, manners, gossip, food, or anything else). The mystery in this one is fairly predictable; I was expecting there to be at least one more twist and turn. The murder didn't come until more than halfway through the book, and there was one subplot that was more idiotic than compelling. Having said all that, though, I have already put more MSW novels on hold at the library, because these books are like a warm blanket or chicken soup - perfect to curl up with on a rainy afternoon.

Find it at IndieBound.

Read it with:
Madison Avenue Shoot by Donald Bain
Murder on Parade by Donald Bain
Two Little Girls in Blue by Mary Higgins Clark
The Murder, She Wrote Cookbook edited by Tom Culver and Nancy Goodman Iland
Mystery! A Celebration : Stalking Public Television's Greatest Sleuths by Ron Miller

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