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Jessica Fletcher takes up the cause of her good friend Barbara Babs Wirth after Babs's husband Hal suffers a fatal heart attack that Jessica has reason to believe was actually murder. Her suspicions are aroused by a sinister dating site Hal used while he and Babs were having marital issues - a site that might be complicit in somehow swindling him out of millions. Jessica's investigation reveals that Hal was far from the only victim, and when his former business partner is also killed, a deadly pattern emerges.

Jessica teams up with a brilliant, young, computer hacker to follow the trail, but as she gets closer to the truth, two near misses force her to realize that she could very well be the next victim. The stakes have never been this high, as Jessica finds herself being stalked by the killer she is trying to catch. She'll need to set the perfect trap to avoid her very own date with murder.

©2018 Jessica Fletcher and Don Bain with Jon Land (P)2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • 05-24-18

Not the Voice for Jessica

This book was ok. I had trouble staying interested in it due to the new narrator. The narrator of this book does a good job, but I really liked Sandra Burr doing Jessica Fletcher's voice.

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Not Donald Bain :(

I was disappointed to listen to this new Murder She Wrote book. The author does not capture the character of Jessica Fletcher in the way that Donald Bain did. There's one point where she says "good" instead of "well" or something like that and she would never have made such a grammatical error. She also comes off as much more of a busybody and obnoxious then she does in Bain's books or on the show. He just doesn't respect her and has a lot of digs and put downs of her by other characters. He also has an entire subplot about Jessica having never been on a date since Frank died. All of us fans know that Jessica has an ongoing relationship with the inspector from Scotland Yard. The fact that the author didn't know that and that the editors didn't catch that gaping hole in Jessica's story leads me to think that the publishing house just doesn't care whether the author is true to the spirit of Jessica Fletcher or not. This author must be somewhat well-known or something because he hasn't written a cozy mystery before nor has he read Donald Bain's books. He has hostility toward Jessica and the Murder She Wrote series. I really hope publisher finds a different author to capture the spirit of Jessica Fletcher and her Mysteries. There were also far too many jokes about the number of murders in Cabot Cove. That was funny the first time, it got old very fast. Also, Seth is barely present in this story, and he typically figures very prominently as one of her good friends. Having Jessica say how this scenario was so different from all of her other cases and why she had to stand up for her friend and so on was ridiculous and not in keeping with her character. It sounded like the author was trying to prove himself through her words. PLEASE GET A BETTER AUTHOR FOR THIS SERIES!!!

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A date with murder

I feel I am being generous with the 2 star rating due to all the changes in direction. First of all having a different narrative gives Jessica a totally different persona than all the other books. She has more of a snarky attitude in my opinion. Totally detracts from the original Jessica we all know and loved. Jessica also is being portrayed as being somewhat more modern in her thinking. I believe this may be due to Donald Baines having a new co-writer since his wife’s passing. If this is indicative of the direction his next books will be going I will no longer be an avid fan of the series. I own almost every paperback since the show started and if I don’t have the book form I do have it on audible. But the love affair with the series is about to come to an end.

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Inauthentic characterization of Jessica Fletcher

i havent even finished listening but the storyline seems fine. No complaints about that.However who really reads murder she wrote for the mystery.Its all about Jessica Fletcher!And they have mischaracterized her in this book.My goodness her comment about Seth being disrespectful, she would never say!The way she quips back and forth with people...No.The way she mentioned her royalties and the obvious annoyance she had with people that considered mystery a low form of entertainment.she would NEVER speak that way even if that's what she thought.Now I have listened to all the other books and they seem on point. GO BACK to that formula. thank you.

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Jessica with new attitude

I own every audio book in this series and am a huge fan. As many reviews mentioned, there are new voices for familiar characters and new attitudes too. Everyone including Jessica is a little edgier and more sarcastic than before. I mostly liked the changes including how Sheriff Mort Metzger is no longer infuriatingly slow on the take or how Dr. Seth Hazlit is no longer so old school and sexist. It made me like them more. The plot was interesting and fast moving. That said, I do think the authors could scale back on the sarcasm. Everyone sounds like they hate each other and it's distracting.

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Not Murder She Wrote!

The story is actually pretty good— an enjoyable enough mystery. The problem is that the characterization is completely off. I felt more like I was reading one of Mary Higgins Clark’s Alvirah Meehan books. Jessica Fletcher has forgotten she was a teacher, is very abrasive and sometimes crass. She has forgotten how she relates to the world (her neighbors and town seem so changed as to not be recognizable) and she is much more of a ‘writer’ in this book. She even talks about her creative output increasing in the years following her husbands death when in fact JB never wrote when he was alive and only wrote one book following his death as a creative hobby. Grady gave her secret project book to the publisher launching her career— this JB Fletcher refers to her nephew as a ne’er do well and seems to casually refer to Cabot Cove as the Murder capital of the world!
I think anyone looking for Jessica Fletcher should skip this book— hopefully the new author reads some of Donald Bain’s books before finishing the next outing or the series is doomed.

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modern sassy jessica

The story and reader on their own were okay. Being that it's supposed to be JB Fletcher, I question whether the new reader and writer even watched the series??? Too many liberties taken outside what would be Jessica's well established personality. Mort too. Too sassy, sarcastic, and impatient to be both Jb and Mort.

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Need a different narrator

This is first book of the murder she wrote series by this author... not bad but there is room for improvement .... for ex. He went on and on about Jessica turning in her old phone for a smart phone.... the character of Jessica Fletcher would adapt quickly to a smart phone.
Also the narrator of this story did not have Jessica’s character down she needs to read some of the previous books and work on her character development. She did have the character of Harry Mc Graw down... so overall not bad just not the top notch as previous books....

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Where’s Jessica Fletcher?

I haven’t even finished this book and probably won’t. The New narrator was horrific and made it hard to follow who was saying what. I’m not sure what happened to Jessica in this book, but in my opinion is MIA. The disrespectful things she says to people and her thoughts would never have occurred in previous books. I have enjoyed all the other books of this series but my money was wasted on this one. I pray Donald Bain gets a new narrator and remembers what book he’s writing on the next one.

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Dreadful

Awful story, compounded by the worlds worst narrator. Don’t waste your money or time on this one. I think this usually decent series has finally hit rock bottom

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