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Murder, She Wrote: The Murder of Twelve

By: Jessica Fletcher,Jon Land
Narrated by: Laural Merlington
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Publisher's Summary

Still staying at the Hill House hotel while her beloved home is being rebuilt, Jessica Fletcher finds herself sharing the space for a weekend with a dozen members of a wedding party who have gathered there for a rehearsal dinner. The families of the bride and groom can't stand each other but have agreed to put aside years of long-simmering tension to celebrate the nuptials. 

Unfortunately, weather forecasters underestimated the severity of a storm that turns into a historic blizzard that dumps nearly five feet of snow on Cabot Cove, leaving everyone stranded. 

But the hotel guests have bigger things to worry about than bad weather conditions and potential cold feet, because a murderer has shown up uninvited - one who has vowed to take them down one by one....

©2020 Jon Land (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Edit Much?

OK so I wanna know what is so difficult about editing, that the author can confuse the story's characters relationships. Multiple times characters are said to be related to each other when they're not, it makes the entire wedding party seem like they're one gigantic family when they're not. Clearly this is an issue. I shouldn't have to rewind and listen to it again to confirm that there is an editing issue.

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Always Amazing!

Jessica Fletcher and her compares are always a joy to travel with! The narrator is amazing!

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PERFECT!!!

Loved everything about this book. It kept me in suspense, had a lot of action and as equally important as the story the performance was spot on.

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What a Cozy Murder

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It reminded me of a nice, cozy murder mystery to be read by a fireplace. I enjoyed the plot, the characters, the twists, the suspense, etc. I also loved Jessica's role in this story. This is probably one of my favorite Murder She Wrote mysteries.

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not a good one

the worst of the series. Thrown together.

clearly corporate crap to squeeze the last drop of money out of an otherwise great series

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Bad narration

The narrator sounded robotic and ruined the story for me. The voices were off putting and the cadence strange. Will not be ordering another from this narrator. Jessica would not have had such a harsh and stilted voice. I was not expecting Angela Lansbury, but this voice was way too grating.

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Fantastic

Loved everything about this one. listened without stopping. recommend to all reading ages from twelve years on.

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great book

love the show and the book was just as good. I'm glad I listened.

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  • 09-08-21

Not the MSW I was looking for

This was a bit outlandish to say the least. It started out just like any other MSW and then went way off course. Not like any other MSW I’ve listened to/read.

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Wait...What??

Okay, I’m starting to get it now! The author and editors are trying to mess with our heads, right? Sort of Cabot Cove but in Bizarro World?? Amirite??

Adele? Maureen? Did I miss something? Not complaining—I’ve always had a soft spot for the Sheriff’s strong, silent first wife.

Ethan? Where’ve ya been for the last, say, 30 years or so? Glad you’re back, buddy.

Mayor Sam, I guess you kicked Jim Shevlin straight to the curb with your “Do Nothing Mayor” campaign slogan. Fine by me, as I always enjoyed the comic relief of your utter cluelessness.

I’m trying to roll with all ^^^ THAT ^^^ but one request, please...do NOT resurrect Ben, the newspaper man / supposed-to-be-replacement for Seth (but I mean, really, no one could ever!!!) / quite possibly the most boring recurring character on the show. Just don’t do it. Once with Ben was quite enough, and since you’ve clearly never watched MSW *or* read the previous books in the series, you’ll just have to take my word for it.



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  • 03-26-22

Mediocre story made worse by a poor narrator

This story has many shortcomings, not least of which is that Jessica and Mort Metzger must be in their mid-to-late 90s by now. Or are we supposed to believe that iPhone-using Jessica is somehow caught in a timewarp? (and why did the author specifically mention she has an iPhone and not a generic smartphone?)

That aside, the story has holes so big you can see them from space. I can't reveal what they are without giving the twist away, but the whole thing is just utterly ridiculous.

The writer too often uses the plot device of Jessica realising something but not revealing it to the reader. It's ok if it happens once or twice, but when you're constantly confronted with this, it becomes irritating. The characters are also annoying, and there are too many of them (the female twins are especially annoying). But to fit in with the "murder of twelve" and it's loose connection with the numbers on a clock, we need them all. In addition to them, the character of Harry McGraw and his constant references to Jessica not paying her bill is particularly irksome.

It's made all the worse by the narrator. She reads Jessica with absolutely no humour. If you were watching this on TV you'd see the wry smile behind the comment. If you were reading the book, you'd be imagining Jessica's eyes crinkling at the sides when she speaks. But this narrator reads it all in a flat monotone. In fact, it's almost as if she's seeing these words for the first time as she's reading them. So either there's no understanding of the character of Jessica Fletcher or there was no preparation before recording the book. Either way, she is very, very poor.