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In the latest novel in the USA Today bestselling series, Jessica Fletcher must tread lightly when investigating a homegrown homicide… Jessica has always been civic-minded, so when the director of the Cabot Cove Women’s Shelter asks her to join the board of directors, she readily accepts, even though the shelter has been in the crosshairs of an unreasonable councilman who’d In the latest novel in the USA Today bestselling series, Jessica Fletcher must tread lightly when investigating a homegrown homicide… Jessica has always been civic-minded, so when the director of the Cabot Cove Women’s Shelter asks her to join the board of directors, she readily accepts, even though the shelter has been in the crosshairs of an unreasonable councilman who’d like to see it closed. One night while Jessica is at the shelter, a woman walks in battered and bruised. Her husband is a respected businessman and regarded by all as a pillar of the community. Could this paragon of virtue have beaten his wife? Despite Jessica’s support and advice, the woman refuses to stay at the shelter, press charges, or even report the abuse. But a few days later, the entire town is shocked to hear that domestic abuse has turned to murder. Investigating the crime, Jessica soon discovers that the woman’s family has secrets and lies that go beyond domestic violence—and that the real killer may be hiding behind a wall of silence that could send the wrong person to prison….


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In the latest novel in the USA Today bestselling series, Jessica Fletcher must tread lightly when investigating a homegrown homicide… Jessica has always been civic-minded, so when the director of the Cabot Cove Women’s Shelter asks her to join the board of directors, she readily accepts, even though the shelter has been in the crosshairs of an unreasonable councilman who’d In the latest novel in the USA Today bestselling series, Jessica Fletcher must tread lightly when investigating a homegrown homicide… Jessica has always been civic-minded, so when the director of the Cabot Cove Women’s Shelter asks her to join the board of directors, she readily accepts, even though the shelter has been in the crosshairs of an unreasonable councilman who’d like to see it closed. One night while Jessica is at the shelter, a woman walks in battered and bruised. Her husband is a respected businessman and regarded by all as a pillar of the community. Could this paragon of virtue have beaten his wife? Despite Jessica’s support and advice, the woman refuses to stay at the shelter, press charges, or even report the abuse. But a few days later, the entire town is shocked to hear that domestic abuse has turned to murder. Investigating the crime, Jessica soon discovers that the woman’s family has secrets and lies that go beyond domestic violence—and that the real killer may be hiding behind a wall of silence that could send the wrong person to prison….

30 review for Domestic Malice

  1. 5 out of 5

    James

    A friend of mine enjoys these books so much such that he suggested I read this one to compare it to the TV series we've watched "a few" times. It is just as simple and easy to read as it is to watch the Angela Lansbury shows. He often falls asleep during the middle and wakes up right at the end when she's making a classic "told you so" face. This book was one of the better ones I've read in the series. I have to go back and look at them all as it's been years since I read them, and not sure which A friend of mine enjoys these books so much such that he suggested I read this one to compare it to the TV series we've watched "a few" times. It is just as simple and easy to read as it is to watch the Angela Lansbury shows. He often falls asleep during the middle and wakes up right at the end when she's making a classic "told you so" face. This book was one of the better ones I've read in the series. I have to go back and look at them all as it's been years since I read them, and not sure which ones anymore! About Me For those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marcy Graybill

    Okay these books are my dirty little secret. They aren't great literature and they can be trite and formulaic, but they are just a fun read that requires little or no thought, much like the TV series was. Okay these books are my dirty little secret. They aren't great literature and they can be trite and formulaic, but they are just a fun read that requires little or no thought, much like the TV series was.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    I've seen this series on my library's bookshelves for many years and finally picked one up. So glad I did. Definitely a 'cozy mystery' despite its topic being domestic abuse. When I'm reading it, I can picture it just like the tv show. So glad there are over 40 more volumes to enjoy. Looking forward to the next one. I've seen this series on my library's bookshelves for many years and finally picked one up. So glad I did. Definitely a 'cozy mystery' despite its topic being domestic abuse. When I'm reading it, I can picture it just like the tv show. So glad there are over 40 more volumes to enjoy. Looking forward to the next one.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    Important issue, but not handled well as far as I'm concerned for the usual MSW book audience. Too heavy on the soapbox, and really light on the type of 'mystery' expected. Important issue, but not handled well as far as I'm concerned for the usual MSW book audience. Too heavy on the soapbox, and really light on the type of 'mystery' expected.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    Really liked this book in the series. I'm partial to the Cabot Cove books/episodes anyway, but this one did keep me guessing until the very end. Really liked this book in the series. I'm partial to the Cabot Cove books/episodes anyway, but this one did keep me guessing until the very end.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    This was such a good book. It was atypical because it had a more serious theme of domestic abuse rather than your cookie cutter murder mystery. I honestly couldn't put this book down. This was such a good book. It was atypical because it had a more serious theme of domestic abuse rather than your cookie cutter murder mystery. I honestly couldn't put this book down.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. SPOILERS This book touched me deeply and I am grateful the author wrote about a very painful subject with grace and in a format that will enable cozy mystery fans to read about it in their favorite format. The book deals with how domestic violence affects not just the spouse who is getting beat up but the children in the home. Most of the time, when hearing about domestic violence, if there is a murder, it is usually the one of the spouses committing the act. In this story, that was not the case. I SPOILERS This book touched me deeply and I am grateful the author wrote about a very painful subject with grace and in a format that will enable cozy mystery fans to read about it in their favorite format. The book deals with how domestic violence affects not just the spouse who is getting beat up but the children in the home. Most of the time, when hearing about domestic violence, if there is a murder, it is usually the one of the spouses committing the act. In this story, that was not the case. I highly recommend this book not just as another great cozy mystery with Jessica Fletcher as the main character but also as a way to feel and work out strong feelings that surface when reading about difficult subjects. I find that I can deal with sensitive subjects better sometimes when reading about them in a fictionalized setting. And, like always, Jessica was a star. I love her sense of honor, compassion and friendship. NOTE: The author gives information at the end of the book about the National Domestic Violence Network.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    This is only my second or third 'Murder She Wrote' book. The television series was a great favourite of mine and I am delighted to say the books are equally enjoyable. The writing was excellent and the plot was compelling with the culprit revealed only in the last few pages. I understand there are some 47 books by 'Jessica Fletcher' and Donald Bain and I hope to have one always amongst my more in depth books. This is only my second or third 'Murder She Wrote' book. The television series was a great favourite of mine and I am delighted to say the books are equally enjoyable. The writing was excellent and the plot was compelling with the culprit revealed only in the last few pages. I understand there are some 47 books by 'Jessica Fletcher' and Donald Bain and I hope to have one always amongst my more in depth books.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Charlene

    A book (actually a series) based on the Murder She Wrote TV show from way back when. The setting is updated, since characters use cell phones. A decent read but I probably won't read the whole series. A book (actually a series) based on the Murder She Wrote TV show from way back when. The setting is updated, since characters use cell phones. A decent read but I probably won't read the whole series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Boomer

    I have always enjoyed the Murder She Wrote TV series, so am now greatly enjoying the Jessica Fletcher/Donald Bain novels in the same series. Good stories and easily enjoyed.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

    During her first night volunteering at the Cabot Cove Women’s Shelter, Jessica Fletcher meets Myriam Wolcott, who arrives at the shelter to escape her abusive husband. When Myriam's husband is later found murdered, Jessica becomes entangled in solving his murder. I dearly love this series. It is my default selection when I am stressed and overwhelmed. I love to escape to Cabot Cove. However, I found this installment to be a bit depressing. I enjoyed reading it, but I definitely do not plan to re- During her first night volunteering at the Cabot Cove Women’s Shelter, Jessica Fletcher meets Myriam Wolcott, who arrives at the shelter to escape her abusive husband. When Myriam's husband is later found murdered, Jessica becomes entangled in solving his murder. I dearly love this series. It is my default selection when I am stressed and overwhelmed. I love to escape to Cabot Cove. However, I found this installment to be a bit depressing. I enjoyed reading it, but I definitely do not plan to re-read it in the future.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sonia Critchlow

    Another cracking book by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain. I really got in to this story. Great twist at the end as well. The characters are well rounded and loveable. I love reading these books. This book is about the Cabot Coves women's shelter and one of it women. She shoots her husband or is it some one else? There as lots of people who bear a grudge after investigating their money with him and he lost it all. In comes a very pushy mother to lend her support to her daughter, but did she reall Another cracking book by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain. I really got in to this story. Great twist at the end as well. The characters are well rounded and loveable. I love reading these books. This book is about the Cabot Coves women's shelter and one of it women. She shoots her husband or is it some one else? There as lots of people who bear a grudge after investigating their money with him and he lost it all. In comes a very pushy mother to lend her support to her daughter, but did she really shoot him.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cris

    In many ways this story harks back to the first seasons of the TV show "Murder, She Wrote" in that there's lots of local characters and color, the deceased is thoroughly unlikeable and Jessica Fletcher becomes involved because she's concerned about the accused. Being a fan of the TV series I enjoyed the use of regular characters such as Dr. Hazlitt, Maureen and Mort Metzger and even Harry McGraw (the PI from Boston) as well as town events such as a blueberry festival. In many ways this story harks back to the first seasons of the TV show "Murder, She Wrote" in that there's lots of local characters and color, the deceased is thoroughly unlikeable and Jessica Fletcher becomes involved because she's concerned about the accused. Being a fan of the TV series I enjoyed the use of regular characters such as Dr. Hazlitt, Maureen and Mort Metzger and even Harry McGraw (the PI from Boston) as well as town events such as a blueberry festival.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Not my favorite MSW. The storyline of this one wasn't my favorites from when I first read through the synopsis of each book on Goodreads. Since I plan to read the whole series, this was one I needed to knock off. It was okay and the mystery was good. My favorite element was the addition of Harry McGraw from the tv version. I didn't hate this book but I didn't love it either. Not my favorite MSW. The storyline of this one wasn't my favorites from when I first read through the synopsis of each book on Goodreads. Since I plan to read the whole series, this was one I needed to knock off. It was okay and the mystery was good. My favorite element was the addition of Harry McGraw from the tv version. I didn't hate this book but I didn't love it either.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Jessica joins the board of her local domestic violence shelter and becomes embroiled in a mystery when the abusive husband of one of the shelter's clients is found dead. This book shines a light on the problem of domestic violence through Jessica's training and experiences volunteering in the shelter, and it's a more intense read than some of the others. Highly recommended. Jessica joins the board of her local domestic violence shelter and becomes embroiled in a mystery when the abusive husband of one of the shelter's clients is found dead. This book shines a light on the problem of domestic violence through Jessica's training and experiences volunteering in the shelter, and it's a more intense read than some of the others. Highly recommended.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jackie Linkous

    I believe after reading, I have actually read this book before but I finished it again. As always, I love the books set in Cabot Cove and am so happy Harry McGraw made an appearance! Love that character, as frustrating as he can sometimes be! All in all, I very much enjoyed this installment in the series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Val

    In this very emotional story Jessica volunteers at a women's shelter and then finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation when one of the ladies abuser husband is gunned down in their driveway. When she goes from claiming her innocence to claiming self defense Jessica knows she lying... but why? When the killer is revealed it's shocking and sad. In this very emotional story Jessica volunteers at a women's shelter and then finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation when one of the ladies abuser husband is gunned down in their driveway. When she goes from claiming her innocence to claiming self defense Jessica knows she lying... but why? When the killer is revealed it's shocking and sad.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Audrey

    Mrs. Fletcher was volunteering in a women's shelter when Miriam, a battered woman came in for help. When a few days later it was discovered that Miriam's husband was murdered it was naturally assumed that Miriam bumped off her husband. Mrs. Jessica isn't convinced and started snooping around to discover the truth of what really happened. Mrs. Fletcher was volunteering in a women's shelter when Miriam, a battered woman came in for help. When a few days later it was discovered that Miriam's husband was murdered it was naturally assumed that Miriam bumped off her husband. Mrs. Jessica isn't convinced and started snooping around to discover the truth of what really happened.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Debby Schrecengast

    I love these Murder She Wrote books. I can picture the main characters and hear their voices thanks to the tv show which help brings it all to life. They are a book you can pick up and put down for a few days then come right back to it. This was a different story line than normal and that was very refreshing. Jessica feels like an old friend telling you a story that you become absorbed in.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sue Winebrenner

    A twist I Didn't see coming As usual, the obvious suspect us not the guilty one, but the real guilty one was not the one I thought it was. This is a story often found in the headlines, unfortunately, but dealt with in as real world persp A twist I Didn't see coming As usual, the obvious suspect us not the guilty one, but the real guilty one was not the one I thought it was. This is a story often found in the headlines, unfortunately, but dealt with in as real world persp

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rohn Strong

    Really liked this book! It went at a nice clip and kept me intrigued throughout. I found myself thinking about it the whole time. Here’s my only gripe. The murder, when revealed, felt...cheap. That’s all I’ll say. I just didn’t feel quite satisfied. Other than that it was great!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This one was a bit harder for me to read as I worked with abused children for 4 years of my life. It breaks my heart the damage it can do. The book was well written but maybe a little bit more graphic than her other ones. Then again maybe it was because I have some experience with domestic abuse.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Marisa Young

    Jessica Fletcher is volunteering at a woman's shelter. A woman who come to the shelter is later arrested for shooting her husband. Jessica has her doubts about her being the killer. Bit of a change for Jessica - domestic violence - and the conclusion may shock you. Jessica Fletcher is volunteering at a woman's shelter. A woman who come to the shelter is later arrested for shooting her husband. Jessica has her doubts about her being the killer. Bit of a change for Jessica - domestic violence - and the conclusion may shock you.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Taylor

    This book had a surprisingly different format than other Murder She Wrote books I've read. Surprising outcome. The book is written in two separate parts. This book had a surprisingly different format than other Murder She Wrote books I've read. Surprising outcome. The book is written in two separate parts.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Cecil

    I have read a lot of these Murder She Wrote books and have enjoyed them all.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bobby Stringini

    A dark mystery told in a straightforward, enjoyable way. Can't wait to check out more books in the series. A dark mystery told in a straightforward, enjoyable way. Can't wait to check out more books in the series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Pleasant read and kept me guessing until the very end!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Janet Cobb

    Predictable. Some sections seemed tedious and superfluous. First Fletcher novel I've ever read -not sure I'll read another. Predictable. Some sections seemed tedious and superfluous. First Fletcher novel I've ever read -not sure I'll read another.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    I liked this one just not really sure if I liked the ending.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    A good book, a solid 3.5 stars!

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