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With work on the reconstruction of her beloved home almost complete, Jessica Fletcher is in high holiday spirits, spearheading the annual Christmas parade and preparing for her nephew Grady and his family to come to town. The only thing dampening the holiday cheer is the discovery of two sets of bones on Jessica’s property: one set ancient, the other only about a year old. With work on the reconstruction of her beloved home almost complete, Jessica Fletcher is in high holiday spirits, spearheading the annual Christmas parade and preparing for her nephew Grady and his family to come to town. The only thing dampening the holiday cheer is the discovery of two sets of bones on Jessica’s property: one set ancient, the other only about a year old. It’s concluded that they were both placed there during the reconstruction, and Jessica suspects that, despite the centuries between them, the remains might be connected. Soon tabloid reporter Tad Hollenbeck arrives in Cabot Cove to write a story about what he calls “the murder capital of the country.” But when Tad himself is murdered, Jessica speculates that his arrival, his death, and the discovery of the bones are all somehow linked. As Jessica digs deeper to find the connection between the bones and Tad’s murder, everything seems to come back to a mystery that has long plagued Cabot Cove. If she wants to solve the case, she’ll need to delve into her beloved town’s dark history, or else this holiday season may be her last....


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With work on the reconstruction of her beloved home almost complete, Jessica Fletcher is in high holiday spirits, spearheading the annual Christmas parade and preparing for her nephew Grady and his family to come to town. The only thing dampening the holiday cheer is the discovery of two sets of bones on Jessica’s property: one set ancient, the other only about a year old. With work on the reconstruction of her beloved home almost complete, Jessica Fletcher is in high holiday spirits, spearheading the annual Christmas parade and preparing for her nephew Grady and his family to come to town. The only thing dampening the holiday cheer is the discovery of two sets of bones on Jessica’s property: one set ancient, the other only about a year old. It’s concluded that they were both placed there during the reconstruction, and Jessica suspects that, despite the centuries between them, the remains might be connected. Soon tabloid reporter Tad Hollenbeck arrives in Cabot Cove to write a story about what he calls “the murder capital of the country.” But when Tad himself is murdered, Jessica speculates that his arrival, his death, and the discovery of the bones are all somehow linked. As Jessica digs deeper to find the connection between the bones and Tad’s murder, everything seems to come back to a mystery that has long plagued Cabot Cove. If she wants to solve the case, she’ll need to delve into her beloved town’s dark history, or else this holiday season may be her last....

30 review for Murder in Season

  1. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    **4.5-stars rounded up** Murder, She Wrote: Murder in Season is the 52nd-installment of this beloved series starring famous author and amateur sleuth, Jessica Fletcher. This is the 5th-book written in the series by Jon Land, who took the reins after the passing of the original author for the series, Donald Bain. Incidentally, this is the 35th Murder, She Wrote book that I have read. Sometimes it feels like I have been reading this series my whole life and, honestly, I hope it continues that way. T **4.5-stars rounded up** Murder, She Wrote: Murder in Season is the 52nd-installment of this beloved series starring famous author and amateur sleuth, Jessica Fletcher. This is the 5th-book written in the series by Jon Land, who took the reins after the passing of the original author for the series, Donald Bain. Incidentally, this is the 35th Murder, She Wrote book that I have read. Sometimes it feels like I have been reading this series my whole life and, honestly, I hope it continues that way. There's something about settling in with a new Jessica Fletcher mystery in front of me; the epitome of cozy. As with many Adult Mystery series, you do not need to read these in order. You can really start anywhere. You'll learn the characters as you go along and before you know it, it will be like reuniting with old friends every time you start a new story. If you are interested in starting this series, I would recommend reading the synopsis for a bunch of them and picking whichever one sounds most interesting to you. Jessica travels a lot, so there are mysteries set all over the world, in addition to her hometown of Cabot Cove, Maine. In this installment, Jessica has recently moved back into her home on Candlewood Lane, in Cabot Cove, after a lengthy reconstruction project following a house fire. The Christmas holiday is rapidly approaching and Jessica is looking forward to having her nephew, Grady, and his wife, Donna, and son, Frank, stay with her for the occasion. It seems like a long time since they have all been together. Unfortunately, as luck would have it, or as Jessica's luck would have it, one of the final bits of reconstruction includes some trenching in her backyard, where not one, but two bodies are discovered. The corpses appear to have been moved there, along with a trunk of old documents, from another location. Making it even more mysterious, one set of remains looks to be over a hundred years old, while the other is much more recent. How are they possibly connected? Now instead of focusing on the holiday, all of Jessica's focus is on the remains. Adding to the stress of the investigation, a tabloid reporter, Tad Hollenbeck, known for his overly sensationalized reporting, suddenly arrives in town claiming to be doing a story on how Cabot Cove is the "murder capital of the country". As preposterous as it sounds, Tad's headline seems to be coming true when he is found dead in his local hotel room. What's one more mystery for Jessica, Mort and Seth to solve? I had so much fun reading this; learning more about the history of Cabot Cove and having Jessica back home. This holiday is going to be tough, not being able to be with my family like I regularly would. I really needed something nostalgic like this to help with the 2020 blues. Jon Land is settling in nicely as the author of this series. In the beginning, I'll admit, I was worried, but he really nailed the tone on the last two. I will continue to pick up the books in this series for as long as they are published. I am hoping with Jon Land now at the helm, that will be for a very long time to come. Thank you so much to the publisher, Berkley Books, for providing me with a copy of this to read and I review. I truly appreciate the opportunity!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Fundin

    FacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to More More Any time I see a book by Jon Land, there is no question that I want to read it. Murder in Season (murder, she wrote #52) Amazon / Audiobook / Goodreads MY REVIEW Tis the season and Seth is confirming Jessica’s role as Mrs Claus along with his as Santa. I am sure there will be a murder for the holiday. Jessica is still at the Hill House Hotel since renovations on her burned out home at 698 Candlewood Lane has been met with setbacks. When she found out FacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to More More Any time I see a book by Jon Land, there is no question that I want to read it. Murder in Season (murder, she wrote #52) Amazon / Audiobook / Goodreads MY REVIEW Tis the season and Seth is confirming Jessica’s role as Mrs Claus along with his as Santa. I am sure there will be a murder for the holiday. Jessica is still at the Hill House Hotel since renovations on her burned out home at 698 Candlewood Lane has been met with setbacks. When she found out the septic system was not up to code and would have to be replaced, what do you think is going to happen? Isn’t it about time for a body to appear? Well, surprise, surprise, we have two…and a box…in the trench. tad Hollenbeck, a tabloid reporter is there to report on Cabot Cove and why there seem to be in inordinate amount of murders taking place there. Jessica seems to draw them to her, like flies to honey and Tad ends up adding to the count. Why him, and who are the two found at Jessica’s home? The town’s history comes to light and it’s not all peaches and cream. When Sheila’s doorbell rang, I knew what was coming. I read a lot of mysteries and thrillers, so it is pretty hard to surprise me…and I love when an author can. Murder, treasure, greed, slavery… What happened in the past? What secrets will be exposed? And…who the hell is doing all the killing? So many suspects and the clock ticks on. As the story unfolds, my mind is at least able to keep up, using each new piece of the puzzle to put it together…slowly. It still takes Jessica Fletcher and Jon Land to get me there. I did have a bit of a jolt, when Jessica walked into her house and someone grabbed her. After all, with all the bodies falling and Jessica on the investigation, someone could feel threatened by her. Hey…you can’t mess with Jessica. It’s just wrong! Murder In Season by Jon Land is murder on the light side, seeing Jessica doesn’t like violence. And that’s just fine. It doesn’t always have to be violent and filled with blood and guts. And we do have many warm, wonderful moments for the holiday season, showing it is better to give than to receive, because family and friends give it back in spades. I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Murder In Season by Jon Land. See more at fundinmental

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    Jessica Fletcher is looking forward to spending Christmas in her fully restored house, including a visit from nephew Grady and his family. The final work needing to be done on her house is a new septic system. When the workers start digging, they find human remains. It is quickly determined that one of the bodies is centuries old, but the other is much more recent. The investigation looks like it ties into the founders of Cabot Cove. What secret might the founders have been hiding that is worth Jessica Fletcher is looking forward to spending Christmas in her fully restored house, including a visit from nephew Grady and his family. The final work needing to be done on her house is a new septic system. When the workers start digging, they find human remains. It is quickly determined that one of the bodies is centuries old, but the other is much more recent. The investigation looks like it ties into the founders of Cabot Cove. What secret might the founders have been hiding that is worth killing for today? Meanwhile, in a bit of horribly bad timing, a tabloid TV reporter is in town to do a story about the high murder rate in Cabot Cove. What complications will that produce in the investigation? Next to the Cabot Cove episodes of the TV show, the episodes with Grady were always my favorite, so I was thrilled to get to spend time with him here. Some of the other regulars seem a bit off to me, but that’s been how I’ve felt with the last few books, the only books in the series I’ve read. The mystery was good. I do struggle at times to get into mysteries that are set years before the characters we are reading about, but this book did a good job of tying the past into modern activity to make me care about the outcome. The ending was a bit abrupt, but it does answer our questions. The Christmas scenes were wonderful and put me in the mood for the holiday. This is a Christmas treat for fans of the series. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Cornelius Ashby

    Murder She Wrote is one of my favorite cozy mystery series. I enjoyed reading this one during this holiday season. The story was fun and I enjoyed visiting with Jessica and her neighbors in her beloved town of Cabot Cove. The mystery was fun, and I look forward to reading another book in this fun series which reminds me so much of the tv series I enjoyed watching and still watch reruns of.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katharine

    I loved the Murder, She Wrote television series and this book felt like an episode of the show. It was a fun and quick read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie

    This episode is a fabulous surprise in the series! I enjoyed every page of it, from the traditions of a Cabot Cove Christmas to the thrill of vicariously holding and reading historical documents from the late 18th century. Jessica is planning the best Christmas this year, as her home is finally ready for her to move back to. For the first time in years, she will be able to celebrate with Grady, the nephew she and her late husband Frank raised, and his family. Jessica is at the favorite local dine This episode is a fabulous surprise in the series! I enjoyed every page of it, from the traditions of a Cabot Cove Christmas to the thrill of vicariously holding and reading historical documents from the late 18th century. Jessica is planning the best Christmas this year, as her home is finally ready for her to move back to. For the first time in years, she will be able to celebrate with Grady, the nephew she and her late husband Frank raised, and his family. Jessica is at the favorite local diner, Mara’s, with Dr. Seth Hazlitt and Sheriff Mort Metzger, when her contractor calls. They are beginning to replace her septic system; the final step in her home rebuild. They found human remains in the trench, so the three head for her back yard. While discussing what is in the trench, a trio from the tabloid TV show, Stalker, arrive. Tad, the star, wants to do a series on what he has dubbed the “murder capital of the country”. He has some unusual ideas as to what the cause of the murders are, one of them even being that Jessica is behind the murders because, after all, she is a mystery writer. Mort sends them away, refusing to allow them to film a new police investigation. The state police confirm Seth’s estimate. One skeleton belongs to a man who died in late 1700’s, and the other, a young woman, who died 10 to 16 months ago. Both had been murdered. The other find in the trench that Mort kept in Cabot Cove might shed some light on the older remains. There was a wood chest from the colonial period, according to its craftsmanship and hardware. Inside are many journals and documents that they think are the founding documents of Cabot Cove that went missing many, many years ago. They could not have been buried that long as they are too well-preserved. And one of the skeletons has soil on it that was not from the trench. They would have only been there for a couple days, if that long. Someone alive now, presumably in Cabot Cove, has put them in the trench since excavation began, but why? Tad, of Stalker, has a few secrets of his own, including ones kept from his producer and photographer. He is there to get an even bigger story than he will tell them, but never revealed what it is before he was murdered in his hotel room. When his real identity is learned, there is something more going on behind the scenes than anyone could have guessed. The characters are so delightful and engaging! Jessica, Mort, and Seth would be an interesting group to sit down at Mara’s with for coffee and a slice of pie. Add Harry, her favorite PI, in town to join her for Christmas and mystery, and I would be happy to join this group just to see them work out a case. If anyone could find the who, the whodunit, and why in this mystery, it is this crew! The ending brought surprises that I could not have guessed. Don’t let this being the 52nd in the series put you off from reading it, as there is sufficient backstory to make these old friends come to life. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys well-written cozy mysteries with excellent characters, a Christmas setting, and a baffling mystery! From a thankful heart: I received a complimentary copy of this novel, and this is my honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Jessica Fletcher is almost too busy getting ready for Christmas and a visit from her beloved nephew Grady and his family to concentrate on an old mystery that is leaving new corpses behind. When an antique trunk and two skeletons are found under Jessica's lawn when she orders a new septic system, the police are surprised to learn that one of the skeletons is really old, and the other only a year dead. Maybe the secret is in the trunk, which is filled with historic documents about the founding of Jessica Fletcher is almost too busy getting ready for Christmas and a visit from her beloved nephew Grady and his family to concentrate on an old mystery that is leaving new corpses behind. When an antique trunk and two skeletons are found under Jessica's lawn when she orders a new septic system, the police are surprised to learn that one of the skeletons is really old, and the other only a year dead. Maybe the secret is in the trunk, which is filled with historic documents about the founding of Cabot's Cove and the five men who came from Boston to start the new town. Then there are two more deaths, and the descendants of the town's founders are all suspects--or are they potential victims? The culprit was rather obvious, but it's a nice seasonal read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    LiteraryCryptid

    Two bodies discovered in a quaint town. Jessica Fletcher finds herself aiding the investigation as a larger mystery is uncovered. What other secrets does the town of Cabot Cove hide? Once again I fall deeper in love with this series, and it continues to bring joy with every page. John Land returns to the classic style of cosy mystery after 'Murder, She Wrote: Manuscript for Murder' and it is perfect. 'Murder in Season' is a perfect example of why this series is so long running and hopefully will Two bodies discovered in a quaint town. Jessica Fletcher finds herself aiding the investigation as a larger mystery is uncovered. What other secrets does the town of Cabot Cove hide? Once again I fall deeper in love with this series, and it continues to bring joy with every page. John Land returns to the classic style of cosy mystery after 'Murder, She Wrote: Manuscript for Murder' and it is perfect. 'Murder in Season' is a perfect example of why this series is so long running and hopefully will continue on for many more years. 10/10

  9. 5 out of 5

    Harry

    Murder in Season marks Jon Land’s sixth and final book in the MSW series. His approach has been distinctly mediocre from the start, although it must be said that there have been positive moments from his tenure. The Murder of Twelve was undoubtedly his best effort, even if it was only just above average. Others, such as Manuscript for Murder and Murder in Red, I have found to be among the worst of the overall series (along with Murder in Moscow). Murder in Season was an average adventure, one wh Murder in Season marks Jon Land’s sixth and final book in the MSW series. His approach has been distinctly mediocre from the start, although it must be said that there have been positive moments from his tenure. The Murder of Twelve was undoubtedly his best effort, even if it was only just above average. Others, such as Manuscript for Murder and Murder in Red, I have found to be among the worst of the overall series (along with Murder in Moscow). Murder in Season was an average adventure, one which I read in less than a week but it was fatally flawed in some areas that must be mentioned. I was intrigued by the puzzle of the two skeletons found in the building plot from the moment I read of the storyline when the book was announced in early 2020. Christmas is a love of mine, too - and murder stories set at Christmas one of my favourite genres. The cold, callous nature of the ultimate criminal act nicely counteracts the cosy comfort of the Yuletide period (a story where this was done expertly was A Little Yuletide Murder, a truly wonderful MSW book). However, the story soon descended into some of Land’s fanfic nonsense - trying to rewrite the history of Cabot Cove? Uh—no thank you! Tension built adequately throughout, but I will also admit to guessing the killer, method, motive and clues about halfway through the book. I like to be surprised, but here I wasn’t. Land’s grip of Jessica has got better. This is probably the closest he came to her and he should be congratulated on that. Seth is okay too, although he didn’t get that much to do in this book. Mort is not so good - he’s written as some kind of irate bully who barks threats at people if they don’t comply. Harry McGraw…where do I start? I’m looking forward to reading a book without him in. He’s awfully written and not even entertaining. I contemplated skipping the parts he was in. The suspects are a pretty good bunch, no complaint there. Why do all of Land’s books take place in Cabot Cove? I don’t understand this - Jessica travels everywhere in the TV series and in the previous books, so why is she suddenly just a stay-at-home woman who has all the time in the world to poodle around town? She’s usually rapidly busy being involved in all kinds of international events. (I also detected very little of Jessica as a writer in this book, no mention of working on a new book or having just published one or anything). I also have to complain yet again (for the 6th time now!) about Cabot Cove being called the Murder Capital of Maine. This ruins everything cute about the original series - the point was that Cabot Cove is a quaint, charming town where all of these murders coincidentally happen. It is never mentioned or commented upon. Here, this nuance is bulldozed to the point where it isn’t charming. It’s like someone constantly pointing out to Hercule Poirot that murder follows him around. We get it, and we’re fine with it. Stop harping on about it. Jon Land’s time as writer of this series will probably be remembered as a brief lapse into a different MSW world. His writing isn’t terrible and I’m sure his six efforts will still be read. Maybe I’m being harsh and maybe this is just a different way of reading MSW. Who knows? All I can say is that I am looking forward to seeing how Terrie Farley Moran develops the series in Killing in a Koi Pond (already preordered!) in May 2021. 6/10 - average fun, on par with The Murder of Twelve.

  10. 5 out of 5

    BookTrib.com

    MURDER IN SEASON offers fun mystery fare with colonial con men, historic pirates, missing treasure, and Charles Dickens. What more could a reader want from a Christmas cozy? At the same time, Jon Land takes a hard and measured look through Jessica’s eyes at a tough topic — the sins of our forebearers. He handles this discussion deftly and in perfect tune with the story’s mood and pace. And thanks to a visit from Jessica’s grandnephew Frank, she finds not only a reckoning of the past but hope for MURDER IN SEASON offers fun mystery fare with colonial con men, historic pirates, missing treasure, and Charles Dickens. What more could a reader want from a Christmas cozy? At the same time, Jon Land takes a hard and measured look through Jessica’s eyes at a tough topic — the sins of our forebearers. He handles this discussion deftly and in perfect tune with the story’s mood and pace. And thanks to a visit from Jessica’s grandnephew Frank, she finds not only a reckoning of the past but hope for the future. Read our full review here: https://booktrib.com/2020/11/24/a-chr...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    The End of Cabot Cove—or at least of Land Whew! Well, I’ve finally made it through the 5 Land MSW novels, and I can now say that they did not get better and he did not even try to learn from his mistakes. The obtuse formulaic writing was nothing like what the great Donald Bain instilled in his novels. I mean 5 books in a row we had Harry McGraw and his redundant bill-claiming remarks, “Adele” Metzger this imposter that completely disregarded Maureen and her whole backstory, and the same exact mom The End of Cabot Cove—or at least of Land Whew! Well, I’ve finally made it through the 5 Land MSW novels, and I can now say that they did not get better and he did not even try to learn from his mistakes. The obtuse formulaic writing was nothing like what the great Donald Bain instilled in his novels. I mean 5 books in a row we had Harry McGraw and his redundant bill-claiming remarks, “Adele” Metzger this imposter that completely disregarded Maureen and her whole backstory, and the same exact moments of Jessica holding back info and second or third murders. This one was especially cruel to Cabot Cove. By creating a completely ludicrous backstory about the founders and introducing a slew of characters we’d never heard of, Land had me skipping whole sections of chapters. And what’s the point of including Grady if he’s not going to get in on the action. Good riddance, he said.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Irene

    Murder, She Wrote: Murder in Season by Jessica Fletcher, Jon Land. Thoroughly enjoyed revisiting Cabot Cove and Jessica Fletcher. The theme from the TV show played in my head while I was reading. Interesting mystery and detective work. Thank you to the publisher, author, and NetGalley for the opportunity to preview the book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    3.5 stars, I enjoyed the book but there are some holes in the plot so the ending wasn't as satisfactory as it could have been. 3.5 stars, I enjoyed the book but there are some holes in the plot so the ending wasn't as satisfactory as it could have been.

  14. 5 out of 5

    MJ

    This is an easy read, but I would have liked it better if I hadn't figured out who the killer was about 3/4 through the book. This is an easy read, but I would have liked it better if I hadn't figured out who the killer was about 3/4 through the book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sheryl A.

    Great I love when the mystery is right in Cabot cove. I love all the characters in this book. I thought a clue was when the girls heard the tv on, but it was on mute. That never came up again.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Myrna L. Russell

    John Land is not as good as the former author.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Samfreene

    Murder in Season Sometimes the unexpected is the norm when it comes to Cabot Cove. Murder is not novel or new to this town and wherever Jessica Fletcher is you never know when the bodies or body will turn up. While talking about the upcoming Christmas Show and Parade, with the Sheriff and the Seth, the local doctor, a phone call will send the three of them in a different direction and on a quest to uncover and unravel the history of Cabot Cove that has remained hidden and secret since colonial ti Murder in Season Sometimes the unexpected is the norm when it comes to Cabot Cove. Murder is not novel or new to this town and wherever Jessica Fletcher is you never know when the bodies or body will turn up. While talking about the upcoming Christmas Show and Parade, with the Sheriff and the Seth, the local doctor, a phone call will send the three of them in a different direction and on a quest to uncover and unravel the history of Cabot Cove that has remained hidden and secret since colonial times. With her house under reconstruction, she never expected a phone call from the man in charge telling her to come to the sight. Would you believe when they had to dig up and replace her septic tank, they found the bones of not one person but two and a chest that was closed and quite old but preserved. Wondering who the bones belonged to would take time, but Seth went down into the hole with the bones, determined one was from 1791 and the other in the present maybe a year or a little elder. One a man in the past and the other a woman. Who were they and what link did they have to the chest? Tad Hollenbeck is a freelance reporter for a tabloid show Stalker. His goal he claimed was to investigate the murders that happened in Cabot Cove and the series of murders and do a show on them. Taking pictures of the residence linked to the founding fathers, and claiming he was doing that for his show, was just a ruse. The reason he was there will be revealed later. The sheriff and Jessica question his motives and reasons for being there and the confrontations are tense, but the result is a warning that he needs to leave town and not stir things up. But, Tad is determined to do his story, did film part of his show and what he reveals will take the town, Jessica, Mort and Seth way back to when the town was just found, the five founding fathers, the reasons for the wealth of the town and the answer to this question: Was Cabot Cove a port for Slave Trade and what role did the founding fathers have in it?
After opening the chest, seeing what is inside the documents revealed information about all of the founding fathers and author Jon Land has created mysteries, biographies and untold lies and truths about each one as we flash back in time and learn about each one. But, in the present there are five descendants of the founding fathers and each one would inherit the fortune or part of the fortune that Tad came to this town in search of not just the story. Who is he really and why is he here you will not believe the connection! But Angie and Selina are working with him but one would be closer and yet you wonder just what her goal is going out with him. But, Tad never gets his story because someone wanted hm out of the way and her becomes a story of his own as he is murdered and once again Cabot Cove is thrown into the headlines and a crime scene is assessed and Seth makes the discovery that it’s not suicide but a murder done in an inventive way. Tad is the grandson of the founder of the town J.H. Cabot, his relative Asa Cabot is alive, Clara Wizzenhunt, the fisherman Terry McMulluen and Sheila Del Perrrio are the other ancestors of the founding fathers. But a favorite character is Fred Hardesty who owns the antique shop and who they enlist to review the founding documents. Tad’s murder came in the wake of the discovery of the two sets or remains and the centuries old documents in her backyard by her work crew. One set belongs to a man dating back to the early years of Cabot Cove’s existence. The other set to a woman killed about a year ago. All three murders and then a fourth of one of the ancestors, seem to have a direct link to something that happened in this town 220 years ago. Two descendants of these founders are now gone will the killer go after the others? Author Jon Land provides us with still another suspect Lucas Rackley related to Wyatt  Rackley and yet we get a strange and unsettling feeling when he is around. Things spiral in many directions as the author takes us deep inside the history of Cabot Cove, the backstories of each of the founding fathers hoping to lead us to the dangerous killer hiding in plain sight. When the identification of the bones from the present links to the past and someone else on the killer’s hit list, things start to fall into place for Mort and Jessica and Harry’s investigative skills tightens it up. How Cabot, McMullen, Von Webb, Hutchinson and one more that has been added Kinder  managed to perpetuate ta hoax that must be contained in the rest of Cabot’s journal. When Jessica uncovers the journal and her great nephew Frank wants to hear the entire story what Jon Land has created is an account that keeps us riveted to the print page, jaw opening and enlightening. Asa Cabot will not come out of his house; he has a disease that causes him to be afraid of the outdoors, but Jessica realizes he is lying. His assistant, James has a criminal record and is he somehow attached to the murders? Added in we learn about the name of the second victim and how this person is related to another one of the ancestors. Cabot’s journal clears up the lies, betrayals and just who the first murder victim is and why the murder was the only way to get past what needed to be done to keep Cabot Cove’s businesses afloat. It all comes down to the treasure drove of diamonds that is hiding in plain sight and someone has had it all along. “ I must now commit to paper something I have never even spoken of outside the five of us, four now, something that both saved and destroyed us. I bear the blame and deserve punishment, for I went into his with eyes wide open and not turning away from the consequences or ramifications of may action.” The author continues with the history of the trading partners, the ports, Rackley’s part in the deceptions, and betrayals and the how he found the opportunity for their work to continue but at what cost to the rest? Trust is at the heart of this deception and wrongly believing in one person caused their downfall to a point. It is all about money, greed and control and the bounty of diamonds that would get filtered to the right places using it to fund their work. But, in the end one man was responsible for the death of one of the founders to save the rest and for self-preservation. As Fred uncovered the secrets held in the documents another murder was to take place. Added in Clara wandered out of the home and you are made to think that her dementia might not be real. Finding something black on the ground near the murders, in Jessica’s home, near the gifts that she wrapped and related to the other murders this one clue brings it all into focus and you won’t believe who the killer is and how this person managed to get away with it all this time. 
With Mort using his detective skills, Harry using his ability to research and find out anything past and present about any person, place or thing and Jessica’s power of perception a killer might not go free. The ending will be shocking, the truth behind why Tad, the second victim, Sheila were killed, leads to an ending that is filled with a surprise, twist and unexpected twist you will not see coming. As the holidays are near, Christmas is upon them and Jessica is thrilled her family is there, she needs to hopefully solve this case before anyone else is killed and the holidays are ruined. Anyone of these suspects, one of the ancestors of the founding fathers could be the killer or get killed. Who will benefit from another death? If the treasure is uncovered who owns it? Once again the holidays are upon us but there is nothing like a great novel filled with suspense, research, characters that jump off the page and someone that might get away with what they hope is a perfect MURDER IN SEASON.  

  18. 5 out of 5

    Aljean

    I'm sorry to say, I figured out who the older dead body was before Jessica did. It was really easy. I'm sorry to say, I figured out who the older dead body was before Jessica did. It was really easy.

  19. 5 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    https://openbooksociety.com/article/m... Murder, She Wrote: Murder in Season Murder, She Wrote #52 By Jessica Fletcher and Jon Land ISBN 9781984804365 Author’s website: jonlandbooks.com Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie Synopsis: Christmas has come to Cabot Cove, but a peaceful holiday season is not in the cards after Jessica Fletcher is pulled into a centuries-old mystery in the latest entry in this USA Today bestselling series. With work on the reconstruction of her beloved home almost complete, Je https://openbooksociety.com/article/m... Murder, She Wrote: Murder in Season Murder, She Wrote #52 By Jessica Fletcher and Jon Land ISBN 9781984804365 Author’s website: jonlandbooks.com Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie Synopsis: Christmas has come to Cabot Cove, but a peaceful holiday season is not in the cards after Jessica Fletcher is pulled into a centuries-old mystery in the latest entry in this USA Today bestselling series. With work on the reconstruction of her beloved home almost complete, Jessica Fletcher is in high holiday spirits, spearheading the annual Christmas parade and preparing for her nephew Grady and his family to come to town. The only thing dampening the holiday cheer is the discovery of two sets of bones on Jessica’s property: one set ancient, the other only about a year old. It’s concluded that they were both placed there during the reconstruction, and Jessica suspects that, despite the centuries between them, the remains might be connected. Soon tabloid reporter Tad Hollenbeck arrives in Cabot Cove to write a story about what he calls “the murder capital of the country.” But when Tad himself is murdered, Jessica speculates that his arrival, his death, and the discovery of the bones are all somehow linked. As Jessica digs deeper to find the connection between the bones and Tad’s murder, everything seems to come back to a mystery that has long plagued Cabot Cove. If she wants to solve the case, she’ll need to delve into her beloved town’s dark history, or else this holiday season may be her last. Review: Jessica Fletcher is one of my all-time favorite sleuths, and this latest novel solidifies that. I am continually amazed at her ability to observe and interpret! I enjoyed the history of Cabot Cove, love the well-defined characters, and the mystery is incomparable! Jessica is happy to finally be back in her re-built home on Candlewood Lane after the fire many months earlier that almost destroyed the home she shared with her late husband. It is almost Christmas, and she is preparing to welcome her beloved nephew, Grady, his beautiful wife Donna, and their eight-year-old son who reminds her of Grady at that age and is named Frank after her late husband. Also invited are dear friends Dr. Seth Hazlitt, Sheriff Mort Metzger and his wife Adele, and Big Apple detective/ friend, Harry McGraw. To get final inspection approvals, Jessica learns her septic system is not up to code and needs to be replaced. As the contractor excavates for it, they find something that could only happen to Jessica. That’s right, a body is found in the trench. Seth, the de facto coroner, went in the trench to examine the remains. There are two sets – one of a man possibly deceased more than 200 years ago, the other a woman, possibly only for ten to sixteen months. There is also a well-made colonial period chest. All appear to have been very recently moved from another location. The chest contains documents and journals that appear to be about the same age as the chest and oldest skeleton and could possibly be the long-lost founding documents of Cabot Cove! A man and two women arrive at the trench. Tad, the star of the tabloid TV show Stalker, his producer, and videographer have come to Cabot Cove, which he refers to as the “murder capital of the country”. They plan a show about the murders that have taken place since Jessica has lived there, even casting aspersions that Jessica could be behind them even as she writes her murder mysteries. He claims he will get to the bottom of the cause of all the suspicious deaths that take place in this idyllic little town. Later that night, he is on major news networks alluding to the big secret he is preparing to unleash – with video of Jessica and the sheriff inside the department office looking into the chest, taken through the a windows. The next night, he is found dead in his motel room. Jessica, Mort, and Harry look into these deaths and trying to learn what they can about the founding fathers of Cabot Cove and their descendants. It is rumored that there was a much darker beginning to the town that most people are aware of, and Fred, president of the historical society and owner of a charming antiques store, is excited to look through some of the documents in the chest, especially when one of the documents corroborates some of the rumors. When it looks like the living descendants of the founding fathers have are targeted, there is great concern for the rest of the descendants who will ride at the head of the Christmas Parade as is tradition. The characters are three-dimensional. There are little things we learn more about them each time. Jessica is very observant and able to brilliantly recognize clues and put together theories that many might miss. Seth continues to be the town curmudgeon, despite his role in the annual Christmas play. Having Harry and Grady and his family in town is a bonus, and one can imagine the first couple Christmas celebrations when Grady came to live with Jessica and her late husband brought to life through his young son. The one-time characters are defined as required. The mystery is not easy to solve, even for this wonderful team of friends and professionals! Plot twists change things we may assume to be one way, offering a different way of seeing people and circumstances. I was startled several times at the discoveries! I also enjoyed seeing the traditions in Cabot Cove and how important they are to the residents. The resolution was quite a surprise in every way! I highly recommend Murder in Season; the series is fresh, relevant, and challenging!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller

    MURDER, SHE WROTE: MURDER IN SEASON is the 52nd installment in this long-running and beloved murder mystery series. It is also the sixth to be penned by Jon Land, who took over as the “co-author” with the fictional Jessica Fletcher following the passing of series creator Donald Bain. Even if I had never read a single Murder, She Wrote tale, I would have been hooked by the quote that opens this latest book, which comes from my all-time favorite story, Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Ebenezer S MURDER, SHE WROTE: MURDER IN SEASON is the 52nd installment in this long-running and beloved murder mystery series. It is also the sixth to be penned by Jon Land, who took over as the “co-author” with the fictional Jessica Fletcher following the passing of series creator Donald Bain. Even if I had never read a single Murder, She Wrote tale, I would have been hooked by the quote that opens this latest book, which comes from my all-time favorite story, Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Ebenezer Scrooge accosts two charity men on Christmas Eve by stating, “If I could work my will...every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.” As an actor and Anglophile, I was blessed to have played Scrooge for 10 holiday seasons on stage with my old theater troupe in New York and cannot imagine any Christmas without it. Needless to say, this quote immediately pulled me into the story. Jessica Fletcher is eating at Mara’s Luncheonette with one of her best friends, Dr. Seth Hazlitt, and sharing her holiday plans, which include her nephew Grady visiting her along with his wife and their son Frank. They will be staying at her newly refurbished house, which had tragically burned down in a prior novel. Their pleasant meal is interrupted by a phone call from the contractor working on the house, Ben McMasters, who reports a bit of a snag in their daily production. It seems that a body has been found near the septic tank, and the police are already on their way. Jessica heads over immediately with Seth, who doubles as the town’s medical examiner. While Jessica is at her property, along with Seth and Sheriff Mort Metzger, she is met abruptly by Tad Hollenbeck, a reporter who works for an infamous TV news program aptly titled “Stalker.” He claims to be interested in the high mortality rate of Cabot Cove and wants information from its most famous resident, but everyone is convinced that he is there for some other reason. It turns out that two sets of bones have been found in the ground on Jessica’s property, one of which is fairly recent and the other of which is ancient. Alongside the latter is some written material that goes back to the days of Cabot Cove’s founders. Jessica and Mort start searching for the descendants of the founders still living in town. Perhaps someone is targeting them, especially since the most recent set of bones shows evidence of a caved-in skull, indicating murderous intent. A great source of Cabot Cove’s history is the owner of the local antique store, Fred Hardesty. Jessica actually gives him the diary notes found with the ancient bones and awaits his findings. Outside of these murderous goings-on, Jessica is working with other members of the town on both the annual Christmas parade and their staging of “A Christmas Carol.” She is to be the narrator again this year, while Seth is cast as the Ghost of Christmas Past. She also is busy trying to find a “volunteer” to play Santa Claus for various town events. Things take a deadly turn when Hollenbeck’s lifeless body is found at Cabot Cove’s Surfsider Motel. It was made to look like a suicide, but it is obvious to Jessica and company that it was murder. Then the unassuming Sheila Del Perrio turns up dead. In typical Jon Land fashion, we are fed a number of potential suspects, motives, red herrings and historical data to keep our minds humming with all the possibilities in figuring out these mysteries. It is as if we are allowed to temporarily become a Cabot Cove resident, seeking to leave all worries aside and enjoy Christmas, but with the knowledge and experience that Jessica brings to the table as an expert plotter and creator of murder mystery tales. MURDER, SHE WROTE: MURDER IN SEASON should serve as a nice diversion for readers living in a world where a pandemic dominates both headlines and our nightmares, and gives us a great story of hope and Scrooge-like redemption to warm us on the cold winter nights to come. Reviewed by Ray Palen

  21. 4 out of 5

    Smitten

    3.5 Stars Jessica Fletcher, mystery writer and amateur sleuth, is back in her home after extensive restorations have been made after a fire. While the finishing touches are being made to her updated septic system, Jessica is looking forward to the Christmas holidays and a visit from her beloved nephew Grady and his family. However, Jessica’s plans get complicated when her contractor finds human bones and a wooden box buried in her yard. The bones are from murders more than two hundred years apart 3.5 Stars Jessica Fletcher, mystery writer and amateur sleuth, is back in her home after extensive restorations have been made after a fire. While the finishing touches are being made to her updated septic system, Jessica is looking forward to the Christmas holidays and a visit from her beloved nephew Grady and his family. However, Jessica’s plans get complicated when her contractor finds human bones and a wooden box buried in her yard. The bones are from murders more than two hundred years apart and the contents of the box could contain information that puts the town’s founding fathers in an unpleasant light. A tabloid journalist is in town to do a story on the unusually high murder rate in Cabot Cove, Maine, but it seems he is hiding something. To make sure everyone is able to have a Merry Christmas, Jessica lends her assistance to solve the case. I have read most, if not all, of the books in this long-running series. The mystery stands on its own, but will be more enjoyable for readers familiar with the recurring characters either from prior books or the television series. The last few books have been written by a different author. The books have been good and Jessica is the same intelligent and generous woman readers have enjoyed over the years. However, the banter between her and Sheriff Mort Metzer has become more sarcastic than the gentle teasing found in older books of the series. Mort has toned it down a little, though, and I enjoyed the two of them working together on the case. If they’re not bickering too much, they make a great detective team. This book takes place during the holidays and the story includes a Christmas play, Christmas cookies, and decorations. However, the plot of the book and the truth about how the founding fathers were able to help Cabot Cove to prosper is too heavy for a cozy mystery, especially one set during Christmas. Some of the historical information about the town slows the story, but I did enjoy the excerpts from one of the founding father’s journals. There are plenty of suspects in the more recent murders for Jessica and Mort to question, and Jessica even enlists the help of her private eye friend, Harry McGraw. It’s also nice to see Grady and his family pay a visit for the holidays. The plot, however, in addition to being less than cozy, is also convoluted in places. Clues throughout the story pointed to the identity of the murderer, but when everything was revealed I felt some details were missing. There were still some holes in the plot and that left me unsatisfied when the book ended. I enjoyed the book and recommend it for fans of the series even though it isn’t my favorite of Jessica’s cases. ~ Christine

  22. 5 out of 5

    Haley

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have to say, after now having read them all, this easily was my favorite Christmas book in the series! The pacing was perfect, the characters diverse, and the mystery multi-layered and engaging. I would have rated it higher if it weren't for a few glaring mistakes. Normally, I don't mind over-looking small detail inconsistencies, but with mystery they stand out a bit more as any "inconsistency" could be a clue. And when it's not, it then becomes that much more frustrating. 1.) First and most ob I have to say, after now having read them all, this easily was my favorite Christmas book in the series! The pacing was perfect, the characters diverse, and the mystery multi-layered and engaging. I would have rated it higher if it weren't for a few glaring mistakes. Normally, I don't mind over-looking small detail inconsistencies, but with mystery they stand out a bit more as any "inconsistency" could be a clue. And when it's not, it then becomes that much more frustrating. 1.) First and most obvious in this history-ridden mystery--Maine was established in 1820, AFTER the founders of Cabot Cove were said to have escaped there to escape Massachusetts law (1793). Before Maine was established, it was part of Massachusetts and therefore followed its laws. So these dates didn't make sense and bothered me the entire time. (One could argue they were moving further north as monitoring laws would be harder up there compared to Boston, but it was definitely written as if Maine was its own state at the time.) 2.) This might be more of an opinion with my own knowledge and experience with small-town coastal Maine (where I grew up myself), but I was taken aback by Seth's statement at one point that suicide cases were very rare. Unfortunately, this is a huge cause of death in small towns and as the sole doctor of Cabot Cove, I feel he would have seen far more than a couple. 3.) At one point, the characters are all wearing masks (how fitting for 2020!) and yet multiple times, they are mouthing things to each other in that scene. Whoops! 4.) Shortly after the above incident, Mort gets called to the nursing home over the radio due to the nursing home calling for help, but once there, he asks if they'd called it into sheriff's office yet? It was a weird over-sight. Again, normally I'm not too picky on these things, but with mystery, details are so important. I wish this had gone through a couple beta-readers first who probably would have caught these things. Over-all, I did really enjoy the book! I did feel Jessica was way too slow on many aspects of mystery (she's usually ahead of me or equal or just behind) but she missed several obvious things. I figured out the killer and where the diamonds were pretty early on based on clues, but sometimes it's fun to feel like I'm the smart one for once so I don't mind that as much! Plus Jessica had a lot on her plate so I'll forgive her this time! ;)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tita Gee

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is the worst. I listened to the audio book and that was the only saving grace. So many redundant and repeated (See what I did there?) lines. The story line was thin and just dragged on. Let's talk about theft being a worse crime than the murder or even the sale and enslavement of purple. That this book uses this topic so lightly as an aside and some characters actually state that it was in tge part, it was a different time and that this was a behavior that was used only to assist in their b This is the worst. I listened to the audio book and that was the only saving grace. So many redundant and repeated (See what I did there?) lines. The story line was thin and just dragged on. Let's talk about theft being a worse crime than the murder or even the sale and enslavement of purple. That this book uses this topic so lightly as an aside and some characters actually state that it was in tge part, it was a different time and that this was a behavior that was used only to assist in their building up a white community is reprehensible. Still getting the character's info wrong. Grady's wife was an accountant before they got married. Amos never had kids, nor was he ever married, same with Harry. Also, Harry was a lean character not a big guy. Jessica taught at Cabot Cove High. English. Full time. She would never end a sentence with a preposition. Why does Jessica never travel? Most of her involvement with murder happened in locations other than Cabot Cove - New York, California, Italy, England, New Mexico - to name a few places. This author should just do whatever he was doing before and leave this series to someone who's at least paid SOME attention to the previous television series and other books. Just aweful.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Paula Ratcliffe

    Jessica is finally home again to find she has a septic issue now and while working on that her workers stumble over a dead body or two and a box containing sacred old Cabot Cove documents. All this with Christmas on the horizon. Will Jessica have a Merry Christmas or will she be missing during this holiday? Soon a tabloid reporter shows up to investigate Cabot Cove the murder capital of century at least that's what he calls it. When Tad Hollenbeck winds up snuffed out Jessica wonders if all the m Jessica is finally home again to find she has a septic issue now and while working on that her workers stumble over a dead body or two and a box containing sacred old Cabot Cove documents. All this with Christmas on the horizon. Will Jessica have a Merry Christmas or will she be missing during this holiday? Soon a tabloid reporter shows up to investigate Cabot Cove the murder capital of century at least that's what he calls it. When Tad Hollenbeck winds up snuffed out Jessica wonders if all the murders are connected? The more she investigates the more questions arise. With Mort, Harry, Seth, Grady, and other friends on the case you know it will be so much fun! I love Jessica she to me was the first cozy character I really loved to watch her investigate and solve the crimes. She has a way that not many sleuths can match! You know when Jessica is on the case an injustice will be corrected and Jessica wont stop until the whole mystery is unraveled. This was no exception. Jessica proved once again why she in my eyes is the queen of cozies!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Trisha Perry

    While reconstructing her beloved home that burnt, Jessica and crew find a special box of secrets about the man who found their little town of Cabot Cove, along with two skeletons. Of course that throws pals, Mort the sheriff, Seth the doctor and of course Jessica the murder mystery writer on the case but will they get it all wrapped (see what I did there) before Christmas? Although it is a early Christmas read for me, this will be a great book to get your in the holiday spirit. I love the Murder While reconstructing her beloved home that burnt, Jessica and crew find a special box of secrets about the man who found their little town of Cabot Cove, along with two skeletons. Of course that throws pals, Mort the sheriff, Seth the doctor and of course Jessica the murder mystery writer on the case but will they get it all wrapped (see what I did there) before Christmas? Although it is a early Christmas read for me, this will be a great book to get your in the holiday spirit. I love the Murder She Wrote series it is almost the same as the TV show. They even bring in some of the old characters toward the end. So maybe we will see them in future books. This is the fifty second book in the series and it does say 52 of 53 on amazon, does that mean our beloved series is going to end? I hope not as this book shows they have not lost their mojo yet. You can guess and guess but the who did it is hidden very well as always. I hope you all like this book as much as I did, it has the hope and kindness we all can use right now in our own turbulent world.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    I am a big fan of the MURDER SHE WROTE TV show, but surprisingly, I have never read one of the books based on the show, until now. It is a very pleasurable read, written from Jessica Fletcher's point of view. It is Christmas in Cabot Cove, and Jess is moving back into her newly-renovated home after a fire destroyed most of it. Nephew Grady and his family are arriving soon for the holiday, so she is busy preparing. When septic workers find two skeletons and a strong box in the back yard, the sleu I am a big fan of the MURDER SHE WROTE TV show, but surprisingly, I have never read one of the books based on the show, until now. It is a very pleasurable read, written from Jessica Fletcher's point of view. It is Christmas in Cabot Cove, and Jess is moving back into her newly-renovated home after a fire destroyed most of it. Nephew Grady and his family are arriving soon for the holiday, so she is busy preparing. When septic workers find two skeletons and a strong box in the back yard, the sleuthing begins! Jessica gets help from old friends Seth, the doctor, Mort, the sheriff, and even Harry McGraw, the private detective. The mystery isn't too challenging, as I was able to figure it all out before the end, but that didn't matter to me. Spending time in Cabot Cove with Jess, listening to her tell her story, that's the important thing here. Thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for providing an ARC.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    I have read almost all of the “Murder She Wrote” books. The writing changes after Donald Bain stopped being the author. The first book with the new author was very annoying as it was clear that he had not done much research of the characters. This new book is much better except Mort keeps referring to Cabot Cove as the “murder capital” of the USA. That gets old very quickly. In this book Harry McGraw, the private eye friend of Jessica, appears. In the television show, he always a little rough ar I have read almost all of the “Murder She Wrote” books. The writing changes after Donald Bain stopped being the author. The first book with the new author was very annoying as it was clear that he had not done much research of the characters. This new book is much better except Mort keeps referring to Cabot Cove as the “murder capital” of the USA. That gets old very quickly. In this book Harry McGraw, the private eye friend of Jessica, appears. In the television show, he always a little rough around the edges and sarcastic. In this book everything that he says is some type of sarcasm. That also gets old quickly. But the main story was very good and intriguing. I was very surprised at the ending and never suspected who the murderer was. I liked the Christmas theme woven through the story. I had received an ARC copy from NetGalley

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marti

    When I need to be cheered up, I watch old episodes of "Murder, She Wrote," because I love Jessica Fletcher. She is my hero and I wish I were more like her (observant, sensible, pragmatic; not the "keeps showing up at murders" part). Unfortunately, 2020 has required a lot of cheering up (for all of us) and I have seen every episode available to stream. Somehow Amazon sensed this (ugh algorithms) and poof, this book appeared as a suggested buy! I am VERY glad I bought this as a Christmas present t When I need to be cheered up, I watch old episodes of "Murder, She Wrote," because I love Jessica Fletcher. She is my hero and I wish I were more like her (observant, sensible, pragmatic; not the "keeps showing up at murders" part). Unfortunately, 2020 has required a lot of cheering up (for all of us) and I have seen every episode available to stream. Somehow Amazon sensed this (ugh algorithms) and poof, this book appeared as a suggested buy! I am VERY glad I bought this as a Christmas present to myself because it did indeed cheer me up. I appreciated that the characters stayed true to the voices of the characters on the show, and yeah, I figured out who the killer was by the middle of the book, but I wasn't sure-sure, so it was fun to keep reading to find out if I was right and to get more clues. A fun diversion I do not regret.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    2.5 is more like it. Better than the previous Land book I tried to read, but still had some parts that really annoyed me. -Jessica would not be that rude about Amos’s time as sheriff -Jed Richardson taught Jessica to fly. -Mort is now married to Maureen. -Donna used to be an accountant too. -Harry McGraw is a thin man. Those aren’t even the plot points that bothered me! These are the plot points that bothered me. -How did Jessica not know that was a fake mustache? And why was a fake mustache this guy’s 2.5 is more like it. Better than the previous Land book I tried to read, but still had some parts that really annoyed me. -Jessica would not be that rude about Amos’s time as sheriff -Jed Richardson taught Jessica to fly. -Mort is now married to Maureen. -Donna used to be an accountant too. -Harry McGraw is a thin man. Those aren’t even the plot points that bothered me! These are the plot points that bothered me. -How did Jessica not know that was a fake mustache? And why was a fake mustache this guy’s regular attire? -The slavery plot point seemed glossed over. -Cabot Cove as murder capital of the world is not the meta commentary that I want from a MSW book. -Not fond of Cabot Cove as summer retreat either. -The mystery of who the bodies are and where the diamonds are was not a mystery. All of that said, I did finish the book and enjoy the Christmas cozy feeling.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Susan Sarabasha

    I think I have read and enjoyed at least half this series, in no particular order. Since it is covid, I waited almost 3 months for my turn to read this book. The writing is as good as expected and the characters too. However, how many deaths does a mystery need? It’s seems that lately that is the cookie cutter for mysteries and leaves me feeling cheated. Cabot Cove has had more than their share of murders overe the years and this one adds another 3 or 4. Really. Is all that killing necessary? Plus I think I have read and enjoyed at least half this series, in no particular order. Since it is covid, I waited almost 3 months for my turn to read this book. The writing is as good as expected and the characters too. However, how many deaths does a mystery need? It’s seems that lately that is the cookie cutter for mysteries and leaves me feeling cheated. Cabot Cove has had more than their share of murders overe the years and this one adds another 3 or 4. Really. Is all that killing necessary? Plus one of the new characters was a real off the wall guy who couldn’t control his temper and all of a sudden he’s cooperative and Mr Nice Guy. Oh and where did the killer actually find the diamonds? Not really in plain sight as suggested?

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