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You Bet Your Life (Murder, She Wrote #18)

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When her old friend Martha decided to get married in Las Vegas, Jessica Fletcher made the trip to watch her walk down the aisle. But what were the odds that she’d be back two years later—to watch Martha stand accused of her husband’s murder?

Jessica’s never been one to gamble, but she’s willing to bet that Martha isn’t guilty. Martha’s husband was a high-
Mass Market Paperback, 252 pages
Published October 2002 by Signet
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You Bet Your Life by Jessica Fletcher was a very quick read that still felt too long. It's the first in the series I have read & since I loved the series, I'd hoped to feel the same about the books. I won't judge a series by just one book but this one was disappointing. The locale, Las Vegas, never felt either exciting enough or tawdry enough to be interesting, and except for Jessica's voice, which sounded as true as ever & enjoyable, and the accused murderer who was appropriately lovely ...more
Sep 11, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
One of my favorite Murder, She Wrote books so far. Simple mystery, yet cozy and well written.
David Caldwell
Aug 29, 2015 David Caldwell rated it really liked it
Jessica heads to Las Vegas to lend moral support to an old friend that is on trial for murdering her husband. Jessica is drawn into helping the defense attorney to clear her friend. But will the real killer stop Jessica by any means possible?

I admit that I used to enjoy the Murder She Wrote TV show. Even though you could usually figure out who was guilty by just looking at the actors (they had a tendency to cycle people, especially the killers, on different mystery TV shows back then), they were
Feb 16, 2011 Puneri rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
This one is also a comfort book from Jessica Fletcher series. I enjoyed reading it and remembering some good times in Vegas. However, one thing I was surprised to find that the tone Jessica uses while describing the Hispanic caretaker. She says something like this woman spoke excellent English (read in the brackets in spite of being Hispanic). Well, I have a little problem with this kind of attitude. Even in some other books Jessica says this openly. Now, first of all assuming that all Hispanics ...more
Nov 21, 2013 Pat rated it really liked it
When her old friend Martha decides to get married in Las Vegas, Jessica Fletcher makes the trip to watch her walk down the aisle. But what are the odds that she'll be back two years later-to watch Martha stand accused of her husband's murder?

Jessica's never been one to gamble, but she's willing to bet that Martha isn't guilty. Her husband was a high-rolling Las Vegas local with three ex-wives and plenty of jealous acquaintances. Joining Martha's defense team, Jessica combs through the man's past
Paul Lunger
May 01, 2012 Paul Lunger rated it really liked it
In "You Bet Your Life", Donald Bain takes us to Las Vegas where Jessica Fletcher is seeing a friend (Martha Kildare) accused of murder whose wedding she was at 2 years ago. This particular mystery isn't all that badly done & contains characters that are a bit believable & a twist that has our detective on the defense team for our accused. What also helps is that this is a crime we don't see & are playing fill in the blank for the majority of the story. Add in Court TV reporters & ...more
Aug 19, 2016 R. rated it it was ok
The character of Jessica Fletcher's innocent friend, Martha, was so annoyingly naive and whiney that she immediately became extremely unlikeable to me. Her only Las Vegas friend, "nonstop–talkative" Betsy, was exhaustingly annoying, too. The inserts of “Court TV” and their anchors’ input were both distracting and boring, and they didn’t add much to the storyline, either. In fact, with the exception of Jessica Fletcher and the Mexican housekeeper, I didn’t like any of the characters in this book ...more
Sep 26, 2010 Kate rated it liked it
This book was alright, but it wasn't my favorite Murder She Wrote book. Jessica's friend is on trial for murder- and a hefty portion of the book revolved around the day to day comings and goings of the trial itself. As a lawyer I appreciated the research that the author did- he was on point with legal practice and procedure- but even I found the court room scenes a little slow. Still, this book was a good read.
Oct 15, 2015 Cheryl rated it liked it
I was glad to have a little light reading for the plane. As per usual, Jessica Fletcher saved the day for a friend who was wrongly accused of killing her husband. I was a little put off by some of the legal errors, although they were minor and probably wouldn't have been caught by a layperson. (Specifically, the issue of hearsay.) The portrait of Las Vegas and its decadence definitely rang true.
Chi Dubinski
Aug 24, 2015 Chi Dubinski rated it really liked it
Two years ago Jessica Fletcher attended the Las Vegas wedding of one of her Cabot Cover neighbors. Martha was a doctor’s widow who married a wealthy businessman with three ex-wives. When she is accused of bashing him on the head with a wrench, Jessica flies out to provide moral support and help with her courtroom defense. For readers looking for that rare mystery—a Las Vegas cozy.
Jan 01, 2012 Joy rated it it was ok
This was a book on tape. I never watched the Murder She Wrote TV shows, but this featured the heroine of those stories. It was set in Las Vegas and not all that exciting. I am, after all, a
real expert on detective fiction now!! In other words: dull dialogue, boring characters, and slow-
moving action.
Kristi Anderson
Apr 01, 2014 Kristi Anderson rated it it was amazing
Anything by JB Fletcher is great. I call these stories my idiot books. I read them between other books I read. It is so easy to figure out who, where, with what and why, but fun just the same.
Oct 23, 2008 Ann rated it liked it
This is a "Jessica Fletcher" book--comfort book, feel-good book. Just like her TV shows. It takes place in Las Vegas and now that I've been I can relate.
Jun 09, 2010 Caroline rated it liked it
Donald Bain does an excellent job with the Jessica Fletcher Murder She Wrote series. If you liked the show, you'll enjoy the books - very much comfort reading since I love the characters.
Apr 09, 2016 Katie rated it liked it
Reliably entertaining.
May 14, 2009 Glenda rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one set in Las Vegas. One of those that end with a cheer.
Feb 14, 2014 Sharon rated it really liked it
I LOVE the Murder She Wrote series and there are some books I like more than others. This was one of my favorites. The storyline kept me intrigued and I finally finished it long after midnight.
Jan 07, 2015 Pat rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Kristin Stone
Feb 26, 2014 Kristin Stone rated it really liked it
I just love these Murder, She Wrote books. They are fun little mysteries that are great for quick reads. They always have neat characters, and I just love Jessica Fletcher on tv or in a book,
Jan 29, 2015 Sandy rated it really liked it
I actually enjoyed it. I read another Murder She Wrote book a few days ago and hated it but gave her another try. Fun beach read.
Sarah Jowett
Apr 26, 2013 Sarah Jowett rated it really liked it
A typical Murder She Wrote but I did like the beginning of the chapter "updates" via CourtTV reports.
Sep 01, 2013 Kathryn added it
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May 29, 2009 Barbara rated it liked it
enjoyable and easy to read. a
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Jessica Fletcher (born Jessica Beatrice MacGill, and writes under the initialed J.B. Fletcher) is a fictional character from the US television series Murder, She Wrote.

In keeping with the spirit of the TV show, a series of official original novels have been written by American ghostwriter Donald Bain and publi
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