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A Slaying In Savannah (Murder, She Wrote #30)

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  466 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
Jessica Fletcher digs up a home-grown murder mystery down South in this brand-new installment in the USA Today bestselling series.

Jessica is saddened when her eccentric old friend Tillie Mortelaine passes away—and surprised to learn that Tillie has left her a million dollars. But there are strings attached. Jessica must use the money to help the literacy fund she and Till
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by NAL Hardcover (first published August 26th 2008)
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I've been wanting to read this book for awhile now, so when I found it at a used bookstore I immediately bought it. However, after my last attempt at this series, which wasn't very good, this book just sat on my shelf. But I am happy to say this book was a delightful edition to this series that makes me want to read and watch more of Jessica Fletcher.

The characters in this book were superb, and the setting was, too. I'd love to read more of these characters in Savannah and I kinda wish Jessica w
Feb 11, 2011 Adam rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks-a-z
Post Listen Review: Well this is pretty much what I expected it would be. It was a little disappointing that Angela Landsbury wasn't the narrator of course but it was pretty much just like an episode of Murder She Wrote. Little old lady writer is wrapped up in a surprising situation in which she has to solve a murder. She does because everyone underestimates her abilities. Oddly enough this reminded me a lot of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. So for my review I am going to show the similarites ...more
Jul 21, 2010 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think i've seen every episode of Murder, She Wrote since it started. A family past time, if you will. This book was... not as good as the show. But had that charm, that... Fletcher corneyness that i was raised to know and love. That being said, if i hadn't been raised on Murder, She Wrote, I probably would have not liked it as much. But isn't that the whole point of this series? To experience good ole J.B. once more for the first time? Definitely.
Apr 08, 2016 Shan rated it liked it
This was just a fun little mystery involving a 40 year old murder, ghosts, a proviso of and the reading of a will, an interesting coterie of involved parties, mouth-watering descriptions of traditional Southern food that reminded me of the meals I had growing up, and all set in the beautiful and historical city of Savannah. I picked it up because I love when I happen to catch "Murder, She Wrote" reruns on TV, I love the character Jessica Fletcher, and I like a good little murder mystery as a lig ...more
Jun 16, 2016 Kristi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
When Jessica Fletcher is notified that an old friend’s $1 million bequest to a literacy program is contingent upon her solving a 40 year old homicide, Jessica heads down to Savannah to finally resolve the cold case.

First, I feel that I have to confess that I am a huge fan of Murder, She Wrote. This is only the second book that I have read in this series. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The characters were engaging and realistic. I learned quite a bit about Savannah’s history an
Jamie Fessenden
Aug 30, 2012 Jamie Fessenden rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
A fun, old-fashioned murder mystery with a wonderful sense of southern atmosphere. I always enjoy the books in this series, more than the television series they're based on, and this one is one of the best I've read so far.

Jessica Fletcher gets called to Savannah, Georgia to the reading of the will of her old friend, Tillie Mortelaine, and discovers that one of the provisions in the will is that a literacy program in Savannah will receive a million dollars...if Jessica can solve the murder of T
Aug 08, 2009 Samantha rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009, buddy-reads
I guess I should start by saying that this was my aunt's selection for our book club this month. I have never watched an episode of Murder, She Wrote. Don't get me wrong, I know who the character is, but I was born in '86 so I wasn't exactly the target audience when the show was on-air (I'm more familiar with Lansbury as Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast, lol). ;D

The premise of the story starts out simple enough: Jessica has to go to Savannah because a good acquaintance, Tillie, has recently di
Nov 29, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it
A good mystery with lots of twists and turns, and good character development. A bit out of the ordinary for this series, as there is a "ghostly" twist. I also enjoyed the descriptions of various places in Savannah-I researched several of the places mentioned. Passed through Savannah briefly a few years ago-now I want to go back! Definitely an enjoyable book.
May 25, 2015 Beth rated it liked it
Another light, enjoyable book in the Murder, She Wrote series. This time out Jessica is challenged to solve a 40-year-old murder by a stipulation in the will of a deceased friend, with a million dollar bequest to a literacy foundation if she is successful. Jessica encounters eccentric Southerners, ghost hunters, and greedy relatives who try to stand in her way.
Jan 07, 2015 Andrea rated it liked it
I didn't love this as much as others. There was a heartlessness to this one that didn't seem much like Jessica. The setting was fabulous as it always is in this series. The mystery was transparent enough to make you think that you almost had it. However it stayed just out of my reach until the end.

Overall good enough, but missing a little heart from Jessica Fletcher in this one.
Jul 29, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, fiction
In this novel, Jessica finds herself in Savannah, GA trying to solve a 40-year-old murder that not even the police could solve.

Jessica's friend, Tillie Mortelaine, has passed away. In her will she has left 1 million dollars to the literacy foundation that Jessica and Tillie organized many years ago. However, there is one stipulation to the money being given. Jessica must discover who killed Tillie's fiance. Jessica finds herself surrounded by strange characters, including those of the otherworld
Jul 10, 2015 Harry rated it really liked it
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Jun 23, 2015 Heather rated it it was ok
Another Jessica Fletcher read that was somewhat predictable. Interesting how the show built such a following and the characters were so well developed whereas the books are predictable.
Linda Cannon
Jun 27, 2014 Linda Cannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A charming story of the old south. Miss Tilly was a lady with a mystery. Jessica is a lovely and gracious lady. I love her character. I was able to figure out "who done it"
Jun 05, 2014 Alison rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-suspense
A slow starter and not as fun as other books in the series. I think the 40-year-old crime and distinctly elderly cast of characters created a lack of immediacy.
Cynthia Collins
Aug 08, 2012 Cynthia Collins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Slaying in Savannah was just as much ghost story as murder mystery. In my opinion, the ghost story element, set in a historic Savannah home, made this book stand out from the other Murder, She Wrote books. Jessica's ability to solve a crime is part of an eccentric old woman's will. If she solves it, a particular charity both women worked on will receive a lot of money. The living relatives though are hoping she'll fail since they are eyeing the deceased woman's fortune for themselves. Jessica ...more
Jan 31, 2016 Jen rated it it was amazing
I couldn't wait to get to the end to find out what was in the envelope. Interesting cast f characters and set in Savannah so a nice backdrop.
Apr 20, 2009 JayeL rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who need a little mind candy and enjoy a mystery
Recommended to JayeL by: the public library!!!
Shelves: 2009
I picked this up at the Library while I was waiting for someone to pick out books. This was total mind candy, which I need sometimes. It is not a book I would read again, but I was happy to read the Library's copy once. The good thing about this book is that I knew some of the characters from the TV show, which meant that it was a quick start and not a lot of confusion from coming into the middle of the series with no preparation.

I didn't feel like the author gave the reader all of the informati
Feb 08, 2015 Rage rated it really liked it
I love the TV show. I know this book series is not high literature, but within the confines of the Murder, She Wrote, series, this is one of my favorites. There's some good banter between Jessica, Seth, and Mort, and there was a lot of architectural and historical detail about Savannah (and the modern St. Patrick's Day celebration). The mystery isn't extremely complex, and most of Jessica's time is spent exploring the house (excellently Southern gothic), talking to ghost-hunters, and eating a lo ...more
Jun 27, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book much more than the others in the series that I've read. Maybe I won't give up on them after all!
Jun 13, 2016 Kellene rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel-bingo
Okay, I confess... I absolutely love Jessica Fletcher. I love Murder She Wrote on TV and in book form. I could easily spend every summer in Cabot Cove, and love every minute of it. And when Jessica travels, I love that too. Savannah is a wonderful city, and the book portrays it well. Granted the characters are for the most part nasty, but some were very likable. Throw in the possibility of a haunting and I'm so in. I really did enjoy the book (in case you didn't get that yet), and didn't have it ...more
Aug 17, 2015 Maureen rated it it was ok
Who Down South mixes chocolate syrup with Coca-Cola? Did not portray the Savannah I know.
Oct 01, 2012 Clarke rated it really liked it
A captivating murder mystery set in the historic and unique city of Savannah, Georgia. Donald Bain does a great job creating suspense and complex characters that keep the book interesting throughout - I never felt like reading this book was a chore. Good book for a rainy day when you feel like reading something that is not too taxing on your brain but enjoyable enough to keep you entertained. I found it to be even more enjoyable than the TV show it is based on.
Oct 10, 2009 Michelle rated it it was ok
This book was alright, but nothing fantastic. She goes to Georgia to solve a 40 year old murder. She doesn't bring her 'famous' bicycle, so she depends on the maids daughter and cabs to take her everywhere. Then, when she actually does decide to walk while investigating, she falls down.

I got this at one of my citys Fall Festivals, and it was dirt cheap. Now I know why, lol.
Jan 23, 2014 PWRL marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2014-new
Jan 30, 2016 Anita rated it it was amazing
I liked this book, but it seemed too long. But, I love the main character, and I love learning about locations I haven't visited. It's a neat little puzzle.
Jul 20, 2013 chrisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This was an audio book we listened to in the car on the way back from KY. I enjoyed the narrator, she was quite talented and did a good job, especially with such a distinctive voice as 'Jessica Fletcher's'.

The mystery was interesting and provided a memorable view of southern life for women in the '50's.
Really do enjoy all of her books.
But this book in particular didn't grab me as much especially within the last two chapters.
I was not crazy about who killed Wanamaker jones and how that played out.
But defiantly will be picking up another murder she wrote book again.
Oct 07, 2008 Laura rated it liked it
Always an easy fun read. Bought in Savannah at "The Book" bookstore while on vacation. The gal working there told me about her ghost encounter (that was mentioned in this book). She was thanked in the preface, so how could I not buy it and have her sign it?? :)
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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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