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Manhattans and Murder (Murder, She Wrote #2)

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Promoting her latest book in New York, Jessica Fletcher encounters a former drug smuggler dressed up in a Santa suit and sets up an interview with him, only to discover the unlikely St. Nick dead the next day. TV tie-in.
ebook, 304 pages
Published December 1st 1994 by Penguin Group US (first published 1990)
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Jerry
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not nearly as good as the show that inspired it.
Sarah Nessler
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second installment of the Murder She Wrote series, quite intriguing for me. I can see the show as I turning every page. I am huge mystery fan and for a mystery that you are not necessarily looking for gore it fits the bill perfectly. Jessica Fletcher never fails in constructing the mystery of a book with her ever brilliant cleverness. I look forward to continuing this series!
Berry
Oct 17, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
[As always, this rating is relevant only to this corner of fiction: MSW "novels" and others based on TV shows. Obviously with these mass market, pop fic, "readables" I don't consider the quality of the prose or anything.]

This is the second novel based on "Murder, She Wrote" and it's clear that at this point in time Donald Bain hadn't yet watched the show. At all. In the first novel he made the big faux pas in having Jessica Fletcher drive a car. On the show, she never ever drove--the creators ri
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Harry
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It is evident that in these early days Donald Bain was completely at a loss with the Jessica Fletcher character. Angela Lansbury played the role as a genteel, elegant, attractive, charming woman. The Jessica here comes across as a dull middle-aged woman. She flippantly claims in Chapter Three (in a live television interview!) that "people in New York talk funny", and seems perplexed when the interviewer asks her to say something in Maine dialect, as if she doesn't know any better. This is comple ...more
AngryGreyCat
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder She Wrote: Manhattans & Murder is a book based on the popular TV series Murder She Wrote. I only occasionally watched the show and had never really read the books, however a few years ago I had the good fortune to meet Donald Bain and his wife Renee Paley-Bain at a conference. I found that both to be fantastic speakers and just lovely people and have made an effort to pick up books in this series and others by them since that time.

In this book, Jessica is in New York for Christmas pro
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Debbie
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was never a fan of the TV show,but I am enjoying the Jessica Fletcher books
Erin L
Oct 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-writer
Early book in the series, was a good listen on overdrive. I didn't see that ending coming at all.
Jaymie
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, that Jessica Fletcher never disappoints. Solid story from the Murder, She Wrote series. And, as strange as it sounds, a perfect read for this time of year.
Theresa
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crimes
I think Donald Bain is still struggling with the Murder, She Wrote universe in this second entry to the series. While he's remembered Jessica doesn't drive (omg the fares she's racking up in this one with her stakeouts) there are a lot of other little things which pull the reader out of believing this is the same setting as the television programme, populated with the same characters. As in the first one, I can see most of Jessica's dialogue working if I use my imagination divorced from the desc ...more
Amanda McGill
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I never watched the Murder, She Wrote TV series, but I'm enjoyed the book series based off the TV show.

Jessica Fletcher is in NYC over Christmas and New Years to promote her newest novel. When sightseeing, she sees a man dressed as Santa that she recognised from back home in Cabot Cove, Maine. He tells her that he will talk to her tomorrow, but when Jessica arrives the next day Santa is shot dead. Jessica is seen as a threat as she witnessed the murder on her camera.

I wished the author went int
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Linda
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jessica Fletcher, famous mystery writer, is in NYC to promote her latest book. She is staying through Christmas to New Years. (Really???) Anyway she bumps into a Santa Claus who just happens to be from her hometown in Maine. He got mixed up with drug dealers and has been in the witness protection program. When meeting the mysteries Santa the next day, Santa is shot and Jessica is there.

Jessica gets involved in solving the murder and figuring out what else is going on. Seth and Mort come down for
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Diana
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jessica is in Manhattan promoting her latest mystery novel when she witnesses the murder of a sidewalk Santa Claus. The Santa Claus was portrayed by a man who used to live in the same town she lives in and who disappeared many years ago under suspicious circumstances. Jessica is puzzled when the police do not seem very concerned about the death. Jessica does some undercover sleuthing to discover what is actually happening behind the scenes. It’s a fun mystery to read, especially for those who en ...more
Patricia Hall
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Murder She Wrote, I've been a fan for too many years. These books actually got me started on mysteries.

The plot got really convoluted with all the characters, and the character of the young lady I think was somewhat unnecessary, but I am not a writer at all and I might just feel that I hated to see her murdered.
Melissa
This early MSW was an interesting read. Book 2 in the set, it's mystery had multiple twists and turns and at least one jaw dropping moment for me. The fact that it was set at Christmastime in the Big Apple was a fun aspect of the story. It wasn't a favorite of the set for me but I did enjoy it.
Stacie
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Listened to this on audiobook and the narrators Mainer accent left something to be desired. This was redeemed a bit by the fact that the cat was named Miss Hiss, which is delightful.
Denise
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's one of the earlier Murder She Wrote books. The mystery was good but some of the languge was rather harsh for a murder she wrote book.
Val
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I watch the show everyday and I always figure out who did it but these books are kicking my butt! Love the series 😍
Bill Suits
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written and much better than what I expected given other books in the series but the ending left me empty.
Roxie (thebooktraveler)
I like it a lot. Kept me reading to figure out who done it. I love a good mystery book.
Stephen
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun, easy read for fans of the original TV show. Several typos, however. I wonder if that happened when they converted the old books to kindle format?
Alice K. Miller
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read


This is great read. Reminds me of days gone past. Excellent. I highly recommend it to everyone. Go Mrs. Fletcher.

Peggie Ross
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the TV show and enjoyed the memories of Cabot Cove created by reading this book.
Annie
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Jessica fletcher!!!
Aparna
May 10, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Stars: 2 / 5
Recommendation: Not something I would pick even it seems an easy read.

Manhattans & Murder was the second book by Donald Bain and Jessica Fletcher based on the famed TV series Murder, She Wrote. First published in 1994 the plot in this book takes places in the Big Apple. This was not a particular favorite of mine. Perhaps Donald was still trying to bring the TV Jessica Fletcher into the book accurately (his first book Gin and Daggers had inaccuracies much to the disappointment of
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Sandi
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy reading and an enjoyable read. On to the next murder....
bella
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jessica Fletcher is in New York to launch her latest bestseller. Naturally where Jessica Fletcher goes murder and mayhem follows. Jessica is shopping in New York when she sees Waldo Morse, a convicted drug dealer who disappeared into the witness protection program when he testified against fellow drug dealers. Jessica is surprised when he asks her to meet him the next day. However, the next day Jessica witnesses Waldo's death and as she starts to snoop into the life of ex-Cabot Cove resident, sh ...more
Becca-Rawr
I can't believe I actually have to give a little background on this... but...

I used to watch this show with family members, a light and fluffy program that you didn't really have to think about. I thought the books would be the same sort of light fluff that I could read between books, the very definition of a "cozy mystery." The problem I have with these books is I actually have to think about. It's not that they're complicated, but rather it's that I find them too ridiculous to consider them re
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Rosa Cline
4 star

This is book 2 in the Murder She Wrote series. I haven't watched the television show but someone said these books were written along with the series but I don't know... and I don't know which episode this book 'follows'... But with that said it was pretty interesting. Jessica Fletcher was at the wrong place at the wrong time, and recognized a person she wasn't suppose to recognize in which threw her into a murder investigation. (I mean did you expect anything else? :) ) It was a very nice
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Rosa Cline
4 star

This is book 2 in the Murder She Wrote series. I haven't watched the television show but someone said these books were written along with the series but I don't know... and I don't know which episode this book 'follows'... But with that said it was pretty interesting. Jessica Fletcher was at the wrong place at the wrong time, and recognized a person she wasn't suppose to recognize in which threw her into a murder investigation. (I mean did you expect anything else? :) ) It was a very nice
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Molly Cline
This is book 2 in the Murder She Wrote series. I haven't watched the television show but someone said these books were written along with the series but I don't know... and I don't know which episode this book 'follows'... But with that said it was pretty interesting. Jessica Fletcher was at the wrong place at the wrong time, and recognized a person she wasn't suppose to recognize in which threw her into a murder investigation. (I mean did you expect anything else? :) ) It was a very nice read. ...more
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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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