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Domestic Malice

(Murder, She Wrote #38)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  619 ratings  ·  92 reviews
In the latest novel in the USA Today bestselling series, Jessica Fletcher must tread lightly when investigating a homegrown homicide

Jessica has always been civic-minded, so when the director of the Cabot Cove Women’s Shelter asks her to join the board of directors, she readily accepts, even though the shelter has been in the crosshairs of an unreasonable councilman who’d
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by NAL Hardcover
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Jun 23, 2016 rated it liked it
A friend of mine enjoys these books so much such that he suggested I read this one to compare it to the TV series we've watched "a few" times. It is just as simple and easy to read as it is to watch the Angela Lansbury shows. He often falls asleep during the middle and wakes up right at the end when she's making a classic "told you so" face.

This book was one of the better ones I've read in the series. I have to go back and look at them all as it's been years since I read them, and not sure which
Marcy Graybill
Jun 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Okay these books are my dirty little secret. They aren't great literature and they can be trite and formulaic, but they are just a fun read that requires little or no thought, much like the TV series was. ...more
Oct 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
Important issue, but not handled well as far as I'm concerned for the usual MSW book audience. Too heavy on the soapbox, and really light on the type of 'mystery' expected. ...more
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've seen this series on my library's bookshelves for many years and finally picked one up. So glad I did. Definitely a 'cozy mystery' despite its topic being domestic abuse. When I'm reading it, I can picture it just like the tv show. So glad there are over 40 more volumes to enjoy. Looking forward to the next one. ...more
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really liked this book in the series. I'm partial to the Cabot Cove books/episodes anyway, but this one did keep me guessing until the very end. ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a good book. It was atypical because it had a more serious theme of domestic abuse rather than your cookie cutter murder mystery. I honestly couldn't put this book down. ...more
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages 11 and up
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Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
During her first night volunteering at the Cabot Cove Women’s Shelter, Jessica Fletcher meets Myriam Wolcott, who arrives at the shelter to escape her abusive husband. When Myriam's husband is later found murdered, Jessica becomes entangled in solving his murder.

I dearly love this series. It is my default selection when I am stressed and overwhelmed. I love to escape to Cabot Cove. However, I found this installment to be a bit depressing. I enjoyed reading it, but I definitely do not plan to re-
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is only my second or third 'Murder She Wrote' book. The television series was a great favourite of mine and I am delighted to say the books are equally enjoyable. The writing was excellent and the plot was compelling with the culprit revealed only in the last few pages. I understand there are some 47 books by 'Jessica Fletcher' and Donald Bain and I hope to have one always amongst my more in depth books. ...more
Nov 14, 2015 rated it liked it
A book (actually a series) based on the Murder She Wrote TV show from way back when. The setting is updated, since characters use cell phones. A decent read but I probably won't read the whole series. ...more
Catherine Boomer
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have always enjoyed the Murder She Wrote TV series, so am now greatly enjoying the Jessica Fletcher/Donald Bain novels in the same series. Good stories and easily enjoyed.
Sonia Critchlow
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another cracking book by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain. I really got in to this story. Great twist at the end as well. The characters are well rounded and loveable. I love reading these books.
This book is about the Cabot Coves women's shelter and one of it women.
She shoots her husband or is it some one else? There as lots of people who bear a grudge after investigating their money with him and he lost it all. In comes a very pushy mother to lend her support to her daughter, but did she reall
Nov 02, 2020 rated it liked it
In many ways this story harks back to the first seasons of the TV show "Murder, She Wrote" in that there's lots of local characters and color, the deceased is thoroughly unlikeable and Jessica Fletcher becomes involved because she's concerned about the accused.

Being a fan of the TV series I enjoyed the use of regular characters such as Dr. Hazlitt, Maureen and Mort Metzger and even Harry McGraw (the PI from Boston) as well as town events such as a blueberry festival.
Not my favorite MSW. The storyline of this one wasn't my favorites from when I first read through the synopsis of each book on Goodreads. Since I plan to read the whole series, this was one I needed to knock off. It was okay and the mystery was good. My favorite element was the addition of Harry McGraw from the tv version. I didn't hate this book but I didn't love it either. ...more
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jessica joins the board of her local domestic violence shelter and becomes embroiled in a mystery when the abusive husband of one of the shelter's clients is found dead. This book shines a light on the problem of domestic violence through Jessica's training and experiences volunteering in the shelter, and it's a more intense read than some of the others. Highly recommended. ...more
Jackie Linkous
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I believe after reading, I have actually read this book before but I finished it again. As always, I love the books set in Cabot Cove and am so happy Harry McGraw made an appearance! Love that character, as frustrating as he can sometimes be! All in all, I very much enjoyed this installment in the series.
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this very emotional story Jessica volunteers at a women's shelter and then finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation when one of the ladies abuser husband is gunned down in their driveway. When she goes from claiming her innocence to claiming self defense Jessica knows she lying... but why? When the killer is revealed it's shocking and sad. ...more
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mrs. Fletcher was volunteering in a women's shelter when Miriam, a battered woman came in for help. When a few days later it was discovered that Miriam's husband was murdered it was naturally assumed that Miriam bumped off her husband. Mrs. Jessica isn't convinced and started snooping around to discover the truth of what really happened. ...more
Debby Schrecengast
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love these Murder She Wrote books. I can picture the main characters and hear their voices thanks to the tv show which help brings it all to life. They are a book you can pick up and put down for a few days then come right back to it. This was a different story line than normal and that was very refreshing. Jessica feels like an old friend telling you a story that you become absorbed in.
Sue Winebrenner
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A twist I Didn't see coming

As usual, the obvious suspect us not the guilty one, but the real guilty one was not the one I thought it was. This is a story often found in the headlines, unfortunately, but dealt with in as real world persp
Rohn Strong
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really liked this book! It went at a nice clip and kept me intrigued throughout. I found myself thinking about it the whole time.

Here’s my only gripe.

The murder, when revealed, That’s all I’ll say. I just didn’t feel quite satisfied.

Other than that it was great!
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This one was a bit harder for me to read as I worked with abused children for 4 years of my life. It breaks my heart the damage it can do. The book was well written but maybe a little bit more graphic than her other ones. Then again maybe it was because I have some experience with domestic abuse.
Marisa Young
Jul 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Jessica Fletcher is volunteering at a woman's shelter. A woman who come to the shelter is later arrested for shooting her husband. Jessica has her doubts about her being the killer.

Bit of a change for Jessica - domestic violence - and the conclusion may shock you.
Rachel Taylor
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book had a surprisingly different format than other Murder She Wrote books I've read. Surprising outcome. The book is written in two separate parts. ...more
Rebecca Cecil
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have read a lot of these Murder She Wrote books and have enjoyed them all.
Bobby Stringini
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
A dark mystery told in a straightforward, enjoyable way. Can't wait to check out more books in the series. ...more
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pleasant read and kept me guessing until the very end!
Janet Cobb
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Predictable. Some sections seemed tedious and superfluous. First Fletcher novel I've ever read -not sure I'll read another. ...more
Mar 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked this one just not really sure if I liked the ending.
Apr 02, 2020 rated it liked it
A good book, a solid 3.5 stars!
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