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Brandy and Bullets

(Murder, She Wrote #4)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  890 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Jessica Fletcher must catch an artistic killer in this mystery in the USA Today bestselling Murder, She Wrote series...

Cozy Cabot Cove, Maine, has a country luncheonette, but not much high culture. Mystery author Jessica Fletcher is the only writer in residence, but the renovation of the local Worrell mansion into an art colony may bring scores of artistic people to town.
Paperback, 275 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by Berkley Books
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Jack Heath
4 Stars. A nice little story, with none of the flaws in earlier entries. These books are better than TV; there's connectivity which is often missing in an hour with commercials. The mind sees Angela Lansbury anyway! Everyone in Cabot Cove got excited when it was announced that a local landmark, Worrell Mansion, would become an artist colony for writers, musicians, and the like. Those opposed to change contacted the Mayor, but our noted author was supportive - a potential tourist attraction she ...more
Amanda McGill
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
This is the perfect series if you are lying on the beach, by a pool, or even curled up at home during a storm.

Brandy and Bullets was the first book in the series that was set completely in Cabot Cove (Jessica's hometown). The previous novels were located in other cities (London, New York and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands). I enjoyed seeing how Jessica interacted in her hometown and getting to meet more of the townspeople.

It wasn't the greatest mystery, but I still enjoyed reading through to the
P.S. Winn
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jessica Fletcher is a writer and of course always seems to find a murder mystery, even in the little place called Cozy Cabot Cove, Maine. If you have watched the series Murder she wrote, then you will love all the Jessica Fletcher books.
THT Steph
Jun 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: who-dunnit
While I found this installment a bit far fetched in its conclusion, I can't help but to be charmed as always by Jessica Fletcher and her lifestyle. Still a great pleasure read.
Amy Swafford
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I love the Murder She wrote television series and watch the reruns all the time. I love the series of books as well. Sometimes the books I think don't follow the characteristics of the show but it is still a good read. That being said I was a little disappointed in the ending for this book. Just not a believable ending storyline.
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a juicy mystery
Recommended to Patrick by: mmm read with my fiance because we like the series
Shelves: murder-she-wrote
Hum hum hum hum no there's no review for this one.
Part of my 2020 GR challenge is to (re)read the entire Murder She Wrote series, or at least the entirety of what I consider canon, in series order. My review of A Date with Murder is the most popular review I've written to date, and will give you some indication of why I consider Hook, Line and Murder the end of this series.

This story was a serious disappointment, mostly because its the first mystery set in Cabot Cove and yet the story had very little to do with the town itself. The local town
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
If I had never seen the television series, I'd have probably liked this book more. The characters are not faithful to the original and the plot is far-fetched.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
My favorite show is Murder, She Wrote I have seen every episode and movie and my husband got the complete box set for my birthday so I find this great book and I think it will be like the show, WRONG! I won't go to specific details but I was blown away by how the last few chapters were written. I'm horrified that Jessica would ever do that.
To me, 'Murder, she wrote' is the quintessential cozy mystery. If you like the tv-series (like me), you'll enjoy this book (even though the unraveling is a bit far-fetched).
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Murder She Wrote fans
April 20th, 2014 was the first and only time Ive read a Murder, She Wrote book. I gave Margaritas and Murder 3 stars because Donald Bain, the real author, made Jessica look like a character with a dial tone personality. In this one, Bain did nothing of the sort.

A local Mansion, simply called the Worrell Mansion, had been sold the Corcoran Group, whom leases it out to a group of people wishing to create a Worrell Institute of Creativity. It had formerly been used mostly for its spacious lawn, as
Linda Burson
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Brand & Bullets is an older murder mystery, but it's still a good one. I read it from cover to cover in one sitting. Some novels have extraneous information that simply bores me. Yes, critics love it and literary agents love it; personally, some descriptions are not that poetic and just go on and on. Maybe that's one of the reasons I love murder mysteries. They give you the descriptions you need to set the seen and to form an image of a character in your mind and then keep the story going. ...more
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
The ending was a bit far-fetched as other reviews have said. And there is one unforgivable mistake, it is said that Jessica doesn't have any teaching experience and is uncomfortable lecturing in front of large groups. She WAS a teacher before retiring and becoming a writer. Other than that, it's a nice little cozy mystery, for those who love Murder, She Wrote, and Jessica Fletcher.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Cozy mystery lovers
Shelves: murder-she-wrote
Donald and Jessica are really great writers. I love the little details that really take you everywhere with Jessica.
In this book, a type of retreat for artists is created. Jessica, an artist herself, checks it out. There is a Thanksgiving scene in this one for those who like to match holidays with their cozy reading.
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another fun cozy mystery with Jessica Fletcher learning about hypnosis and how it can be used for bad. While a winter storm hits Cabot Cove Jessica hits solving the mystery of finding a dear friend that all others presumed dead. While finding him she finds out a whole lot more and a few mysteries are solved
Isaiah Vianese
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
A decent entry in the series, but not the best of the bunch. The plot twist is a bit much and I wish the book had a cleaner resolution. Overall, an interesting read with a darker plot than is usual for a MSW novel.
Susan Jo Grassi
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Being a creative artiste can be deadly as Jessica Fletcher finds out when she investigates a suicide and the disappearance of a dear friend at a new artist's retreat on a hill above her beloved Cabot Cove. Even a blizzard can't keep our intrepid writer/sleuth from getting to the core of the matter.
J.L. Rallios
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this Jessica Fletcher mystery. It was my first, and it won't be my last. It's better than the TV show. The writing is good, and the characters are well drawn out. There's good tension and pacing. My only criticism is that it was a bit obvious in places, but so enjoyable I didn't mind.
Juliet Swift
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Another I didnt particularly love. It was good, but I wasnt a fan of the whole art centre, and it was a bit far-fetched.
How Jessica tells the story is still so nice and cosy, so that always gives these books that something I like.
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
The ending could have been a bit stronger. Kinda blasé. Other than that it was a great read. Really flew by.
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
I always enjoy this series. It is an interesting tale and I love being back in Cabot Cove which, for me, is my favorite setting for these mysteries.
Marlene Desjardins
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Did really care for it I am used to watching the show and the characters don't even remotely mimick the show.
This was a bit different MSW. Still a good read but the plot of this one was a little far fetched for me. I enjoyed Jessica's adventures solving the case. Not my favorite MSW but good nonetheless.
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brandy and bullets

I enjoyed this cozy mystery. It is a light hearted read with a few twists thrown in to keep you engaged.
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Farfetched plot. Characters were very stiff. Not a good read.
Jenny Kay
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Proficient at what it is supposed to be; does what it says on the tin. Enjoyable characters, and it gets an extra star for not involving painters in its plot thankchrist.
Rick Bavera
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Fun read, but, as always, sort of predictable. And interesting how Cabot Cove and Jessica are always at the center of deaths. Like they are cursed or something!
Paula Ratcliffe
Review to come
Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it
A cozy read much like the tv show. I'm enjoying this series.
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked 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

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