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A Fatal Feast

(Murder, She Wrote #32)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,054 ratings  ·  109 reviews
The newest novel in the USA Today bestselling series finds Jessica Fletcher cooking up a heartwarming holiday dinner-and a fresh serving of trouble...

Jessica Fletcher would like nothing more than to sit back and relax as Thanksgiving comes to Cabot Cove. But this year, she's already got more on her plate than she can handle.

Jessica is suffering from a rare case of writer'
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by NAL Hardcover (first published August 29th 2009)
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Jessica Fletcher invites her good friend Scotland Yard inspector George Sutherland from London, to come to Cabot Cove to experience the Thanksgiving holiday with her. Of course, all doesn’t go as smoothly as she hoped once a murder is committed. This was another fun Murder, She Wrote mystery. I enjoyed the Thanksgiving festivities, delicious food, and the romantic sparks between Jessica and George. Although it did take some time for the murder to occur (about halfway into the book), it was still ...more
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the show! and I wanted to try out the books but now I kind of regret it. This was slow, predictable, and boring. It's nothing like the show. I own another Murder, She Wrote book and I'll give that one a go eventually but if that one doesn't do it for me I'll just stick to the TV show on Netflix lol ...more
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another good one, I love the Murder, She Wrote series!
Dec 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Absolutely loved the fact that the murder in the book took place within the thirteenth chapter!! Some very clever planning on the author's part for that. Overall a good entertaining read. ...more
Feb 12, 2015 rated it liked it
As always, I enjoyed this installment of the Murder, She Wrote series. However, there were a few things about this one I didn't like.

First of all, I believe the little side mystery of the letters arriving in the mail had already been in a previous book. I didn't like this repeated plot. Also, I felt the solution of the mystery came out of nowhere. There were some clues scattered throughout the book, but for Jessica to put them all together in the time she did was a little unbelievable. Also, the
This was another fun MSW mystery. Set at Thanksgiving in Jessica's hometown of Cabot Cove was a great backdrop. Added to the story is George Sutherland who is spending the holiday with Jess to experience a an American tradition. I love the stories that include George, I would go so far as to say he is probably my favorite character in the set. The mystery was another interesting one with several twists and turns. These cozy mysteries are quick light reads that feel much like a warm blanket at gr ...more
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Just like the TV series, you know what you're getting with these books. I especially enjoy the ones set in her home town in Maine or with George Sutherland, her beau from Scotland Yard, so when he came to experience a good old-fashioned Thanksgiving in Cabot Cove I knew I'd like this one. The mystery was entertaining and I love the fact that Jessica, an older woman, has a love interest without sex or the need for them to get married. Though they don't rule out the possibility. :) ...more
Stanwood Campsmith
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was happy George was here to visit Cabot cove. And was able to experience an american Thanksgiving.
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was a great story. I really enjoyed reading it! I plan to read it again for future Thanksgivings. I want that to be one of my Thanksgiving traditions like eating turkey and pumpkin pie.
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Okay so the murder didn't take place at Jessica's table, THOUGH it was one of her guests that died- MWAHhahahahaha!

There was a secondary mystery that- well, to me anyway, became very annoying- and truth be told Jessica and I had the same reaction when it was figured out- *sigh *urgh *sigh -one of those. But overall fun, and I do tend to like the way the bring up (not in an accusatory fashion) the "you're around when a lot of murders happen, lady" talk that happens in this book. wink, wink
Erin L
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-writer
There are so many books in the Murder She Wrote series that I dreaded starting it, no matter how much I love the TV series. I'm currently trying to FINISH series I've started, not start new ones of 40+ books, but earlier this year I started it. So here we are with a Thanksgiving themed book.

Jessica invites her friend George from England over for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner - in the middle of a bad bout of writer's block. Her Thanksgiving guest list keeps growing as she does the small-town
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It’s another tranquil Thanksgiving weekend in Cabot Cove. Love is in the air as Jessica Fletcher prepares for the big feast with her international houseguest George Southerfield. Of course, he’s staying at Seth Hazlet’s house because Jessica is a lady and we don’t want her reputation to be sullied! Turns out, there’s a bit of a jealous rivalry going on, thus proving that this ol’ gal’s still got it. You go, Miss Thang! While taking a romantic post-turkey stroll, what do they find? Come on, take ...more
Mar 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
I loved the TV show and then found the books. I love knowing the characters and growing with them through each book.
Jessica Fletcher is trying to prepare an all American Feast for her love from across the sea (Scotland Yard, George Sutherland). But what is a feast without a looming deadline for her next book, new neighbors that act suspicious, strange man hanging outside her house, and a new boyfriend for one of her new friends. Oh and a dead body. The regulars are in the book also like Sheriff
Paul Lunger
Oct 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Thanksgiving in quiet Cabot Cove, Maine takes a turn for the worse when the murder of a suspicious homeless man makes things interesting in this entry based upon the series. The book actually contains 2 mysteries in one as Jessica Fletcher receives mysterious letters in the mail that have her questioning her safety & even cause concern as her friend George arrives from England for a traditional American holiday. Bain as usual keeps us guessing right up until the very end with our cast of regular ...more
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Never, never, never a dull moment with Jess. This Thanksgiving is to be the best since Jess's husband Frank passed away. George Sutherland (Jess's beau) is traveling to Cabot Cove to share a traditional Thanksgiving with Jess and friends. Being frazzled by community obligations and a case of what for it WRITERS BLOCK! 😱 Jess tries to give George her attention. Of course murder finds her when one of her Thanksgiving dinner guests dies. Jess and George set off to solve the case and spent some qual ...more
Brooke Showalter (Brooke Blogs)
I enjoyed this Murder, She Wrote mystery set at Thanksgiving. The mystery was solid and there were enough 'red herrings' that kept me guessing. The only thing I didn't like about the story was that the murder didn't happen until halfway through the book. By that point, I had started to like the victim, making it a bit more traumatic for me as a reader.

If you like the television show, then you will like the Murder, She Wrote books. The story, setting and characters feel authentic.
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
The only thing that really bothered me about this book is that she has a romantic interest in it. She never really dated or talked about relationships in her show so it seemed out of place in the book.

The mystery in it was not the best one I felt like it was a bit of a stretch to make it work.
Nov 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Poor Jessica. Writer’s block, the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, a possible stalker, mysterious letters arriving daily. At least her Scotland Yard beau is there to support her through her troubling holiday, unless of course he proposes…
I do love the Murder She Wrote series, and I enjoyed this book, not as much as some of the others, but I did enjoy it. Granted, much of the mystery and its solution came out of left field. It’s a good thing Jessica doesn’t have a problem reaching way beyond given
Assaf Cygelberg
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my first "Murder, She Wrote" book... and it didn't disappoint. I love Jessica Fletcher--and could see and hear Anglea Lansbury as I read along... Dr. Seth, as well. George Sutherland is a new favorite. I know he was never in the television series, but his book presence is wonderful; can't wait to read more in the series with him helping Jessica solve cases.

This book was chosen by me for its Thanksgiving theme, and it had plenty of that--from a Thanksgiving feast at a senior center to Je
Lila Johnson
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my second attempt at reading the Murder, She Wrote series. I didn't complete my first book because at the time I was not interested in mysteries. This time I purposefully gave it attention d/t expanding my reading as a writer.
A Fatal Feast, eases you into the life of Ms. Fletcher as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches and she suffers from writers block during her latest novel. The story moves at a nice pace and captures your attention as it builds to a murder to be solved. In this part
Blanche Devereaux
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Definitely adorbs on all fronts, it's so nice to see Jess have a real romance in it's own way! George is amazing and I love their relationship but wish Jess would let it be more.....pretty good twists in this one, there were several types that werent on the up and up instead of one violent villain..I felt bad for the poor chap that did nothing at And DAMMIT, i knew it could have been (that person) lol ...more
Sa Schmidt
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My first read in this series and I would continue to read more in the series.

I enjoyed the book and I felt that the author got the characters personalities down pat from the tv series.

These mysteries are a light read for mystery and not edgy. Just light and easy going.

I did have the acronym figured before the end when it was revealed, but not the murderer. The clues are dropped however

It's a nice Thanksgiving read too for the holidays.
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone once in awhile, I just need a dose of Jessica Fletcher. That said, I'm glad I picked this book. It's timely - fall, getting closer to Thanksgiving - and was an enjoyable read. Of course there's mystery and murder, which was good, but I most enjoyed the trip to Cabot Cove and in this case Jessica and her Scotland Yard visitor. ...more
Mar 22, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the 4th MSW novel I've read and so far my least favourite. I liked it but I found it focused more on Jessica and George's relationship than it did on the actual murder. It was slow getting to the murder and I was disappointed to find out what the mysterious letters in the mail turned out to mean. ...more
Philipp Gross
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book and an enjoyable escape

I feel like i am a resident of Cabot Cove. Jessica Fletcher is a true that right? Thank you I truly enjoy the shows. I have a deep admiration for Angela Lansbury. Beautiful, talented, and still taking roles on the stage. Thank you and God Bless.
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cute story. Predictable ending. I wasn't really expecting it to be in first person, and I'm not sure how I feel about. It definitely took some getting used to, especially since I'm only acquainted with Jessica Fletcher through the TV show ... which has a definite third-person feel. Still, it was a fun read to celebrate Thanksgiving. ...more
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Anna Adams
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On a Jessica Fletcher binge suddenly, both in books and the TV episodes. Because I write romance, I have a hankering for a bit more when the book speaks so often about her relationship(s). Really enjoyed a Thanksgiving story! On the coldest day so far, this year!
Steve-o Lanning
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
All Jessica Fletcher books are just wonderful. I try to watch the TV series on the book I'm reading. ...more
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