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Manhattans & Murder (Murder, She Wrote #2)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  850 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
Jessica Fletcher comes to Manhattan for a Christmas-time book tour and runs into a sidewalk Santa who seems strangely familiar. She recognizes him as a former drug smuggler and the most notorious citizen of Cabot Cove, Maine. When Santa is murdered, Jessica finds herself involved in a mystery in which the police are strangely slow on their feet and the dead man's wife is u ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 14th 1995 by Titan Books Ltd (first published 1990)
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Sarah Nessler
Mar 19, 2017 Sarah Nessler 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 Berry 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 Harry rated it it was ok
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
Theresa
Jul 07, 2015 Theresa 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 Amanda McGill 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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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.
Aparna
May 10, 2016 Aparna 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 Sandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy reading and an enjoyable read. On to the next murder....
bella
Mar 16, 2013 bella rated it it was amazing
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
Jim
Feb 06, 2014 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is lightreading, not full of gut wrenching drama, but it's interesting enough. There are plot holes galore though. Some plot elements seem really unnecessary and are only there to create drama, but if they hadn't happened there would have been no story at all. I'm trying not to give any spoilers away. (But if you're trying to get away with murder, don't call the person who's investigating!) Like others have said, the ending just kind of ends and there really was no build up. Just happe ...more
Pam
Jan 27, 2008 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-york-mystery
01/31/08
TITLE/AUTHOR: MURDER, SHE WROTE: MANHATTANS & MURDER
RATING: 4.5/B+
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Mystery/1994, 277 LP pgs
SERIES/STAND ALONE: #2 Jessica Fletcher
TIME/PLACE: 1990's/NYC
CHARACTERS: Jessica Fletcher/mystery author
FIRST LINES: It was his eyes.

COMMENTS: library book. Jessica is promoting her latest book in Manhattan. Her publisher is taking advantage of the gift sales for the holidays and has Jessica on a busy schedule. Jessica recognizes a Santa Claus on Fifth Avenue as a forme
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Mary
Dec 16, 2013 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a sucker for a TV tie-in novel, let alone a series! Jessica Fletcher, Cabot Cove, Maine's own Angel of Death, is off promoting her latest novel in New York when she witnesses the street-corner murder of a hometown boy gone bad. In true J.B. Fletcher style, she snoops around until she finds out what's happened and who's responsible.

A few wonky character misfires here (Sheriff Mort's from New York, not Cabot Cove!), but an enjoyable enough look into Jessica's off-screen exploits. Spoiler alert
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Jackie
Dec 15, 2015 Jackie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Weak book. If you're a fan of the TV show, you'll realize that the characters in this book aren't completely true to the show. This is Bain's second book and he's not yet gotten the hang of writing Jessica's adventures. My biggest problem was his portrayal of New York. I've read other books by this author and every place the story is set, I feel like I learn a lot about the place and the people that live there. In this book I felt that all of the negative things someone can say about a New Yorke ...more
Dutchfarmeress
Dec 19, 2015 Dutchfarmeress rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love to watch Murder She Wrote, even the ones I have already seen three times.... It is so uncomplicated, warm and entertaining. That's why I decided to pick up the series to read. The books have the same atmosphere as the television series. No literature and no highly disturbing psychological crimes, but something to read when you just want to flee your daily worries into something pleasant, cosy, amusing.
Tim
Mar 20, 2012 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually 2.5 stars. It was ok as far as the series goes. The reader was better on this outing than her previous I listened to (she seems more comfortable with a New York accent than a Main accent). There wasn't a lot mysterious in the mystery...but it was the first in the series.

If you are listening to the series, tick to the later titles read by Cynthia Darlow.
Susan
May 17, 2009 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Captures the feel of the show and characters pretty well. Sometimes it does feel a bit weird to be completely in Jessica Fletcher's head as my perception of the character on the screen does not completely match that of the book. I do feel that the outcome of the story was a bit of a disappointment and could of been much better.
Monica
Nov 11, 2015 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I decided to read this because it was supposed to be the first in the series, although apparently it's the second. Either way this was a fun read like one of the episodes. I had no idea whodunnit until the end. Jessica has a knack for getting into trouble, but fortunately she's just as good at getting out of it.
A good read for anyone who likes cozy murder mystery.
Emma
Jan 19, 2012 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
my first Jessica Fletcher, have been watching the series on TV for years! :)

it was an easy read, interesting whodunnit mystery and kept my interest, short enough quick read, but good all the same, might read another one or two from the series, but think that would be all

dont think my attention would be kept interested in each book of the series, ok read though :)
Daniel Devereux
I enjoyed this to a point. Waldo seemed an annoyance to me, it might have been the name though. I found this one to be a bit lacking to be honest. I think my favorite parts are her daring escape from the penthouse and Bobby. I hope we see Bobby later in the series, it's unlikely but you can always wish.
Carol
Dec 19, 2016 Carol rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dragged on way too long and I was happy to finally be done. I've read a couple other books in this series and found them more interesting than this one. The series is light and easy, definitely not literary masterpieces but fun for Jessica Fletcher fans.
Brian Kirk
Not as good as the first book in the series, I found it a little slow going in spots but I still enjoyed the read. Donald Bain does a remarkable job of capturing the characters from the tv show wonderfully. I look forward to book 3.
Bootsie Stumph
Apr 13, 2014 Bootsie Stumph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the TV show and that is why I'm making my way through these books. This one was OK but I thought the ending could have been better. Actually my rating is more of a 3.5 than 4. I'll continue reading them just to see if they continue to get better. Happy reading everyone.
Stephanie
Mar 27, 2015 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Good plot. Kept me riveted. Would have finished earlier but life interrupted.
Liisa
Jul 16, 2014 Liisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Not as bad as "Murder on Parade". Still very bad. I will have to find another way to get my fix.
Lisa
Sep 04, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, fiction
Not one of my favorites, but still a good read.
Nicole Bennett
Dec 25, 2011 Nicole Bennett rated it liked it
It wasn't as fun as the other books I've read on Murder She Wrote. Hopefully the next one will be!
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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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