I am honored to be an early reader for such a timeless series! Thank you Jon Land, Berkley Publicity and Penguin Random House.
I don’t know if there is any mystery lover out there who does not know Jessica Fletcher. Jessica is no spring chicken, but she can keep up with the best of them. She doesn’t drive a car, but she can fly a plane, and is often seen cruising around town on her bicycle.
Jessica loved it when Babs and Hal moved into town. They were a breath of fresh air and Babs quickly became a best friend. When Hal turns up dead at his anniversary/Labor Day party, Jessica gets one of her ‘feelings’…and we know where that is going, don’t we? She has a curiosity that has to be fed and will need some help on this one.
How can a small town like Cabot Cove be such a magnet for murder? Or are the murders drawn to Jessica Fletcher? If trouble doesn’t find her, does she go to it?
Her research takes her coast to coast as she searches for the answers.
I quickly surmised that ??? is the dastardly villain, but I am still eager to follow the path of the story and see where Jessica takes me. She is such a fun character, with some interesting friends and she gives the authorities a run for their money as she tries to solve the mystery herself.
I have been reading Murder She Wrote novels for a long time now, and I still watch the Murder She Wrote reruns to this day. That makes it so easy to visualize Jessica as she tools around town solving crime.
Jon, you did a great job with your first foray into Jessica Fletcher’s world. A Date With Murder had the timeless feel of the past novels I have read in the Murder, She Wrote series. Jessica is the same sassy character who recruits her friends to help her solve the mystery, getting them in trouble and putting them in danger, all while dodging the authorities. The mystery is more than a little cozy, so I do recommend the reader not get too complaisant. You just never know what’s right around the corner.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of A Date With Murder by Jon Land.