Aparna (inspirethoughts) wrote,
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Book Critique 2016 – 01/23/2016: Murder, She Wrote #44 - The Ghost and Mrs. Fletcher

Continuing with the critiques I started in 2015, here is the next in series – a book review.
Prologue: Go here.
For review of all books under Murder, She Wrote series: Go here.

Stars: 3 / 5
Recommendation: If you want an easy and quick read pick it up.

Another book based on the famed TV Series Murder, She Wrote published in 2015 written by the American ghostwriter Donald Bain and fictitious Jessica Fletcher. This time Jessica tangles with a ghost. I havent read very many books on the series - this being my second book - but I had watched the series. It was good. This book, however, tends to be a mediocre kind of mystery for such a famed author. And why do I say so. Well read my review below.



Jessica unwillingly agrees to help her friend Eve Simpson sell the Spencer Percy House, Cabot Cove's oldest mansion. A seemingly simple book sale to get rid of all the books collected by Cliff Cooper over a period of time turns to an unending and tiring project for Jessica. Added to that the straight forward death of Cliff turns out to be a murder. And then there is the mystery behind the sudden departure of Jerry Cooper - Cliff's son - and his wife Marina Cooper one night. And more mysterious was their death in South America at the hands of some tribal people. The ever mystical Elliot Cooper - grandson of Cliff - also adds more to the mystery. And before we know Jessica is again hot on her heels solving a murder, a disappearance, a book sale and a harried Eve Simpson.

So, the plot looks intriguing. Yes, very much. However, unlike her plots in the TV Series, I could untangle the puzzle somewhere during Chapter Twenty-One, right at the scene where the Eve's hired handy man watches Cliff's funeral from a distance. All made sense at that very instance and I didn’t need to read the rest of the book. Yet, I finished it cause I like Jessica Fletcher. :)

I do hope Donald Bain comes up with stronger plots in the next book. Else the budding interest I had in reading her books will be squished with this one.
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