Another book written by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain based on the Universal Television Series Murder, She Wrote is Skating on Thin Ice published in April 2011. Typical like any of the books written this one also keeps close to the spirit of the TV show. This time the story revolves around Cabot Cove, where the mystery writer Jessica Fletcher lives.
The Ice Arena at Cabot Cove gets refurbished and the owner Eldridge Coddington has great plans for the arena. Not only it being modernized, he added a second rink to the arena to accommodate Hockey so he could being in a semi-pro team that he would like to call as Cabot Cove Lobsters. Apart from that he also was going to open a world-class figure skating school. He brings in Brian Devlin, a former gold medalist to head the school for elite athletes. The two members of the pairs team that Devlin was going to coach were 18-year old Christine Allen from San Francisco and 24-25 year old Alexei Olshansky from Russia. The second pairs team that Mark Rosner, the other coach, trained were Marisa Brown and Jeremy Hapgood. And then there was the ice staking arena itself open for public to have some good fun nights.
All seems well with the arrangement until Alexei Olshansky turns up dead in the pit that collects the cleaned up snow and water by Zamboni. Who would have wanted to kill this young skater even though he was obnoxious and rude most times? Mrs. Fletcher couldn't wrap it around her head and digs deeper specially after she was one of the persons who had found Alexei. Would it be Irina Bednikova, former partner of Alexei who was in town to take him back? Her rumors that she was spreading about Marisa and Alexei - could they have triggered someone to put Alexei permanently to bed? What were the constant bickering going on between Mark and Brian? Was Eldridge up too deep in the efforts to fulfil his dream? What was the secret that Alexei knew about Brian? What about Jeremy Hapgood - have his affections towards Christine caused him to eliminate Alexei as the competitor both off and on ice?
A semi-convoluted plot that would point us to all answers for questions in Jessica's mind and eventually to the actual murderer. Well written and an easy read although the suspense has been kept till the end in this one. Good closing.