When a friend of mine first suggested that I might like the "Murder She Wrote" books, which are based on the television series I must admit that I was a little leery. I was afraid that the books would just be warmed over plots from the show or worse yet, plots that the show's producers had rejected. But given this friend's track record of giving good and sound advice I decided to give one of these books a try and it was a wise decision if I do say so myself.
It seems that Jessica Fletcher's home town, Cabot Cove, is having a lobster festival both to draw tourists and to pay homage to the town's biggest industry. There are dark clouds brewing over the lobster business however as the local buying agent is making every effort to cheat the lobstermen who do all of the backbreaking work. Linc Williams, the head of the Lobstermen's Association is presiding over an organization in turmoil as tempers flair and accusations fly. There are also some fairly mild incidents of vandalism as member turns on member.
Into this mess wades Jessica Fletcher as she trues to write an article on a day in the life of the lobster fishermen for the local paper. As she begins to sense just how dangerous the situation among the lobstermen has become she becomes very worried that the whole affair will explode and completely ruin the lobster festival. The deeper she wades into the situation the darker things become until at last there is a death and an attempted murder and Jessica finds herself in a very grave and dangerous position. As soon as she makes her way out of danger she finds that the Sheriff has arrested a man for the above crimes that she is sure is innocent so she goes to work to prove just that. Thanks to her expert sleuthing the clues soon begin to appear and they point toward places that Jessica wishes they hadn't. In the end the lobster festival is a big success and all turns out well, at least for the innocent.
This book is extremely well written and keeps the reader enthralled in the story. The characters portrayed are very believable and in some cases colorful. Literally colorful in the case of one lady who has been picking lots of blueberries. There are times when the reader will almost be able to feel the salt spray of the ocean and smell the fishiness of the docks. And as with any good mystery, if the one pays close attention, there are enough clues to allow the reader to figure out who done it, as they say. All around, a top notch book that I would highly recommend.