Murder mystery writer Jessica Fletcher is one of a small elite group, representing the publishing world, going to Washington and then to Moscow as part of the Commerce Department's efforts to facilitate better relations between the two countries. Ostensibly the Americans are going over to help the Russians with their fledgling publishing industry. However, Jessica quickly learns that the government has other goals in mind also.
Jessica is told by a secretive American official to keep an eye and ear open, and report back to him all she learns overseas. However, that same night Jessica finds her "contact" dead inside the Jefferson monument. In Russia, a local publisher, dining with Jessica, is suddenly dead and the visitor is briskly removed from the scene by an American intelligence officer. Instead of enjoying her exotic stay, Jessica begins to question the trustworthiness of everyone she meets, knowing that she might be the next victim.
A Jessica Fletcher mystery is always fun to read and the current novel is no exception. Mrs. Fletcher is this generation's Aunt Hazel and likewise just as impossible not to like or root for her. MURDER SHE WROTE: MURDER IN MOSCOW is very enjoyable, especially watching the protagonist realize that the new Russia is, in its own way, as dangerous a place as the old Soviet Union.