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on 27 November 2008
Its such a shame that this series of books have taken such a downward spiral over the past couple of years - earlier books were involving, exciting, multi-charactered with many red-herrins. However the past years have seen a dramatic drop in the entertainment value of these novels, which have been lazy and uninteresting (much like the later series of the wonderful TV series, with which this series of books share so many similarities).

Basically, this book see's Jessica Fletcher travel to Savannah to solve a 40 year old murder (as well the more recent murder of her old friend). An intriguing premise you'd think - only its not. For a murder mystery the list of possible suspects was incredibly short, their motives weak (in fact, between the 3 primary suspects the motive was the same) and the ending boringly plain.

I guessed the 'whodunit' after the first couple of chapters and vainly hoped that I was wrong throughout the remainder of the novel, but no - I was right. Its almost as if the author (Bain) has stopped bothering and in his efforts to maintain a twice-yearly publication schedule for new title's simply bangs out the story (which irritatingly contains more & more of his 'insights' in to places Jessica finds herself and the events that shaped that place - clearly he enjoys researching his murder locale's and likes to include titbits of info, its just a shame this comes at the expense of the story). I also wonder if Bain has simply lost interest and has a 'that'll do' attitude to this long running series of books.

If you are tempted to re-visit Jessica and enjoy a cosy-murder mystery then please, PLEASE, try earlier books from this series such as the wonderful 'MURDER IN A MINOR KEY' or 'MURDER ON THE QE2'. Or try 'MURDER IN MOSCOW' or 'A PALETTE FOR MURDER' but, for the benefit of your own enjoyment, do not try anything published later than 2004 and the awful 'DESTINATION MURDER' or else you may be the victim of 'Death by Boredom'.....
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on 3 October 2015
Would be better for 7-year-old if it included illustrations.
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on 2 August 2015
Present for my daughter, she loves it.
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on 27 July 2014
well packed and exactly as described
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on 3 January 2010
The 'Murder, She Wrote' book series continues to be an enjoyable one with A Slaying in Savannah, which takes a different approach to the other previous books in the series.

This time Jessica is invited to Savannah to the reading of her old friend Tillie, who makes the request that Jessica solve a murder which occurred forty years ago. There is also a sub-plot involving a haunting, which is continued right up until the end of the novel, where Jessica (as well as the reader) is unsure of weather or not a haunting has taken place or not.

The story, as usual if you have read any previous MSW novels, is littered with different characters, plot twists, mystery and wonderful description, told through the eyes of an ever observant Jessica Fletcher. The author does a great job at keeping the reader involved and guessing as to what will happen next, which is difficult to do when a mystery story is being told in a first person narrative.

The only downfall I had while reading this novel, was at times, the book contained far too much description, particularly of various locations in Savannah itself. It's good that the author has visited and researched what seems to be a very colourful and interesting place, but there are times when the narrative jumps to that of a travel description. But that is the only fault I have, and it is a very minor fault at that.

If you are a fan of mystery novels, or more specifically cosy mysteries which can be quickly read and are hugely enjoyable, then I recommend this, as well as the other books in the series.
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on 7 March 2016
Very good book.
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