Murder, She Wrote: Volume 1 [VHS] 
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Opening episodes of the popular detective series. In 'The Murder of Sherlock Holmes', Jessica (Angela Lansbury) has to exercise her sleuthing skills when a guest at a party thrown to celebrate her first book is found murdered. 'Hooray for Homicide' sees Jessica the prime suspect when a producer she was trying to prevent from adapting her book is murdered. In 'Birds of a Feather', Jessica has to prove the innocence of a family member's fiancé when he is suspected of murdering a cabaret club owner.
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Produced between 1997 (the year after the show ended on CBS) and 2003 the very fact that these films were produced at all just goes to show how loved and adored Murder, She Wrote was and still is not just in the US but the world over. Not many shows make it to tweleve seasons let alone are given the chance to continue in the form of television films. But Murder, She Wrote is no ordinary television series. Featuring an older lead character, there was a distinct lack of sensationalism, sex, violence and gore which helped Murder, She Wrote to craft a cosy but well plotted character driven mystery each week for twelve successful years. And that formula is repeated here in the following movies:
South by Southwest (1997) - Jessica becomes embroiled in an FBI investigation when she befriends a woman on a train to Agua Verde who is the sole witness to a murder. Guest-starring Mel Harris, Ray Baker, Keith David.
A Story to Die For (2000) - Jessica is at a writers' conference to give a speech and meet with other writers when a controversial Russian author is found dead. Guest-starring Richard Crenna, Kathryn Morris, Steven Culp, Daniel Dae Kim, Robert Mailhouse.
The Last Free Man (2001) - Jessica travels to the Deep South where she uncovers a shocking link between her family history and the death of a slave in the 1860s. Guest-starring Phylicia Rashad, David Ogden Stiers, Elizabeth Lackey, Beth Grant.
The Celtic Riddle (2003) - Jessica travels once again to Ireland where she attends the reading of a will only for it to result in murder and the search for a lost treasure. Guest-starring Fionnula Flanagan, Sarah-Jane Potts, Cyril O'Reilly.
The four films are all equally enjoyable and are all strong stories worthy of the extended 90 minute running time. The strongest of the bunch has to be South by Southwest which is twist laden from start to finish and not only pits Jessica against a murderer but the FBI as well! The Celtic Riddle is also particularly strong and features occasional Murder, She Wrote guest-star Fionnula Flanagan and a couple of dodgy Irish accents aside is a really enjoyable hidden treasure adventure for Jessica. The Last Free Man is one of the more serious Murder, She Wrote stories dealing with the subject of slavery as well as murder. Jessica doesn't feature quite as much in this one as the others as a lot of the story is set in the 1800s but Angela is still present playing the dual role of her distant aunt Sarah. And finally, A Story to Die For is focused on the murder of a former member of the KGB and sees Jessica faced with the possibility that one of her friends or collegues may be responsible for the murder.
This set contains the four films accross two discs and unforutnalty comes without any special features. As it stands it appears that with this set, we have now seen the end of J.B. Fletcher onscreen. Angela Lansbury has spoken a few times over the years about her desire to return to the role but for some reason network executives haven't granted her wish. But with the original novels still going strong and the complete series now available on DVD, we will never really say goodbye to Jessica Beatrice Fletcher.
Murder She Wrote is harmless fun with no violence, no swearing , no sex, no shouting, just good old fashioned fine acting creating decent whodunnits. When the last episode of the last series was screened in America, "Death by Demographic", I assumed that Murder She Wrote had finally ended. Well not quite. Angela Lansbury was to return in four movie-length mysteries from the late 1990s until 2003. To this day I've seen them scheduled on ITV1 and ITV3 countless times. ITV must see the charm and reliability of screening Jessica to fill the daytime hours at the weekend.
Each mystery is just short of 90 minutes long and is a treat for any fans of the regular series.
- South By Southwest
- A Story To Die For
- The Last Free Man
- The Celtic Riddle
I doubt there will be any more made as Ms Lansbury is well into her 80s now. The last series I saw her in was in a guest role in Law & Order: Trial By Jury - Complete Series [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] playing her part just as well as ever.
This discset is a MUST HAVE for any fans of the regular series.
Hope you enjoy them as much as I have.
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