Murder, She Wrote: Murder in Red by Jessica Fletcher and Jon Land

Murder, She Wrote: Murder in Red

Jessica Fletcher and Jon Land

After her friend tragically dies in a simple procedure at a hospital, Jessica digs deeper and learns her friend was actually a victim of something far more sinister.

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In the latest entry in this USA Today bestselling series, Jessica loses a loved one to unnatural causes and sets her sights on the mysterious local hospital before more people wind up dead on arrival...

Jessica Fletcher's favorite gin rummy partner, Mimi Van Dorn, checks into the brand-new Clifton Care Partners, a private hospital that's just opened up shop in town, for a simple procedure—one that leads tragically, and inexplicably, to her death. Seeking justice in her inimitable fashion, Jessica decides to pursue her own investigation on the hospital and its shadowy business dealings.

On the trail of what initially appears to be medical malpractice, Jessica digs deeper and learns her friend was actually a victim of something far more sinister. Death is bad for business, but murder is even worse, and Jessica will find plenty of both as she races to bring down Clifton Care Partners before someone else flatlines...

Advance Galley Reviews

For the most part I enjoyed this book. However, I agree with other reviewers - this book does has a different feel than the books by the previous author. There were a few editorial errors I noticed as well.

I love the Murder, She Wrote tv series and religiously watch episodes on tv when I like to have something on; that said, I have never read any of the mystery novels. Having the opportunity to read an ARC copy of the newest one, I thought I would give it a try. Unfortunately, I’ll be sticking to the tv series. The novel was in no way bad, but things that worked on the tv series just didn’t translate in book form. The parts where she’s constantly trying to remember something become annoying in their repetition. Also, a little more proofreading and editing needs to be done as facts kept changing. Both of these problems are non issues when on tv.

After a good friend dies, mystery writer Jessica Fletcher finds herself investigating the Clifton Clinic & Clifton Care Partners. The clinic runs trials on drugs for rare diseases that are hard to cure. When her good friend George Sutherland shows up for one of those trials, she becomes even more worried. Something isn’t quite right about the clinic, and Jessica is determined to flush it out. Murder is nothing new in Cabot Cove and, much to Sheriff Mort Metzger’s chagrin, Jessica is always right in the middle of a case, especially if it involves a good friend. But Jessica has a keen eye and sharp mind, so he lets her help with a good bit of grumbling on his part. He warns her to be careful with this latest case or she might become a victim of murder herself. I have never watched the television series “Murder She Wrote” and have never picked up one of the mysteries written by the television’s star. I decided to do so just to see what it’s all about. Murder in Red is a good mystery, though somewhat predictable. I also found Jessica to be a bit reckless, especially with her own life. When she went to confront the killers without telling anyone what she was doing, I lost all respect for her. She should have at least had the private investigator she consults from time to time to be her backup. However, I did like Sheriff Mort Metzger. His character brought life to a struggling plot. I would probably read another Jessica Fletcher mystery just for the secondary characters alone. All in all, I enjoyed Murder in Red, and it did have a couple of surprises that I didn’t see coming.

I have read several books in the MSW series, although nowhere near all of them. It seems this book did not have the same feel as the books written by the previous author. I did also notice the repetitions and mistakes in the storyline the other reviewers noted. This new author is a thriller writer, maybe not quite the right fit for this series.

Jessica Fletcher and Jon Land have turned out another mystery classic! As a long time fan of both Jessica and her books, I was very excited to read the newest book in the series. MURDER IN RED did not disappoint! I sat glued to my iPad unable and most unwilling to put the book down. I did notice a few editorial errors, which I hope will be corrected before printing. But, on a whole I enjoyed the book and would recommend it.

Although I am a fan of Murder, She Wrote (I have the complete set on DVD), I wouldn't say I'm a fan of the books based on the show. Still, I can't help buying them when I come across them second hand. This is the first one I've read by Jon Land. It wasn't anywhere near as bad as the first one I ready by Bain, but still hasn't won me over as a fan of the books. There were some annoying mistakes in this book, such as when it came to the clinic. Was it three stories, four? Was the third floor patients or offices? Well, it depends what paragraph you're reading because it could change in the next. Jessica also didn't learn to fly from her late husband. She learned to fly from Jed Richardson in Bain's book "Murder at the Powderhorn Ranch." It seems being familiar with the earlier books is also not required, just as it seemed with Bain being familiar with the TV series wasn't required. And let's not forget the typos, which I hope will be removed before the final print. There is also a lot of repetition. Over and over she's trying to remember something she overlooked, but can't quite place. Then there's explaining the relationship with MiMi in almost the exact same way on several occasions. And it's not spaced far apart in a manner that might be considered a gentle reminder - don't forget this clue. No, it's a matter of three pages later, the exact same information is being given in almost the same way. A lot of it is just a waste of time. Does anyone need to use a connection to get the information she got from the FDA? No. They could use websites and a phone call and get the same information. It didn't take another party being brought in to use his connections and a trip to another state. Also, I don't think Scotland Yard investigates crimes in the United States. That would be Interpol. There didn't need to be a whole explanation of automation in the drug industry or how it created new jobs or any of that. The murders didn't make sense. The reasons behind them were too convoluted, although, overall there was a good story behind some of them. Very involved, and either might have worked well on their own, but mashing the two reasons for murder made it too convoluted, and too difficult to build up either one to a believable level. I think if the repetition were ditched, along with the info dumps, and the plot about the clinic was removed entirely, this would make for a pleasant read not requiring much thought, just enjoyment. But as it stands, I think it was needlessly crammed with too much junk.


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