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

I have never read a Jessica Fletcher novel before and seized the opportunity to give it a try. I truly enjoyed the adventure that was this book. The characters were interesting and well developed. The story line was easy to follow and the plot moved at a pace that kept me interested. I enjoyed the complexity of the mystery and the suspense. I had no idea of the whodunnit. The perfect weekend read. I would definitely read another Jessica Fletcher mystery.

I received this book from First to Read for an honest review. It has been a few years since I was engrossed in a Jessica Fletcher story on TV. And I was surprisingly not disappointed. It was good to meet familiar characters from Cabot Cove and read about what they have been up to since I last saw them on TV. I liked that there was more of Jessica’s backstory in this latest edition. The story itself was engrossing and went at a good pace. I finished the book in one sitting. I had not realised that there were books and will be putting the earlier stories in my TBR list.

Jessica Fletcher is like an old friend. From the much loved tv series and the books, i always enjoy a visit. This book is a quick read and enjoyable.

I had no idea these books existed. Reading the book felt like a visit with old friends. I will go back and read all of the other books.

I’m a huge fan of the tv series and was excited to get to read this. It didn’t disappoint! It was true to the characters and had some interesting plot twists.

While I always enjoy visiting Jessica and Cabot Cove, this book felt a bit uneven to me. Jessica is certainly becoming more daring with age! Very exciting ending.

I quite enjoyed this book. For his third outing since the death of the late great Donald Bain, author Jon Land seems to have found his footing writing as amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher. Is it perfect yet? No. Is it getting better. Absolutely. Land is obviously doing his homework by watching the longest-running American mystery series while also now paying homage to Bain's original work. I did get the sense that Land wasn't aware that Bain's original character for the novel series, Scotland Yard Chief Inspector George Sutherland is a Scotsman and not an Englishman. He did correct a glaring error found in the previous novel - Mort Metzger's background as a former NYPD officer. I liked how the events of the previous novel were incorporated into this one - Jessica is still living at Hill House since the fire destroyed her home. Land retconned Jessica's piloting. It's now established that it was her late husband Frank that taught her. While this makes sense, his being a pilot in the military, Land needs to be careful of not falling into the same trap Bain fell into with his early "Murder" novels - creating a dependent Jessica Fletcher. That is exactly what the creators of the show were purposely avoiding, including Angela Lansbury herself. She's supposed to be independent, especially in this second chapter of her life. All in all, a fine little read with an ending that I didn't see coming!

I have loved the TV show since I was a kid, but this is my first time reading one of the novel treatments. Characters felt true to the show and quite an engaging mystery. I am a little confused about what year this book is occurring in but that only bugged me a couple times as mostly I was consumed in Cabot Cove and familiar characters. A real Jessica twist with the obvious answers being only part of the story.

This was my first book by the author. I enjoyed the book and characters. Cabot Cove is the place for murders. The interaction between the clinic and folks in the cove wasn't the best. After the murder of Mimi Jessica pursues her own investigation. I couldn't stop reading I wanted to find out who did it. Jessica was certainly thorough in her investigation, putting together clues no one else picked up on. The ending was definitely a surprise.

I enjoyed this book, but it still seems off in the telling of the story, or maybe I am biased from being a Murder, She Wrote fan. The interactions are getting better and the story was entertaining, just lacked something to pull you in. Will stick with the series and see where it goes.

I recieved this book from First to Read for an honest review. I had never read any of the Jessica Fletcher books but they had been highly recommended by a friend so decided to see if I could get a review copy of this book to see if I like them. The writing and editing in this book was really good. I think I only found 1 mistake in the whole book. The mystery was well done and the book kept my attention throughout. The ending was really surprising. I will definitely be looking into reading more of these books. A really enjoyable read with interesting characters and a lovely setting.

This was a must read for me as I am a huge Murder, She Wrote fan. Overall, I enjoyed the story. There was some repetition in the story and a few things felt out of place. I enjoyed the banter between Jessica and her counter parts. That really made it feel like the original members of J.B. Fletcher's crew!!

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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