Manuscriptfor Murder

Fletcher, Jessica & . Berkley Prime Crime. (Murder, She Wrote, Bk. 48). Nov. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9780451489302. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780451489319. M
In this new "Murder She Wrote" novel, readers enter the mystery-solving mind of writer Jessica Fletcher. The story begins with once-successful writer Thomas Rudd telling Jessica that he believes their mutual editor and Jessica's publisher, Lane Barfield, has stolen money from their accounts. A day later, Barfield asks for her opinion on The Affair, a confidential manuscript that promises to be the next big political thriller and will bankrupt his company if it doesn't sell. Jessica has the only copy, except for the one on the flash drive stolen by Rudd when he'd confronted Barfield about embezzlement. But when both men turn up dead from apparent suicides, Jessica must unravel the mystery of whether the explosive manuscript is at the heart of their deaths. Contributing his second Fletcher mystery, "Caitlin Strong" author Land refreshingly remakes the gutsy amateur sleuth into a more modern version, adding contemporary trends and technology into her quests for justice. Fans of the Murder, She Wrote TV series will be smitten with the revamped Jessica.
VERDICT Both Jessica junkies and those who never knew they were cozy mystery fans will have a blast reading this modernized Fletcher whodunit.
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