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Murder, She Wrote: Manuscript for Murder

Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
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Jessica Fletcher has had plenty to worry about over her storied career, both as a best-selling novelist and as a part-time sleuth. But she's never had any reason to doubt her longtime publisher and trusted friend, Lane Barfield. When mounting evidence of financial malfeasance leads to an FBI investigation of Lane, Jessica can't believe what she's reading. 

So when it appears that Barfield has committed suicide, Jessica takes on the task of clearing his name. Sure enough, Jessica turns up several inconsistencies in the case against Barfield, as well as signs he might have been murdered. Jessica knows something is being covered up, but what exactly? At the heart of her investigation is a manuscript Barfield had intended to publish, after all other publishers had turned it down. The problem is the manuscript has disappeared, with all traces of its submission and very existence having been wiped off the books. Jessica's search for answers immerses her in a shadowy underworld and puts her on a dangerous path that leads all the way to the White House. 

With her own life now in jeopardy, Jessica refuses to back off and sets her sights on uncovering the truth behind what lies in the pages of the mysterious manuscript, as well as the identity of the person who penned it. But will she close the book on the case before the killer can write her obituary?

©2018 Universal Studios Licensing (P)2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • Dorise
  • 14-12-2018

The most disappointing adaptation of Jessica Fletcher Character and story

Joh Land, although an excellent author in his genre, completely missed the charming grace, elegant calm and intelligent detective that long time Murder She Wrote followers expect from the Jessica Fletcher character. The narrator had no idea what the various accents were, or who should have been speaking in what accent, by example Mort The Cabot Cove Sheriff is from NYC and moved to Maine.
So very disappointed in this rendition that i may never purchase another of this long loved series unless someone can channel Donald Bain or do their homework and understand what they are writing about

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  • Carmen
  • 21-12-2018

Not the same

This is a new author and narrator and you can tell. This book may not even be bad it is just absolutely not A Murder She Wrote Book. They have the character all wrong and even Seth and Mort. I miss Donald Bain

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  • Sharon Jones
  • 26-03-2019

Need new author

As I read through the book I kept thinking, that's not the way the Jessica Fletcher character thought or acted. Then the farcical ending was too much. I won't be reading/listening to any more by this author.

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  • Christopher
  • 09-07-2019

Not Murder She Wrote

This story is crazy! None of the characters are anything like they are in the television series— I honestly believe the new author (Jon Land) is taking other stories he wanted to write and just overlaying the characters names from the show. The story on it’s own was appealing if incredulous. I did enjoy the wild ride, but it was with a bunch of strangers masquerading as characters I cared about.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-11-2018

Disappointed

Loved the story line but didn't like the narrator. The narrator made it hard to want to finish the book.

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  • LMIBroad
  • 29-02-2020

Did this writer ever read a Murder She Wrote?

This new author has no feel for the characters whatsoever. The plot line was ridiculous, a "thriller" whose conclusion was contrived and boring. The main action takes place far from Cabot Cove, but the few interactions with the regular characters make it seem like they are not friends, but rather consider Jessica a pain in the rear. I won't be buying any of this series again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-09-2019

Murder Someone Else Wrote

Jon Land seems to have largely created his own characters and slapped on the names of characters from Murder She Wrote.

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  • Alix Damron
  • 06-02-2020

Over the top

Sorry, but most of the books are believable and that’s one of the reasons I love them but 1 Jessica said “damn” and if you’re die hard you know that’s not a thing and 2 spoilers! The president of the United States? Come on. Political thrillers just aren’t my thing

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  • Karen Yildirim
  • 14-12-2019

Best plot JB!

I own on audio and hard copy numerous Murder, She Wrote books and this one is by far my favorite! I seldom write reviews, but felt compelled to share with this book! <3

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  • Christine J. Orodi
  • 23-07-2019

awesome!

this was one of the best yet....loved it. from beginning to end. well done. thanks

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  • Abi Ziviani
  • 11-12-2019

True to the tv series

I enjoyed the storyline of this - particularly true to the tv show with old favourite characters such as Amis and Harry making an appearance. I really did not like the narrators interpretation of Jessica - she made her sound very old and dithery and spoke very slowly for my liking. Also, don’t know why Mort is back married to Adele and not Maureen ?! Enjoyable though.

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  • Harmony
  • 20-11-2018

Not the Jessica fletcher we know and love

If you are hoping for the type of gentle, clever story that Donald Bain would have written, prepare yourself for some disappointment. This is written as an absurd thriller. It will stretch your ability to suspend your disbelief to the utmost. Jessica may as well start beating up bad guys and carrying a concealed weapon. Very disappointing!

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