Review: Murder, She Wrote: Manuscript for Murder by: Jessica Fletcher & Jon Land

by - Saturday, January 26, 2019

Title: Murder She Wrote: Manuscript for Murder
Author: Jessica Fletcher & Jon Land
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Murder She Wrote #48
Pages: 307
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library


Jessica Fletcher investigates a mysterious manuscript with deadly consequences in the latest entry in this USA Today bestselling series...

Jessica Fletcher has had plenty to worry about over her storied career, both as a bestselling novelist and amateur sleuth. But she never had any reason to worry about her longtime publisher, Lane Barfield, who also happens to be a trusted friend. When mounting evidence of financial malfeasance leads to an FBI investigation of Lane, Jessica can't believe what she's reading.

So when Barfield turns up dead, Jessica takes on the task of proving Barfield's innocence--she can't fathom someone she's known and trusted for so long cheating her. Sure enough, Jessica's lone wolf investigation turns up several oddities and inconsistencies in Barfield's murder. Jessica knows something is being covered up, but what exactly? The trail she takes to answer that question reveals something far more nefarious afoot, involving shadowy characters from the heights of power in Washington. At the heart of Jessica's investigation lies a manuscript Barfield had intended to bring out after all other publishers had turned it down. The problem is that manuscript has disappeared, all traces of its submission and very existence having been wiped off the books.

With her own life now in jeopardy, Jessica refuses to back off and sets her sights on learning the contents of that manuscript and what about it may have led to several murders. Every step she takes brings her closer to the truth of what lies in the pages, as well as the person who penned them.

My Thoughts: 

Jessica Fletcher is back at it again this time she gets handed a manuscript of a book called The Affair.  The author being a total unknown.  Jessica decides to give the book a try.  Of course not before a fellow author and her long time publisher wind up dead.  Jessica begins to wonder if it's all connected to the manuscript.  As she digs deeper she travels from Boston, to Cabot Cove to New York along with a trip to D.C.  We also get to see Seth, and Mort and even Harry McGraw.  

There were a few things in this book that are inaccurate.  Like Jessica's lack of cooking skills.  She's a good cook and it shows up time and again.  In the scheme of things they are miniscule but if you know msw then you know those parts aren't accurate.  The mystery was typical JBL fashion. You find yourself pulled in and the ending was fabulous I couldn't put it down.

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