Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Dear Deadly 

When a newspaper columnist becomes the target of a crazed gunman, Jessica's advice to be careful is ignored.


Anthony Pullen Shaw (as Anthony Shaw)


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Daphne Ashbrook ... Alexis Hill
Casey Biggs ... Max Charles
Eileen Brennan ... Loretta Lee
Kristen Cloke ... Emma Kemp
John Rhys-Davies ... Harry Mordecai
Rosanna Huffman Rosanna Huffman ... Nell Carson
Seth Jaffe ... Lt. Evans
Laurence Luckinbill ... John Galloway
Eric Woodall Eric Woodall ... Troy Higgins
Charles Gunning Charles Gunning ... T.D.
Mike Barger Mike Barger ... Lab Man
Jerry Taft Jerry Taft ... Guard


Publisher Harry Mordecai, a San Francisco newspaper's new owner, is such a meddler -but doesn't insist with his ideas to make Jessica's new book spicier- that editor John Galloway quits, but accepts to stay on a month. Wall Street reporter Max Charles hears his grumpy colleague Loretta Lee -in fact a passed-on pen name for Claire Hogan-, who runs a very popular letters column, found out his game to write a glowing column about a stock till it rises enough, then cash in and talk in down again. After Loretta had an argument with Harry, a man shoots her in the arm in the lobby while she was standing next to John and Jessica. SFPD Lt. Evans, using prints from a bottle in an abandoned coat, arrests T.D. for the shooting. When John and Jessica go tell Loretta the news, they find her dead at the hotel she was hiding out at. John's name is carved into a glass table with Loretta's diamond ring, but the position on the ring on her finger means she probably didn't write it. Jessica guesses Max's... Written by KGF Vissers

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false identity | delivery boy | See All (2) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

23 October 1994 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Seth Jaffe plays a San Francisco Police Lieutenant with a cat allergy twice but with a slightly different names. In Murder, She Wrote: Dear Deadly (1994) he is Lieutenant Evans. In Murder, She Wrote: Death by Demographics (1996) he is Lieutenant Evers. See more »


[first lines]
T.D.: You're dead, Loretta.
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References All the President's Men (1976) See more »

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Pseudonyms one and all
25 June 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Jessica Fletcher is in San Francisco and she's there to help serialize her latest mystery novel for Laurence Luckinbill's newspaper. But it has just been taken over by an Australian media tycoon John Rhys-Davies bearing no small resemblance to Rupert Murdoch. Davies has ideas for everything including spicing up JB Fletcher's story. As she's not employed by him on a regular basis she's the only one who really stands up to this overbearing Aussie.

But as to murder, Eileen Brennan who writes an Ann Landers type column is murdered and in true mystery story fashion the name of the killer on the underside of a glass table.

Nothing to say about the murder except that as usual the original suspect is cleared by Angela Lansbury. One thing the murderer and thee original suspect have in common is that they used pseudonyms for their work. But one is a thief as well as a murderer.

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