“Mrs. Fletcher, why don’t you leave the detective work to us? You are looking for a crime that probably never happened. We have techs and a deputy coroner on the way. You just toddle along. We got work to do.“—said the clueless local Sheriff in the latest Murder She Wrote book, Killing in a Koi Pond.
Jessica is visiting her college pal, Delores, when Delores’ husband, Willis, is found murdered. By all accounts, Willis was a cantankerous man who lived to start trouble for others. The site of his death was his enormous South Carolina mansion. The house is filled with suspects. The local police are bumblers at best. So, Jessica steps in to solve the crime.
It’s nice to hang out with Jessica again. This series entry (#53!) is by a new “co-author” (with Jessica, of course), who also co-writes scrapbooking cozy mysteries with Laura Childs. I can see her cozy past in the more leisurely pacing of this Murder She Wrote novel. Though I missed Cabot Cove, it was pleasant to visit Columbia, South Carolina. My one complaint is that Jessica seems to be less independent in this book. She spent quite a while calling her friends for investigation advice. But that is a minor quibble.
If you like Jessica’s stories, you will enjoy Killing in a Koi Pond too. It’s amazing how relaxing a murder investigation can be when Jessica is involved. 4 stars!
Thanks to Berkley, Great Escapes Book Tours, and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
About Murder, She Wrote:
Killing in a Koi Pond
Murder, She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond
53rd in Series
Publisher: Berkley (June 8, 2021)
Hardcover: 288 pages
Digital ASIN: B08FH8NM6R
When a friend’s husband dies while Jessica Fletcher is in town visiting, Jessica’s vacation turns into a murder investigation in this latest entry in the long-running USA Today bestselling series.
After traveling to Bethesda for a mystery writers’ conference, Jessica Fletcher decides she’s earned a vacation and takes a train to Columbia, South Carolina, to visit her old college friend Dolores, who has recently married her third husband, Willis Nickens, a wealthy and cutthroat businessman. They’ve moved into an opulent historic home with plenty of space for guests, and Jessica is ready for a week of shopping, gossiping, and relaxing at the grand estate.
But the morning after she arrives, Jessica discovers Willis facedown in the koi pond, and despite what the police think, she’s sure foul play is involved. She hadn’t known Willis long, but it’s clear to her that he didn’t concern himself with making friends. The question isn’t if her friend’s husband was murdered but by whom.
About the Authors
Jessica Fletcher is a bestselling mystery writer who has a knack for stumbling upon real-life mysteries in her various travels.
Terrie Farley Moran is the author of Murder She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond, the latest in the long-running Jessica Fletcher series, to be followed in autumn 2021 by Murder She Wrote: Debonair in Death. She has also written the beachside Read ‘Em and Eat cozy mystery series and is co-author of Laura Childs’ New Orleans scrapbooking mysteries. Her short stories have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies. Terrie is a recipient of both the Agatha and the Derringer awards.
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