Murder She Wrote Murder Backstage Review and Giveaway

Murder Backstage

My Review

It’s always a delight to spend time with Jessica, Seth and Mort. In Murder Backstage, Jessica’s identical British cousin, Emma, invites them all to vacation with her in Edmonton, Canada. Emma is rehearsing a new musical revue with a retiring fellow thespian when one of the crew is killed. Soon the Cabot Cove bunch are knee deep in investigating the many secrets of the revue’s stars and staff.

Who knew there were so many reasons to visit Edmonton? This book serves up a travelogue while showing the typical tourist activities of the gang. If you are planning a trip nearby, Murder Backstage will give you some great ideas about what to see and do there.

The book also hints at how much work putting on a show can be. Poor Emma is mostly a walk-on constantly stating she has to rehearse. That’s a shame because I loved her sarcastic (or should I say cheeky) wit in the original series.

Overall, Murder Backstage is a great way to spend a vicarious vacation with Jessica and her friends. The writing is pitch perfect for recreating characters first seen almost forty years ago on television. 4 stars!

Thanks to Berkley, Great Escapes Book Tours, and NetGalley for a digital review copy of the book.

About Murder, She Wrote: Murder Backstage

Murder, She Wrote: Murder Backstage
Cozy Mystery
58th in Series
Setting – Edmonton in Alberta, Canada
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Berkley (April 2, 2024)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 272 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593640756
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593640753
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0CHDKVL78

The newest entry in the USA Today bestselling Murder, She Wrote series.

Jessica Fletcher’s British cousin, Emma MacGill, will be traveling to Edmonton in Alberta, Canada, to perform with internationally famous star of stage, screen, and television Derek Braverman in an old-fashioned musical review. Emma would love for Jessica to join her there and suggests she bring along some friends. Having just finished her latest book, Jessica is ready for a vacation and is delighted to agree. Dr. Seth Hazlitt and Sheriff Mort Metzger are huge fans of Braverman, so they are eager to tag along, and their fanboy behavior gives Jessica and Mort’s wife, Maureen, more than occasional cause to roll their eyes.

Upon arrival in Edmonton, Jessica is quickly outed as mystery writer J. B. Fletcher, and despite numerous protests, a hotel staffer arranges a book signing for her. This and touristy adventures arranged for the group make for a much busier trip than Jessica was expecting. When a hotel bartender, who also happens to be a stagehand for Emma’s play, turns up dead backstage at the theater, Jessica’s fun and relaxing vacation quickly becomes anything but.

About the Authors

Along with Jessica Fletcher, Terrie Farley Moran co-writes the Murder She Wrote mystery series including Murder, She Wrote: Killer on the Court. She is the author of the Read ‘Em and Eat cozy mystery series and also co-writes the Scrapbooking Mysteries with Laura Childs. Recipient of both the Agatha and the Derringer Awards, Moran has published numerous mystery short stories. The only thing Terrie enjoys more than wrangling mystery plots into submission is hanging out with any or all of her seven grandchildren.

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  1. Thanks for such a nice review. I had to smile when I read “Who knew there were so many reasons to visit Edmonton?” I sure didn’t when I first started research but wow!! there is so much to see! Thanks again!

  2. Sounds like a fun read. Looking forward to reading this one.

    1. I hope you have fun!

  3. Thank you for sharing your review.

    1. Thank you for stopping by!!

  4. Thank you for the review.

    1. Thanks for stopping by so many of the reviews!

  5. When I was researching Edmonton, I fell in love with so many of the wonderful sites available to tourists. I had such a hard time deciding what to put in the book and what to leave out. This book is a crime/travelogue for sure! Thanks for reviewing it.

  6. I have to tell you, during my research Edmonton did surprise me with all the fabulous tourist attractions available. I had to whittle down my list or the travelogue would have taken over!! Thanks for a great review!

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