Rating: Very Good
Description: Babs and Hal Wirth are hosting their annual Labor Day barbecue in Cabot Cove when suddenly the host is found dead from an apparent heart attack.
Shortly after Jessica discovers that the Wirth marriage is not what it seemed and there were severe cracks in the perfect façade. Soon Babs and Jessica learn that Hal had bankrupted not just his company but the family itself. In order to help her friends Jessica jumps into an investigation and discovers a world of secrets, conspiracy and online dating.
Genre: Mystery - Cozy
Why I Picked This Book: I've been a fan of the show and Angela Lansbury in general since I was a kid but I'd never tried any of the books. I liked the premise - especially since Harry McGraw (played on TV by Jerry Orbach) was making an appearance.
My Impression: I must admit that one of the reasons I enjoy the TV show Murder, She Wrote is because my paternal grandmother was a big fan and Jessica Fletcher reminds me a bit of my maternal grandmother so it's like all kinds of nostalgia wrapped up in one 45 minute package. However, I'd always been a bit dismissive of the books - or really any books that are spinoffs of TV shows. I thought they would be poorly written or just redos of plots already done with the show.
I was beyond pleasantly surprised with this mystery. Right from the beginning I was drawn into the book and the world of Cabot Cove. I enjoyed spending time with my favorite characters from the show - especially Jessica and Seth - but I also just really enjoyed the mystery. I really wanted to know just what had happened to Hal's money and even more importantly what had to Hal himself. I can understand Jessica's motivation to help her friends as their entire financial situation is really quite desperate. I enjoyed her teaming up with the boyfriend of Bab's daughter. Jessica's first impression of him isn't particularly favorable but as the book and the investigation progress they become friends which was pretty cute.
I could easily visualize the setting and all the characters and the feel of the characters was very true though the tone of the book itself was a bit younger and more modern than I've found with the show. I've been in a bit of a reading slump lately but I devoured this book in essentially one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed every minute.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author? Absolutely! This may be my new slump busting series.
Would I Recommend this Book? If you enjoy cozy mysteries or Murder She Wrote this was a very fun read. I had no problem jumping in here though I have watched quite a few episodes of the TV show.