Monday, June 15, 2020

Murder, She Wrote: The Murder of Twelve - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads: Murder, She Wrote - The Murder of 12 by Jessica Fletcher and Jon Land

Rating: Really Like!d It

Source: Publisher

Description:  Still staying at the Hill House hotel while her beloved home is being rebuilt, Jessica Fletcher finds herself sharing the space for a weekend with a dozen members of a wedding party who have gathered there for a rehearsal dinner. The families of the bride and groom can't stand each other but have agreed to put aside years of long-simmering tension to celebrate the nuptials.

Unfortunately, weather forecasters underestimated the severity of a storm that turns into a historic blizzard that dumps nearly five feet of snow on Cabot Cove, leaving everyone stranded.

But the hotel guests have bigger things to worry about than bad weather conditions and potential cold feet, because a murderer has shown up ininvited--one who has vowed to take them down one by one.... 

Genre: Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  I love this series and this one sounded fantastic!

My Impression:  If I have to be snowed in with a murderer in a cute inn in Maine I definitely want Jessica Fletcher to be with me!  Granted at no point do I want to be snowed in anywhere - especially not with a murderer - but if it has to happen I was Jessica by my side.  Not only will she get everything figured out but she has plenty of good common sense and quite of on the ground experience with that kind situation and those seem pretty handy.  

There is a clear nod to one of my absolute favorite mysteries - Agatha Christie's And Then They Were None - and such a fun version it is.  There's Seth's gloom and doom predictions, Mort's disbelief over the whole thing and Harry McGraw (who will always be played by the amazing Jerry Orbach in my head) makes an appearance though mostly over the phone.  My absolute favorite thing is Mort teasing Jessica about the crime rate in Cabot Cove. I love the straight acknowledgement of that and it definitely gave me a giggle or two.  The mystery is page turning, thoroughly entertaining and kept me guessing all through the read which I expect from this series.  Jon Land has given the series a little more intense thriller-y feel but the language and on page violence is at standard cozy levels which is an interesting mix.  

If you're a fan of the show this is book is such a fun treat but even if you're not it is still a solid entertaining mystery that will keep you reading.   While it is part of a long running series there's enough back story supplied where you can jump in with this book with no problem.  

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Absolutely!  I'll be looking for the next book and am really hoping to catch up on some of the older books in this series.

Would I Recommend this Book?  If you enjoy mysteries you really should give this series a try.  I had skipped reading it because I figured a book based on a TV show couldn't possibly be good but this series has definitely proven me wrong!

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. Sounds like this book has lots of plus things going for it. I remember watching some of Murder She Wrote on TV years ago.

  2. Oh my greatness. I need to get my hands on this. My cell phone's ringtone is Murder She Wrote. I kid you not.

  3. A great review, Katherine:)). I am glad you enjoyed this one so much - I thoroughly enjoy watching the occasional episode of this programme during the afternoon. It's a guilty pleasure...

  4. I do not want to be snowed in with a murderer. Ever. But this sounds like a fun and intriguing story and I do like the TV show.