Monday, November 1, 2021

Murder, She Wrote: Debonair in Death - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads: Murder, She Wrote: Debonair in Death by Jessica Fletcher and Terrie Farley Moran

Rating: Really Liked It!
Source:   Publisher

Description:  When Nelson Penzell, co-owner of a local art and treasure store in Cabot Cove, is murdered, the nail tech from Jessica Fletcher's favorite beauty parlor is the main suspect. After all, she's the one who ran out of the store screaming, covered in blood, and holding the murder weapon. Jessica is positive that despite the circumstances, Coreen can't possibly be guilty, and is determined to prove it.

When Michael Haggerty, handsome MI-6 agent and Jessica's old friend, is caught snooping around the victim's home, it's quickly apparent to her that she was right. Nelson has always had a bit of a reputation for being a rake, but Haggerty is sure his sins go far beyond what anyone in town imagined. If she wants to clear Coreen's name, Jessica will have to work alongside Michael to find out who killed Nelson--and maybe help bust a crime ring in the process.

Genre: Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  I always enjoy this series and have really loved seeing a cozy mystery writer take it over. 

My Impression: I always enjoy when I catch Murder, She Wrote in reruns.  There's something just so cozy and nice about Jessica Fletcher.  I was happily surprised when I started reading the books a year or two ago and discovered that I enjoyed them just as much.  This book and the previous book are written by Terrie Farley Moran who is a cozy mystery author though the previous few books were written by Jon Land.  I enjoyed those though they had a bit more of a thriller feel to them.  With Moran at the helm of the franchise we are back in cozy territory.  And to make it even more fun we are back in Cabot Cove!

This is the first book in awhile that has not only taken place in Cabot Cove but that involves residents of the town.  There are all the characters that I know in love from the show but the relationships are so complicated that if I can't exactly remember who is who it doesn't put me behind in the book.  The downside is these characters aren't super developed but I actually preferred that as it kept the book from getting bogged down.

This isn't perhaps the most memorable of books but just like the show it is a delightfully entertaining mystery with characters that feel like old friends and a wonderfully cozy atmosphere.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author? Of course!  I look forward to the new books in this series every year.

Would I Recommend this Book? If you enjoy cozy mysteries or really enjoyed the show I think you'll enjoy this book!

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


  1. I still need to try this series, love the show, just not ever tried the

  2. It's great to see an author being able to pick up a character who is much beloved and satisfying someone who loves that world.

  3. I'm really behind on my reading and I have this one to read. Sounds like a good series.

  4. It has been years since I last saw an episode of this show. The books sound like a lot of fun!