About The Book
Jessica Fletcher’s sunny beach vacation with her nephew’s family takes a dark turn in this new installment in the USA Today bestselling series.
Jessica is delighted when her nephew Grady invites her to spend a few days with his family in an oceanside New York bungalow. She packs her bags and heads down to the city, ready to spend some quality time with Grady, his wife, Donna, and their young son, Frank.
But the morning after Jessica’s arrival, Donna finds her boss dead on a tennis court, and Jessica’s dreams of a relaxing visit are quashed. Everyone in the small beachside community is a suspect, and the local authorities—headed by an old colleague of Cabot Cove sheriff Mort Metzger—have asked that no one leave town. Will Jessica be able find a killer and salvage the rest of her trip?
KILLER ON THE COURT EXCERPT
I clapped my hands. “Dan, you got it exactly right. I’ve been invited to stay in a beach bungalow that my nephew Grady assures me is set right on the edge of the Atlantic.”
Jim Shevlin looked surprised. “Surely not in the city proper. I can’t imagine beach bungalows actually in the city. More likely the suburbs.” He smiled as if he had answered his own question.
But I noticed Mort give Dan Andrews a wink. “Should I tell him or do you want to?”
Dan blushed slightly, his colorless cheeks turning ruddy. Clearly, as the newest editor of the Gazette, he didn’t want to go up against the mayor unless he had to, and since this wasn’t Cabot Cove news, he most certainly didn’t have to.
He nodded to Mort. “You go right ahead, Sheriff.”
If Mort had been standing, I am sure he would have hitched his gun belt as he automatically does when he is positive that he has his facts straight and is about to surprise everyone with what he has to say.
“Let me tell you, New York City has miles and miles of sandy beaches,” Mort said, in a voice that barred any challenge. Then he turned to me. “Which dazzling New York City beach are you going to visit?”
“Are you familiar with Rockaway Beach?” I asked. “Grady told me it’s in the borough of Queens.”
“Am I familiar?” Mort chortled. “Mrs. F., I spent my very first summer as a rookie officer in the New York Police Department on a foot post in the Rockaways. Owen Collins and I walked our regular beat along the boardwalk from Beach Eighty-seventh Street to Beach One Hundred First Street. All day long we patrolled back and forth in the broiling sun. We loved it when we rolled into the night tours-you know, four p.m. to midnight. By that time of day, folks might have been rowdier if they’d had a beer or two, but soon enough that blazing sun was setting and the ocean breeze would come along to cool us down.
For someone my age, Jessica Fletcher is an old friend. While I have my doubts that she wrote Cozies, the television show chronicling her adventures most definitely became the template for the mystery sub-genre. This is my third read in the ongoing series, co-penned by Terrie Farley Moran. Once again, I am blown away by the ease with which I slip into reading this story. Cabot Cove, its community at large, and its penchant for gossip is large and center stage. Beloved characters leap off the page to take up residence in my imagination and I feel the craving for a pot of tea and a vat of popcorn, my go-to MSW snack foods.
In this installment, Jessica, having just sent off her latest book is looking forward to spending summer vacation at an NYC beach with her favorite nephew Grady and his family. His wife had just received a promotion and had been invited to join in her boss’s family beach getaway. After meeting the likely suspects and being given a plethora of clues, her boss is found dead and Jessica dives in to figure out who murdered the man with tennis balls. She pulls the reader along in her usual persistent fashion.
It is always a pleasure to follow JB Fletcher through and investigation. She sees everything, asks the oddest questions then sets up the big reveal all while holding true to her purpose, which in this story was spending time with her young nephew. I will admit to figuring out the bad guy early on, but it is only Jessica’s patience that I was able to find the why. What is it about her Great Aunt vibe that has the killers confessing with only a disappointed look from her?
Much like the long-running series, there is an overall story arc, but the books can be read as stand-alone and in any order.
I received an advance review copy for free through Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours and Netgalley, and I am leaving this review voluntarily
About the Author
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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