When it comes to TV series, anniversary episodes are always the best. Usually the writers create their first anniversary script on the 100th episode, and it is something special. Old characters return. Present characters reminisce. Yet it all fits within a new and often remarkable or death-defying storyline. In all these respects, with this 50th book of the series, Jon Land’s realized vision of a Murder, She Wrote anniversary episode is spot on.


Murder, She Wrote: A Time for Murder (Berkley) opens with a lunchtime interview between Jessica Fletcher and the star reporter of the Cabot Cove High School newspaper — a scenario deep within the comfort zone of cozy mystery fans everywhere. But that comfort zone quickly shrinks when the reporter digs into the first murder Jessica ever solved, 25 years before, when Jessica was a substitute high school teacher in the nearby town of Appleton. Why is the girl so interested in this one, little-known event?

A dual mystery begins, and Jessica returns to those early days when Frank was still with her and the two were caring for their nephew Grady. Young Jessica works with fan favorite Amos Tupper to solve their first case together, while present-day Jessica follows clues that suggest the old case may still have a deadly loose end. The murderer’s trail and an invitation to an old friend’s retirement party bring Jessica back to Appleton to see how present and past collide.

In true anniversary-episode style, Land treats fans of Murder, She Wrote to remembered faces, high stakes and plenty of twists and turns to keep the pages turning. Die-hard fans will get a full-story look at Jessica’s pre-author life and at a young Amos Tupper just finding his stride as a sheriff.


Plus, a series of bodies and a mob boss with a vested interest in the new murder keep the tension high. Antics from current sheriff Mort Metzger and PI Harry McGraw lighten the mood every few pages, but both chase their cracks and zingers with impressive detective wisdom. As it all comes to a head, Land’s thriller roots kick into gear for a vivid and memorable finale.

Everyone loves an anniversary episode, and with Murder, She Wrote: A Time for Murder, Land does the TV tradition proud. Fun, puzzling and thrilling, this 50th book of Murder, She Wrote is worthy of the most discerning collector’s shelf.

Murder, She Wrote: A Time for Murder is available for purchase.

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About Jon Land:

Jon Land is the bestselling author over 25 novels. He graduated from Brown University in 1979 Phi Beta Kappa and Magna cum Laude and continues his association with Brown as an alumni advisor. Jon often bases his novels and scripts on extensive travel and research as well as a twenty-five year career in martial arts. He is an associate member of the US Special Forces and frequently volunteers in schools to help young people learn to enjoy the process of writing. Jon is the Vice-President of marketing of the International Thriller Writers (ITW) and is often asked to speak on topics regarding writing and research. In addition to writing suspense/thrillers, Jon is also a screenwriter with his first film credit in 2005. Jon works with many industry professionals and has garnered the respect and friendship of many author-colleagues. He loves storytelling in all its forms. Jon currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island and loves hearing from his readers and aspiring writers.