Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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One Good Bid Deserves a Murder 

Jessica finds herself in a tough spot when one of the auctioneers of a diary is murdered and she has to rely on Harry McGraw to help her out.


Seymour Robbie


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 5 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Karen Black ... Dr. Sylvia Dunn
Ray Girardin Ray Girardin ... Lt. Casey
Nancy Lee Grahn ... Sheila Saxon (as Nancy Grahn)
Robert Gray Robert Gray ... Albert Cromwell
Hurd Hatfield ... William Readford
Edward Mulhare ... Richard Bennett
Jerry Orbach ... Harry McGraw
Cotter Smith ... Robert Rhine
Vic Tayback ... Sal Domino
Rebecca Street ... Deborah Chase
David Ankrum ... Young Doctor
Sterling Swanson Sterling Swanson ... Desk Sergeant Hogan
Allysia Sneed Allysia Sneed ... Desk Clerk
Howard Murphy Howard Murphy ... Uniformed Cop (as Howard Huston)


Celebrity Richard Bennett gets Jessica to bid for him in Boston on Evangeline's diary to destroy it. Before the auction, she witnesses security guard Albert Cromwell reporting to auctioneer William Readford a failed offer of $5,000 to steal it for Evangeline's therapist, Dr. Sylvia Dunn. At the auction, Richard's corpse is found in an armoire. Lt. Casey suspects Jessica as she and a million dollar check from Bennett. Lt. Casey is even more suspicious when Jessica it found with the body of William Readford when she comes to return to him the diary she found. P.I. Harland 'Harry' McGraw takes it on himself to 'offer for sale' a photocopy of the diary. Meanwhile, Jessica follows up on people mentioned in the diary looking for a likely suspect. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

23 February 1986 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jean Vander Pyl, the voice of Wilma Flintstone, has a cameo appearance in the opening scene, playing a fan requesting an autograph. See more »


Once, when Jessica approaches the hotel desk, she asks for Room 812. Another time, she identifies her room as 810. See more »


[first lines]
Fan: Oh, Mr. Bennett, you're so kind.
Richard Bennett: Not at all, Lydia. It is you who are kind to remember me.
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Murder She Wrote Theme
Written by John Addison
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If Murder were a disease, you'd be contagious...Excellent mystery.
13 November 2017 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Edward Mulhare meets with Jessica to task her with a strange mission, he entrusts a cheque for a Million dollars, for her to use at auction to obtain a diary belonging to Evangeline, a high profile star who recently took her own life. The diary contains inflammatory information, prompting huge interest in it from all mentioned in it. As the auction goes ahead, Richard's body is discovered in a large cupboard. This time round, the Police, in the form of Lieutenant Casey believe Jessica is one of the suspects. Prompting Jessica to rely on the help of PI McGraw.

This is a brilliant episode, wonderfully theatrical, a cracking story with so much going on. It's very cohesive and tight, everything somehow falls into place. Arguably this is more serious in tone then the usual episode, finally the Police see her as a suspect, deeming her an irritation rather then a help. It looks wonderful, particularly the scenes from the Auction house. Harry McGraw impressed in his last outing and makes a welcome return, once again, Orbach and Lansbury have a great chemistry.

9/10 it's a cracker, and contains the wonderful line in my title from Casey.

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