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The Sins of Castle Cove 

A vindictive, tell-all work of fiction mirroring Cabot Cove sends the townspeople into an uproar and when a murder occurs, following the plot of the book, it's up to Jessica to separate fact from fiction.


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Julie Adams ... Eve Simpson
Luke Askew ... Noah Harwood
Frederick Coffin ... Tim Mulligan
Gloria DeHaven ... Phyllis Grant
Kathryn Grayson ... Ideal Molloy
Page Hannah ... Sybil Reed
Rosanna Huffman Rosanna Huffman ... Miriam Harwood
Graham Jarvis ... Ellis Holgate
Ron Masak ... Sheriff Mort Metzger
Ruth Roman ... Loretta Spiegel
William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Will Nye ... Deputy Floyd
Sally Klein Sally Klein ... Corinne
Fran Ryan ... Rose Mulligan


Jessica's orphaned former pupil Sybil Reed states on TV her debut novel 'Sins of Castle Cove' is based only geographically on Cabot Cove. However, townsfolk flock to buy it and react emotionally on their often ridiculous or vile counterparts with similar names. When Miriam Harwood is murdered with her own frying pan, even the sheriff arrests her husband whose counterpart killed her for adultery in a similar way, as Noah Harwood raged publicly against the suspect, butcher Tim Mulligan. Jessica insists on separating fact and fiction and finds the killer through a dissonance. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

9 April 1989 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Eve Simpson: I swear to you. Alice showed up at the Harbor house wearing shorts, and they wouldn't let her in.
Loretta Spiegel: Shorts? She must be older than God's mother.
Ideal Molloy: Oh, but she's so proud of her legs.
Phyllis Grant: I don't know why. Her knees look like two fat boys bumping their heads together.
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References The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931) See more »


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The Sins of Castle Cove
18 September 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Have always been quite fond of 'Murder She Wrote'. It is a fun and relaxing watch that makes you think as you try to unwind in the evening. If one wants more complex, twisty mysteries with lots of tension and suspense 'Murder She Wrote' may not be for you, but if you want something light-hearted and entertaining but still provide good mysteries 'Murder She Wrote' fits the bill just fine.

After the disappointing and rather odd previous episode "Truck Stop", Season 5, and 'Murder She Wrote', is back on form with one of the season's better episodes. Only the rushed, with a rather last minute reveal (the killer though was a surprise and one of the more pitiable ones), and abrupt ending disappoints in a wonderful episode that, while one of the best episodes of Season 5, came that close to being one of my favourites of 'Murder She Wrote'.

"The Sins of Castle Cove" has a truly absorbing and highly atmospheric mystery, while being jam-packed in terms of events and action and having some lovely moments of humorous levity. Gossip has never been funnier or juicier in Cabot Cove.

Cast also add hugely, can't fault Angela Lansbury at all. Nor Ron Masak who is settling in well, although Mort understandably is still fish out of water and would become more developed later, while Julie Adams and Ruth Roman couldn't have given more juice or class to two of the show's best recurring characters.

Production values as always are slick and stylish. Cabot Cove is still a lovely setting and the close sense of community has always been a big part of the charm for the episodes featured in Cabot Cove. The music has energy and has presence but also not making the mistake of over-scoring, while it is hard to forget or resist the theme tune.

Writing is thoughtful, humorous and easy to like.

Overall, wonderful episode and almost one of the show's best. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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