Welcome to the definitive guide to "Murder, She Wrote" (1984 - 1996), one of the longest running drama series in television history. This site is a work in progress, evolving and growing as we get our hands on new material, so bookmark us and visit often!
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NEW! Murder, She Wrote Reboot! - NBC has announced its intentions to produce an updated "new" version of MSW starring Octavia Spencer as the title character. Reaction to this news has been decidedly mixed! To read my own thoughts on the subject, click on over to Postcards from Cabot Cove. Feel free to add your own comments there as well.
Legacy Interactive's Second MSW Hidden Object Game, Murder, She Wrote 2: Return to Cabot Cove, has been released for iOS! - It's now available for download from the iTunes App Store for iPad. The initial download is free, and then if you like what you see you can unlock the rest of the game for $3.99.
New Plot Bunny Added to the Plot Bunnies Writers' Workshop Challenge! - A fourth bunny has been hatched for enterprising writers looking for an idea to run with. Check it out on the Writers' Workshop page.
New "In Another Voice" Fan Fiction! - "In Another Voice" is a Writer's Workshop challenge that takes an existent work and retells it from a different character's perspective. This time, just in time for Thanksgiving, it's Donald Bain's A Fatal Feast that gets the treatment as it is retold from George's first person point of view. The result is entitled "There the Bonnie Lassie Lives," and you can read it here (pdf format).
Donald Bain's latest book, Close-Up on Murder, has been released! - It was made officially available on October 1st, 2013. REVIEW IS NOW UP - read it on the Book Reviews page (scroll to near the bottom). The next book in the series, Aloha Betrayed, is due out in April 2014.
New Trivia! - To mark the publication of the 40th MSW novel, a new quiz has been posted on the Trivia Page featuring the books by Donald Bain. Head on over and test your skills.
Revised "Where the Heck is Cabot Cove?" page! - Based on clues from the series and a little creative map-making, three Maine locations are in the running for the location of Cabot Cove. This updated Cabot Cove page shows where they are, and lays out the evidence for each one.
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A complete listing of every MSW episode ever aired, chronologically, in alphabetical order, or by DVD disc. Expanded guides with cast lists and synopses for each episode are also available, linked to each season.
- An exclusive interview with Peter S. Fischer, co-creator of Murder, She Wrote, who has come out of retirement to write a series of new mystery novels, The Hollywood Murder Mysteries.
The crown jewel of this website, this page displays the works of several talented MSW fan writers, all for your enjoyment. (PS: We are once again taking fan fiction submissions - click on the Fan Fiction page link for details.)
Now big enough to deserve a main index link of its own, the Writer's Workshop is home to writing challenges and other exercises for novice and experienced writers alike.
There's a surprisingly large body of MSW related literature out there, and it's all listed here, with a little book review of each one by yours truly.
When you start collecting newspaper clippings in 1984, you end up with ... a really big scrapbook. Twenty-five-plus years of archival materials are in the process of being posted here.
A collection of images from my personal archives, grouped by season.
Providing a concise biography of the legendary actress that brought Jessica to life, including complete film, theater, and television credits, and a listing of awards that she has been nominated for and won.
The most comprehensive chronology detailing the history of MSW, from its inception to the present day.
Enjoy crunching the numbers? The statistics page has a nice collection of them, along with some interesting trivia, a list of my personal favorite episodes, and a Who's Who-style guide to recurring characters.
Can you find Cabot Cove on a map? Sure, depending on whose map you use. Check out this photo collection, and see for yourself.
The Corpse Danced at Midnight may have launched Jessica's career, but it would prove to be only the first of many, many titles written by this prolific author. The ones we know about are all listed here.
News, screenshots, and reviews of Legacy Interactive's Murder, She Wrote hidden object games for PC and Mac.
A page of peer-reviewed links to other interesting websites and pages related to MSW.
How well do you think you know Murder, She Wrote? Test your knowledge of all things trivial, then score yourself and see how much you really know. (Maybe you know too much!)
Frequently Asked Questions: We try to answer the burning questions asked by MSW fans - and other questions that are just kind of interesting.
"Postcards from Cabot Cove," the Definitive Guide's MSW blog, is open and ready for comments.
Share your list of favorite MSW episodes, and see which episodes other readers picked!
"A Walking Tour of Gin and Daggers London" - When we went to London in 2008 we checked out some of the landmarks mentioned in Donald Bain's first MSW book, Gin and Daggers. Check out our photo album and see how we did.
A brief bio about your humble webmaster.
A complete list of the source material used to make this website what it is.
Now that I have an e-mail address with an adequate spam filter, you can once again make your voice heard to the webmaster. E-mail your questions, comments, complaints, and suggestions - if I'm not too busy dealing with my Real Life, I'll try to respond.
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DISCLAIMER: None of the persons responsible for this fan website have any official ties to anyone involved in the production of Murder, She Wrote or with CBS, Universal Studios, or Corymore Productions. Despite this lack of connections, I guess we've done a pretty fair job, don't you think?