Sunday, February 04, 2024

Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway: Murder, She Wrote: Fit for Murder (Murder, She Wrote, #57) by Jessica Fletcher & Terrie Farley Moran


Murder, She Wrote: Fit for Murder

Jessica Fletcher & Terrie Farley Moran

Cozy Mystery
57th in Series
Setting - Maine
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: January 23, 2024
Hardcover page count: 288 pages
ISBN-10: 0593640691 / ISBN-13: 978-0593640692




Jessica Fletcher learns that exercise can be murder in this new entry in the USA Today bestselling Murder, She Wrote series.

Former editor of the Cabot Cove Gazette, Evelyn Phillips is back in Cabot Cove. Evelyn tells Jessica and Seth that she got a couple of really weird notes from Bertha Mae Cormier so she’s come back to town to check on her old friend. She demands that Jessica come with her to see Bertha Mae, who is a bit dithery but no more so than Jessica remembers her being in recent years. Jessica does become somewhat concerned when Bertha Mae starts to talk about her new neighbor, Martin Terranova. He is quite charming and very health conscious and he teaches yoga and meditation in his pool house. Maureen Metzger says that she and Bertha Mae became friends in Terranova’s class and mentions how solicitous he is to his older clients.

Jessica attends one of his classes and does notice that Terranova is flirtatious with several elderly clients, especially Bertha Mae. Evelyn is becoming convinced that Bertha Mae is being mesmerized by Terranova and that he is after Bertha Mae’s money. A short while late, Martin turns up dead in his weight room. What at first blush seems to be an accident, soon proves to be murder and Jessica must put her investigative skills to the test when Evelyn becomes the prime suspect.



5 stars!

Return to Cabot Cove for another warm and cozy, yet solid murder mystery featuring writer and amateur sleuth, Jessica Fletcher!
Murder, She Wrote: Fit for Murder is the 57thbook in the long-running cozy mystery series based on the television show of the same name. This latest entry takes readers back to Jessica’s hometown of Cabot Cove. It is a warm and familiar setting despite some fast-moving and fallacious gossip against a long-time resident of the community, financial hanky-panky, and another murder.
Jessica Fletcher is a kind woman with a calm, level head and a knack for observing and listening to what’s happening around her and solving mysteries. In this story, I was struck immediately by how she was completely steadfast in her opinion of Oscar Cisneros's innocence and honest character and wouldn't buy in to the gossip so many of her neighbors seemed to readily accept as truth. She is assisted by her good friends, especially Dr. Seth Hazlitt and Dan Andrews, the new editor of the Cabot Cove Gazette. It seemed like every resident of Cabot Cove made an appearance, some old, some new, making me feel like this was a real town.
When the former editor, Evelyn Phillips, returns to check on the well-being and mental state of her old friend, Bertha Mae Cormier, she becomes a suspect in the murder investigation. The murder mystery has more than a couple of possible suspects, and I enjoyed watching Jessica put all the pieces together. There is an additional mystery involving the fire department funds. Author Terrie Farley Moran has not only settled into this well-developed series but, I believe, given it a fresh, new life. I look forward to many more of these welcoming yet compelling cozies featuring Jessica Fletcher and the rest of the Cabot Cove community. 

With comfortable recurring characters and its well-known amateur sleuth, I recommend MURDER, SHE WROTE: FIT FOR MURDER to cozy mystery readers who are fans of the previous books or the television show and newcomers ready to sample the long-running series. 


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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Terrie Farley Moran said...

So sorry about the post above, I was trying to figure out how to comment and I blew it. I just wanted to say thank you for writing such an in depth review of Murder, She Wrote Fit for Murder. You seem to have carefully analyzed every aspect of the book and explained it beautifully--again many thanks! Terrie Moran

Michael Law said...

This looks like a great novel. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.