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Murder, She Wrote: Manuscript for Murder

Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
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Summary

Jessica Fletcher has had plenty to worry about over her storied career, both as a best-selling novelist and as a part-time sleuth. But she's never had any reason to doubt her longtime publisher and trusted friend, Lane Barfield. When mounting evidence of financial malfeasance leads to an FBI investigation of Lane, Jessica can't believe what she's reading. 

So when it appears that Barfield has committed suicide, Jessica takes on the task of clearing his name. Sure enough, Jessica turns up several inconsistencies in the case against Barfield, as well as signs he might have been murdered. Jessica knows something is being covered up, but what exactly? At the heart of her investigation is a manuscript Barfield had intended to publish, after all other publishers had turned it down. The problem is the manuscript has disappeared, with all traces of its submission and very existence having been wiped off the books. Jessica's search for answers immerses her in a shadowy underworld and puts her on a dangerous path that leads all the way to the White House. 

With her own life now in jeopardy, Jessica refuses to back off and sets her sights on uncovering the truth behind what lies in the pages of the mysterious manuscript, as well as the identity of the person who penned it. But will she close the book on the case before the killer can write her obituary?

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Not the Jessica fletcher we know and love

If you are hoping for the type of gentle, clever story that Donald Bain would have written, prepare yourself for some disappointment. This is written as an absurd thriller. It will stretch your ability to suspend your disbelief to the utmost. Jessica may as well start beating up bad guys and carrying a concealed weapon. Very disappointing!

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  • Dorise
  • 14-12-18

The most disappointing adaptation of Jessica Fletcher Character and story

Joh Land, although an excellent author in his genre, completely missed the charming grace, elegant calm and intelligent detective that long time Murder She Wrote followers expect from the Jessica Fletcher character. The narrator had no idea what the various accents were, or who should have been speaking in what accent, by example Mort The Cabot Cove Sheriff is from NYC and moved to Maine.
So very disappointed in this rendition that i may never purchase another of this long loved series unless someone can channel Donald Bain or do their homework and understand what they are writing about

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  • Carmen
  • 21-12-18

Not the same

This is a new author and narrator and you can tell. This book may not even be bad it is just absolutely not A Murder She Wrote Book. They have the character all wrong and even Seth and Mort. I miss Donald Bain

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  • Sharon Jones
  • 26-03-19

Need new author

As I read through the book I kept thinking, that's not the way the Jessica Fletcher character thought or acted. Then the farcical ending was too much. I won't be reading/listening to any more by this author.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-11-18

Disappointed

Loved the story line but didn't like the narrator. The narrator made it hard to want to finish the book.

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  • Christopher
  • 09-07-19

Not Murder She Wrote

This story is crazy! None of the characters are anything like they are in the television series— I honestly believe the new author (Jon Land) is taking other stories he wanted to write and just overlaying the characters names from the show. The story on it’s own was appealing if incredulous. I did enjoy the wild ride, but it was with a bunch of strangers masquerading as characters I cared about.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-09-19

Murder Someone Else Wrote

Jon Land seems to have largely created his own characters and slapped on the names of characters from Murder She Wrote.

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  • Christine J. Orodi
  • 23-07-19

awesome!

this was one of the best yet....loved it. from beginning to end. well done. thanks

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  • Charlene A. Maglio
  • 21-03-19

Awesome

Kept my attention throughout the story . I had no incling that it would end the way it did

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  • Annie Girl
  • 23-02-19

A page turning mystery

Jon Land is a captivating story teller. A mesmerizing plot which was a cross between a classic cozy mystery and a good-natured thriller. Frankly, it's the first Murder She Wrote book that I found myself completely immersed in the pages.

I may, however, understand why some gave this book negative reviews. This book definitely focuses on the story and not on Jessica Fletcher. I think people read the series because they want to imagine themselves in Jessica's life. With Donald Bain, the murder plot was secondary to the protaganist while Mr. Land's book focuses on the narrative. I'm actually going to check out his other books, he's that good.

The narrator is talented as well. I felt completely lost in the story, at times feeling as if i was standing right next to Mrs. Fletcher. The various voices the narrator uses are sophisticated and well developed. My only complaint is some of the male voices were difficult to distinguish apart.

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  • Tami J Mavrakis
  • 22-03-19

New direction for this series

Quite a change from the original cozy mystery of this series. Hard to picture Jessica Fletcher in a fast paced political thriller. Kind of ridiculous actually.

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