After traveling to Bethesda for a mystery writers’ conference, Jessica Fletcher decides she’s earned a vacation and takes a train to Columbia, South Carolina, to visit her old college friend Dolores, who has recently married her third husband, Willis Nickens, a wealthy and cutthroat businessman. They’ve moved into an opulent historic home with plenty of space for guests, and Jessica is ready for a week of shopping, gossiping, and relaxing at the grand estate.
But the morning after she arrives, Jessica discovers Willis facedown in the koi pond, and despite what the police think, she’s sure foul play is involved. She hadn’t known Willis long, but it’s clear to her that he didn’t concern himself with making friends. The question isn’t if her friend’s husband was murdered but by whom.
What happens when a dearly beloved, long running series, based on a hit TV show, gets a new author? You get, MURDER SHE WROTE: KILLING IN A KOI POND, one of the best MSW books I have read to date! 5 Stars all the way!
Author Terrie Farley Moran, now in the driver’s seat of the MSW series, brings a freshness to the 53 book series, while managing to keep true to the integrity and legacy of the Murder She Wrote brand. No offense to author Jessica Fletcher, but she has met her match with her new co-author. Moran’s writing voice is strong from the first to the last page.
KILLING IN A KOI POND is a quick paced tale the will keep readers turning the page faster and faster as the mystery builds. It’s a whodunit in every sense of the word. With a list of suspects and motives expanding, my brain was given a true workout trying to solve this mystery. In the end, I was left with my mouth agape, completely stunned by the reveal. Brava Ms. Moran.
MURDER SHE WROTE purists will find that this wonderful series is in very capable hands.