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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2009
Jessica stops in NYC to visit her nephew Grady and as a favor, checks out the pitch from the Permezzo credit card people for starring in a commercial. Jessica signs on, along with a few other well-known folks and the day of shooting arrives. With Grady and his son Frank along for support, Jessica runs her part of the commercial beautifully, other are not as prepared, angering some of the bigwigs, who are worried about time and money. One of those same bigwigs is found murdered when young Frank goes missing, and it's up to Jessica to help discover the truth, when her family is put at risk. This was an engaging MSW, lately, I haven't been as impressed with them, and was beginning to think the series had run its course.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
On her way back home to Cabot Cove, Maine after a convention in Chicago, mystery writer Jessica Fletcher visits her nephew Grady, his wife Donna, and their nine year old son Frank in Manhattan. Accountant Grady asks his famous Aunt Jessica to star in a commercial touting Permezzo international credit-card company as that will gain him favor with his boss; reluctantly on the advice of her agent she agrees.

At the shoot, Jessica meets the other three notables: TV cook Stella "Cookie" Bedford, industry-exposé author Anne Tripper, and new age mystic Lance Severson along with the film crew, the credit card brass, and the hanger-ons. When Frank vanishes, Grady and Jessica search for him only to find the corpse of the creative director shrewish Betsy Archibald. NYPD Detective Chesney is unimpressed with Jessica's credentials and suspects either Frank or Grady as they had a motive to kill the shrew. Jessica investigates and begins to uncover motives of other people as the victim was universally hated.

The latest Murder She Wrote whodunit is an engaging tale that fans of the series will enjoy. The first half of the novel introduces the audience to the key cast members so that the latter half of the investigation by Jessica makes more sense as motives become obvious. However that technique also delays the prime fun of following Jessica while she sleuths. Still this is a fun read as Jessica stars in a MADISON AVENUE SHOOT.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2012
It took 2/3 of the book for the murder to occur. I'm all for character development, but there was definitely too much in this book. I have to admit I've never been a fan of Jessica's nephew Grady. He always has seemed a bit light-weight in the common sense department. This is definitely not my favorite and I've read all in the series. Maybe they're just running out of steam.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2009
This is a nice read and the plot starts at a snail's pace. But there are elements of surprise and intrigue. While this latest is not the best read it's good enough for those who are Jessica Fletcher fan's.
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on April 14, 2015
If ever run of the mill was a phrase that can be used to describe a book in this series, "Madison Avenue Shoot" foots the bill & then some. In this installment, Jessica Fletcher visits New York City to spend time with her nephew Grady who has an offer for her that involves being in a commercial that he's helping to produce. The first third of the novel deals with that specific production shoot & we spend more time on getting to know Grady & his son Frank than we do much of anything else. When a production assistant turns up dead on set, then the story finally moves into mystery mode. The issue however isn't so much the usual sleuthing or solving of this particular crime - it's that the supporting characters this time are really uninteresting. With less than half the book devoted to solving the crime, I almost wonder if Bain didn't forget that this was a murder mystery & not just a story about the Fletcher family in NYC. It's almost very easy to skim a large part of things again since everything pretty much follows standard procedure for this series & ends pretty much as expected w/ the usual twist. Easily one of the weaker entries in this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2013
The story took too long to get to the murder! Jessica is normally involved in the murder and mystery of it soon into the beginning.
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on April 21, 2014
I'm a big fan of the Murder She Wrote series, but this one was lacking all the charms of the series. I thought it would have Jessica navigating and enjoying the city, as happens when she's away from Cabot Cove. I enjoy the different locales and learning more about the places she visits; this one has her in a TV studio 3/4 of the time, and a small apartment the rest. Most of the characters were incredibly unlikeable. The pace was slow, and I was more than ready for the resolve when it came.

Not an enjoyable read for me, but the only MSW book I haven't liked so far. I'm hooked on these books and their charming characters. I recently read "A Little Yuletide Murder" and "Murder at Powderhorn Ranch" and highly recommend them both.
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This book helped me get through the flu. I was to weak to watch a whole tv show or be on the internet. So I read a little bit of this book at a time until it was finished. I'm a big fan of the Original Murder She Wrote tv show. I found this book to be up to par with the show. I just wish that these books would get the the mystery part sooner. It normally doesn't start until up to around page 80 or 90. I did really enjoy this book and the double mysteries of the missing child and the dead woman. I've found these books to be really; interesting,really well written, and a challenge to figure out who the murderer is. I also like how these books are not gruesome like so many modern crime shows.
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on April 23, 2013
Another great effort by Donald Bain. Nice portrayal of a varied cast of characters and a plot that gives almost everybody a motive for murder. Love these books. I am always picturing Angela Lansbury and all the different characters from the TV show in my mind as I read. Even though I wish we could go back in time and have more shows, the books offer me a chance to refer back to a detail that I realize I have missed as I get further into the book. "Murder She Wrote" is always a nice little mental vacation that works my brain just enough while providing great entertainment. Please keep 'em coming.
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I've been a big Jessica Fletcher (Murder She Wrote) fan since the television series first appeared. I just discovered the books a couple of years ago. In this particular book, Jessica helps solve a murder that involves her nephew Grady Fletcher and the disappearance of Grady's little boy, Frank. This book is all about the fact that families stick together in good times and bad. I absolutely loved this book and it only took me a couple of days to read it.
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