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A Deadly Judgment (Murder She Wrote) Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1996
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About the Author
Jessica Fletcher is a bestselling mystery writer who has a knack for stumbling upon real-life mysteries in her various travels. Donald Bain, her longtime collaborator, is the writer of more than one hundred and twenty books, many of them bestsellers.
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However, I was disappointed by the ending. On the one hand I simply didn't like a couple of last minute details/revelations...
It was disappointing that the original murder suspect, whom we were meant to like and root for, ended up being guilty of a murder after all. It was especially disappointing since it looked like the author was setting up the third murderer to be Ms. Zeltner. Why was Jessica unnerved by this woman if she was one of the only non-courtroom characters who DIDN'T have blood on her hands? Also, the way Billy tripped himself up was by saying Cynthia had been stabbed IN THE CHEST and he wasn't supposed to have known where she was stabbed...um okay, but isn't that the most likely/common place to be fatally stabbed? If I hear "he/she was stabbed to death" I do automatically assume in the chest. Sure any artery could do it, but torso in general seems to be most common and chest seems even more common than stomach. For him to realistically trip himself up it seems like she should have died of an unusual stab wound, like bleeding out from the leg or arm or something. Assuming something like that without being involved is suspicious, but to me if someone says "stabbing" and someone else says "chest wound" that isn't particularly suspicious at all. Like "he burned himself" if you guess "on the hand" that's normal; if you guess "back of calf?" then not so much.
However, more frustrating was the continued trend (as in the previous books) of setting up so many multiple murderers. That's fun and unexpected sometimes, but it's wearing a little thin in this series. I'd like to read a few stories where it really is just ONE killer and we have to figure out who. It's less fun if you can basically go, "well I guess it's ALL (or most) of these suspects" and be right.
In this case though it strained credulity too much that we basically had three separate sets of murders committed by different people, and yeah they were interrelated but nevertheless different killers acting independently. That means we're to believe that all these people decided murder was the only viable solution to their problems? Most people do view homicide as a last resort and having so many different individuals resorting to it just pushes believability.
Worst of all though was the apparent coincidence of having TWO separate and it turns out NOT related people on the jury who were intimately involved in the case. That's too big a coincidence. It would be less of a coincidence if it had been an a conspiracy with them working together. TWO separate people involved in the case just happened to get called for jury duty? What are the odds? I kept thinking they WERE connected and were going to have some inside confederate who got them called up for jury duty in the first place, a crooked prosecutor, judge, someone, but just as a random massive coincidence it's too unbelievable - even just once it's a stain but for two separate people?
Last complaint, what was with the random death of McLoon at the end? Why was that necessary? Was it supposed to be satisfying to the reader somehow? Some kind of cautionary tale about maintaining good health? It just seemed too random and sudden. McLoon was mostly likable, why kill him off for no good reason? Especially after the likable defendant also turned out to be a murderer? Those two details really detracted from my enjoyment of the story.
All that aside though it really was a fun read and I'll definitely continue the series.
Down. I was surprised at the ending. Anyone who enjoys Jessica Fletcher' s books will
really enjoy this one.
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