Manuscript for Murder by Jessica Fletcher and Jon Land (Murder, She Wrote series)
Thriller author Jon Land was chosen by Donald Bain to take over the latter’s super-popular cozy mystery series, “Murder, She Wrote.” Manuscript for Murder is the second book penned by Land, and it is a fun romp.
Not that there aren’t plenty of bodies. They’re showing up in locales other than Cabot Cove, the bucolic Maine hometown of mystery author and amateur sleuth, Jessica Fletcher, but they all have a link to the feisty widow. Her publisher of thirty years, Lane Barfield, has given her a manuscript to read, one that has him convinced he’s found the next big blockbuster of a thriller. It doesn’t take long to learn that association with that manuscript can be bad for one’s health, including hers. Who is the unknown author of the deadly manuscript, and what makes knowledge of its contents potentially lethal?
Land has done a fine job of channeling the indomitable Mrs. Fletcher and her usual band of supporting characters. Witty repartee abounds, showcasing the mutual affection between Mrs. Fletcher and the assorted investigators who grudgingly tolerate her involvement in their crime scenes but ultimately benefit from her wisdom and sharp eye.
Land’s penchant for writing thrillers comes through, as well. Tension mounts along with the body count, and the stakes reach well beyond Mrs. Fletcher‘s literary circles and hometown friends to the heights of power in Washington, D.C. His signature cliffhangers make this cozy mystery a page-turner you’ll have a hard time putting down.
This reviewer received an ARC from the author via TopShelf Magazine for the purpose of an honest review.
Manuscript for Murder will be released on November 6, 2018, and is available for pre-order.