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Jessica is in New York to visit her nephew Grady and finds herself living in a luxury suite at a posh hotel when his apartment has to be fumigated. It's all courtesy of of Grady's friend and fraternity brother Garrett Harper married to the older Cornelia Montaigne Harper, owner of the hotel. Grady is also surprised and happy to hear that a high school girl he was quite taken with, Sandra, is also at the hotel. What he doesn't realize is that Garrett and Sandra are up to something. When Grady finds her dead in her hotel room, he is naturally the main suspect. His friend Garrett keeps asking him for odd favors however. Jessica has no doubt as to Grady's innocence in all of this and works with the police to solve the crime.
Charlotte Rae plays Nettie Harper, mother of Garrett Harper. Charlotte Rae played Edna Garrett in Diff'rent Strokes (1978), The Facts of Life (1979) and Hello, Larry (1979).
The character 'Garrett' is referred to as 'Gary' several times. This is not a mistake as 'Gary' is a valid nickname for 'Garrett'
Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher
Michael Horton as Grady Fletcher
Janet Leigh ... Cornelia Montaigne Harper
Monte Markham ... Insp. Donald Matheney
Jennifer Holmes ... Sandra Clemons
Macon McCalman ... Hotel Det. Fritz Rice
Charlotte Rae ... Nettie Harper
Robert Desiderio ... Mark Havlin