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  1. "Trials & Tribulations"
  2. "Deadly Misunderstanding"
  3. "See You in Court, Baby"
  4. "Hannigan's Wake"
  5. "The Family Jewels"
  6. "A Body to Die For"
  7. "The Return of Preston Giles"
  8. "The Great Twain Robbery"
  9. "Ballad for a Blue Lady"
  10. "Murder in F Sharp"
  11. "Family Doctor"
  12. "Suspicion of Murder"
  13. "Moving Violation"
  14. "Who Killed J.B. Fletcher?"
  15. "The Taxman Cometh"
  16. "From the Horse's Mouth"
  17. "The Prodigal Father"
  18. "Where Have You Gone, Billy Boy"
  19. "Thursday's Child"
  20. "Murder, Plain & Simple"
  21. "Tainted Lady"
  22. "The Skinny According to Nick Cullhane"
Murder, She Wrote: Season Eight
Murder, She Wrote: Season Nine
Murder, She Wrote: Season Ten
Murder, She Wrote: Season Eleven
Murder, She Wrote: Season Twelve
Murder, She Wrote: TV Movies
The Law & Harry McGraw

Production Information[]

Production Number:
Aired: USA November 18th, 1990
Netherlands May 11th, 1992     
Germany September 22nd, 1993
Written By: Tom Sawyer
Directed By: Walter Grauman
Created By: Peter S. Fischer
Richard Levinson
William Link
Executive Producers: Peter S. Fischer
Producer Anthony Magro
Robert F. O'Neill
Robert E. Swanson
Robert Van Scoyk


Years after Jessica Fletcher's first case, Preston Giles is released from prison and is placed on parole. Within the first twenty-four hours of his release, a murder arises and all fingers point to Preston. Jessica has to find out who the real murderer before her first murderer and former love is tried for a murder he may or may not have committed.


The character Preston Giles appeared in the original pilot, The Murder of Sherlock Holmes.

The final screen appearance of Arthur Hill.

The trivia items below may give away important plot points:

This particular story is unusual for this series, as Jessica does not actually solve the mystery like she usually does. Preston Giles is clever enough to tape record the murderer's confession of the murder of the crooked accountant. Preston's own murder is then subsequently recorded.

Millie (played by Lois Chiles) is at odds with Linette, her husband's mistress. In the movie Death on the Nile (1978), Chiles co-starred with Angela Lansbury and played a murder victim named Linette. Here, Chiles' character is the murderer.

Victim(s): Martin Bergman & Preston Giles

Killer: Millie Stanford

Cause of death: Gunshot

Motive: Blackmail with documents showing her husband, Kendall, was involved in some questionable dealings; refusal to hand over said documents after obtaining copies from Bergman.

MIllie needed Giles alive, so he can get his revenge to send Kendall to prison, so killing Giles was futile because it allowed Kendall to get off scot-free, by allowing Giles to stay alive, Millie would have had the papers & have Giles to testify to put Kendall away. So she needed Giles alive, unless, to prevent her husband from going to prison for his crimes, is why she killed Giles. But if she had known her husband was cheating on her with Linette, she needed those papers to put him away for cheating on her, so yet again, was there a need to kill Giles ?


Regular Cast[]

Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher

Recurring Cast[]

Arthur Hill as Preston Giles

Guest Stars[]

Lois Chiles as Millie Stafford

George Coe as Martin Bergman

Arlene Golonka as Gloria Winslow

Michael McKean - best known for his role in the 1985 movie "CLUE!" as Mr. Green - as Ross McKay

Todd Susman as Sergeant Spencer Slocum

Brynn Thayer as Linette McKay

Gordon Thomson as Kendall Stafford


Regina Leeds as Dorothy Torrez

Kriss Turner as Secretary

Steven Connor as Mr. Chester Phelps

Michael Fairman as Cabby

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