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  1. "A Fashionable Way to Die"
  2. "When Thieves Fall Out"
  3. "Witness for the Defense"
  4. "Old Habits Die Hard"
  5. "The Way to Dusty Death"
  6. "It Runs in the Family"
  7. "If It's Thursday, It Must Be Beverly"
  8. "Steal Me a Story"
  9. "Trouble in Eden"
  10. "Indian Giver"
  11. "Doom With a View"
  12. "Who Threw the Barbitals
    in Mrs. Fletcher's Chowder?
  13. "Harbinger of Death"
  14. "Curse of the Daanav"
  15. "Mourning Among the Wisterias"
  16. "Murder Through the Looking Glass"
  17. "A Very Good Year for Murder"
  18. "Benedict Arnold Slipped Here"
  19. "Just Another Fish Story"
  20. "Showdown in Saskatchewan"
  21. "Deadpan"
  22. "The Body Politic"
Murder, She Wrote: Season Five
Murder, She Wrote: Season Six
Murder, She Wrote: Season Seven
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: October 4th, 1987
Written By: Robert E. Swanson
Directed By: Seymour Robbie
Created By: Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson & William Link
Executive Producers: Peter S. Fischer
Producer: Robert F. O'Neill


Jessica goes to Quebec to testify at the trial of a friend who is accused of killing his wife and burning his house.


Guest star Patrick McGoohan (Oliver Quayle) is most familiar to television fans from his long-standing roles on Danger Man (1960) and The Prisoner (1967).

Grady, Victoria And Tracy (Jessica's nephew and nieces) are mentioned in this episode.

Ironically, Christopher Allport plays the person accused of murder; the last time he appeared on the show in If the Frame Fits, he actually was guilty.

Victim: Patricia Harlan

Killer: Judith Harlan

Cause of death: Blunt force trauma to the head via a fireplace poker.

Motive: She refused to divorce Jim Harlan quietly, wanting to stay with him for the money & carry on her affair.


Everyone speaks either British or mid-American English. Quebec City is a dominantly French-speaking area and most people if they speak English at all would have a French accent. Native English speakers have a very distinct Canadian accent. There are immigrants from Britain and the US but they are not the only people there.

The defendant is referred to as having served time in "Commonwealth prison". Canada has no such prisons. Canadian prisons are either federal or provincial.

When Miss Pirage had brought up that the gas jets were deliberately tampered with, but after the townhouse went up in flames, you tell me as to how the gas jets would have left prints on it, to prove that they were tampered with ?


Regular Cast[]

Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher

Recurring Cast[]

Guest Stars[]

Christopher Allport as Jim Harlan

Richard Cox as Clay McCloud

Marilyn Hassett as Patricia Harlan

Simon Jones as Barnaby Friar

Dianne Kay as Monica Blane

Patrick McGoohan as Oliver Quayle

Juliet Mills as Annette Pirage

Claire Trevor as Judith Harlan

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