Jessica Fletcher investigates a friend's murder and a dangerous dating service in the latest entry in this USA Today bestselling series...
Jessica Fletcher takes up the case of her good friend Barbara "Babs" Wirth after Babs' husband Hal suffers a fatal heart attack that Jessica has reason to believe was actually murder. At the heart of her suspicions lies a sinister dating site Hal had used while he and Babs were having marital issues, a site that may be complicit in somehow swindling him out of millions.
Jessica's investigation reveals that Hal was far from the only victim and when his former business partner is also killed, a deadly pattern emerges. Jessica teams up with a brilliant young computer hacker to follow the trail but as she gets closer to the truth, two near misses force her to realize that she may very well be the next victim.
The stakes have never been this high as Jessica finds herself being stalked by the killer she is trying to catch. She must now set the perfect trap to avoid her very own date with murder.
The well-plotted 47th series entry (after 2016's Hook, Line and Murder) shows that Land (Strong to the Bone and eight other Caitlin Strong novels) is a worthy successor to Bain (1935 2017), the author of all the previous Murder, She Wrote mysteries starring mystery writer Jessica Fletcher. When 47-year-old entrepreneur Hal Wirth dies of an apparent heart attack at his annual Labor Day party in Cabot Cove, Maine, Hal's widow, Babs, a close friend of Jessica's, is devastated. Babs must also cope with unexpected financial worries after Hal's lawyer tells her that what was once a $10 million company is nearly bankrupt due to bad investments Hal made in recent months. Meanwhile, Jessica finds a note to Hal from Eugene Labine, a former business partner, threatening to sue him. The stakes rise with Labine's subsequent shooting murder. Jessica once again turns sleuth, and eventually figures out that a ruthless killer is at work. Series fans will be pleased to find this popular franchise in Land's able hands.