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Now his great-great grandchildren have now been granted permission by a judge to dig up the wealthy, well-educated killer's remains in Philadelphia. When confronted about his crimes, Holmes was unapologetic, saying his transgressions were beyond his control. I could not help the fact that I was a murderer, no more than the poet can help the inspiration to sing. Inside, were rooms with blind passageways, hinged walls, hidden partitions, windowless cubicles and decoy stairways.

Over seven years, he murdered men, women and children there. He confessed to 27 killings, but it is thought his true tally could be as high as Most of his victims were his lovers, but some were hotel guests and others were his employees.

Some died by hanging, some were gased. Others were beaten to death , while some perished, medieval-style, on his stretching rack. The bodies were dispatched via a chute and trapdoor straight to the cellar, which boasted a crematoruim, quicklime pits and acid baths. But even if they were alive their shrill screams would have been smothered by the specially soundproofed building. This killer seems to have been created in his youth. His father was a violent alcoholic and the bright boy was tortured by bullies at school. From that point in he developed a obsessive fascination with dissection and biology and gained a medical degree from the University of Michigan in As with many serial killers, young women accounted for the majority of his victims, and he boasted a curious appeal which made them flock to him.

In , he bought the empty lot across the street from the store where he worked as a clerk and began construction on a three-story building, which he said would be used for apartments and shops. The structure was ugly and large — containing more than rooms and stretching for an entire block. The first floor was for storefronts, the third floor held apartments, and the second floor and basement hid the elaborate horrors for which the H.

Holmes house is now famous. Holmes house. The castle was completed in and by police would be exploring its winding passages while Holmes sat behind bars. There were hinged walls and false partitions. Some rooms had five doors and others had none. Secret, airless chambers hid underneath floorboards and iron plate-lined walls stifled all sound.

In the cubicle, there was a large chute that tunneled through to the basement. One notable room was lined with gas fixtures. And, of course, we don't care about the murder victims, so no dismal grief or angst to contend with. Jessica is just as irresistible to men as she is in the show — this time it's Detective Aaron Kopecky who's badly smitten by her charms.

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Got to admit, this was the one bit of the book that I found tedious — Kopecky's admiration became repetitive and his attempts to woo Jessica by dangling information about the case in front of her became laboured and annoying in the end. But it wasn't enough of an issue to spoil the book for me overall. The plot is quite interesting, and stays more or less within the bounds of credibility. Jessica is at the show because of her friendship with the designer's mother — she and her son both hail from Cabot Cove originally.

And it's not long before Jessica is nosing around amongst the models, publicity people, cosmetic surgeons, et al, coming up with stunning insights long before poor Detective Kopecky is even close. I don't think it could really count as fair-play, though maybe that's just sour grapes because I didn't work out the solution. But it's well written — a nice cosy, with the genuine feeling of the show and enough contact with the familiar characters to prevent me missing the Cabot Cove setting too much. I'll cheerfully read more of these, and recommend it not just to fans of the show, but to cosy lovers in general.

Good fun! It was very interesting to get a look at what happens prior to the time the models go down the runway. The models are getting the final touches to their makeup when Rowena excuses herself claiming not to be feeling well and returns just in time to take her stroll down the runway. Shortly after, she returns backstage, collapses and dies. When Jessica learns that the former Cabot Cove resident, Sandy Black had ties to both of the females she feels the need to learn what happened to them and hopefully clear Sandy Black of any involvment.

Jessica finds herself looking into the practice of a prominent plastic surgeon who has done work on both of the women. She is also interested in investigating the cosmetic business sponsoring the fashion show. I addition, Jessica is becoming a little concerned about all the attention that recently widowed lead detective Aaron Kopecky is paying her. It's pretty random that I picked up this audiobook from the library.

In general, Murder, She Wrote has just enough suspense that you have to use your brain, but no sex scenes or gory murders. It's nice, pleasant murder. NOW, I'd like to say that I'm writing this as a newcomer to any Jessica Fletcher books, and as such am probably not It's pretty random that I picked up this audiobook from the library.

NOW, I'd like to say that I'm writing this as a newcomer to any Jessica Fletcher books, and as such am probably not the normal audience. After all, I'm in my 20's, probably not the target demographic for the book. This was made incredibly obvious by perhaps the most annoying and irritating thing about the book, the constant re-explaining who everyone is. After all, that was one of my primary purposes in coming to New York. She has spent the entire book reminding us that she did not come to New York to be involved in this murder investigation, but instead to spend time with family, namely her nephew Grady, his wife Donna, and their lovely son, Frank.

Let me be clear: every time the book refers to any other character, or any time Jessica mentions a player in the story, she describes them by their first and last name. Even the murder victims.

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Even the amorous detective that appears in every page. I found myself getting clearly irritated. Who on earth constantly uses someone's first and last name and often an explanation of what role they play in the plot? Well, Jessica Fletcher apparently does. I get it.


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The book is written with an older target audience in mind. But for goodness sake, there's only 10 or so characters in the entire book. This isn't War and Peace. And if you cut out all the repetitive explanatory narration, the book would be short enough that no one would forget who was who. In other words, the plot was a little plodding As for the rest of the book, it was pretty typical Jessica Fletcher fare, complete with a stupid confrontation of the murderer at the end.

Why does she do that? Why is she always directly confronting murderers alone? Anyway, this is probably one of those books that you know if you'll like it or not, and no review is really going to change that. I was right, by the way, there was no gore and no sex scenes - so even if it wasn't the best, it was clean fun. Mar 06, Debbie rated it liked it Shelves: mystery. You don't need to read the previous novels in the series to understand this one, and this one didn't spoil any previous whodunits. Jessica came across as pushy and arrogant, assuming she had the right to do certain things because she was going to solve the crime.

She'd think bad things about people but act all nice toward them. The story also had a lot of filler. Much of the fashion stuff had little to do with actual clues or misdirection in the mystery. Wh "Design For Murder" is a cozy mystery. When a character reappeared, we'd get a summary of what happened the last time that character appeared. It's like the writers thought we couldn't remember what happened a chapter ago. It was a clue-based puzzle mystery.

I solved the first mystery practically before it happened, and I guessed the main whodunit about halfway through. While not obvious, it also wasn't difficult for me to see where any of the clues were leading.

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I wouldn't have minded except I felt like Jessica was acting like a jerk, and she was even affronted when people noticed it. There was no sex or bad language. I received this book as a review copy from the publisher. Aug 30, Susan rated it liked it Shelves: mystery-new-york-city. Jessica Fletcher wants to support the son of her Cabot Cove friend as he debuts his designs during New York's fashion week.

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Besides, it's always fun to touch base with family and friends in the big city. When a young model dies during the fashion show Jessica is attending, she feels that there's something wrong. Soon she meets a New York police detective who shares her feelings, but the widower also falls for her in a big--and unreciprocated--way. Another, more famous model dies, too, and Jessic Jessica Fletcher wants to support the son of her Cabot Cove friend as he debuts his designs during New York's fashion week.

Another, more famous model dies, too, and Jessica ends up figuring out both cases. Jun 01, Alissa K rated it liked it Shelves: books-read. The writing seems to be going downhill with the addition of the new co-author. So much forced adoration of Jessica Fletcher.


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Every man she meets is hitting on her and women go out of their way to say she's so pretty? Stop it already and just have a good mystery. Apr 01, Eileen rated it it was amazing.

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This was probably the best of all the Murder she wrote books. I really enjoyed it so much. Lots of action and lots of mystery. Finished it yesterday and could not put it down last few days. Jun 28, Emmy rated it it was ok Shelves: murder-she-wrote. I'm about ninety pages from the end and I wish it would already end. I don't like this one. I should have known when the word "jailbait" popped up that it wouldn't be my cup of tea. Jessica is very out of character.

She's very pushy.

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And not her normal pushy. She has no real reason to be invested in the case. Normally she has a tie to it. But here she's just butting her nose in for no reason, and she's arrogant. She's not the only out of character character either. Seth Hazlitt has a small cameo. Jessica asks him to poke around for her and not once does he suggest she not butt her nose in, as he is wont to do.

Another OOC thing is that she [small spoiler] is leading on the detective on the case. And I mean leading on. She's using him to get information. Jessica is usually up front about wanting info and not wanting romance. Here she almost willfully strings this man Who never stops mentioning his dead wife along. She'll cut him off when he gets romantic and then say she's tired. Every time. She's blatantly using him and playing with his feelings and it's not cool and very not Jessica.

Which takes us to a plot error. If you've read the books you know Jessica has a sort of Suitor named George Sutherland. On her first date with Detective Kopecky he asks her if she's seeing anyone and she says no. All the while her inner monologue is thinking of George Sutherland and how she would be uncomfortable mentioning him to the detective. Which was why I was surprised when Detective Kopecky suddenly says "Must be some of that Scotland Yard fella rubbing off on you.

That never happened! Another plot error [No Spoiler] is the detective makes a decision about a huge plot detail and tells Jessica. Two chapters later he tells her again, as though it was the first time he'd told her. And Jessica had already been snooping around in that area because of what he told her, so for her to acted surprised and him tell her again is just weird. Especially when she goes on to mention the stuff she was snooping for the the next breath. Also everyone keeps telling her she's gorgeous and attractive which is unusual not that she's not, Angela Lansbury is gorgeous.