**4.5-stars rounded up**
Murder, She Wrote: Murder in Season is the 52nd-installment of this beloved series starring famous author and amateur sleuth, Jessica Fletcher.
This is the 5th-book written in the series by Jon Land, who took the reins after the passing of the series original, and long-standing author, Donald Bain. This is the 35th-book that I have read in the series.
Sometimes it feels like I have been reading this series my whole life. Honestly, I hope it continues that way.
There’s something about settling in with a new Jessica Fletcher mystery in front of me. The epitome of cozy.
As with many Adult Mystery series, you do not need to read these in order. You can really start anywhere.
You’ll learn the characters as you go along and before you know it, it will be like reuniting with old friends every time you start a new story.
If you are interested in starting this series, I would recommend just reading the synopsis for a bunch and picking whichever one sounds most interesting to you.
Jessica travels a lot, so there are mysteries set all over the world, in addition to her hometown of Cabot Cove, Maine.
In this installment, Jessica has recently moved back into her home on Candlewood Lane after a lengthy reconstruction project following a house fire.
The Christmas holiday is approaching and Jessica is looking forward to having her nephew, Grady, and his wife, Donna, and son, Frank, stay with her for the occasion. It seems like a long time since they have all been together.
Unfortunately, as luck would have it, or as Jessica’s luck would have it, one of the final bits of reconstruction includes some trenching in her back yard, where not one, but two bodies are discovered.
The corpses appear to have been moved there, along with a trunk of old documents, from another location. Making it even more mysterious, one set of remains looks to be over a hundred years old, while the other is much more recent. How are they connected?
Now instead of focusing on the holiday, all of Jessica’s focus is on the remains.
Adding to the stress of the investigation, a tabloid reporter, Tad Hollenbeck, known for his overly sensationalized reporting, suddenly arrives in town claiming to be doing a story on how Cabot Cove is the “murder capital of the country”.
Tad’s headline seems to be coming true when he is found dead in his local hotel room.
What’s one more mystery for Jessica, Mort and Seth to solve?
I had so much fun reading this; learning more about the history of Cabot Cove and having Jessica back home.
This holiday is going to be tough, not being able to be with my family like I regularly would. I really needed something nostalgic like this to help with the 2020 blues.
Jon Land is settling in nicely as the author of this series. In the beginning, I’ll admit, I was worried, but he really nailed the tone on the last two.
I will continue to pick up the books in this series for as long as they are published. I am hoping with Jon Land now at the helm, that will be for a very long time to come.
Thank you so much to the publisher, Berkley Books, for providing me with a copy of this to read and I review. I truly appreciate the opportunity!