Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Sticks and Stones 

Cabot Cove is flooded with poison pen letters which proves hard for the town to handle as Amos prepares to hand the reins over to a new sheriff.


Seymour Robbie


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 8 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
John Astin ... Harry Pierce
Paul Benedict ... Friedrich Hoffman
Tom Bosley ... Sheriff Amos Tupper
Joseph Campanella ... George Knapp
John David Carson ... Larry Burns
Marsha Hunt ... Elvira Tree
Evelyn Keyes ... Edna
Denny Miller ... Nils Anderson
Betsy Palmer ... Lila Norris
Parker Stevenson ... Michael Digby
Christopher Stone ... Adam Frobisher
William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Howard Witt ... Bart Nelson
Philip Brown ... Deputy Willard


Amos eagerly retires, handing over his sheriff's star to real estate agent Harry Pierce, but then Beverly Gareth is found electrocuted in her locked bathroom. She was the heir to land of vital importance to a 400 condo Cabot Cove coast development project. The town is flooded by gossip letters badmouthing almost everyone in Cabot Cove, only one of which was sent by Elvira Tree, who is next found hanged. Jessica, New York travel reporter Michael Digby and Amos discover both women were murdered. Meanwhile, the new sheriff Pierce arrests repairman Larry Burns, who allegedly didn't fix Beverly's fatally ragged electric cord, Adam Frobisher for trying to remove items from the house, and Friedrich Hoffman who was trying to leave town. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

15 December 1985 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Identity of the murderer is a shocker. See more »


When Jessica and Amos Tupper are in Beverly's basement and they hear Adam coming to the basement, Jessica turns off the light bulb and then grabs it to unscrew it and take it with her to hide behind the boxes. The light had been on for several minutes so the bulb would have been too hot for her to handle bare-handed immediately upon turning the light off. See more »


Michael Digby: I hope this won't sound vain, but I'm gonna put Cabot Cover on the map.
Jessica Fletcher: If I'm not mistaken, it already is.
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Murder She Wrote Theme
Written by John Addison
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Cabot Cove gets a new sheriff
17 October 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Tom Bosley is going to retire as Cabot Cove's chief law enforcement officer, Amos Tupper is giving up the badge. The new sheriff is the untried John Astin who was previously a real estate salesman.

Right off Astin has one suspicious death that of an eccentric old woman was electrocuted while watching television in her bathroom. Then there's a plague of letters descend on Cabot Cove, anonymous letters telling the addressed people nasty tales about someone else in town.

Then another woman Marsha Hunt is found hung and no one suspects the suicide they were supposed to. In the meantime some property that Hunt owned might be developed for condominiums and spoil a magnificent ocean view.

All these things are connected and all I can say is that it's a good thing that Angela Lansbury had former sheriff Tom Bosley around to help her. In fact Bosley has the key to solving the two homicides.

A nice cast of some very familiar faces are in this Murder She Wrote story which makes it good and comfortable viewing.

By the way this episode also has Angela Lansbury when she confronts the killer almost mocking the clumsy attempt to make the first look like a suicide. As close to cynical as I ever saw Jessica Fletcher get.

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