- By Jessica Fletcher Donald Bain

The Fine Art of Murder

  • Title: The Fine Art of Murder
  • Author: Jessica Fletcher Donald Bain
  • ISBN: 9780451234735
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Fine Art of Murder While on vacation in Italy Jessica joins a tour that takes her to where lesser known Italian masterworks are displayed and where a pair of young Italian gunmen steal a painting off a church wall kil

    While on vacation in Italy, Jessica joins a tour that takes her to where lesser known Italian masterworks are displayed and where a pair of young Italian gunmen steal a painting off a church wall, killing an off duty policeman in the process Agreeing to help identify the crooks at a later date should they be caught, Jessica returns to Cabot Cove and puts the shocking expWhile on vacation in Italy, Jessica joins a tour that takes her to where lesser known Italian masterworks are displayed and where a pair of young Italian gunmen steal a painting off a church wall, killing an off duty policeman in the process Agreeing to help identify the crooks at a later date should they be caught, Jessica returns to Cabot Cove and puts the shocking experience behind her But months later, both art and death land on her doorstep when the son of an old friend appears to beg her for help in solving his mother s murder which may take Jessica all the way back to Italy

    1 thought on “The Fine Art of Murder

    1. When it comes to cozy mysteries, Murder She Wrote is pretty much the TV icon. While the books aren't always on point, this one was quite good. I think I'm done buying paper versions though. There's nothing quite like listening to the audiobook when the narrator does such a great job of the accent and Jessica's personality.It's going to take awhile but I will get through these suckers.

    2. I was wondering if Jessica was going to solve the murder. It was getting so close to the end before she did. I was also wondering how everything fit together for awhile.

    3. Lackluster writing. Ridiculous coincidences. Poor characterization.DisappointingLackluster writing. Poor characterization and unbelievable circumstances strain credulity to the point where I laughed out loud on several occasions.Just To SayThis book review may be longer than what some of you are accustomed to, so, by all means, read as little or as much of it as you want. If any of you find my opinions on this book to be harsh, all I can say is that I feel strongly about it. You may feel otherwi [...]

    4. Jessica was really zooming around in this one!There are two storylines, the Italy storyline, in which Jessica is vacationing in Italy and witnesses the murder of a fellow tourist, and the Chicago storyline, in which Jessica goes to help an old friend and her stepson get to the bottom of the murder of the old friend's husband. In Chicago there was a day where Jessica got up late, had breakfast, met someone for lunch, and directly afterwards met someone for dinner. She actually spent the entire da [...]

    5. This should really be 3.5 stars. I liked this one but I didn't enjoy it as much as most of the others in this series. The format was a little different, jumping between two locations as opposed to one. The second half and conclusion definitely held more interest for me than the beginning. I also had a hard time feeling any compassion or connection to Jessica's friend Marlies. She was shallow and overall a very unsympathetic character. I, of course, will continue this fantastic series, this just [...]

    6. This book was what I expected it to be, a very formulaic murder mystery. The show from which the book is derived from was very formulaic as well, but was buoyed by its quirky characters. Unfortunately, as this story was set in Chicago, it did not have that support for the story.While I expected hack writing in this book, the author was a step below that. He (Bain) several basic, factual mistakes about the Chicago setting. He referred to the Mag Mile (Magnificent) as the Miracle Mile, and kept on [...]

    7. Leggo le avventure di Jessica Fletcher quando ho voglia di distrarmi senza pensare, ma trovando sempre ambientazioni piacevoli e personaggi mai noiosi. Questo libro ha rispettato le aspettative, specialmente per l'ambientazione italiana, anche se la scoperta dell'assassino è stata facilitata da un particolare della trama nel risvolto di copertina. Particolare che per allenati lettori di gialli è quasi uno spoiler. 😄

    8. Another fun and interesting MSW story. One of my favorite aspects of the MSW books is the locations and this one set in Rome and Chicago was pretty cool. The murder and the world of high priced and rare art and the theft of it was extremely interesting. Another fun adventure with Mrs. Jessica Fletcher.

    9. Jessica witnesses an art theft and murde r on a trip to Rome. Then she is involved in another murder by the son of an old friend. I didn't like this one as much as some of the other s in the series, because the link between the two events was kind of contrived. Read on my Kindle Fire

    10. I didn't really care for this book as much as other Murder, She Wrote installments. There was too much going on, and stopping in the middle of the actual mystery to go back to Italy for the story there bothered me. Just not my favorite

    11. Jessica vacations in Italy, where she joins a tour that takes her to a variety of private homes, restaurants, and rural churches where lesser-known Italian masterworks are displayed. Her idyllic time is interrupted by a pair of young Italian gunmen who steal a painting off a church wall, killing a retired policeman in the process. Agreeing to help identify the crooks at a later date should they be caught, Jessica returns to Cabot Cove and puts the shocking experience behind her.Months later, bot [...]

    12. Perhaps I especially liked this book because a good portion of it takes place in areas of Italy where I have visited a number of times. Jessica is on a tour of Italy, seeing paintings and works of art that are not located in museums, but in churches where they are not protected. Because of this, many great works of art are being stolen and sold to unscrupulous collectors around the world. While Jessica and the tour group are in one such church, two young men dressed in the robes of priests attem [...]

    13. Not exactly one of the better books in the series, but a fun, light read nevertheless. Jessica Fletcher always entertains me with a wide variety of locales, topics, interesting characters and murderers, and intriguing motives for murder. She is quite the jetsetter with trips all over the world and adventures with different cultures.This time around, the topic was art, forgery, and martini making, and the exotic locale that Jessica visited was Italy, which sounded like a very beautiful vacation s [...]

    14. The latest entry in the Donald Bain's "Murder, She Wrote" series "The Fine Art of Murder" is actually a slightly better than average story spanning 2 continents & a pair of murders. The book opens up with Jessica Fletcher being witness to the death of a retired police officer in Italian in conjunction with an art theft & then returns to the states & eventually Chicago where she becomes involved in the murder of Jonathan Simsbury who is a good friend of hers. The Simsbury murder is co [...]

    15. While on vacation in Italy, Jessica joins a tour that takes her to where lesser-known Italian masterworks are displayed-and where a pair of young Italian gunmen steal a painting off a church wall, killing an off-duty policeman in the process. Agreeing to help identify the crooks at a later date should they be caught, Jessica returns to Cabot Cove and puts the shocking experience behind her. But months later, both art and death land on her doorstep when the son of an old friend appears to beg her [...]

    16. Here comes another comfort book from Jessica FLetcher. I loved this mystery and Jessica hit home run again. What I love about Murder, She Wrote series is that it always provides some interesting information about different things. In this one, Jessica provides us with an interesting insight to the fine art of Martini making as her friend enlightens her. So many interesting recipes for Manhattan, Bronx and Brooklyn. I am going to try and make the perfect Martini with Gin and not with Vodka :-)As [...]

    17. OK, I admit it, I picked this book because it was available at my local library and helped me to finish a reading challenge that I was working on, OK and also some nostalgia from watching Murder She Wrote on TV at my grandmother's house years ago. That said, I am surprised how much I enjoyed this book. The book is an entertaining, light read that at the same time deals with some fairly serious crimes. I enjoyed the look into the art world, and that of art forgery and theft. I also enjoyed the pl [...]

    18. Interesting story - I was wondering how it was all going to tie in together Jessica witnesses the theft of a valuable painting and a murder while on a vacation in Italy. Not long after she gets back home she discovers a old friend's husband has been murdered. When her friend is accused of the murder, Jessica travels to Chicago to see if she can help. There is a wide cast of interesting characters and it turns out one of those characters also has some connections back to the case in Italy.

    19. Jessica is traveling in Italy, visiting old churches to see the paintings and murals of old. She witnesses a murder and travels home to Cabot Cove to get the murder out of her mind. She has a surprise visit one night. It is the stepson of one of her friends in Chicago. The stepson Wayne needs help as her friend is a person of interest in the death of Wayne's father. Jessica certainly earns frequent flyer miles in the book.Just a quirk - Jessica is viewing Italian art but the paintings on the fro [...]

    20. A trip to Europe lands Jessica Fletcher in the midst of a violent art theft. Later, back in Cabot Cove, she puts it behind her, only to be called to help an old friend, Marlise, when her art-collector husband is murdered. Marlise is one of the leading suspects, especially after her stepson makes a statement implicating her. But although Jessica hasn't seen Marlise for years, she finds it difficult to see her friend as a murderer.

    21. Another fun addition to the Murder, She Wrote series. I really liked how the story spanned multiple locations and had unrelated murders, but still tied together nicely. This story seemed to have more "red herrings" than others in the series and I think that was a great aspect if yhe story. Plus, as always, everyhing wrapped up well and there was a good summary of what happened to/ what the characters have been up to. Overall, a fun read that is one of the better in the series.

    22. This is the absolute definition of fluffy. A nice break from the heavy I've been reading lately, but I think this went too far down the spectrum. I feel like I need to read Angela's Ashes to make amends.The TV show is infinitely better than these books. They really turn Jessica Fletcher into a Mary Sue. But the other one I read was much more fun than this one. Convoluted is the only real way to describe it.

    23. Not the bestAs usual a very entertaining mystery novel, but the part about the Italian adventure could have been avoided, because it isn't needed to solve the mystery; furthermore, being Italian, I can assure whoever travels to Italy that there is much more to see and to enjoy than Mafia, and that people are not killed in churches so frequently!!

    24. Enjoyed the twist (and threat to her life) in the plot I didn't see in quite a while going through this series.It's a spin-off (novelization?) of the TV series. It is a bedtime story audiobook that I listen to without trying hard to follow.

    25. One of those cozy mysteries that one wants to read on a rainy day. I had the murderer pegged ahead of schedule, but I enjoyed the tempo of the story. Characters followed the pattern of previous stories. Overall I enjoyed this read.

    26. Fun, quick read. I had no idea there was a Murder She Wrote book series, I happened to walk by this one at the library. Jessica spends time between Rome and Chicago in this one, it would have been nice to have her in Cabot Cove with all of the regulars. Lovers of the TV series will enjoy this book.

    27. Good book but I felt there was just too much going on. Things happened and were resolved too quickly. It's an alright book, probably my least favorite in the series so far. That being said, I still have it 4 stars.

    28. A light hearted and fun mystery. A quick read, like all in the series, but had a great story line and fascinating characters.Will keep at it until I've read the entire series.

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