By Eve Simpson, Real Estate Agent,
Cabot Cove, Maine
"Murder, She Wrote" (Close-up on Murder is #40 in the series)
You'd think that selling homes in Cabot Cove might be difficult--our murder rate is through the roof!--but I'll tell you mes amies, everyone, just everyone wants to move here. Which makes it nice for me since I'm the premiere real estate agent in town. C'est vrai! Don't believe me? Just ask our local celebrity. That would be Jessica Fletcher, of course, also known as J.B. Fletcher. She's a world-famous mystery writer, but down at Loretta's beauty shop (below), where I'm a regular customer, she's just one of us girls.
|That's me in the hairnet, and|
Jessica, of course, in the chair.
Loretta Spiegel thought her contribution to the film was more important than mine--the production people used her beauty shop as a set. They completely did over her decor. I thought she was going to have a cow when they threw out her pink curlycue divider, but she had to admit, the shop did look a lot better by the time they were finished with it.
Anyhow, if you must know, this is why I didn't become a movie star. I learned my lines and showed up to the set when I was supposed to. They put me in an important scene, standing right next to Mayor Jim Shevlin. (He's a nice looking man, but he's already married. Too bad!) And then they just stood around for hours with nothing getting done. Can you believe it?! I told the producer that I'm an important woman in Cabot Cove. I can't twiddle my thumbs while they fiddle with the lights. He said something I won't repeat here. Even though he had nice shoulders (must come from lifting all that heavy equipment), I had to let him down. I know you're disappointed, too. I told him I was afraid I was just too busy to grab my fifteen minutes of fame on the screen. It's a shame. I probably would have added just the perfect soupçon of what the picture needed, after they lost their leading lady.
I did get one nice perk out of the experience, but you'll have to read the book to find out what it is. (Hint:→)
So do you have any handsome gentlemen friends you'd like to introduce me to?
2014 marks 25 years of “Murder, She Wrote” in print. There are 40 books in the “Murder, She Wrote” series with three more in the hopper. The books, original mysteries that have never been televised, are by Jessica Fletcher, a fictional character, and Donald Bain, a real-life one. Next month, look for Aloha Betrayed, in bookstores April 1.