Recipe For A Hit - Interviews with Angela Lansbury and the cast, guest stars and crew
America's Top Sleuths - A Sleuth Channel countdown of the top sleuths in television and film
Middle-aged mystery novelist and part-time sleuth Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) finds murder in such exotic locales as Jamaica, Athens, and Sicily during season six of Murder, She Wrote. However, longtime fans of the series could not help but notice -- and regret -- that Jessica was conspicuous by her absence in several episodes, due to star Angela Lansbury's desire to lighten her considerable workload during this season. Thus, in several instances, Jessica only shows up long enough to "narrate" the adventures of other eminent sleuths, such as secret agent Michael Hagarty (Len Cariou), Agatha Christie-like novelist Lady Abigail Austin (June Havoc), homicide detective Jake Ballinger (Barry Newman), and reformed jewel thief-turned-insurance investigator Dennis Stanton (Keith Michell). This experiment in "rotating detectives" did not gain public favor, thus Angela Lansbury stepped up her Murder, She Wrote appearances during the subsequent seventh season.