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Jessica is delighted when her nephew Grady invites her to spend a few days with his family in an oceanside New York bungalow. She packs her bags and heads down to the city, ready to spend some quality time with Grady, his wife, Donna, and their young son, Frank. But the morning after Jessica’s arrival, Donna finds her boss dead on a tennis court, and Jessica’s dreams of a Jessica is delighted when her nephew Grady invites her to spend a few days with his family in an oceanside New York bungalow. She packs her bags and heads down to the city, ready to spend some quality time with Grady, his wife, Donna, and their young son, Frank. But the morning after Jessica’s arrival, Donna finds her boss dead on a tennis court, and Jessica’s dreams of a relaxing visit are quashed. Everyone in the small beachside community is a suspect, and the local authorities—headed by an old colleague of Cabot Cove sheriff Mort Metzger—have asked that no one leave town. Will Jessica be able find a killer and salvage the rest of her trip?


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Jessica is delighted when her nephew Grady invites her to spend a few days with his family in an oceanside New York bungalow. She packs her bags and heads down to the city, ready to spend some quality time with Grady, his wife, Donna, and their young son, Frank. But the morning after Jessica’s arrival, Donna finds her boss dead on a tennis court, and Jessica’s dreams of a Jessica is delighted when her nephew Grady invites her to spend a few days with his family in an oceanside New York bungalow. She packs her bags and heads down to the city, ready to spend some quality time with Grady, his wife, Donna, and their young son, Frank. But the morning after Jessica’s arrival, Donna finds her boss dead on a tennis court, and Jessica’s dreams of a relaxing visit are quashed. Everyone in the small beachside community is a suspect, and the local authorities—headed by an old colleague of Cabot Cove sheriff Mort Metzger—have asked that no one leave town. Will Jessica be able find a killer and salvage the rest of her trip?

30 review for Killer on the Court

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Murder, She Wrote: Killer on the Court by Jessica Fletcher and Terrie Farley Moran is a 2022 Berkley publication. Jessica celebrates the completion of her latest book by accepting an invitation from Grady, Donna, and her grandnephew, Frank, to join them in New York at a beachside bungalow. The trip is sponsored by Donna’s company- but the relaxing vacation turns tense when Donna discovers her boss dead on the tennis court. Immediately, Jessica suspects foul play and soon her suspicions are confi Murder, She Wrote: Killer on the Court by Jessica Fletcher and Terrie Farley Moran is a 2022 Berkley publication. Jessica celebrates the completion of her latest book by accepting an invitation from Grady, Donna, and her grandnephew, Frank, to join them in New York at a beachside bungalow. The trip is sponsored by Donna’s company- but the relaxing vacation turns tense when Donna discovers her boss dead on the tennis court. Immediately, Jessica suspects foul play and soon her suspicions are confirmed. The Fletcher’s have been asked to stand by while the investigation proceeds, which gives Jessica plenty of time to do her own digging- which unearths a nest of greed and family resentments leaving her no shortage of suspects. What fun to catch up with Grady and his family, and the locations couldn’t have been better for summer mystery. This installment was sweet- with so many touching moments between Jessica and Frank. The mystery did seem to take a back seat in this installment and Jessica seemed a bit distracted in this one and not especially interested in butting her nose in too far. All the same the mystery wraps up nicely, with an unexpected twist I never saw coming- and that’s always a good thing for me. The mystery was subdued this time around, but the moments with Jessica and her family were priceless. I don’t think we’ve seen Jessica’s interaction with family have such poignancy either on the show or in previous incarnations of the book series. I liked it- and hope we will see more of this side of Jessica in the future- but also hope the mystery areas will not lose momentum in the process. Overall, a very nice addition to this long running series and a good one to pop into your beach bag this summer! 3.5 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    **3.5-stars rounded up** Another successful, murdery romp with Jessica Fletcher! Killer on the Court is the 55th-installment of the long-running and much loved Murder, She Wrote series. To say I am huge fan of this series would not be an exaggeration. This is actually the 39th-book that I have read in this series and I don't plan on stopping any time soon. Jessica Fletcher and Murder, She Wrote both are super nostalgic for me; bringing back great memories from my childhood. It makes me happy every t **3.5-stars rounded up** Another successful, murdery romp with Jessica Fletcher! Killer on the Court is the 55th-installment of the long-running and much loved Murder, She Wrote series. To say I am huge fan of this series would not be an exaggeration. This is actually the 39th-book that I have read in this series and I don't plan on stopping any time soon. Jessica Fletcher and Murder, She Wrote both are super nostalgic for me; bringing back great memories from my childhood. It makes me happy every time I pick up one up. Terrie Farley Moran, the latest author to contribute to this series, has absolutely nailed the tone and feel of what comprises a MSW story. In this latest mystery, Jessica travels from Cabot Cove to Rockaway Beach in New York for a holiday with her nephew, Grady, his wife, Donna and their son, Frank. The Fletchers secured their beachside bungalow through Donna's work, as her boss's family owns multiple properties in the area. On the very first full day of Jessica's stay, as is known to happen, Donna discovers the dead body of her boss on the property's tennis court. The local police initially believe it was some sort of accident, a malfunctioning ball machine to blame, but Jessica's not buying it. She can't help it. Her mind doesn't like inconsistencies, so of course she gets involved. Jessica will get to the bottom of it. I enjoyed this. I always love when Jessica travels and the beachside setting of this was rather relaxing, even with the murder. I also always enjoy Grady and Donna. Frank on the other hand drives me a bit batty and I found his dialogue in this one a little far-fetched, but I digress. Learning about the company that Donna works for and the family at the helm of that company was interesting. There were quite a few red herrings and I think Farley Moran did a great job building up the suspense. I am really loving Farley Moran at the helm of this series and hoping she continues on for further installments. If you haven't read any of the books in this series before, and love a Cozy Mystery, you can start anywhere, they do not need to be read in order. If you see a synopsis that jumps out at you, give it a go. If you enjoy it, you have 54 more to try after that. Who knows, maybe you'll catch up with me! Thank you so much to the publisher, Berkley, for providing me with a copy to read and review. Keep 'em coming please!!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    Jessica Fletcher has just sent her latest manuscript to her publisher, so she is happy she gets to spend some time with her nephew, Grady, his wife, Donna, and their son. They are staying in a cottage right on the beach for a month thanks to Donna’s job. However, Jessica’s first morning there, Donna finds the body of her boss on a private tennis court. Jessica doesn’t want to get involved, but she can’t stop asking questions. Will she figure out what happened? Grady and Donna (after Grady met her Jessica Fletcher has just sent her latest manuscript to her publisher, so she is happy she gets to spend some time with her nephew, Grady, his wife, Donna, and their son. They are staying in a cottage right on the beach for a month thanks to Donna’s job. However, Jessica’s first morning there, Donna finds the body of her boss on a private tennis court. Jessica doesn’t want to get involved, but she can’t stop asking questions. Will she figure out what happened? Grady and Donna (after Grady met her) were some of my favorite supporting characters on Murder, She Wrote, so I was pleased with how they were captured here. I could easily hear the actors in my head, and I loved spending time with them. Sadly, the rest of the characters were a little weak with only one or two defining characteristics. Meanwhile, the plot wandered some with a slow start and a bit too much vacation time. That’s not to say it didn’t have a couple of good twists and a nice resolution. Ultimately, fans of the series will enjoy getting to spend time with favorite characters again. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    4.5 stars Another great Murder She Wrote mystery. I am really enjoying Terrie Farley Moran's writing style and take on classic characters like Jessica, Dr. Seth Hazlitt and Sheriff Mort Metzger. 4.5 stars Another great Murder She Wrote mystery. I am really enjoying Terrie Farley Moran's writing style and take on classic characters like Jessica, Dr. Seth Hazlitt and Sheriff Mort Metzger.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shirley Ann Stevens

    Another enjoyable mystery in this delightful series with Jessica Fletcher. Jessica's nephew Grady invites her to spend a few days with his family in a oceanfront beach bungalow on Rockaway Beach in New York. The Courtland family own the business Donna works for and invite her and her family to stay in one of the family owned beach bungalows as a reward for her hard work. Jessica looks forward to spending time with Grady, Donna, and especially her ten year old grandnephew Frank. Right away there Another enjoyable mystery in this delightful series with Jessica Fletcher. Jessica's nephew Grady invites her to spend a few days with his family in a oceanfront beach bungalow on Rockaway Beach in New York. The Courtland family own the business Donna works for and invite her and her family to stay in one of the family owned beach bungalows as a reward for her hard work. Jessica looks forward to spending time with Grady, Donna, and especially her ten year old grandnephew Frank. Right away there are tensions among the family and some of the staff from the company. When Donna's boss ends up murdered at the tennis court everyone in the small beachside community is a suspect. The local police detective is an old friend of Sheriff Mort Metzger from Cabot Cove and asks for Jessica's assistance in solving the murder. As always there are many red herrings and twists and turns in this book. I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next book in this series. Thank you Net galley for the advance copy!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Murder She Wrote – Killer on the Court Jessica Fletcher is looking forward to spending some time with her nephew, Grady, his wife Donna, and their son Frank at a beach bungalow on Rockaway Bay. Donna works for the family-owned Courtland Finance and Investment Company. The family-owned company owns several bungalows on Rockaway Bay and since Donna had recently been promoted at work, a month's vacation at the family-owned bungalows on the beach was an added bonus. The morning after Jessica arrives Murder She Wrote – Killer on the Court Jessica Fletcher is looking forward to spending some time with her nephew, Grady, his wife Donna, and their son Frank at a beach bungalow on Rockaway Bay. Donna works for the family-owned Courtland Finance and Investment Company. The family-owned company owns several bungalows on Rockaway Bay and since Donna had recently been promoted at work, a month's vacation at the family-owned bungalows on the beach was an added bonus. The morning after Jessica arrives, Donna finds Jason Courtland, CEO of the company, dead on the tennis court. Was his death an accident or murder? Many believe it was due to a faulty tennis tossing machine. Jason’s mother, and family matriarch, Matilda Courtland, asks Jessica to help solve the mystery of her son’s death. As a long-time fan of the Murder, She Wrote TV series, and still watching reruns, I enjoyed reading this book and “catching up” with familiar characters from the TV series. The author was descriptive of the area, and I could easily visualize Rockaway Bay as well as the people. I will definitely read more Murder She Wrote books as I thoroughly enjoyed this book as much as I enjoy watching the series and recommend this Jessica Fletcher mystery.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    This is the fifty-fifth instalment in the Murder She Wrote series featuring the ubiquitous Mrs Fletcher and, well, what can I say. For starters, being an avid cozy mystery reader, I am astonished that this is my first foray, though, like millions of others, I have watched many of the tv shows. In Murder, She Wrote: Killer on the Court, Jessica is holidaying with her nephew, Grady, niece, his wife, Donna, and their young son, Frank. They are at New York’s Rockaway Beach in a cottage owned by Grady This is the fifty-fifth instalment in the Murder She Wrote series featuring the ubiquitous Mrs Fletcher and, well, what can I say. For starters, being an avid cozy mystery reader, I am astonished that this is my first foray, though, like millions of others, I have watched many of the tv shows. In Murder, She Wrote: Killer on the Court, Jessica is holidaying with her nephew, Grady, niece, his wife, Donna, and their young son, Frank. They are at New York’s Rockaway Beach in a cottage owned by Grady’s wife’s employers, the Courtland family. The very next morning after Jessica Fletcher's arrival, the two Mrs Fletchers, Jessica and Donna, are on the beach along with Frank and Grady. Jessica and Frank are busy constructing elaborate sandcastles. Frank suddenly hears his mum shrieking the noise coming from the beach bungalow area. A tennis ball machine is pumping out vivid yellow balls at a vast rate of knots and a dead man is lying on the ground; it's Jason Courtland. In an investigation led by Detective Vincent (Vinnie) Tieri and Detective Aisha Kelly, Jessica naturally gets involved. Who could possibly not love the observant, resourceful and smart J. B. Fletcher? Frank, too is worth a mention and was definitely my second favourite character in the novel as he acts like a 10-year-old should, to somebody of my generation; Gen X or older. As far as the mystery is concerned, I took a wild guess at around the ½ way mark, not really getting anywhere useful with my own sleuthing as there were many suspects with a variety of plausible motives. So the eventual reveal was a surprise. A super beachside setting, some lovely family moments and the colourful characters contribute richly and I am certainly motivated to read a few more Murder She Wrote Novels. I'm spoilt for choice between book one, Gin and Daggers, something more recent, such as book fifty-four, Debonair in Death or any instalment in between. Thanks to Great Escapes Book Tours, the author and Berkley for a complimentary copy of Murder, She Wrote: Killer on the Court at my request. This review is my unbiased opinion.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    Murder, She Wrote: Killer on the Court is book #55 in the Murder She Wrote series by Jessica Fletcher and Terrie Farley Moran. Jessica is going down to spend time with her nephew Grady and his family at the beach. Donna’s boss is found dead and Jessica gets pulled into a murder investigation. I’m a fan of the Murder, She Wrote TV series and this was just like another episode of the show. While reading it, I could picture Jessica, Grady, and Donna saying the words. Even if you haven’t watched the Murder, She Wrote: Killer on the Court is book #55 in the Murder She Wrote series by Jessica Fletcher and Terrie Farley Moran. Jessica is going down to spend time with her nephew Grady and his family at the beach. Donna’s boss is found dead and Jessica gets pulled into a murder investigation. I’m a fan of the Murder, She Wrote TV series and this was just like another episode of the show. While reading it, I could picture Jessica, Grady, and Donna saying the words. Even if you haven’t watched the show, the mystery was very intriguing with so many suspects. I loved the relationship between Jessica and her grandnephew, Frank. I highly recommend this book. Thank you to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) copy of this book and I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    WM D.

    Murder on the court was a good audio book. I really enjoyed the characters. I am a big fan of the murder she wrote series. A must listen to for anyone who likes fiction

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jocelin

    This was a fun story - a nice return to the style of MSW books written by Donald Bain. The characters felt true to themselves, and authentic to the tv show. I also loved the attention to detail regarding the NYC setting.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I loved it! Fans of JB Fletcher will love this latest in the MSW series, especially since Grady, Donna, and young Frank feature prominently. Well-written with lots of suspects, just the way I like my cozies! A+++

  12. 4 out of 5

    Floyd

    Jessica Fletcher is visiting her nephew, Grady, his wife, Donna, and son, Frank. It is supposed to be a relaxing break at the beach in Rockaway NY. And it is until Donna discovers her boss’s body lying on a tennis court - her boss’s dead body. Though there is some initial suspicion that the Fletcher clan may have been involved. That is quickly resolved, but then it falls on Jessica working with the NYPD to eliminate the suspects and identify the guilty party. The result is a relaxing cozy mystery Jessica Fletcher is visiting her nephew, Grady, his wife, Donna, and son, Frank. It is supposed to be a relaxing break at the beach in Rockaway NY. And it is until Donna discovers her boss’s body lying on a tennis court - her boss’s dead body. Though there is some initial suspicion that the Fletcher clan may have been involved. That is quickly resolved, but then it falls on Jessica working with the NYPD to eliminate the suspects and identify the guilty party. The result is a relaxing cozy mystery that moves quickly to a satisfying conclusion. It did leave this reader with two concerns. First, Frank is the most well-behaved, well-mannered, ten-year-old I have ever met - somewhat uncharacteristic for a young man his age. Second, the book’s resolution comes about unexpectedly with few hints provided to the reader as to the guilty party. Even with those flaws, the book was an enjoyable story and well-worth four stars I am giving it. _____________ This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    This is book 55 in the very popular Jessica Fletcher series that I really enjoy. It is also the third book co-authored by Terrie Farley Moran. In this new story, Jess takes a few weeks off to join nephew Grady, his wife Donna, and grandnephew Frank at a beach house on Long Island owned by Donna's boss. Early in the trip, Jess and Donna discover the body of one of Donna's bosses on the tennis court, being bombarded with 100 mph tennis balls. Quite an unusual method of murder! It is as entertainin This is book 55 in the very popular Jessica Fletcher series that I really enjoy. It is also the third book co-authored by Terrie Farley Moran. In this new story, Jess takes a few weeks off to join nephew Grady, his wife Donna, and grandnephew Frank at a beach house on Long Island owned by Donna's boss. Early in the trip, Jess and Donna discover the body of one of Donna's bosses on the tennis court, being bombarded with 100 mph tennis balls. Quite an unusual method of murder! It is as entertaining as ever to watch Jessica solve the mystery. I usually enjoy family members being included in these stories, but grandnephew Frank is just a bit too perfect. He does not act or talk like a regular kid. Plus, Grady and Donna are prime examples of helicopter parents whose behavior becomes a little tiresome. These objections are why I gave the book 4 stars instead of 5. Thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for providing an ARC.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kmleeh

    An excellent read for all fans of Murder, She Wrote. Readers will find a pleasant mystery and familiar characters in this satisfying mystery.

  15. 4 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    https://openbooksociety.com/article/k... Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie Wow! Was I ever impressed with this newest in the Murder She Wrote series! The mystery was satisfyingly complex with several possible suspects. Even with this series being well into the double digits, there is always something new to learn about the characters or something new they are trying. The beach setting was delightful, and I enjoyed spending time with Jessica’s family and new friends. Jessica’s nephew Grady, his https://openbooksociety.com/article/k... Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie Wow! Was I ever impressed with this newest in the Murder She Wrote series! The mystery was satisfyingly complex with several possible suspects. Even with this series being well into the double digits, there is always something new to learn about the characters or something new they are trying. The beach setting was delightful, and I enjoyed spending time with Jessica’s family and new friends. Jessica’s nephew Grady, his wife Donna, and their son Frank are spending a month at the Rockaways, courtesy of Donna’s employer as a surprise bonus for her work on a special project. The CEO offered her the use of one of their bungalows near the beach. Grady will be there when he is not at work. Jessica will join them as soon as she finishes work on her next bestselling mystery. Frank adores his great aunt Jessica and can’t wait to show her around. Among other things, he is looking forward to taking her to the community center’s summer art classes that he attends. One of the first events is dinner with Matilda Courtland, the matriarch of the family Donna works for. Matilda, an engaging octogenarian, was thrilled to meet one of her favorite authors and hopes Jessica will sign some of her books. The following morning, Jessica and Frank are building a bridge at the beach when they heard Donna scream. They found her at the tennis court where she had just discovered James, the company CEO, and Matilda’s oldest son, dead. At first, it appears that he was killed by a malfunctioning tennis training machine that was still hurling dozens of balls at a potentially deadly velocity and frequency. Jessica’s well-honed observations were not appreciated by the detective in charge. Suspicious of her, Vinny called Mort Metzger, the sheriff of Jessica’s Cabot Cove, Maine, residence, as Vinny knew Mort when he was an NYPD detective. Mort’s recommendations took Vinny by surprise, and he began to see Jessica as an asset, especially when she was correct in that Jason did not die from a machine malfunction. The machine had been used as a murder weapon. Jessica is one of my favorite fictional characters and sleuths. It was interesting to see how she observes the world around her and puts clues together. The author paints three-dimensional character portraits of Jessica, Grady, and his family. The Fletcher family has not enjoyed a vacation together for a while, so I was particularly delighted to spend time with Grady, Donna, and Frank. The Courtland family, and those associated with them and their company, are revealed slowly throughout. Cabot Cove is a much different environment than the Rockaways. Those who live in Cabot Cove are used to Jessica’s talent to help find and put together clues related to murders, especially Sheriff Mort Metzger and old friend and local physician Seth Hazlitt. The detectives on Long Island have not experienced any civilian like Jessica before and may never do so again! Plot twists contribute to the increasing number of suspects, especially when it is learned that Jason had been pursuing financial anomalies at the company. Jason’s brother and brother-in-law are in hot disputes over which of them will take over the company, which could potentially reveal one of them being guilty of misappropriating funds and killing Jason to cover their tracks. This multifaceted case had a minimum of clues that, if read carefully, might show who killed Jason and why, and just where the money problems are. I was happy to find that I had guessed part of the solution but not all of it. There were surprises awaiting me, yet I was overall very happy with the outcome. Kudos, Terrie Farley Moran, on this excellent mystery! I highly recommend it to fans of Jessica Fletcher, the author, and well-written mysteries!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Jessica Fletcher, famous author and amateur sleuth is back doing what she does best; solving crime and endearing herself to readers in the latest Murder, She Wrote whodunit. This adventure takes Jessica away from her beloved Cabot Cove. Her cherished nephew, Grady, his wife Donna and son Frank have invited Jessica to spend a few weeks with them on Rockaway Beach in New York. Donna’s boss, Jason Courtland, owns the beach house they will stay in, as well as many others. She was awarded the beach s Jessica Fletcher, famous author and amateur sleuth is back doing what she does best; solving crime and endearing herself to readers in the latest Murder, She Wrote whodunit. This adventure takes Jessica away from her beloved Cabot Cove. Her cherished nephew, Grady, his wife Donna and son Frank have invited Jessica to spend a few weeks with them on Rockaway Beach in New York. Donna’s boss, Jason Courtland, owns the beach house they will stay in, as well as many others. She was awarded the beach stay for her family for a job well done at his company. Jessica arrives happy to see all of them and ready to relax. But a murder disrupts her visit. Jason Courtland is brutally murdered by an out-of-control tennis ball machine that is hurling balls at him long after he succumbs to the barrage of lethal blows. Sadly, his siblings are more concerned with who will take over the company instead of mourning loss of their brother. At first his death appeared be a horrible accident, but soon is ruled a homicide. The local police have several suspects, including Jessica as she found the body along with her niece. Luckily, one of the policemen on the case previously worked with Jessica’s dear friend Mort Metzger. Together in Cabot Cove, Mort and Jessica have worked on more cases than she would like to remember. Once the local police established her petulance for solving murders, they begin consulting with her while working their leads. Neither the police nor Jessica will quit until the killer comes to justice. The characters are interesting and fully developed. I especially enjoyed the interaction with Jessica and her ten-year-old great nephew Frank. Aside from Jessica, he is my favorite character. I love a youngster that is polite, loves to read, enjoys playing games both inside and outside and is taking art classes while he is at the beach. I highly recommend this book to cozy mystery fans. Even if you have never seen an episode of Murder, She Wrote you will enjoy this book. I have read many of the books in this series. Each one is different, interesting and has plot twists before the killer is revealed. If you have watched Murder, She Wrote, Angela Lansbury’s voice will be present in your mind during all of the conversations Jessica has with the other characters. It is like listening to an old familiar friend. I absolutely love this book, the characters and the series. DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from Netgalley and the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2022 Laura Hartman

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Jessica Fletcher, famous author and amateur sleuth is back doing what she does best; solving crime and endearing herself to readers in the latest Murder, She Wrote whodunit. This adventure takes Jessica away from her beloved Cabot Cove. Her cherished nephew, Grady, his wife Donna and son Frank have invited Jessica to spend a few weeks with them on Rockaway Beach in New York. Donna’s boss, Jason Courtland, owns the beach house they will stay in, as well as many others. She was awarded the beach s Jessica Fletcher, famous author and amateur sleuth is back doing what she does best; solving crime and endearing herself to readers in the latest Murder, She Wrote whodunit. This adventure takes Jessica away from her beloved Cabot Cove. Her cherished nephew, Grady, his wife Donna and son Frank have invited Jessica to spend a few weeks with them on Rockaway Beach in New York. Donna’s boss, Jason Courtland, owns the beach house they will stay in, as well as many others. She was awarded the beach stay for her family for a job well done at his company. Jessica arrives happy to see all of them and ready to relax. But a murder disrupts her visit. Jason Courtland is brutally murdered by an out-of-control tennis ball machine that is hurling balls at him long after he succumbs to the barrage of lethal blows. Sadly, his siblings are more concerned with who will take over the company instead of mourning loss of their brother. At first his death appeared be a horrible accident, but soon is ruled a homicide. The local police have several suspects, including Jessica as she found the body along with her niece. Luckily, one of the policemen on the case previously worked with Jessica’s dear friend Mort Metzger. Together in Cabot Cove, Mort and Jessica have worked on more cases than she would like to remember. Once the local police established her petulance for solving murders, they begin consulting with her while working their leads. Neither the police nor Jessica will quit until the killer comes to justice. The characters are interesting and fully developed. I especially enjoyed the interaction with Jessica and her ten-year-old great nephew Frank. Aside from Jessica, he is my favorite character. I love a youngster that is polite, loves to read, enjoys playing games both inside and outside and is taking art classes while he is at the beach. I highly recommend this book to cozy mystery fans. Even if you have never seen an episode of Murder, She Wrote you will enjoy this book. I have read many of the books in this series. Each one is different, interesting and has plot twists before the killer is revealed. If you have watched Murder, She Wrote, Angela Lansbury’s voice will be present in your mind during all of the conversations Jessica has with the other characters. It is like listening to an old familiar friend. I absolutely love this book, the characters and the series. DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from Netgalley and the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2022 Laura Hartman

  18. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Author Jessica Fletcher is thrilled when she sends the final draft of her manuscript to her publisher. With the deadline behind her, Jessica can now relax. She’s delighted when her nephew Grady invites her to spend time at a beach bungalow in New York. Jessica is excited to spend quality time with Grady’s family, including his adorable ten year old son. It doesn’t take long before Jessica finds herself right in the middle of a possible murder. Grady’s wife, Donna, discovers her boss dead in a fre Author Jessica Fletcher is thrilled when she sends the final draft of her manuscript to her publisher. With the deadline behind her, Jessica can now relax. She’s delighted when her nephew Grady invites her to spend time at a beach bungalow in New York. Jessica is excited to spend quality time with Grady’s family, including his adorable ten year old son. It doesn’t take long before Jessica finds herself right in the middle of a possible murder. Grady’s wife, Donna, discovers her boss dead in a freak accident on the tennis court. Although Jessica doesn’t want to get involved, she sees how upsetting this is for her family. She quickly investigates on her own and finds the victim had quite a number of enemies. Jessica plans to investigate each one as Donna becomes a suspect too. No way will Jessica let her family become suspects in this gruesome crime. This is #55 in the Jessica Fletcher mystery series. I haven’t read any of them before, but I was familiar with the TV show. I wasn’t a regular watcher but I knew about it. So, I had no trouble jumping right into reading this series. I really don’t think it’s necessary to read them all since the mystery is contained in this book, there are no continuing threads and no relationships that I was confused about. I think it works well as a standalone as well as part of a series. Jessica spends her time in this book balancing her family life and the mystery. It felt as if I was on vacation at the beach, too. I really liked Jessica and her family. They are very well written and felt realistic. Although I have to admit, there were a few times I wanted Jessica to get back to the mystery and less scenes with her young nephew and his activities. Sometimes I thought he was just too good to be true. Perhaps a bit too well behaved 😀 The storyline kept me guessing. I kept changing my mind about who did it. There were several different suspects to choose from. The story wrapped up quite nicely. I’ve read other books, from other series, by Terri Farley Moran, and I’ve always enjoyed her writing style. This one did not disappoint. I’ll be checking out more books in this series. If the rest of the books are anything like this one, they are filled with charm and are light hearted. The perfect way to spend an afternoon. FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a free Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    Killer on the Court is the 55th book in the Murder She Wrote book series! Of course, there have been various authors, but I’ve only read ones written by Terrie Farley Moran. And they are great! Even if you’ve never read any of the series, you can definitely read any of them as stand-alone books. I know those of you in my generation (Gen X) or prior generations have surely heard of Jessica Fletcher! I have fond memories of watching Murder She Wrote on television. My favorites were the early episo Killer on the Court is the 55th book in the Murder She Wrote book series! Of course, there have been various authors, but I’ve only read ones written by Terrie Farley Moran. And they are great! Even if you’ve never read any of the series, you can definitely read any of them as stand-alone books. I know those of you in my generation (Gen X) or prior generations have surely heard of Jessica Fletcher! I have fond memories of watching Murder She Wrote on television. My favorites were the early episodes in which Jessica was still using a manual typewriter and the episodes that took place in Cabot Cove. Though Jessica has moved on to using a tablet, and this book takes place in beach side community in New York, I absolutely loved it. Jessica is staying with her nephew Grady, his wife Donna, and their young son Frank. Frank was definitely my favorite character in the book because he acts like a 10 year old should act…like a kid! Step foot into any 5th grade class in America, and I guarantee many of the class will dress and act like they’re at least 16. Most of them will have smartphones,and most of them will have zero respect. I know this because my daughter teaches middle school. The stories she tells would knock your socks off! These kids have zero respect because they’ve got zero consequences for their behavior. But, as I was saying, Frank is a delight! He has complete respect for his elders, loves board games, loves to read, and plays on the beach. That is how most kids were back in the old days…like when I was a kid! He is so sweet to his great-aunt Jessica, inviting her to his art classes, playing games with her, riding bikes with her, and just enjoying being with her in general. And he’s so respectful! Needless to say, he brought joy to my heart every time he was in a book passage. The murder mystery is very puzzling and not easy to solve. There are many suspects with varying motives. The local law enforcement doesn’t know Jessica, so they’re very suspicious of her and Donna since they are the first to find the body. However, once the lead detective talks to Sheriff Metzger of Cabot Cove, he begins to rely on Jessica’s intuitive mind. Jessica looks outside the box for clues and motives, so her help is quite valuable in solving murders. The murder on the tennis court is no exception. With Jessica’s help, the murderer is apprehended, and the beach vacation is saved. Murder She Wrote: Killer on the Court has all the elements I love in a cozy mystery! (And none of the elements that make me feel a book isn’t so cozy!) With its wonderfully written characters, beachside setting, and a mystery with many suspects, Killer on the Court is a cozy mystery book that I absolutely would recommend to readers of all ages.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Smitten

    4.5 Stars - Top Pick Famous mystery writer Jessica Fletcher has just finished writing her latest book. She rewards herself with what she hopes will be a relaxing trip to New York’s Rockaway Beach with her nephew, Grady, and his family. They are staying in a cottage owned by Grady’s wife’s bosses so it’s awkward when they get caught in the middle of some of that wealthy family’s drama. Things get even worse when one of the family members is murdered and Grady’s wife, Donna, discovers the body. Lu 4.5 Stars - Top Pick Famous mystery writer Jessica Fletcher has just finished writing her latest book. She rewards herself with what she hopes will be a relaxing trip to New York’s Rockaway Beach with her nephew, Grady, and his family. They are staying in a cottage owned by Grady’s wife’s bosses so it’s awkward when they get caught in the middle of some of that wealthy family’s drama. Things get even worse when one of the family members is murdered and Grady’s wife, Donna, discovers the body. Luckily Jessica is there to work with local law enforcement to help bring a killer to justice. I have enjoyed the Murder She Wrote novels for several years and was a fan of the television series. However, I think anyone who is new to either could still enjoy this cozy mystery. Jessica is such an appealing main character. She is a successful writer, but remains humble and down-to-earth. She is smart, observant, and kind, but isn’t afraid to express her opinion. The mystery was interesting and fans of Agatha Christie will appreciate members of a powerful family in conflict leading to several suspects in the murder. The book has a nice, even pace with a great balance between the time Jessica takes to investigate and the time she is able to spend unwinding at the beach. The family scenes with Jessica, Grady, Donna, and her great-nephew Frank are so engaging and descriptive.I wish I could have walked along the boardwalk, fished, and attended art camp with Jessica and 10-year-old Frank! Grady has really matured since his early appearances in the series andI liked getting to know him and his family better in this story. A few clues were given, but even more red herrings were included in the story. I was surprised when the identity of the murderer was revealed, but was satisfied with the way the book ended. This is the third book in the series written by Terrie Farley Moran and I enjoy her style of writing. Although Jessica didn’t spend much time in Cabot Cove in this book, I still like Moran’s portrayal of the main characters of Jessica, Dr. Seth Hazlitt, and Sheriff Mort Metzger. I enjoyed this book from the beginning to the end and highly recommend it to anyone who likes a good cozy mystery, especially fans of this series. ~ Christine

  21. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    Jessica Fletcher takes a vacation break in Rockaway Beach, New York with her nephew Grady, his wife Donna, and his young son Frank (named for her late husband). When one of Donna's colleagues is found dead on a tennis court, pummeled by tennis balls from a mechanical server, Jessica steps in to investigate. I wanted to read Murder She Wrote: Killer on the Court because I love the old Murder She Wrote TV series. I have not read any of the other books this series, but now I really want to. I also l Jessica Fletcher takes a vacation break in Rockaway Beach, New York with her nephew Grady, his wife Donna, and his young son Frank (named for her late husband). When one of Donna's colleagues is found dead on a tennis court, pummeled by tennis balls from a mechanical server, Jessica steps in to investigate. I wanted to read Murder She Wrote: Killer on the Court because I love the old Murder She Wrote TV series. I have not read any of the other books this series, but now I really want to. I also like tennis, so that added to my interest in this mystery. This book is so well written. Jessica's voice is especially well done, and so true to her beloved character. The writing is engaging -- with warm scenes of Jessica and her great-nephew Frank, tidbits about New York, and of course mystery solving! The descriptions are wonderful too, like: "I awoke to the sound of chirping and saw a goldfinch perched on the outside ledge of my bedroom window, his yellow body brightening the gloomy overcast sky that served as his background. I slipped out of bed as carefully as I could, trying not to frighten him away. But it was no use. Birds are sensitive to motion, and he flew off. As soon as I opened the window wider, I could hear his friends and cousins singing in the trees. I began to take deep breaths of the warm, moist air coming in off the ocean. I was sure it would bring rain along with it well before the day’s end. During the summer months, I have an almost childlike expectation that every day will be sunny and cheerful. But if today wasn’t going to cooperate, it didn’t matter to me. I didn’t need sunshine to feel exuberant." (eBook location 91) The mystery aspect of this novel was fun - just the right amount of suspects, and the storytelling kept me guessing right up to the solution! I thoroughly enjoyed Murder She Wrote: Killer on the Court, and recommend it for cozy mystery fans -- and especially for anyone who loves Murder She Wrote.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    I have been so looking forward to this book! Unfortunately, it was released the day after I started my new full-time job and I have been so whooped from work that I've barely had time to read in the evenings before crashing. Thank goodness for the Memorial Day weekend that allowed me to read a huge chunk and finish this delightful book! In this one, Jessica goes to Rockway Beach in New York to spend time with Grady, Donna, and Frank who are staying on the property of Donna's employer. While ther I have been so looking forward to this book! Unfortunately, it was released the day after I started my new full-time job and I have been so whooped from work that I've barely had time to read in the evenings before crashing. Thank goodness for the Memorial Day weekend that allowed me to read a huge chunk and finish this delightful book! In this one, Jessica goes to Rockway Beach in New York to spend time with Grady, Donna, and Frank who are staying on the property of Donna's employer. While there, Donna's boss, Jason Courtland is murdered when someone intentionally sets the tennis machine too high, and he is pummeled to death by tennis balls! What a unique murder! I enjoyed the summer vibes in this one so much and it is always a pleasure to see Jessica interacting with her family, especially the heartwarming bond she has with little Frank. The overall mystery was pretty straightforward and I bet that both Jessica and I would have had it solved quicker if she wasn't so preoccupied (and rightfully so) with family time. The family time scenes took precedent here and I didn't mind that one bit. Once Jessica buckled down and attempted to solve it, she did so quite easily. Despite all that, or perhaps because of it, I enjoyed this book very much. It made me reminisce about spending time with my own elderly relatives and how much I treasured those times. As always with the Moran books, it reads so much more like a cozy than with the other two authors who penned this series. Moran is by far my favorite of the three and this one cements that. The writing flows so well and her books are just a pleasure to read. This one is a great, light, summery read that will be perfect for the beach! 4.5 stars! Challenges Fulfilled: Scavenger Hunt: Ball 24K Blackout Bingo: Visit Your Elders (Mature Sleuth) Travelogue: New York Murder, She Wrote Season 2 Episode 20: Read a book about a sport or that mentions a sport

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shelle Perry

    For someone my age, Jessica Fletcher is an old friend. While I have my doubts that she wrote Cozies, the television show chronicling her adventures most definitely became the template for the mystery sub-genre. This is my third read in the ongoing series, co-penned by Terrie Farley Moran. Once again, I am blown away by the ease with which I slip into reading this story. Cabot Cove, its community at large, and its penchant for gossip is large and center stage. Beloved characters leap off the page For someone my age, Jessica Fletcher is an old friend. While I have my doubts that she wrote Cozies, the television show chronicling her adventures most definitely became the template for the mystery sub-genre. This is my third read in the ongoing series, co-penned by Terrie Farley Moran. Once again, I am blown away by the ease with which I slip into reading this story. Cabot Cove, its community at large, and its penchant for gossip is large and center stage. Beloved characters leap off the page to take up residence in my imagination and I feel the craving for a pot of tea and a vat of popcorn, my go-to MSW snack foods. In this installment, Jessica, having just sent off her latest book is looking forward to spending summer vacation at an NYC beach with her favorite nephew Grady and his family. His wife had just received a promotion and had been invited to join in her boss’s family beach getaway. After meeting the likely suspects and being given a plethora of clues, her boss is found dead and Jessica dives in to figure out who murdered the man with tennis balls. She pulls the reader along in her usual persistent fashion. It is always a pleasure to follow JB Fletcher through and investigation. She sees everything, asks the oddest questions then sets up the big reveal all while holding true to her purpose, which in this story was spending time with her young nephew. I will admit to figuring out the bad guy early on, but it is only Jessica’s patience that I was able to find the why. What is it about her Great Aunt vibe that has the killers confessing with only a disappointed look from her? Much like the long-running series, there is an overall story arc, but the books can be read as stand-alone and in any order. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 5 out of 5. I received an advance review copy for free through Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours and Netgalley, and I am leaving this review voluntarily

  24. 4 out of 5

    Diane Hernandez

    Mystery novelist Jessica Fletcher is celebrating summer with her family on New York’s Rockaway Beach. Her nephew Grady, his wife Donna and their young son Frank have been gifted a month long stay in an oceanfront bungalow courtesy of the owner of Donna’s company, Jason Courtland. But when Jason turns up dead, Jessica can’t help but get involved in Murder She Wrote: Killer on the Court. I always enjoy returning to Jessica’s life. Her relatives now feel like mine thanks to this long-running book se Mystery novelist Jessica Fletcher is celebrating summer with her family on New York’s Rockaway Beach. Her nephew Grady, his wife Donna and their young son Frank have been gifted a month long stay in an oceanfront bungalow courtesy of the owner of Donna’s company, Jason Courtland. But when Jason turns up dead, Jessica can’t help but get involved in Murder She Wrote: Killer on the Court. I always enjoy returning to Jessica’s life. Her relatives now feel like mine thanks to this long-running book series as well as the television series that preceded it. Frank’s youthful enthusiasm for life really livens up the plot. Speaking of plot, this book has an interesting murder weapon, a tennis ball machine. The victim, Jason, has many skeletons in his closet and envious enemies within his family. So, there are plenty of suspects for Jessica and the reader to investigate. The contrast of the cozy Fletcher family vibes with the cold Courtland family relations is intriguing to watch. It is also nice to not see the traditional bumbling police portrayal. It isn’t their incompetence; it is Jessica’s insightful interview skills and attention to detail that causes her to solve the case first! Overall, I enjoyed reading Murder She Wrote: Killer on the Court and you will too. 4 stars! Thanks to Berkley and NetGalley for a digital review copy of the book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Katreader

    MURDER, SHE WROTE: KILLER ON THE COURT By Jessica Fletcher & Terrie Farley Moran The Fifty-Fifth Murder, She Wrote Mystery With her latest manuscript sent off to her editor, Jessica Fletcher is free to spend time with her favorite nephew and his family. Flying to Rockaway Beach, New York, Jessica joins the family vacationing in a bungalow courtesy of Donna's employer. While a beach retreat seems an ideal place to relax, tensions are running high with the corporate family. When Donna finds the eldes MURDER, SHE WROTE: KILLER ON THE COURT By Jessica Fletcher & Terrie Farley Moran The Fifty-Fifth Murder, She Wrote Mystery With her latest manuscript sent off to her editor, Jessica Fletcher is free to spend time with her favorite nephew and his family. Flying to Rockaway Beach, New York, Jessica joins the family vacationing in a bungalow courtesy of Donna's employer. While a beach retreat seems an ideal place to relax, tensions are running high with the corporate family. When Donna finds the eldest son dead on their private tennis court it appears he's the victim of a malfunctioning tennis ball machine. Jessica, however, is certain it's murder. Jessica Fletcher manages to catch a killer while still enjoying a beach holiday in KILLER ON THE COURT. I love how her inquisitive mind allows her to puzzle through the mystery without actively putting herself in danger. She also has plenty of time to enjoy being with her family. The family business Donna works at is another matter entirely. These people are dysfunctional with a capitol D, which makes for great motives and suspects. KILLER ON THE COURT is a great summer escape with its intricately plotted mystery, curious characters, and its well loved protagonist.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Having just finished her latest book, Jessica Fletcher has plans to spend time with her great nephew Frank in Rockaway beach. Just as soon as Jessica was ready to relax, her niece Donna’s boss was found dead at the tennis courts. Was in a accident or was he possibly murdered? Will Jessica be able to solve the mystery and still have time to relax? Thank you Netgalley, Jessica Fletcher, Terrie Farley Moran, and Berkley Publishing group for the opportunity to read and review this book. I have alway Having just finished her latest book, Jessica Fletcher has plans to spend time with her great nephew Frank in Rockaway beach. Just as soon as Jessica was ready to relax, her niece Donna’s boss was found dead at the tennis courts. Was in a accident or was he possibly murdered? Will Jessica be able to solve the mystery and still have time to relax? Thank you Netgalley, Jessica Fletcher, Terrie Farley Moran, and Berkley Publishing group for the opportunity to read and review this book. I have always loved the show Murder, She Wrote and reading this book felt like I was watching another episode on TV. I love a good mystery/thriller and this book was no exception! This was a quick and easy book that is perfect for either sitting pool side, at the beach, or even on a gloomy rainy day being snuggled up in some nice warm blankets with a hot cup of coffee. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I highly recommend this to any fans of Jessica Fletcher and who love a good mystery. I’m rating this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  27. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Even a well deserved vacation is not without excitement for famous mystery writer Jessica (J.B.) Fletcher. This time she is off to the beach with her nephew and his family. It turns out to be a working vacation for all, including the local police. Fortunately Jessica is put in touch with a friend of her own hometown sheriff, Mort. He assures the New York detectives to trust Jessica's hunches and insights. Grady's son, Frank, adds much needed energy and brightness to the book. I enjoyed and appreciat Even a well deserved vacation is not without excitement for famous mystery writer Jessica (J.B.) Fletcher. This time she is off to the beach with her nephew and his family. It turns out to be a working vacation for all, including the local police. Fortunately Jessica is put in touch with a friend of her own hometown sheriff, Mort. He assures the New York detectives to trust Jessica's hunches and insights. Grady's son, Frank, adds much needed energy and brightness to the book. I enjoyed and appreciated the historical aspects of the book. Fans of this series, as well as of the television portrayal of Jessica and her Cabot Cove cronies, will delight in the tone and voice of this 55th installment. Author Terrie Farley Moran does an excellent job of remaining faithful to the beloved series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    This is the 55th book in the Murder She Wrote Series by Jessica Fletcher, or in this case, Terrie Farley Moran. Though I am a fan of the television series on which this series is based, I have never read one of the books before. I picture Jessica, her nephew Grady and his wife Donna based on the actors in the television show. The rest of the characters are developed and believable. The setting of this book is a lovely, inviting location. I recommend this book. I will also read earlier books in t This is the 55th book in the Murder She Wrote Series by Jessica Fletcher, or in this case, Terrie Farley Moran. Though I am a fan of the television series on which this series is based, I have never read one of the books before. I picture Jessica, her nephew Grady and his wife Donna based on the actors in the television show. The rest of the characters are developed and believable. The setting of this book is a lovely, inviting location. I recommend this book. I will also read earlier books in this series. I know there are a variety of authors so I’m hoping their books are as well written. I will also be reading more books by Terrie Farley Moran.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Marlene

    Jessica is looking forward to spending time with her nephew Frank and his family in Rockaway Beach. Frank's wife, Donna has been rewarded for outstanding work with a month in her company's beach compound. When Donna discovers her boss dead on the tennis court Jessica's vacation takes an unexpected turn. Business irregularities and family scandals come to light with Jessica aiding the police in the investigation. This long- running series continues to reward readers with interesting characters and pl Jessica is looking forward to spending time with her nephew Frank and his family in Rockaway Beach. Frank's wife, Donna has been rewarded for outstanding work with a month in her company's beach compound. When Donna discovers her boss dead on the tennis court Jessica's vacation takes an unexpected turn. Business irregularities and family scandals come to light with Jessica aiding the police in the investigation. This long- running series continues to reward readers with interesting characters and plots.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carissa

    I listened to this book on audiobook and it was wonderful! The Murder She Wrote books are absolutely phenomenal and have the same feel as the show. This latest story is no exceptions! I love how they do add a bit more modern aspects while keeping the characters true to their original feel! I can’t help but enjoy the thought of Jessica using her iPad or how much convenience she finds in using Uber and Lyft. I love it! Additionally, the story was twisty and turns! I had no idea “who dunnit” until I listened to this book on audiobook and it was wonderful! The Murder She Wrote books are absolutely phenomenal and have the same feel as the show. This latest story is no exceptions! I love how they do add a bit more modern aspects while keeping the characters true to their original feel! I can’t help but enjoy the thought of Jessica using her iPad or how much convenience she finds in using Uber and Lyft. I love it! Additionally, the story was twisty and turns! I had no idea “who dunnit” until the reveal at the end. Fabulous!

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