The show revolved around the day-to-day life of a retired English teacher who, after being widowed in her early fifties, became a very successful mystery writer. Despite fame and fortune, Jessica remained a resident of Cabot Cove, a cozy coastal town in Maine, and maintained her links with all of her old friends, never letting her success go to her head. Exterior shots of Cabot Cove were filmed in Mendocino, California.
Her one eccentricity was an insatiable curiosity, especially whenever murder reared its ugly head – which it did with great regularity. Critics found it ridiculous how murders seemed to follow Jessica wherever she went. The mystery term “Cabot Cove Syndrome” was eventually coined to describe the constant appearance of dead bodies in remote locations.
In most episodes, Jessica would somehow become entangled in a murder investigation. The police were almost always willing to arrest the most likely suspect, but Jessica invariably felt that the so-called guilty party wasn’t. Carefully and methodically piecing the clues together and asking questions that no one else had thought of, she always managed to trap the guilty party – who, given the series’ “special guest star” policy, was often played by a famous film or TV personality.
Jessica’s relationship with law enforcement officials varied from place to place. Both the sheriffs of Cabot Cove had resigned themselves to having her meddle in their cases. However, most detectives and police officers didn’t want her anywhere near their crime scenes, until her accurate deductions convinced them to listen to her. Some were fans of her books and were glad to assist her investigation. With time, she made friends in many police departments across the USA, as well as a British police officer attached to Scotland Yard.
Very easy going and enjoyable to watch