TV Series | TV-PG | | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Professional writer and amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher uses her intellect, charm, and persistence to get to the bottom of every crime she encounters.
The fictional "Cabot Cove" Maine setting for this show is an actual harbor inlet in the town of Kennebunkport, Maine. "Cabot Cove" is located on a main road leading from the township, with a bridge over the small inlet bay. Local motor-hotels and lobster/crab shack restaurants are nearby the cove, a short walk from the main village. The pilot episode town exteriors were filmed in Mendocino, California; subsequently, filming each season with a two hour (sometimes split airing as a two parter) show. The main (in town) Victorian mansion stood in for Jessica's house. The exterior Sheriff Station was the local Rangers Station. In 1992, this exterior was changed, using a coastal bluff building on the main frontal street. Several small business shops were filmed for the exteriors of a beauty salon, a newspaper office, et cetera, with the "Hill House Hotel" utilizing the Mendocino town's largest hotel's exterior, grounds, parking, and interior lobby and check-in desk. The beach and bluff area filmed mainly for specific episodes. The Harbor of Fort Bragg was filmed for the docks, exterior pub and bar dressing decorated wharf buildings. Interior restaurants above the harbor were also filmed as "Cabot Cove" sights. At Universal Studios' backlot, the Jaws Lake attraction was filmed as the exterior village. The show maintained the studio attraction's exterior buildings until cancellation in 1996, afterwards, falling into disrepair. The exterior Victorian "Best Little Whorehouse" set, relocated from stage 12 feature filming to a hill area on the backlot, was a stand-in for the Mendocino Victorian Jessica's house. The interiors of this house were filmed, redressed, repainted, and redecorated for many of the episodes for other story scenarios.
We see Jessica Fletcher constantly ask the local Sheriff's and homicide detectives working with her (or the Sheriff's and detectives themselves) to put out APB's (All Points Bulletins) or BOLOs (Be On the Look Out) to bring suspects and witnesses in. When found the police just walk up to people and place them in the squad car, taking them to the station for Mrs. Fletcher and the Sheriff's/detective's to interview even though it's pretty clear they didn't want to come. If there is no probable cause for an arrest or an active arrest warrant, the police can't make you go anywhere against your will. Once in a while, a wealthy or educated person will assert this and ask a lawyer to be present but this is rare.