3 November 2017 | TheLittleSongbird
Not classic, but not bad at all for a Season 9 episode
Have always been quite fond of 'Murder She Wrote'. It is a fun and relaxing watch that makes you think as you try to unwind in the evening. If one wants more complex, twisty mysteries with lots of tension and suspense 'Murder She Wrote' may not be for you, but if you want something light-hearted and entertaining but still provide good mysteries 'Murder She Wrote' fits the bill just fine.
A classic 'Murder She Wrote' episode "The Classic Murder" may not be, but as far as Season 9 goes it is one of the better ones by quite some way. Considering that the previous episodes of the season to me were largely disappointing, especially "The Dead File", "A Murder in Milan" and "The Mole". Not much wrong here actually, but the killer is a little too easy to spot (up to this point in Season 9, the only episode where the solution was a surprise was "The Wind Around the Tower") and the whole psychic business was at first a slightly strange inclusion with Natalija Nogulich over-egging it somewhat.
On the other hand, the mystery is lively and engaging with some nice twists along the way. Angela Lansbury is terrific as ever, justifying why Jessica Fletcher is one of the roles she is best remembered by, and while there's nobody that's amazing the supporting cast are solid.
Production values are slick and stylish. The music has energy and has presence but also not making the mistake of over-scoring, while it is hard to forget or resist the theme tune.
Writing is amiable and keeps one on their toes guessing, while taking itself seriously at other times without going overboard.
In summary, pretty good for a Season 9 episode especially for the early half of the season. 7/10 Bethany Cox