Famous painter Diego Santana celebrates his sixtieth birthday on his Mediterranean island retreat with his second wife, ex, son Miguel, daughter, protégé and a few friends. He is nearly killed by a massive flower pot thrown down by a left-handed shadow, and asks Jessica, who arrives the next morning by helicopter with gallery keeper Sir John Landry, to investigate in secret, helped by first batch guest police inspector Henry Kyle, but Diego is soon killed on a walk with his own crossbow, the weapon son Miguel excels at, who took another guest, art collector in financial trouble Willard Kaufmann, to the mainland after a heart attack. Then arson destroys Diego's latest paintings, who were tripled in value by his death...Written by
Someone must have heard about what Lowell Thomas was trying to do in Pawling, New York back in the day and that might have inspired this Murder She Wrote. Thomas was trying to create an elite community of sorts in that area where he made home. He got several farms in this rural area sold to some very elite type people, not necessarily rich, but leaders in various fields. The crowning jewel was supposed to be the guy who many felt was the next president, one Thomas E. Dewey. That didn't quite work out, but the area got the reputation.
Cesar Romero had the same idea for artists and he set his community up on a Mediterranean island, probably of Spanish territory where he is to celebrate his birthday with family and invited friends. There are two attempts on Romero's life, the second one successful with a medieval crossbow. Between the two attempts Angela Lansbury arrives with noted art critic Stewart Granger.
Once again there are many motives out there for wanting Romero dead. It's up to Jessica Fletcher to sort them out and find the responsible party(s).
Nice scenic Mediterranean location photography. This show never stinted in its production values.
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