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Publisher's Summary

Jessica's favorite nephew, Grady, asks her to visit him in New York City - and star in a commercial he's creating. But there's little time for sightseeing when there's a murder on the set, complete with a long list of suspects. And Jessica soon finds herself not just a witness in a murder case - but the only one who can uncover the killer!

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What listeners say about Murder, She Wrote: Madison Avenue Shoot

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Satisfying Mystery

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If one of my friends was a fan of "cozies" and Jessica Fletcher, I'd definately recommend this audiobook.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder, She Wrote?

The description of the filming of a TV commercial. The narrative gave me a mental image of what the area looked like and how the filming was done.

Did Cynthia Darlow do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes. However, I do find her regional accents slightly overdone. I got used to Jessica's New England accent. I'm a midwesterner and I have no idea if the accent is accurate. However the accent she used for one character from Texas was annoying to me.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No. But I smiled often and relaxed alot.

Any additional comments?

I was a fan of the "Murder She Wrote" TV series. These books are based on the TV series and therefore predictable in some ways. That's OK with me. I like Jessica's common sense and intelligence. I know there will not be descriptions of excessive violence. I know there will be an interesting puzzle to solve. Sometimes I just want to listen to a good, relaxing story. The "Murder She Wrote" series fills that need for me.

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Jessica isn't stupid so don't write her stupid

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone completely unfamiliar with the character.

What character would you cut from Murder, She Wrote: Madison Avenue Shoot?

I really don't like Grady; he is the ultimate albatross.

Any additional comments?

Jessica has been around for quite a while as both a TV character and protagonist in novels; and as such, she is an intelligent woman and writer who is known to do her homework for a book. It is unacceptable she would be doing a commercial spot and not know what a gaffer is or a best boy, etc. Why portray her as sort of dotty? For example, Angela Lansbury made sure she had the final say over her character’s wardrobe because she saw no reason why her character wouldn’t be sophisticated. So why dumb down her character now? Jessica has a webpage, she understands technology. If she doesn’t tweet, it’s likely because she likes to maintain some private life. I don’t expect her to be portrayed as Emma Peel but neither do I see her as grandma in a rocking chair. Give the character some respect.

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Jessica in NY is Boring

This was my first Murder, She Wrote book. And I think I really would have liked it if it had been set in Cabot Cove, and not on the set of a commercial filming in NYC.

I found it too boring and couldn't finish listening. Also, the narrator's accent was annoying.

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Would you listen to Murder, She Wrote: Madison Avenue Shoot again? Why?

If I can follow the story without too much trouble I count it a good book

Have you listened to any of Cynthia Darlow’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

yes, they are all great

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no, I listen all during the night, hoping to fall asleep

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Would you consider the audio edition of Murder, She Wrote to be better than the print version?

Haven't read any of the books but hearing it with the regional dialects makes it an experience that reading it wouldn't give. The reader is very good at what she does.

What did you like best about this story?

Positive family values, ethics in business and an indirect lession learned.

Have you listened to any of Cynthia Darlow’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Cynthia's interpatitions have grown nicely. She is very consistant with each character.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Murder and the Commercial.

Any additional comments?

I am sad that this is Book 6 and 7 isn't here yet. This is the second time I have gone through this series. Most enjoyable. I do them back to back. Can't wait for Book 7. I'll go through all of the books again and do the newest one last. I hope it comes out soon. HURRY AUDIBLE.COM!!!!

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Not bad, but not the best

I've read several books from the Murder, She Wrote series, and I've really enjoyed them. This was the first one I've listened to in audiobook format. I have to start by saying that Cynthia Darlow is now among my top favorite narrators. She did an outstanding job of differenting the voices of the various characters, and her voice was simultaneously melodic and energetic.

As to the story, while it was sweet in sections, it left a lot to be desired in terms of the movement of the story. I became bored several times during the book because of the slow plot development, and there just wasn't a lot of action or suspense. It actually had a good ending, for a murder mystery, but I wouldn't buy it again. There wasn't anything really awful about the story, it just wasn't that great.

I'll probably try another selection from the series because of the narrator. I'll just assume that this one wasn't one of the best examples.

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Love the talent of Cynthia Darlow!

A fun story with mystery, mayhem and enough red herrings to make a Swedish holiday dinner.

The star of the listen is the amazing voice performance of Cynthia Darlow. She truly is very talented and performs the characters superbly. If there are awards for vocal performers she certainly deserves one. Brava!

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I love this novel. Although it was a bit slow at first, it eventually gained momentum and I thoroughly enjoyed it .

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Wonderful Listening

I loved the TV show so I tried this book. What a great surprise to be able to listen to a superb story from Jessica herself.