Picks and Pans Review: Premiere: Sunday, Sept. 30, 8 P.m. Et

updated 10/01/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/01/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The premise is nothing new, but that's no sin on TV. Angela (Lace) Lansbury is an old lady in Maine who writes mystery novels and, in her spare time, solves real murders, just like Miss Marple. She plays the part with low-key class, not overdoing the doddering-old-lady-from-the-sticks shtik (not until almost the end does she say, "Stop this fiddle-faddle"). And the story lines will tickle your brain. Half the fun, of course, is figuring out who done it—and Murder does keep you guessing; the other half is watching Lansbury outsmart the villain. Murder is a relaxing, charming Sunday evening treat.

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