Picks and Pans Review: Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest

updated 11/03/1997 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/03/1997 01:00AM

CBS (Sun., Nov. 2, 9 p.m. ET)

C+

Come to think of it, we've missed Angela Lansbury's Jessica Fletcher character since Murder, She Wrote ended its 12-season run as a CBS series in 1996. Now that the novelist-sleuth is back in a two-hour TV movie, we're glad for another chance to appreciate Jessica's dogged but mannerly persistence. The script involves her in the search for a woman (Mel Harris) who witnessed the murder of a whistleblower in the National Security Agency. There are lots of red herrings and clichés, but fans will enjoy watching Jessica prove herself smarter than a smug FBI agent (Keith David) and other government types. The network plans more Murder movies. Please, could they feature bigger-name guest stars and a faster pace?

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