Great Detectives: Jessica Fletcher
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Very small magnetic container, about the size of a AAA battery. You’ll want a TOTT to remove the log and also to reroll the log to fit, and of course BYOP. The puzzle isn’t too difficult; the hide is slightly mean. Posted park hours are 6am-10pm.
Jessica Fletcher, kind of an Americanized mix of Agatha Christie and her creation Miss Marple, was the protagonist detective of the TV series “Murder, She Wrote.” Created by William Link, Richard Levinson and Peter Fischer (all of whom had been involved in the “Columbo” series as well), the role was taken by Angela Lansbury after both Jean Stapleton (“Edith Bunker”) and Doris Day turned it down. Jessica Fletcher lived in Cabot Cove, Maine, where she both wrote and solved murder mysteries.
Despite being the brunt of many “old lady” jokes, let me testify that I saw Angela Lansbury on Broadway in “Sweeney Todd” in 1979, and she was electrifying. She was an Oscar nominee for her first film role at the age of 19 and has won 5 Tony awards. She played Miss Marple in the film “The Mirror Crack’d.”
“Cabot Cove syndrome” has been defined as the tendency for murders to occur in out-of-the-way places where amateur sleuths live. In Jessica Fletcher’s honor, let’s take a virtual tour of other locations where great detectives live, responsible for rising murder rates wherever they lay their head. Use your virtual mapping skills to fill in the missing numbers a-g:
1. St. Mary Mead: Miss Jane Marple
While this village is fictitious, Christie’s geographical descriptions place it somewhat near the cathedral where the funeral and burial of Jane Austen took place.
N 51° 03.643 W 00a° 18.e93
2. 221B Baker Street, London: Sherlock Holmes
Addresses on Baker Street did not number as high as 221 during the time of the original Holmes stories, but they do now. Not surprisingly, the Sherlock Holmes Museum located on the same block still receives mail addressed to 221B.
N 51° g1.400 W 000° 09.500
3. Whitehaven Mansions, Charterhouse Square, Smithfield, London: Hercule Poirot
Poirot was chief of police in Brussels, Belgium before the first world war, but eventually relocated here in London. In real life it’s called Florin Court. There's also a street called Florin Ct. in the UK -- make sure you're near Charterhouse Square.
N 51° 3d.256 W 000° 05.922
4. West 35th Street, New York: Nero Wolfe
Considering that Nero Wolfe never leaves his brownstone apartment, it’s surprising that over the course of the novels there are ten different house numbers assigned to it. And eight of those ten would be in the Hudson River. The Javits Convention Center is as good a place as any to locate Nero Wolfe.
N 40° 45.444 W 0b4° 00.152
5. Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles: Philip Marlowe
Philip Marlowe’s office was near the famous Hollywood and Vine corner in LA with the nearby round Capitol Records building.
N 34° 06.083 W hcf° 19.600
FINAL: N 41 1h.abc W 096 0g.dfe
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