Jessica Beatrice Fletcher formerly MacGill is a retired English teacher but now a successful murder mystery novelist.
Fletcher lives in Cabot Cove, a small town of 3,560 inhabitants situated in Maine. Fletcher’s husband, Frank died a couple of years before the start of the series.
Jessica and Frank never had children but did have a large family which roughly consisted of 5 siblings (3 brothers, 2 sisters, 9 nieces, 3 nephews, 6 cousins and 8 other relatives). Often, their family members were involved somehow in a murder which Jessica later goes on to solve exonerating the relative. Jessica travels the world with her writing and wherever she goes, murder is not far from her. Fletcher has written forty two best selling novels with one being made into a film which featured in one of the episodes.
Fletcher is played by English born actress Angela Lansbury appearing in every 264 episodes from 1984 through to the shows end in 2003.