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Recap / Murder She Wrote S 1 E 14 Paint Me A Murder

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Jessica arrives on a secluded island to help a friend, painter Diego Santana, celebrate his sixtieth birthday. However, upon her arrival, Diego asks her to keep an eye out. Someone recently tried to kill him and he suspects one of the guests. When Diego is murdered, Jessica teams up with a British detective to solve the case.

This episode includes examples of the following tropes:

  • Antagonistic Offspring: Subverted; Margo accuses her stepson Miguel of killing Diego, but the only crime he committed was trying to steal some of his father's paintings to help his girlfriend.
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  • Dead Artists Are Better: Sir John murdered Diego because he had fallen on hard times thanks to the fickle nature of the art business and knew Diego's paintings would sell for thrice their previous price once he died.
  • Murder by Cremation: Midway through the episode, Jessica wakes up to find the shed where Diego worked on fire. Someone knocked Margo out and left her inside. Luckily, one of the guests saves her.
  • Platonic Declaration of Love: After Jessica accuses Sir John, Margo asks him how he could kill her husband, who loved him. Sir John says the feeling was mutual, but he needed the money.
  • Red Herring: Sculptor Stefan Conrad falls under suspicion due to Diego accusing him of making advances on Margo and his sudden disappearance from the island after the murder. However, Margo confesses his actual reason — he escaped from Bulgaria and still has the secret police looking for him. He feared that if he was involved in a murder investigation his real name would come out and he would end up dead as well.
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  • Ship Tease: When Jessica says she plans to stop in England to see a cousin and could perhaps find time to see him too, Inspector Kyle tells her he'll be waiting at the gate with a bouquet.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We never learn what happened to Miguel's girlfriend Maria.
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