Columbo: Murder by the Book

I hope you won't think I'm being forward,
but is there any chance
of our having a drink together?

I'd love to, really, but the young lady
and I are gonna have a late supper.

I think you might want to cancel it.
Just why would I want to do that?
Because we really should
have a discussion.

- Perhaps some other time.
- All right.

I suppose I'll have to find
someone else to tell my story to.

It's a mystery story. Very interesting. Really.
It's all about this witness.
- Just wait here. I'll be right back.
- Anything you say, Mr Franklin.

Oh, wow! I just can't resist strawberries.
I'm glad you like them.
You're making me nervous.
- That's quite a stare.
- I'm sorry. I can't help it.

I've never seen you outside
that store before. You're very lovely.

- May I call you Lilly?
- Yes, please do.

- How did you enjoy the play tonight?
- I thought it was predictable. You?

- I like your books much more.
- That's very flattering.

But you said something before about
your story or something about a witness.

Oh, yes. Well, actually,
it's a true-to-life story.

The best kind.
- It concerns your partner.
- Jim? What about him?