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Mysteries currently in the repertoire


READY, STEADY… KILL
Panto-Crime
“The Mummy's Revenge” or “The Legend of The Curse of the Tomb of the Mummy”
Murder Party
Murder at the Music Hall

READY, STEADY… KILL
In the dark days of 1944, as war ranges across the world and the British stand firm against the Nazi aggressors, the battle on the Home Front is being fought in the kitchen. When Lady Charlotte books a Ministry of Food cookery demonstration for the school hall, her only motive is to help the villagers to learn how to cook delicious and nutritious meals on wartime rations (few eggs, little butter and bacon, no cream or bananas but as many potatoes as you can eat). Little does she know that it will prove to be a recipe for murder as the seemingly innocent group of visitors is seething with mystery, intrigue and the lust for revenge. You know what they say about too many cooks…?
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Panto-Crime
Impresario Cameron Overcoat is preparing a stunning pantomime, Cinderella, before he moves on to direct a brand new reality TV show. Little does he suspect that his carefully assembled pantomime cast contains more jealousies, rivalries and raw seething emotion than any television drama could produce. Leading lady Stella Campbell-Black is trying to maintain her hold over husband Conner O'Conner who is attracted to Stella's rival, Martine Moste. Stella’s dresser, ex-dancer Darcey, learns a secret about her tragic past. Everyone confides in much loved character actress Flossie Hardcastle but even the mild mannered Flossie is driven to desperate measures. Even the two ugly sisters and Cameron himself have dark secrets of their own. The stage is set for a tangled web of deceit and mystery leading to a gloved hand holding a gun… The audience is given a window into the backstage world in which characters are revealed and motives established before the dirty deed is done. Then, the audience is invited to turn detective to flush out the murderer by means of careful questioning, keen observation and inspired guesses.
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“The Mummy's Revenge” or “The Legend of The Curse of the Tomb of the Mummy
Early in 1926, the whole world is talking about Howard Carter's fascinating discoveries in Egypt. Pharaohs, pyramids and Ancient Egypt are all the rage and everyone is keen to know more. Distinguished Old Boy Sir Mortimer Stroller, archaeologist and Egyptologist, has made many enemies both personal and professional in the course of his eventful life. Little does he suspect, when he returns to his old school to present a valuable find from his excavations in the Valley of the Queens, that murder and mayhem will follow. After two narrow escapes, Sir Mortimer is forced to consider who might be trying to harm him. Could it be his embittered assistant Percy Petrie? Could the secrets date back to his time at Queen's College? Miss Mallowen the Matron has reason to remember him. So does the Headmaster. Or does the answer lie closer to home with his not-so-devoted daughter, Lara? Perhaps the valuable artifact that Sir Mortimer is donating to the school tempts someone to stray. Or maybe there is some truth in the legend of curse of the mummy's tomb…
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Murder Party
(NB: this mystery is shorter and more suitable to a party. It can be adapted as a surprise for the party host.)
Jon Doe is holding a big party to celebrate his birthday. Jon is full of ideas for business and artistic ventures. He is a lively, fun-loving man with a wide range of friends from all walks of life. He thinks that the party is a great excuse to get lots of his old friends together for a good evening. And he is excited about the publication date of his newly completed autobiography. But over the years, Jon has made enemies. As the evening draws on, drink flows, tempers flare, old secrets are revealed and the murderer seizes their chance to strike… Could it be old flame Stephanie who wants to keep their passionate affair a secret? What motives drive Jon's old rival Farrington Grantley or his business partner, Sinclair Fitzpayne? Or has jealous Colin St Gregory discovered the indiscreet letters written to Jon by his glamerous young wife Chantelle? Why does Emmeline Waterrow still carry a grudge? And what about the mysterious Robyn?
Murder At The Music Hall
The time: 1901
The place: The Lyceum Music Hall
Sir Crossley Blackwell is a wealthy industrialist from the north of England. A self made man, he speaks as he finds and since the death of his wife (in a tripe related accident), he has developed a passion for music hall matched only by his passion for Miss Dearlove – a music hall singer. Sir Crossley has just purchased the Lyceum Theatre, a run down venue, to be a showcase for his beloved and we join the happy couple as they audition acts for the new venue together with Miss Dearlove’s old friend Henry Topps.
What secret has Miss Dearlove been keeping from Sir Crossley? Why does Sir Crossley’s sister-in-law Prudence keep visiting, along with the lawyer? Which of the auditioning acts will be successful? Miss Polly? The male impersonator? The strong man? And who’s been upsetting the Golighty Sisters, Daisy and Rose?
An invigorating evening of mirthful music, merriment… and murder. And a jolly good sing-song.
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All ideas, characters and plot outlines © N Dawson