The Ice Axe on the Hill Top by Mr Peacock?

At breakfast this morning, Mr Peacock, Colonel Mustard, and Miss Scarlet found the grizzled remains of the savaged Christmas cake on the kitchen floor. This was obviously not going to be an open and shut case…

Suspicion first fell on Reverend Green (aka Ian Grimshaw) until Miss Scarlet pointed out that he was away with the penguins. Mr Peacock had a hunch it could have been Mrs White (aka Anna Blackburn) although it was quickly pointed out that she was preoccupied fattening the aforementioned Rev. Green’s chickens ready for feasting! Professor Plumb (aka Paul Hallos) was next to face scrutiny, but the rumour was that he wouldn’t have left even a crumb of such a scrumptious cake. Therefore the suspects had been whittled down to Mr Peacock, Colonel Mustard, and Miss Scarlet…

Some blue sky thinking was required to solve the case; the Helvellyn horseshoe was suggested (although blue sky was in extremely short supply). The intrepid sleuths bravely fought the elements overcoming a landslide on the Kirkstone Pass, fog, snow, ice, strong winds (not of the brussels variety), vertiginous precipices, and tourists! At the summit shelter they found another clue; more cake … in Mr Peacock’s rucksack! Once back home two & two were quickly added, when Colonel Mustard and Miss Scarlet realised that RW (aka Mr Peacock, aka “the human dustbin”) had stayed the previous evening. True to all the best detective shows Mr Peacock confessed all and volunteered to make amends by buying a round to kick off the New Year celebrations…

Murder on the SS Titanium

My sister booked a cottage in North Wales for us all to have one big family holiday. Well, I say cottage, but it’s more like a mansion. It’s an amazing house just south of Blaenau Ffestiniog.

The Mansion
The View from "The Mansion"

We just had to take advantage of the beautiful surrounding and host a murder mystery dinner party…

The setting was the SS Titanium.

The SS Titanium has launched from New York on its maiden voyage and the specially invited passengers prepare to celebrate. But, before the first cork can be popped, disaster strikes. Captain E Slost is found overboard, floating on an iceberg with a bullet in his chest!

OK, nothing to do with North Wales, or mountains, but the house was a perfect setting for a dinner party.

The guests included:

  • PRINCE TON-AKADAMEE – Rich Arab (educated and wealthy his investments are stealthy)
  • WILLETT FLY – Plane designer (he can’t keep anything up for 30 seconds!)
  • EMILY AIRHEAD – Adventurer (she’s flying planes and hanging from trains!)
  • HAGATHA TWISTY – Mystery writer (only a criminal could plot this well!)
  • FARLEY HATPIN – Silent film director (…!)
  • DR HEINRICH MANOEUVRE – Austrian doctor (if you start to choke, he’s one handy bloke!)
  • IZZY GONYETT – Wealthy widow (the weaker the pulse the more she’ll convulse!)
  • FANNY SHAKER – Showgirl (she’ll shake her thing for a small shot of gin!)

Everyone took their parts very seriously, and came appropriately dressed in character. It was a great night, and lots of wine was drunk. I won’t give away who the murderer was, but as usual, we all had motives!

Izzy Gonyett (Caroline) and Dr Heinrich Manoeuvre (Malcolm)

Farley Hatpin (Andy) and Fanny Shaker (Angela)

Prince Ton-Akadamee (Nick) and Hagatha Twisty (Saskia)

Emily Airhead (Laetitia) and Willett Fly (Pete)

and with extras ... Sailey Rope (Maddie) and Stan Leigh Waters (Laurence)

Minor Caput Capitis Oryctolagus Cuniculus

The lesser headed rabbit (or my poor attempt at Latin)

Joy of joys. Whilst writing some letters, I was disturbed by one of my adorable feline pets with a few meows.

On the landing was a (headless) dead rabbit. I thought I’d share with you one of the joys of owning cats.

By the way Pete, I presume rabbits are not on the endangered species list (yet)?

A First Class Murder

The suspects!

Flossie Carrington had it all – she was young and beautiful, she was the heiress to an American steel empire, and she was married to a handsome ex-Guards officer. But recently, the nation was shocked by the discovery of her body, stuffed under the seat of a first-class compartment on the Plymouth Express. She had been stabbed to death and her fabulously expensive jewels were stolen.

The suspects (L to R) – Count de la Rochefour (Ian), Marie de Mignon (Anna), Rupert Carrington (Dave), Ebenezer Halliday (Pete), Lady Swansea (Fiona), Jane Mason (Laetitia), Alec Simpson (Andy), & Jessica Lyle (Sabiene) – have been summoned to reveal what really happened!

Death by Chocolate, Easter 1900

‘Chocolat’ Bertrand (Paul), Marchioness Duchamp (Laetitia), Dr Sigmund Fraud (Pete), Mike Bison (Ian), Dr Doris Johnson (Anna), and Dame Barbara Carthorse (Steph) were all suspects on the 15th of April 1900, Easter Sunday (okay, so we are just a bit late!) when an explosion killed Billy Bonka. The question is, who did it?

Murder Mystery Game