This comedy parodies every English mystery play ever written, but it has an American flair. Miss Maple, a dowager with a reputation for “clever” weekend parties, invites a group of detective writers to eerie Ravenswood Manor on Turkey Island where they are to impersonate their fictional characters. The hostess has arranged all sorts of amusing incidents: a mysterious voice on the radio, a menacing face at the window, and a mad killer on the loose. Whose body is in the wine cellar? Why do figurines keep toppling from the mantle? Then a real murder takes place. Miss Maple offers an immense reward to the “detective” who can bring the killer to justice. And what an assortment of zany would-be sleuths! When they’re not busy tripping over clues, they trip over each other! Laughs collide with thrills, and the climax is a real seat-grabber as the true killer is unmasked, and almost everyone turns out to be someone else!
By Tim Kelly and performed with permission from Concord Theatricals.