A Tribute to Murder
The much-anticipated 60th birthday party of wealthy UK financier, Gerry Hatrick, had long been marked on the calendars of everyone who is anyone in highest society.
Picture the scene, if you will – Millers Country Club Hotel; The Grand Ballroom; Gerry looking like he is auditioning for the next James Bond movie; tables lavishly set for 200 guests and, brace yourself - the highlight of the evening - breaking off from their much publicised American tour, an appearance and performance from the infamous blues/rock band – Akie Joynt!
Now forget that particular scene, if you will – on the eve of the great event; on a night out with the boys from the band, Gerry breaks his ankle whilst dancing a most unusual interpretation of ‘oops upside you head’, and was very lucky not to have had to have his jaw wired too. The fact that Gerry would now be on crutches for his party was upsetting enough, but the following morning, back at Millers, lead singer – Ivor Keychange is found dead, face down in the Chrysanthemum bed in front of the main entrance.
Picture now this new scene, if you will – Gerry with his foot in plaster; Millers closed – a scene of ‘suspicious death’ investigations and a band with a dead lead singer.
With only hours to go before the party, Gerry’s glamorous wife, Ida, and her best friend, Maggie, scour the county for an alternative venue and entertainment. Salvation comes just in time when Bet Wynch, local landlady of The Pheasant Plucker, offers up the backroom of her pub along with her brother’s Rod Stewart tribute act.
Poor Gerry, not quite the evening he had anticipated – but hey, as they say: ‘The Way It Goes … Sometimes’
(The birthday boy)
(Akie Joynt’s agent)
(Landlady of The Pheasant Plucker)
Trevor ‘Tryline’ Podcaster
(Gerry’s best friend and sport broadcaster)
Frank Lee Tonedeaf
(Akie Joynt’s harmonica player)
Rob Stu Hart
(Rod Stewart tribute artiste and brother of Bet)
(Ida Hatrick’s best friend)