Downturn Shabby, the ancestral home of the Earl and Countess of Grandham is hosting a shooting party, but when the Earl is found dead in the library suspicion falls not on the blood-thirsty men who are grouse-shooting, but the gossiping, tea-drinking ladies who have gathered for the evening’s dinner party.
The question on everyone’s lips is who hand bagged the Earl and why?
Countess Flora Rawley – Lady of the manor
Flora is cool, calm and very sophisticated. With her beaded headband and long velvet jacket, she just oozes sophistication.
Lady Martha Rawley – Daughter of the Earl of Grandham
Languid and beautiful, Lady Martha wears jet beads, long black gloves and an evening gown.
Lady Ethel Rawley – Daughter of the Earl
Extremely elegant in her empire-line dress, string of pearls and white silk gloves, Ethel’s dressed to impress but no one notices or cares.
Mrs Pratmore – Cook
With her rolling pin stuffed in her apron, a mob cap to hide her unruly hair and her finger bandaged and bloody, she’s the last person you’d want to cook your dinner!
Maisy – Cook’s assistant
Pale and pasty, like her pastry. With her sleeves rolled up and her pinny at the ready, Maisy’s usually moaning about something.
Miss O’Ryan – Former lady’s maid
Wearing a severe black dress, traveling bonnet and cape and with her hair in a bun, Miss O’Ryan looks to be a formidable lady.
Lady Carnavit – Countess
In a pith helmet, khaki shorts, shirt and sand boots, Lady Carnavit has just returned from an archaeological expedition in Egypt.
Mrs Snooze – Housekeeper
In her long black skirt, blouse and jacket and with a bunch of keys around her waist, Mrs Snooze yawns her way through the corridors of Downturn.
Virginia Woof – Writer
Wearing a floaty dress, beads and with a poetry book in her hand, Virginia is always looking for life’s similes and metaphors.
Joanna Carsteers – Yachtswoman
Tattooed, cheroot-chewing, trouser-wearing yachty who carries her doll, Lord Doddery Waddle, everywhere she goes.
May Pickup – Silent movie star
With her fur stole, pearls and red lipstick, May epitomizes Hollywood glamour.
Lady Astra – The first female Member of Parliament
Wearing a long silk dress, a police helmet and carrying her whistle and truncheon, this American aristocrat fears vice lurks in every corner of society.