Lo and behold, just this morning Leversham received notification from the Armed Services and discovered that the man he had supported loyally and faithfully all these years was the very man responsible for his brother’s death. It must have been a shocking revelation! So shocking, in fact, that he called off his engagement immediately.
Now, what would make a man put his affairs in order like this? Only a man who realised that his death was imminent. Leversham knew that this evening would end in only one of two ways. Either he would kill his once-trusted employer and be hanged as a murderer, or he himself would be killed in his attempt to avenge his brother.
I think it’s safe to assume that the commotion heard in the billiard room just before his death was a fight to the death between Leversham and the Brigadier. Fortunately, the Brigadier still retained enough of his strength to fend off this frenzied attack and in so doing, found himself provoked into killing his once-trusted butler. No wonder he let out a cry of anguish!
And so, Brigadier Balderdash, I’m afraid I’m going to have to take you into custody, although the chances are that your trial will rule the killing as self-defence. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is case closed.
Brigadier, if you would come with me…?
Brigadier Balderdash – Lord of the Manor.
Pompous, with very upright military bearing, Brigadier Balderdash is always seen in a well starched collar and his tweed suit.
Lotta Balderdash – Wife of Brigadier Balderdash.
Tastefully clothed and very reserved, Lotta Balderdash is refined and elegant.
Bruce Bugatti – Racing car driver
Always in a tearing hurry, Bruce Bugatti is very debonair, but also fairly untidy.
Anna Glipta – Local Artist
Never without her artist’s smock, Anna Glipta often has her sketch pad to hand and paintbrushes in her hair.
Rev. Al Ation – Vicar
With a stiff white dog collar and wearing traditional black, Rev. Al Ation is always on duty for his flock.
Miss Jane Marbles – Maiden aunt and amateur sleuth.
In twin set and pearls, with a tweed suit, there is nothing remotely sinister about this spinster (except that dead bodies seem to turn up in her close proximity!)
Doug Oles – Archaeologist.
Fresh from his current dig, Doug sports his boots, trowel and being young, huge levels of enthusiasm.
Nicole De’Limelite – Film Star
Sophisticated and elegant, Nicole has all the latest fashions.
Max Outputt – Industrialist.
Dressed formally for dinner in a dinner suit, Max is never parted from his Financial Times.
Penny Pusher – The Balderdash’s secretary.
Plain and unimpressive, Penny is a quiet non-entity and easy on the eyes.
Gerry Atrics – Local doctor.
Never without his doctor’s bag, Gerry Atrics has a calm bedside manner and often wears a suit.
Iona Caine – Schoolteacher.
Strict and with glasses that are more regularly looked over than through, Iona has a modest dress code but is really quite stunning.
Amelia Fairhart – Female Aviator
Lively and flamboyant, Amelia is more than a match for any man at the party, though she has a soft spot for any man who can wield a wrench.
Sigmund Froid – The Cold Austrian psychoanalyst.
With clipped beard, glasses, cigar and smart suit, Sigmund exudes a wonderfully calm bedside manner, even if he is obsessed by your dreams and sex life.