Detective Inspector Barney Bee – The policeman sent to solve the crime
Efficient in his own peculiar way, D.I. Barney Bee has an unusual method of solving crimes – he involves everyone!
Lord Peter Midwynter – Lord of the manor
Almost 70, Lord Midwynter is aristocratic, arrogant and irascible. His manners, speech and dress are formal and he believes in doing things properly. (Lord Midwynter dies in round 1, so with a quick change of clothes, he can also play the Inspector.) .
Lady Penelope Midwynter – Lord Midwynter’s second wife
Twenty years younger than her husband, plump, placid and very pretty, Lady Midwynter is usually both charming and contented. What she lacks in brains, she makes up for in decorative value and is always beautifully dressed, coiffured and perfumed.
Carrie Point – Lord Midwynter’s private secretary
Carrie Point is in her early 30s, brisk, cool, efficient and very reserved. She makes her points effectively and acts decisively. She wears smart, tailored suits and speaks quietly, calmly and clearly.
Les Powers – Lord Midwynter’s second cousin and estate manager
Dressed in slightly shabby tweeds, Les Power is an amiable, blustering buffoon in his 50s who muddles along, doing his best.
Wyn Power – Les’s wife
Overdressed in flashy jewellery and flamboyant, badly-cut clothes, Wyn Powers betrays her lack of class. Pushy, vulgar and overbearing, her voice is nasal and whiny and she continually criticises those around her, especially her husband, Les
Felicio Fortunato – Lord Midwynter’s long-lost grandson
Elegant, handsome and dressed in the latest fashion, Felicio is 25 today and only recently arrived in England. Felicio’s English is impeccable, although spoken with a strong Latin American accent that somehow conveys an air of faint amusement at the quaintness of the local customs.
Justin Law – Solicitor
Elderly, grey-haired, bespectacled, suited and with a permanent stoop, Justin Law is the archetypal family solicitor. Speaking in lengthy sentences and using much legal jargon, he seems only interested in matters of the law and is never seen without a briefcase and a pile of papers.