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Mystery time: Early on Saturday evening

At the sound of the gong

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PlacesInfo requested about The Morning Room
It's a pleasant, double cube room with an easterly aspect. It is furnished in floral prints and there is always a copy of the morning's paper on the table by the fireplace.
Info requested about The Long Gallery
It runs the entire length of the first floor. The windows at the western end need replacing and some of the better paintings have been removed from that end. Scars on the floor show the children have been using it for roller skating practice.
Info requested about The Library
It is another double cube room. Bookshelves only run along one wall. The other walls display maps, prints, and sporting trophies.
The room contains The grandfather clock, The Library table, The writing desk and a selection of other, suitable, furnishings.
The older books cover a wide range of topics. Newer volumes are restricted to a few best selling novels and a collection of westerns.
Info requested about Whodunnit Manor
The manor is a Georgian mansion on an estate that has fallen on hard times. Death duties and other taxes have nibbled away most of the more valuable parts of the estate leaving the woods and coverts and a few hundred acres of indifferent grazing land.
Info requested about The Terrace
The terrace runs the entire length of the southern front of the house. There are a few classically inspired statues dotted about and caryatids support some of the balustrade.
Info requested about The Portico
As is usual with classical porticos in England, the one at Whodunnit Manor serves almost no practical purpose. The wind always drives the rain under it and it provides no useful shelter from the sun.
Info requested about The Red Drawing Room
For some reason it is still called the 'red' drawing room although for as long as anyone can remember it has been decorated in tones of pale blue and lilac. It is not a cosy room but serves as a convenient place to assemble before dinner. After dinner the ladies usually prefer to use the morning room.
Info requested about The Dining Room
It's a handsome room, always warm and welcoming despite the brooding ancestral portraits on the walls. It has a beautiful oak table, which can seat thirty guests at dinner, and it is lit by four silver chandeliers.
The dining table is set for dinner with an impressive array of silver and glassware sparkling in the myriad lights from the chandeliers.
Info requested about The Rose Garden
No rose garden looks good at this time of year but here there is a lingering sense of peacefulness. It is a glorious spot in high summer.



    The guests assembled before dinner. The shooting party swapped stories of the day's sport whilst the others compared percussive headaches.
    Simultaneously came the sound of the dinner gong and a parlourmaid's scream. Those with headaches winced. Everybody followed the screams to the library and crowded through the door.
Pinned beneath the fallen grandfather clock in a pool of congealed blood was a woman. Sir Hercule Marple stepped forward and felt for a pulse in her neck. "She's dead," he said.
Lady Nancy Falco walked to the library table and picked up a hat. "What is my hat doing here?" she asked. "Eww it's got blood on it."
"Who is she?" you asked.
Nobody knew.

You are hungry. You hope this will not delay dinner.
The grandfather clock stopped at ten minutes to two.
Some splinters of wood from the writing desk are lying in the pool of blood. They must have fallen after the blood spread.
There are some numbers written on the wall where they were hidden by the grandfather clock. It looks like w64°54' 40'' n32°17'30''
The first volume of The Encyclopedia is missing from the shelf.
New messages:
From: Didius Drew
To: Everyone
Sent: move 1
"I bagged eight pheasants."
From: Stephanie Queen
To: Everyone
Sent: move 1
"A ladies bicycle has been thrown into the pool by the bridge. It looks new. It might be worth sending a gardener to fish it out."
From:Lady Nancy Falco
To: Stephanie Queen, Kate Alleyn, Miss V I Wimsey
Sent: move 1
"Someone has pinched my hat. Have you still got yours?"
From:Ellery Plum
To: Everyone
Sent: move 2
"The lock on the writing desk has been shot out with a solid bullet, not pellets like we've been using."


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