The Facts
  • Mr. White is downstairs in the parlor drinking a glass of port. 
  • The glass of port has been poisoned. 
  • Empress Ebony is out strolling in the garden with Miss Peach. 
  • Prince Maroon is out in the barn tripping the light fantastic with Miss Scarlet. 
  • Countess Emerald is in the attic, pacing around and fuming about Maroon’s cheating. 
  • Madam Rose is hiding in the bushes and spying on Maroon and Scarlet, looking for gossip that she can reveal as “psychic visions.” 
  • Burt Sienna is reading in his room. 
  • Mr. Green is sneaking around stealing jewels from the guests. 
  • Miss Shell is in her closet telegraphing headquarters for instructions. 
  • Professor Plum is playing cards in the lounge with the butler. 
  • Colonel Mustard and Mrs. White are in bed together.  Mustard is passed out drunk. 
  • Mr. White drinks the port and dies horribly.  However, he is paralyzed by the poison, so he dies sitting up.
  • Mr. Green is almost caught ripping people off when he sees White and Mustard in bed.  He sneaks down the stairs and hides his loot in the bushes, waiting for later pickup.  Unfortunately, he forgets Colonel Mustard’s silver candlestick (leaving it on the hall table).  He heads for the lounge via the library, so he never sees White in the parlor. 
  • Prince Maroon sneaks out of the barn and comes in through the front door.  He sees White in the wing chair and thinks he’s Mustard.  He clubs him over the head with the candlestick, then realizes he has the wrong guy.  Furious, he wipes and replaces the candlestick, then runs out through the dining room.  He now thinks he’s the murderer.
  • Miss Scarlet meets him coming in through the back, and they return to the barn to get their story straight.  She now thinks she’s an accomplice.
  • Countess Emerald sees Maroon leaving Miss Scarlet and loses her temper.  She runs downstairs (missing seeing Maroon leave) and thinks the man in the chair is Maroon.  She clubs him over the head with the candlestick, but is immediately filled with remorse.  She runs back up to her room still holding the candlestick.  She now thinks she’s the murderer.
  • The maid discovers the body and summons everyone to come running.  Ebony, who hired the maid to kill White, now believes she’s an accomplice to the murder.
  • Miss Peacock, who knows she’s the murder, is confused as hell.  She wants to know who clubbed White over the head, and why.
  • Miss Peach doesn’t know anything about the murderer but has her suspicions due to her history with Mrs. White and her dead client.

The plot thickens

  • Professor Plum performs the autopsy and realizes that the death was a poisoning.  However, since it was cactus juice that did the deed, he suspects the American Westerner, Burt Sienna.
  • Burt Sienna has no idea that he’s a suspect.  His problem is that Miss Shell is claiming to have been with him during the murder.  She wasn’t, and he doesn’t know where she was.  However, he doesn’t want to blow her cover, so he’s playing along.
  • Mr. Green discovers that the jewels have been stolen.  He has resisted a timely escape because he needs to know what happened to them; they were a very big score.
As the party begins
  • Mrs. White has been instructed to evade questions about her alibi.  She needs to talk to Mustard to get their story straight, but she can’t be public about it for fear of revealing their affair.   She doesn’t know – but will probably find out early on – that Mustard was out cold at the time.  This could create some interesting options: what if she lets him think he’s the murderer?
  • Colonel Mustard really wants to know what the hell happened.  He woke up to the maid’s screams and then found that his lover’s husband was dead and his candlestick – a blunt object capable of being the murder weapon – was missing.  He’s totally in the dark: what if he did it?  What if she did?  His priority is to talk to her right away. 
  • Prince Maroon is playing it safe.  He had no reason to kill Mr. White, and he believes no one knows about his relationship to Colonel Mustard.  He thinks he’s best off sticking close to Countess Emerald.  What he doesn’t know would fill a book: (a) Emerald knows he’s a cheat; (b) she tried to kill him; (c) Madam Rose saw him with Scarlet; (d) Burt Sienna has suspicions about his background; (e) the Inspector found a disinheritance decree – stating who Maroon’s father was -- stashed in his oil lamp; (f) he killed a man who was already dead.  Plus Miss Scarlet won’t be taking kindly to his cozying up to Emerald.  He is going to have a bad night.
  • Countess Emerald is in the same spot as Prince Maroon.  She has to play the demure fiancee to Prince Maroon in order to avoid looking suspicious.  She’s also good friends with Miss Peacock, so she’s been told to go to her and ask her to provide an alibi (she was hiding the candlestick in the floorboards of the bedroom when the body was found).  This will be the point when the Countess discovers she isn’t really the murderer – Peacock is -- though neither of the two women will have any idea that Maroon also bashed the guy over the head.
  • Miss Scarlet is livid.  Here she’s covering up for Maroon and he’s snuggling with Countess Emerald.  She should be goaded into luring him away a lot.  Need to assign a servant to this.
  • Professor Plum will be asked to perform a public autopsy/display of Mr. White’s bludgeoned brain and green-jelled heart.  One of us needs to take him aside and give him his instructions.  This is his big moment, because his character is otherwise kind of bland, and he’s been told to keep his mouth shut.  It would be good if the Inspector took this character under his wing, asked his opinion, etc. etc.
  • Miss Peach is in a bind.  She can’t reveal her history with Miss White without giving away her own misdeeds.  Consequently, she’s trying to find out more about the autopsy from Professor Plum.  Her bad luck: he’s been told to be suspicious of people who ask too many questions.
  • Empress Ebony has been instructed to pull aside the maid and find out why she botched the murder.  The maid will admit that she didn’t do it, which will add to the mystery.
  • Miss Shell will be doing two things: getting her story straight with Burt Sienna and trying not to let Mr. Green off the hook.  This should keep her busy.
  • Burt Sienna will also be trying to get his story straight.  When he’s accused of the murder, he won’t know what to do: is it better to admit that his alibi is a fake, or to stick with it because it’s better than nothing (which is what he has otherwise)?  Need a servant to follow up.
  • Mr. Green will be trying to figure out where his stolen goods are.  We need a servant to follow up on this storyline – tell him that the Inspector has found them, and that he might get clemency for the thefts if he’s willing to tell what he saw as he was collecting the money.  N.B. that he thinks Miss Shell is just a vapid dance hall girl, so he’ll be trying to ditch her.
  • Madam Rose has bribed the cook to say that she was in her room copying recipies during the murder (she doesn’t want to waste a good “vision” like Maroon and Scarlet on the truth).  She will be delivering “psychic flashes” throughout the evening – and will be getting them from us.  She’’ll get a master list of what she’s to reveal and in what order; that way, we can feed it to her, report back to the Inspector, and then he can demand the dirt.
  • Miss Peacock will be in communication with Countess Emerald, since they’ve both been told to be the other’s alibi.  It might be good if one of the servants blackmails her with the discovery of her diary, which are clearly the ravings of a lunatic.  Since she’s the real murderer, the storyline stays clear of her until the end – which will make her evening boring if we aren’t careful.
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