Monday, September 22, 2008

Monday Mystery Theater

The Case:

Aging millionaire Elmore Channing III hobbles out to the front lawn of his elegant mansion. Dolly, his beautiful young mistress, is walking toward her car. “Please come back, Dolly,” the sick old man pleads, “I’ll do anything. I’ll even marry you!”

Dolly stops and turns toward Elmore. “Well, it’s about time!” she says as she follows him back to the mansion. “I want to get married soon!”

That night the millionaire dies in his library. Days later, Dolly is found in a distant motel with $50,000 hidden in a sack. She is arrested for murder.

The Mystery:

How and why did Dolly kill the rich old codger?

The Clues:

1. The millionaire’s library was a “safe” place.
2. Dolly wanted to give back a little to gain a lot.

The Answer:

Think you know the answer? Fill in the comment box to submit your guess. Winner receives a free Heartsong Presents Mystery!


Kara S. said...

Hmmm...Dolly slowly poisoned him over time. She hoped her care (giving a little) during his "illness" would prompt him to marry her sooner and she'd inherit his fortune (gaining a lot). Unfortunately, he died the night of the proposal.

Jendi said...

She gave back some jewelry he gave her because she would wear an engagment ring instead. Followed him, killed him, and took his stashed cash.

Jendi said...

Forgot to say how...maybe she used a heavy vase...

Elizabeth Ludwig said...

Oops...sorry Jendi and Kara, you're close, but not quite there. Look closely at Dolly's possesions at the time she is arrested.

Jendi said...

I'm assuming she has her keys and some sort of luggage with clothes.

Not sure how she would kill him with keys...

Did she have her own pillow and suffocate him?

Is that the sack the money was in?

Elizabeth Ludwig said...

Sorry sleuths! No one correctly solved this week's mystery.

Dolly had stolen $50,000 from Elmore, then secretly tried to return it after Elmore promised to marry her. Ironically, Elmore caught Dolly putting back the cash and threatened to have her arrested, so she killed him with the fireplace poker!

Better luck next week...