Monday, October 20, 2008

Monday Mystery Theater

The Case:

After one of her dinner parties, widowed Washington hostess Marcella Stoat dies, seemingly from an Egyptian mummy’s curse. Before her son Ernest can be arrested for her murder, HE dies.

The Mystery:

How did Marcella and Ernest die?

The Clues:

1. Marcella was a heavy drinker with sloppy habits.
2. Ernest was an archaeologist.

The Answer:

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


ladystorm said...

Wow, nobody seems to want to try this one..I am totally stumped. Never was very good at figuring out a mystery but I have fun

I think Marcella dropped dead from alcohol poisoning and Earnest was at a dig site when he fell into one of his own dig sites and landed on something that killed :)

Well it sounded good at the time..hehehe.

Elizabeth Ludwig said...

(laughing) I agree, Ladystorm. I may have finally stumped the sleuths on this loop!


Perhaps I'll post another clue, just to egg them on! Check back tomorrow...

Ausjenny said...

im thinking the marcella was drinking and spilled it on her scarf and it somehow strangled her. possibly by her falling face down and then breathing the acohol coverd scarf. the son may have also soaked the scarf in something deadly so when she breathed it she inhailed and died.
her son well maybe he picked something up from his digs he got an infection which killed him.

Elizabeth Ludwig said...

Okay, slueths...ready for one more clue? Here it is:

Ernest was earnest about appearances.

MLB said...

Earnest had recovered some type of bacterial, fungal, etc. agent from one of his archaeologist digs that was fatal if touched. He put some on a liquor cabinet door. So that his mother would go have a drink and die. He would be away and have an alibi. The police suspected some type of toxin but had cleared the crime scene for Ernest to return. Since he couldn't stand the sloppy appearance of his mother's house, he accidently touched some of the substance on an item thrown on the floor that his mother had touched before dying.

Elizabeth Ludwig said...

And here I was all ready to post the answer and declare MYSELF the winner for stumping you all this week!!

Congratulations, mlb! You correctly solved last week's mystery. Please email me at elizabeth at elizabethludwig dot com to claim your prize.