This is for fun only...no prizes, just for fun and the satisfaction of getting it right.
The rules are that I shall make up a little mystery (not a book, just an occurance) and you (the players) have to figure out the solution.
"Thomas Hardford was not a well-loved man and everybody within his inner-circle knew it. Yet it was still a surprising shock when Thomas's body was found, stabbed in the chest with his ornate letter-opener. The person who found the body was his now widowed wife, Patricia Hardford. Sitting opposite her was Mangraves, the butler of Thomas Hardford. He seemed to lack distress at his master's demise but his formal manner cracked as he watched the grieving widow.
Frank Hardford, the victim's teenage half-son seemed to look bored, leanng back in his chair.
The only other occupant in the room was Fredrica Greenwood, the female secratery of Mr. Hardford. She looked nervous and was glancing at her hands that were neatly folded on her lap.
Only these facts were known:
1. Mr. Hardford's son in law states he was on the telephone to his girlfriend in his bedroom.
2. Mangraves testifies that Mrs. Hardford's wife was reading in the Lounge.
3. Mrs. Hardford states this is true, though she can't at the moment remember what she was reading at the time.
4. Miss Greenwood states plainly she was in the Study where Thomas Hardford was killed about ten minutes before his death.
5. The letter opener in question was last seen on the upper floor.
No Elegia...it was not the girlfriend.
suicicdecandy...good try but wrong solution.
And it was Mrs. Hardford who wanted tea, not Miss Greenwood. Keep the facts straight!
I shall not be giving anymore evidence besides two more facts.
1) It was later known at the trial that everybody in the house had a motive to kill Mr. Hardford.
Mangraves loved the victim's wife.
Frank Hardford disliked his father-in-law and was in financial trouble.
Miss Greenwood had found out she was about to get fired because of her affair with Frank.
Mrs. Hardford knew her husband had been seeing Miss Greenwood in a rather "active" relationship.
2) When questioning Frank about Miss Greenwood's alibi, Frank says he could not say if he saw or heard her come upstairs. The stairs themselves did not creak and Miss Greenwood's own bedroom was on the other side of the upstairs hallway.
Frank is the killer..
he knew that there is a delay on the phone so to create his alibi he punched in the number and go kill thomas quickly and go back to his room to take the call..
he needs money..and his father wont give him any..
Yes Fast is Good! You have got it!
Frank killed his step-father!
Frank (C) hated his step-father. He thought it would be easy to kill him and knew the delay would give himself enough time to slip downstairs, grab the knitting and murder his father before the call got through.
During the course of this solution we must look at what happened: Mr. Hardford entered the Study and took the letter opener with him. Miss Greewood entered the Study whilst Mrs. Hardford made herself comfortable in the Lounge and Frank (C) was upstairs in his room. Mangraves was in the kitchen prior to the incident.
After leaving Mr. Hardford, Miss Greenwood went upstairs to her room, not noticing Frank was watching her leave. Mangraves knocked on the Study door but hearing no answer decided not to disturb his master and went past the Lounge, seeing through the open door Mrs. Hadford knitting.
After that Mangraves went back to the Kitchen.
Meanwhile, after having satisfied himself Miss Greenwood was away, Frank watched from the upstaiers banister as the events played out, after having made the telephone call, knowing there was a 2 to 3 minute delay.
Mrs. Hardford left the Lounge and went into the Study, Frank saw this was an opputunity to frame his mother because he hated her for marrying his step-father.
(to be continued..)
Frank seized his mother's knitting and waited a few seconds nearby the Lounge doorway as his mother came out. Knowing she had tea at this time, Frank was not perturbed as she did what he expected..to look for her lover for "tea".
As Mangraves and Mrs. Hardford were in the Kitchen and Miss Greenwood in her bedroom upstairs, Frank left the Lounge quickly and went into the Study. Without a word as his step-father ignored him, Frank picked up the letter opener with the knitting and stabbed his step-father with ease, the victim never having a chance to cry out.
Stuffing the bloodied knitting behind the chair, Frank left the Study and went back upstairs to talk to his girlfriend with an "air-tight" alibi.
And that is my mini-mystery. Glad people participated and enjoyed themselves.
Simon, the next time you do something like this, I suggest that you leave the competition open for a certain period of time and not point out the answers are wrong. after a certain period of time, when someone gives the right answer, you could say why he is right.. In case of any special situations, you could always PM a person.. Would keep this longer and more interesting.. In this case, I think Frank was the last person out of everyone to picked by somebody...