Friday, 12th June, 2026 - Hampshire, England
Tonight, Mr. John Thomas Boddy had inherited his ancestral country home Tudor Close, and the Black family fortune for his thirtieth birthday. In celebration of this event, Mr. Boddy had invited his closest friends to his home for a weekend party. But one of his guests caused quite a stir, his estranged cousin, Miss Heather Black.
Heather Black was the daughter of Dr. Hugh Black & Mrs. Rose Black. She was the original heiress of the Black estate. Her father had spoiled her rotten, giving her as many gifts she could have wanted, much to the disapproval of her mother. That was until her cousins John and Rose Boddy moved in. After the mysterious deaths of his parents, Dr. Black and Mrs. Black had taken both him and his sister Dorothy to live with them. All the attention she was once bestowed upon was given to her cousins. Heather had grown jealous of John and Rose, and began to bully them.
In 2014, Dr. Black had died at the age of fifty. During the reading of Dr. Black’s Last Will & Testament, it came to the shock of everyone when the lawyer declared the Black’s nephew John Boddy would inherit everything, and only left his daughter with a small allowance. After a nearly-violent altercation with Rose, Boddy evicted Heather from Tudor Close. After her eviction, Heather took whatever money she inherited and moved to Spain.
Many years past, with Heather and John cutting all contact from each other. But months before Mr. Boddy’s 30th birthday, he invited her back to Tudor Close for his birthday, for unknown reasons. She accepted the invite.
During the party, most, if not all, of the guests had shown an intense, closeted, hatred for Miss Black for all different reasons. They all thought that the weekend would be ruined by her presence. But all that would change when Mr. Boddy had found his cousin Heather dead on the grand stairway of the Grand Foyer. She’s been murdered.
Who killed Miss Heather Black?
Miss Josephine Scarlett - A young and beautiful actress. The only child of Mrs. Elizabeth Peacock. The rumored love child of Dr. Black and Mrs. Peacock.
Colonel Michael Mustard - Retired officer of the Special Air Service and old friend of Dr. Hugh Black.
Mrs. Blanche White - A French chef and wife of John Boddy. Dislikes any rude guests.
Mr. Giavonni Green - Italian-American millionaire playboy and long-time friend of John Boddy. His father’s side of the family had connections to the Italian Mob.
Mrs. Elizabeth Peacock - Widow socialite and Ornithologist. Mother of Josephine Scarlett.
Professor Peter Plum - Polymath. An archeologist and teacher at Oxford University. Dr. Black had funded many of his expeditions and experiments.
Dr. Madeline Orchid - The adopted daughter of John Boddy. Has several Ph.D.s in biology and chemistry.
Miss Georgia Emily Peach - The adopted daughter of John Boddy. A southern belle born in New Orleans and heiress to a large fortune. She loves parties and boys.
Rose Marie Boddy (a.k.a. Madame Rose) - Crime novelist and Boddy’s young sister.
Lady Su Sian Lavender - A widowed herbalist and raising socialite. Dating Prof. Plum.
Lord Alfred Gray - Landscape Architect. Does several jobs for Mr. Boddy. Charming, but a bit tempermal.
Mary Peony - A spiritualist hired by Mr. Boddy to entertain so of his guests.
Sir Caspian Ocean - A criminal attorney and old friend of Mr. Miles Meadow-Brook, the late family lawyer of the Black Family.
Sir Alexander Shamrock - A world traveler. Was involved with an “incident” at Heather's 17th birthday party.
Mr. Sheldon Heath - A post-grad student from Switzerland and friend of Madeline Orchid.
Governess Martha Mauve: Former governess of Rose Boddy.
Judge Juliet Bronze: The fiancée of Sir Ocean.
Dame Agatha Misty - A famous crime novelist and friend of Rose Boddy.
Mr. Carlos Naranjo - Famous football (soccer) player and Heather’s Ex-Boyfriend. Might be using sport-improving drugs.
Candlestick: Victorian. Sterling Silver. Solid and very blunt.
Dagger: A British Naval Dagger. 8” blade. Recently cleaned.
Revolver: Smith & Wesson Masterpiece Model 17 Revolver. Once belonged to John Boddy’s father, Samuel Boddy, an investigative reporter from Boston. Recently fired.
Rope: Made of Indian jute. 16ft long. Kept in the Gardener’s shed usually.
Pipe: Made of steel. ½ in. diameter, elbow attached. Purchased from the hardware store due to plumbing issues.
Wrench: 12”. Adjustable Stillson pipe wrench. Domestic use only.
Poison: Made of several poisonous plants. Nearly undetectable. An experiment by Dr. Orchid.
Derringer: Once belonging to Brooklyn Black, the mother of John and Rose Boddy. Rose now owns it.
Crystal Ball: Miss Peony used this during her “performance” in the Parlor.
Croquet Mallet: During Tea Time, most of the guests played a game of Croquet in the Croquet Yard. During her teenage years, Miss Black was champion at Croquet.
T.V. Aerial: A broken TV aerial. Found in the Attic.
Curtain Cord: This was one of the cords in the Billiard Room.
Violin Bow: From one of the Violins in the Music Room.
Fountain Pen: Mr. Boddy had purchased this item while visiting London.
Briefcase: Mr. Boddy had important documents that he kept in there. It’s dented.
Knitting Needle: Mrs. Peacock was knitting before the party began.
Skipping Rope: An old skipping rope that young Rose used to play with as a child.
Wine Bottle: A bottle of wine made from the wine cellar. Miss Black had it with her the entire party.
Ankh: One of the many artifacts founded by Lady Emily Black.
Hall: The great hall of Tudor Close is filled with portraits of past members of the Black family.
Lounge: The Victorian style lounge of Tudor Close provides great comfort to those who rest here. Formally a reception hall. Pre-Dinner drinks were served here.
Dining Room: Dinner was served around 9:00 p.m. Most of Mr. Boddy’s valuable guests dined here, while the other guests dined in the ballroom.
Kitchen: The Victorian style kitchen was bustling with the houses’ cooks through the evening. Most of the kitchen staff left duty at 11:00 p.m.
Ballroom: The elegant 18th century French style ballroom of Tudor Close was once an enclosed loggia until Sir Nigel Black, the sixth Earl of Tudor Close, transformed it to a ballroom after a visit to Salon dOré et Blanc at the Louvre.
Conservatory: Many of the guests came to the conservatory to view many of the exotic plants.
Billiard Room: Before and after dinner, most of the guests played a few rounds of cards and billiard games.
Library: Many of the books were collected by Lord George Black, the 2nd Earl of Tudor Close, after going on a Grand World Tour in the 1870s.
Study: The private study of Tudor Close’s master has a faint smell of a ladies’ fragrance. Odd for a gentleman’s study.
Wine Cellar - Most of the wine kept here are from the vineyards the Black Family owns in the Bordeaux region of Southern France.
Parlor: During the party, Miss Peony held her readings in here.
Power Room: A small room to refresh oneself.
Turkish Bathhouse: Modeled after a real bathhouse Lord George visited the Middle East.
Broom Closet: Where most of the cleaning products are kept.
Koi Pond: Designed by Lord Gray for the Japanese Garden.
Music Room: Filled with instruments collected from across the world.
Egyptian Room: Many of the artifacts in this room were collected by Lady Emily Black (The wife of Lord Edward Black, the 5th Earl of Tudor Close), an Egyptologist.
Loft: A spare room above the carriage house, Miss Black was staying in here.
Croquet Yard: After tea time, most of the guests play a round of croquet. During her teen years, Miss Black was a champion croquet player.
The Players (In order of play. Each has characters to play as.)
Rose Boddy, aka Madame Rose
From one of Peackfreak’s game:
(We’ll have a 24 hour instead)An introductory story is created, introducing the characters, rooms, and weapons, and then we role-play by writing a short paragraph or so during each of our turns where our character makes a suggestion.
Then we go around in order to see if other players can disprove - all while role-playing. Once the suggestion is disproved, it is the next player's turn to suggest. When disproving, you will PM a card to the person who made the suggestion.
A 48-hour window would be allotted between turns or the turn is forfeited. But hopefully players will keep the game moving more quickly than that.
The winner is the first person to make an accusation. Accusations can be made after a suggestion if either the suggestion receives no disproval or the player announces his potential intention to accuse during his suggestion. This way the game play can continue as soon as the suggestion is disproved without waiting for the suggestor to announce his turn is over - again unless he/she announced his intentions beforehand.
I’ll PM your cards shortly after I write a short short about Mr. Boddy, who is not the victim this time!