It's the 1930s. The great depression is over, the pound is competing with the dollar on the open exchange and there is a rise in business of all shapes and sizes. It is a time of prosperity for the social elite, and tucked away in the leafy depths of the English countryside, the residents of Merkister Hall, Brigadier Balderdash and his wife Lotta, are just two of those who have achieved a very comfortable life.
Keen to share their good fortune with others, the Balderdashes regularly play host for sumptuous dinner parties at their stately home which involve nothing but the best wines, fine cuisine and traditional after dinner entertainment.
This evening was to be no exception. The guests had all arrived as planned and with the food ready to be served in the kitchens the party only lacked one thing, namely the butler Leversham who has been discovered dead, in the Billiard room!
With the butler murdered, the question everyone must answer is: who did it?
ïBrigadier Balderdash - Lord of the Manor. Pompous, with very upright military bearing, Brigadier Balderdash is always seen in a well starched collar and his tweed suit.
ïLotta Balderdash - Wife of Brigadier Balderdash. Tastefully clothed and very reserved, Lotta Balderdash is refined and elegant.
ïBruce Bugatti - Racing car driver Always in a tearing hurry, Bruce Bugatti is very debonair, but also fairly untidy.
ïAnna Glipta - Local Artist Never without her artist's smock, Anna Glipta often has her sketch pad to hand and paintbrushes in her hair.
ïRev. Al Ation - Vicar With a stiff white dog collar and wearing traditional black, Rev. Al Ation is always on duty for his flock.
ïMiss Jane Marbles - Maiden aunt and amateur sleuth. In twin set and pearls, with a tweed suit, there is nothing remotely sinister about this spinster (except that dead bodies seem to turn up in her close proximity!)
ïDoug Oles - Archaeologist. Fresh from his current dig, Doug sports his boots, trowel and being young, huge levels of enthusiasm.
ïNicole De'limelite - Film Star Sophisticated and elegant, Nicole has all the latest fashions.
ïMax Outputt - Industrialist. Dressed formally for dinner in a dinner suit, Max is never parted from his Financial Times.
ïPenny Pusher - The Balderdash's secretary. Plain and unimpressive, Penny is a quiet non-entity and easy on the eyes.