The Silver Songbird

It is February 1939 and Lord and Lady Vereinsthaler have invited a select group of guests to join them on the inaugural flight of their new aeroplane Songbird, to Boston USA where Lady Vereinsthaler and colleagues will be singing The Mikado at the Colonial Theatre. The trip was uneventful until the plane reached Gander, where the hydraulic systems failed. Heavy snow began to fall, making repairs impossible, and they are stranded.

Fortunately, the chef had brought plenty of supplies and was able to serve a delicious lunch. Shortly after lunch, however, terrible screams were heard from Lord Vereinsthaler’s private study on board. They all rushed there to find Lord Vereinsthaler had been murdered.

The suspects are:

Heidi, Lady Vereinsthaler is a soprano who married Lord Vereinsthaler three years ago. Since then, he has used his fortune to secure ever better roles for her. She will be singing the part of Yum Yum in the Mikado.

Lottie Silver is Lord Vereinsthaler’s elder sister. She has never married, but enjoys a glamorous high society life thanks to the profits of the family business.

Nora Darrow is Lord Vereinsthaler’s private pilot. She is passionate about flying and lives for nothing else.

Dr. Grant Payne-Pill is Lord Vereinsthaler’s private physician. He used to be a doctor in the RAF, but left to take up the more lucrative job with Lord Vereinsthaler.

Al K. Mist is the senior research chemist working for Lord Vereinsthaler, who has recently developed a greatly improved method for making petrol out of coal.

Topsy Worthington is an older soprano, who used to be the star until Heidi came along. She will be singing the part of Katisha, although she would far prefer to be Yum Yum.

Barry Tone rose to fame as Choirboy of the Year ten years ago. He will be taking the part of Nanki Poo.

Peter Parsnip is a well-known comedian, famous for his stand-up routine. He is also a talented singer, and will be taking the part of Koko, the Lord High Executioner, in the Mikado. It is his singing début.