Sunday, May 25, 2008

The Case of the Murdered Musician/Solution

This one was just a little bit harder than the past mysteries, some of you were close - but there were only four correct answers, and the winner of the drawing was Danielle, who gave the answer "How the heck can you play a cello with a long sheath skirt?" Yup, that was it, she was wearing a long sheath skirt, so obviously she was not dressed to play in the concert and Merino was lying. As for the clue about the prize - No, unfortunately it is not a white Buick! Although I have one that I would like to give away! (Imagine DH's surprise when I tell him that it was a prize in one of my whoduknit contests!), and No, I'm not going knit Danielle a white sweater! The clue was in the name of the murderer - Dennis "Merino" (that would be Paton's Classic "Merino" Wool).

Thanks for playing - come back later for a new mystery contest!

The body of Rose Malabrigo lay beside her white Buick in the driveway of her home in Bangor, Maine. She had been murdered at 8 p.m., 15 minutes before she was due at the Bangor Civic Center to perform in a concert beginning at 8:30 p.m.
She had been shot twice. The first bullet had gone through her right thigh, leaving a large bloodstain on her long black sheath skirt. The second, fatal bullet, had gone through her heart, leaving a bloodstain on her white hand knit sweater. Inside the Buick was Miss Malabrigo's cello.
Lt. Hugh Dunnit was called to the scene and took statements from three people.

The neighbor, Mrs. Cashmiro, who found the body, said Rose had decided to attend the concert but not to play, because she had argued with her boyfriend, Dennis Merino, a fellow orchestra member. Rose hadn't practiced her cello or taken it from the car in a week.

Dennis Merino insisted that he and Rose had made up and she had told him she would play in the concert. She said that she would pick him up at 8:10 p.m. so they could drive together to the auditorium. However, she never showed up.

The the conductor of the orchestra said that the women members of the orchestra wore dark skirts and white tops and the men wore white jackets and black trousers. The orchestra members dressed at home. He added that Rose certainly could perform well without any practice, since the concert was a repeat program.

After reading the three statements, Lt. Hugh Dunnit immediately knew that Merino was lying. How?

E-mail your answers to me privately ( by Saturday, May 25. Not only is the clue to the answer in this story, but the clue to the prize in in there too!

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