Character. Assassination.

murder 1Last night was one of our famous semi-annual murder mysteries here in the bookstore. We use them to blow off steam and laugh at the events of the past six months. (They are less about whodunnit than letsfunit.)

So we asked the Provost of one of the two local colleges if he wanted to be murdered. His enigmatic reply–“Yes please”–set off a chain reaction of academics demanding to take part.  As it happened, our new chancellor had just arrived–one day ahead of our first campus emergency involving an alleged gunman (turned out to be a student hoax); we figured she might have some steam to blow off, so asked, somewhat shyly, if she wanted to participate.

The Chancellor (in cap) flanked by her VC for Finance Sum Doing, and the detective who will be her undoing (played by her real-life daughter Margaret)

The Chancellor (in cap) flanked by her VC for Finance Sum Doing, and the detective who will be her undoing (played by her real-life daughter Margaret)

Heck yeah, came the response. Can I be the murderer?

We had fun, killing off the senior management at “Harvard in the Valley,” and since the Science Department Head, an IT member, and the Director of PR played themselves, the inside jokes were phenomenal. And must remain anonymously so. What’s said inside the bookstore stays inside the bookstore.

But y’all can enjoy the photos. Next murder will be this November. Sign up now. People are dying for the parts.

The about-to-be-late Provost Hugh Sanders (played by real-life Provost Sandy Huguenin) arrives at a meeting he's not supposed to know about--all teeth and smiles.

The about-to-be-late Provost Hugh Sanders (played by real-life Provost Sandy Huguenin) arrives at a meeting he’s not supposed to know about–all teeth and smiles.

The Portrait Scandal of the Century: Arts Department Head gets worst student to paint bad official portrait of new chancellor - and results go viral despite PR director's best bribery!

The Portrait Scandal of the Century: Arts Department Head gets worst student to paint bad official portrait of new chancellor – and results go viral despite PR director’s best bribery!

The Science Department Chair is not amused

The Science Department Chair is not amused

The chancellor and her PR person arrive unexpectedly from a fundraising canoe trip--and the whirling blades conjoin with the bovine excrement

The chancellor and her PR person arrive unexpectedly from a fundraising canoe trip–and the whirling blades conjoin with the bovine excrement

The Arts Department Chair, confronted by Girl Detective Margaret Bach, admits she "loaned" VC for Finance Sum Doing a few pennies here and there. In the forefront, Eng 1 (one of two contestants for the throne of Language and Lit head) looks on.

The Arts Department Chair, confronted by Girl Detective Margaret Bach, admits she “loaned” VC for Finance Sum Doing a few pennies here and there. In the forefront, Eng 1 (one of two contestants for the throne of Language and Lit head) looks on.

Justbe Still, PR director, counts scandals and plans damage control

Justbe Still, PR director, counts scandals and plans damage control

Eng 1 seeks aid from the Chancellor - lots of aid

Eng 1 seeks aid from the Chancellor – lots of aid

Hands up, everyone who's had an affair with the Provost!

Hands up, everyone who’s had an affair with the Provost!

The guy playing the Provost (the Provost) didn't know about that little affair subplot...

The guy playing the Provost (the Provost) didn’t know about that little affair subplot…

Margaret tries to match blackmail note with sender using perfume scent. Why does the Science Teacher smell like formaldehyde?

Margaret tries to match blackmail note with sender using perfume scent. Why does the Science Teacher smell like formaldehyde?

Shelter in Place

Shelter in Place

Don't make me sing the Carmen Aria...

Don’t make me sing the Carmen Aria…

Science had a few words for English....

Science had a few words for English….

.... and the Provost (before his demise) had a few words for everyone

…. and the Provost (before his demise) had a few words for everyone

But the final words "and the murderer is" belonged to Margaret, who cracked the case. See how proud her mother is of her? Pity she was the one who got busted.

But the final words “and the murderer is” belonged to Margaret, who cracked the case. See how proud her mother is of her? Pity Mom was the one who got busted.

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3 responses to “Character. Assassination.

  1. Charlotte Ivy

    Sounds like you ALL had a BLAST! Charlotte Ivy from Clifton Forge

    Sent from my iPad

  2. We did indeed – as we did in Clifton Forge last month! ;]

  3. Sally

    I’m using this to congratulate Wendy on her guest appearance this morning on Jack’s radio programme. I loved your choice of music, especially Fields of Gold and I think I heard Enya in there somewhere, when I first turned it on. I hope he’ll allow you to return.

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