Now Prtg looks back for Hotel Manager and he’s not there. She looks in the lobby and can’t find him, she’s disappointed and looks back in to the ball room but decides not to go in. She goes out to the terrace to be alone and finds him there as well. They smile awkwardly, and then dance together on the terrace. He asks if it’s ok to dance with the boss, she laughs and says she’s never been the boss before and hopes he will give her lots of help.
3 suspects, all cleared by alibis So what next? Police woman asks Protagonist to tell her what she noticed at the discovery site. Protagonist says she saw sawdust and drag marks. Police woman agrees. Confirms the sawdust came from the train station work room. Local Historian confirms his alibi, so does Vineyard Manager.
ALIBI: Police woman interrogates Bride & Victim’s boyfriend. They were together at the time of the murder, but don’t want to confess. Groom walks in on Bride’s interrogation, she is using his as her alibi. He says she’s lying. She wasn’t with him and knows she was with the victim’s partner, the groom saw them kissing in the ballroom after they’d finished taking photos.
There is often some sort of problem between the police and the non-police investigator character. I don’t want to go for the obvious stupid police man, so I’m having the sidekick police man be a fresh PC who is very enthusiastic but has seen too much TV and is always trying to find some big city/TV type crime in this small town.
Conversation turns to the business, Hotel Manager tries to keep it professional but makes unintentional double entendres etc because he wants to flirt/ask her out but it’s inappropriate timing and unprofessional
I committed to August for the murder mystery and I’ll stick to that. I also have to find another hour or two in the day to add in the commercial project. Then, come September I can flip it and concentrate on the commercial project and step back a bit from the murder mystery.
Now I can put the murder in before the reading of the Will so there will be two shocks close together. Firstly the death, then that the stranger is now the richest person in town. Hmm problem with that is that the Will reading and the death site are in different locations.
We don’t necessarily live in each other’s pockets, but when there’s a problem every one chips in to help sort it out. We even hang out sometimes when there’s no problem!
Prtg looks around hotel, conference centre, vineyard. Prtg has seen a photographer, wedding magazine boss, bride all around the venue. Squabbling between director and bride. An assistant/boyfriend of wedding magazine boss there also. Wedding magazine boss is loud, bossy, rude woman making everyone’s lives miserable, rude to her team and hotel staff
Prtg has dinner with Father & Aunt and asks about mother, but gets the same brush off she got as a kid. Tells them she found the letter from her Grandfather, written not long after her birth and before her mother died. Father storms off, but Aunt fills in same basic gaps. Doesn’t tell/know why the mother left her family.