Friday, December 26, 2008

Just An Accident?

Re: The Ghost and the Femme Fatale By Alice Kimberly

During the Film Noir Festival there is an “accident” at the movie theater. A large audio speaker which was mounted on the ceiling, crashes to the stage and nearly misses legendary actress and femme fatale Hedda Geist.

Bud Napp, local hardware store owner, mounted the speaker and swears that everything was just fine up there when he left it. His thought was that someone could have gotten a ladder and planted a small explosive device near the speaker.

The next day Dr. Irene Lilly, noted film historian from California, comes to Penelope’s bookstore “Buy the Book”. She is going to help set up a display of her new book before the store opens. Penelope dashes out to buy donuts and coffee for their customers. She returns to find Dr. Lilly lying on the floor in a pool of blood. It looks like she’s had an “accident” - she fell off a stepladder while hanging a banner promoting the Film Noir Festival.

The local police come to investigate and they believe it was an “accident”. But Penelope and Jack the Ghost speculate that Dr. Lilly was pushed, and that the speaker crash could have been meant for Dr. Lilly instead of actress Hedda Geist.