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The Majestic Murder Mystery…

Agatha Cristal from Majestic Wine Exeter tells the tale of a Majestic Murder Mystery…

It was a balmy summer’s day, with a hint of summer lightening in the air as A Lisa (Bodega Nomemia) wandered up the steps to her place of work, The Gougenheim (Malbec) Museum. She opened the side door and an unusual aroma of vanilla, spices and mature fruit wafted over her. Concerned, she walked to the toilets where the silence was broken by her scream. The garnet coloured body of the cleaner Muriel (Gran Reserva Rioja) lay on the cold tiles.

Museo Guggenheim (Bilbao) - Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao - Spain)

A Lisa wobbled back to the office where with shaking hands she called the police. The officer on duty PC Jim Barry at McRae Wood station (Clare Valley shiraz) calmed her down and alerted two of the force’s finest detectives to lead the investigation. It wasn’t long before detective Colombo (Côtes du Rhône ‘Les Vignes Rousses’) and detective Quincy (Jean Charles Bourgnat) screeched to a halt outside the hallowed museum. They went through the front door, past the huge portrait of Napoleon (Amontillado Seco), and interviewed A Lisa. She was a psychological mess but Colombo was gentle and firm and she soon opened up to him. Meanwhile Quincy studied the logs as to visitors the previous evening. The sheets were long so he called in his trusty assistant Penfolds (RWT Shiraz) to sift through the pages.

Days went past and the sun continued to beat down with little progress to the investigation. Penfolds dozed in front of his work and his dreams were dominated by a hazy Purple Angel (Montes Alpha, Merlot). The Angel spoke and tried to help his work. With this divine inspiration he narrowed the list of suspects down. No1 was the new kid on the block Baron De Rothschild (NV Champagne). Close behind was the classy William Fevre (Chablis Maladiere). But impossible to rule out was the mild mannered Georges Duboeuf (Beaujolais Villages).

Baron de Rothschild had form and motive. He had narrowly escaped prison for the brutal slaying of Louis Jadot (Macon Roches Blanches) but the principal witness E Guigal (Condrieu ‘La Doriane’) had mysteriously disappeared just before the trial. Colombo interviewed him but his alibi was sound. Quincy questioned William Fevre but the suspect had no motive and the search of his house led to no evidence. The link with Georges Dubeouf was light, his shoe prints matched the ones left on the tiled bathroom floor, and when he was put under the rhetorical spell of Colombo he couldn’t hold himself together and his alibi cracked. Colombo handed his work over to the Barista (Pinotage). He met Quincy and Penfolds in a bar and had a nice glass of wine to celebrate the end of another long and wine-ding case…

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  • http://www.laughlines.net/ John

    A murder mystery party in a Majestic? That combines two of my favourite things. Tell me you actually hold these events for customers?

    • William James

      John, I fear the detective’s judgement may become clouded if it were hosted at a Majestic thus pinning the crime on an innocent customer who was only in store for a case of Shiraz…