His family solicitor and fellow Burma veteran, Humphrey Defoe, hands Jessica's lookalike cousin, London music hall performer Emma MacGill, £1,000 just to visit her terminally ill old acquaintance, Geoffrey Constable, recently the 18th Viscount Blackraven since the 17th, Rupert, died at 87. Geoffrey tells her he's leaving her a country house with income, feels better and takes her on a picnic she packs, but dies from an apparent heart attack. Inspector Frost is right to insist on an autopsy as strychnine poison in the herring he was so fond of was found. The heir, eldest brother Arthur Constable, cuts his spoiled rotten 19-year-old son Derek short, who next gets lightly wounded while hunting with the third brother, Johnny Constable, who could have poisoned Rupert with candy he smuggled in against diet rules. Emma, Humphrey and the inspector ultimately set a trap.
Did You Know?
Jessica Fletcher doesn't appear at all (and this is the time in the entire series where this happens). Her cousin, Emma MacGill, does the sleuthing without any help from her American cousin. See more
That old persimmon? He's too mean to die
I engaged him myself at the music hall a few years back. Oh, that was the sorriest three weeks of my life. I don't know which was worse, the horses or the gin.
References Till the Clouds Roll By
Early One Morning
English Folk Song
Performed by Angela Lansbury See more