The murder takes place on centre stage, on opening night, in front of cast, crew and the full house. Of course Roarke owns the theatre, and he and Eve are sitting in the owner’s box watching the play.
It’s a play within a play. If you are a fan of old black and white movies you might be familiar with Witness for the Prosecution, taken from the book of the same title by Agatha Christie. I remember this movie, watched it as a kid with my Dad as it was one of his favourites.
I like how the play in the book stays true to the original story as I remember it. The murder plot weaves in and out, as the roles played out on stage are reflected in real life.
I enjoyed this look at the production from behind the scenes. I once worked with an amateur theatre group (sets and stage crew) and remember how there was something special about each and every play. The mood of the play has influence, but it is also that it is a once in a lifetime gathering of that particular cast and crew. Different plays mean different roles, and even though actors and crew may have worked together before, that exact group would never be the same.
In this book, these actors have worked together in other plays, and their history is a major part of the story.