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Murder For Dummies



“So you want to commit a murder.”  This is the first line in a book purchased by Myron Bernhart.  And here’s a guy who knows his books since he’s collected some rare ones and proud of it.  That is until his nagging wife, Marge, decides to sell them.  He tries to reason with her but is argued down, not only by her but the Women’s Arts League, her cronies who, of course, meet constantly at their house. When all else fails Myron realizes it’s time to take drastic action and plans it all out.  Of course, his imagination tends to wander a bit - from German psychiatrists to C. S. I. investigators to hard boiled 1940’s type detectives.  So he sets up the perfect murder.  His wife is home alone, he has an airtight alibi and he prepares his victim a ‘special glass of tea’.  Everything is working, just like the book said.  Marge takes the glass of tea, sits on the couch and quietly brings the glass up to her lips…when the doorbell rings.  From here on it seems as if everybody shows up!  Marge’s women’s club, a rare book collector, Myron’s buddy Jack, and, worst of all, Marge’s domineering sister!  And in the midst of all the confusion the wrong person drinks the ‘special glass of tea’…and dies!  What follows is a parade of policemen, blackmailers and in-laws as Myron wonders just what went wrong.  And you will too in this fast-paced comedy mystery where nothing seems to go right, even when you go by the book.  Of course, that’s when the title of the book is “Murder For Dummies”.

Published by Eldridge Plays and Musicals



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