Hotel’s whodunnit weekend a big hit
A murder mystery straight out of an Agatha Christie novel came to the Pilbara on Saturday at the first-ever Whim Creek murder mystery weekend.
Thirty-three locals descended on the Whim Creek Hotel to spend the weekend playing a parade of upper-crust characters with no shortage of secrets to keep, including a millionaire playboy, an ex-model and a tennis coach.
The murder scene found family patriarch Quentin Sutcliffe dead, killed by a knife to the neck.
Hotel manager Bob Bongiorno played the inspector investigating the case and said it proved so challenging that no one was able to pick the right person as the murderer.
However, culprit Yvonne Tanner, the wife of a famous plastic surgeon, was ultimately apprehended on Sunday morning after breakfast, and taken to Roebourne jail.
Mr Bongiorno said the weekend event had been booked out quickly. It was inspired by his former experience running regular hotel murder mystery weekends when working in Yanchep about 20 years ago.
He said this one had also proved a success.
“Everybody really got into it, everybody really played their parts and everyone had a load of fun,” he said.
“People really let their hair down because for one weekend they can be someone else.”
Mr Bongiorno said he planned to run another murder mystery weekend at the hotel later this year and there was already a waiting list.