Ho­tel’s who­dun­nit week­end a big hit

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

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