REVIEW: Murder mystery offers plenty of thrills
'Someone's listening' is the oft-whispered line in this edge-of-your-seat murder mystery.
Paranoia, repression and dark family secrets echo through Edgar Wallace's The Case of the Frightened Lady with the occasional heart-thumping burst of thunder, a piercing scream and a fatal gun shot.
Deftly staged by The Classic Thriller Theatre Company, Inspector Tanner (Gray O'Brien) is called to investigate a murder at Mark’s Priory, the cavernous estate of the Lebanon family.
He is faced with eaves-dropping servants, red-herrings and manipulative matriarch Lady Lebanon (Deborah Grant) who is obsessed with her family's lineage.
With the occasional cheeky wink at the audience, the wily production fires off a few rounds of laughter as it ratchets up the mystery to the thrilling conclusion.
The thrills came not just from the show but seeing it enjoyed by a virtually packed house at Bury St Edmunds' Theatre Royal with these annual murder mystery productions often proving popular.
It runs until Saturday, August 4.