. . . Agatha Christie gives us murder tonight,
and to our delight, solves everything
in two hours with a minimum of violence
and a modicum of propriety.
The usual cast, from butlers to artists,
from would-be lovers to impossibly rich uncles,
emerges from velvet drapes to smile and bow,
their vengeance forgotten
in the glare of colored lights.
–excerpt from “Murder at the Palace Theatre” in A Light Dusting of Breath by Donna Pucciani (virtual artists collective/purple flag, 2015). First published in Pennine Ink.