Murder at the Palace Theatre

. . . 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.

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