The Prison Mystery
The Prison MysteryMartin Widmark, illustrated by Helena Willis
Case number 24 is a different mystery in an unusual setting. A theatre play at Valleby prison has just had its premiere when the actors disappear without a trace. Luckily Lasse and Maja are in the audience.
The vicar puts on Hamlet at Valleby prison. He wants to cheer up the inmates with an exciting play about murder and betrayal where the prisoners play the three lead roles. On opening night “everyone “ in Valleby is there! But as soon as the play begins the actors start to behave in a crazy way. The king jumps in and out from a trapdoor in the stage, Hamlet throws the skull high in the air and Ophelia does somersaults. Some people are appalled but most start laughing and when the curtain goes down the audience stands up and applauds.
But despite all the applause the actors never appear again on stage and when the vicar finally pulls back the curtain a horrible sight meets their eyes…