Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Incident at Martindale Hall

Photo taken by me, earlier this year.

“ … It was 7.10 am on a grey, bleak morning in Mintaro. The wind was howling outside as Inspector Percival Plodd poked at a few dying embers in the hearth, dreading the necessary sprint to the woodheap to collect some firewood. The Mintaro Police Station was a one person affair, and he cursed not having a Constable to send out for the wood. Suddenly, the mood was broken by the shrill ring of the telephone. “Mintaro Police Station and Holding Cells, Inspector Percival Plodd speaking,” he answered. The operator, Maude Ford sighed. Percy was always so formal, even when he knew it would be her. “An urgent call from the Hall, Percy”, she said. Inspector Plodd stiffened and stood up. The Hall, he thought – must be important. “…an Incident ‘as occurred at Martindale ‘all!”, the voice shouted down the line…”

Earlier this year, my parents and I went for a weekend away to Burra because I had expressed an interest in returning to Martindale Hall which is actually in Mintaro but not very far from Burra. Now, Martindale Hall is a gorgeous old house (or, rather, mansion, I suppose!) of the Georgian era, which was used in Peter Weir’s 1975 film, Picnic at Hanging Rock. It also hosts murder mystery nights and, ever since I found this out, I have wanted to go on one! I think I would spend the entire time imagining I was in an episode of Poirot or Marple and would probably be waiting for one or the other to pop up somewhere.

Unfortunately, not only do I not have 9-11 friends (to make up a group of 10-12 people) at all, let alone that many who would be interested, I recall the cost is rather pricey! Alas. I would also be quite spooked about spending a night in such an old house, especially when it makes me think of Picnic at Hanging Rock, which is one of the eeriest films I have ever seen.

But let us put lack of friends, dinero and courage aside – all of these things can’t stop a girl from dreaming, can they? And they sure can’t stop a girl from thinking about what one might wear on such a trip!

I looked around the internet for a while but I think these two gowns from reVamp vintage would be absolutely perfect! Not, perhaps, the most affordable but this is all pure fantasy, anyway.

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The Mercedes Gown by reVamp Vintage.

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The Zelda Gown by reVamp Vintage.

And I think this would be the perfect hairstyle for either of these gowns -

Other murder mystery essentials -

A dark and stormy night, of course, to set the mood

What’s your poison? I doubt many would answer ‘strychnine’ when faced with that question but a murderess could easily slip a bottle like this into her purse and dispose of it once the deed is done! And doesn’t ‘strychnine’ have such a lovely sound when you say it out loud? (I would just like to note that I am clearly not advocating anyone going about bumping people off with strychnine).

A detective, of course. I chose Poirot because he's my favourite vintage detective.

And some mood music, too

If you're in the mood to host your own mystery, there are many companies which make packs, these days - I think the best known is 'How to Host a Murder' by Decipher. A few years ago I hosted 'The Chicago Caper' (you should be able to see a few snaps from the night here - let me know if it's not a public album) and had a blast!

And if even that’s too much for you, but you’re still in the murder mystery mood, brew yourself a pot of tea and curl up with a good whodunnit.

The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie c.1961

Hope everyone enjoyed this post!

Andi B. Goode

P.S. I'm still having a lot of trouble with my internet, which accounts for the sporadic blogging from me of late.


  1. oh my gosh, that picture you took looks so familiar ... i think i may have gone there once when i was little with my parents, i was so in love with that house ...

    i would love to go to a murder mystery night!!! gosh, i'd get so into it hahaha how fun!

    my goodness, and can i just say ... I'M SO IN LOVE WITH YOUR NEW PICTURES ON THE WALLLLLLLLLLL gah! You're amazing!

  2. Phebe: It's a beautiful house. =D
    Yes, I think it'd be fantastic - especially if everyone stayed in character and everything.
    Awww, thank-you so much! =D That means a lot.

  3. Nice! I've been admiring the Mercedes Gown for ages... but if I ever want to have something like that I think I'll have to make it myself to afford it... ;)

  4. Ohmygosh, I love murder mystery nights and one at that gorgeous place would be phenomenal. Have you ever seen Gosford Park? It's so pretty to look at, and also happens to be a great movie, in my opinion.

  5. Such a fun post Andi! I love it and I love the blue dress. It is very late 1930's glamour. That blue color is divine and it would look smashing on you darling!


    P.S.- So sorry it has taken me ages to finish your survey. I started it and then I got interrupted. I promise to have it done!

  6. I wish we lived closer to each other (which I've been wishing since we were LJ friends, but I'm happy to have found you again, by the way). I would love to have a friend who loved the idea of a murder mystery night as much as I do.

  7. hi. i think we may be the same person. im really into vintage stuff and still learning a lot. and i absolutely love murder mystery parties! i went to my first one two years ago and i had to settle for simple black wrap dress but i love your picks! and gloves are key. every noir heroine has a pair of gloves.

  8. Amazingly cool post, Andi honey! As a lover of mystery books/movies/shows and vintage wear, it strikes a very easy to relate to chord with me, too. Smashingly lovely wardrobe choices, they make me think of the dresses the ladies wore on old fashioned boxes of the game Clue (Cluedo).

    Tons of hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

  9. Una: Thanks. =] I know what you mean - they're all so pricey but if I ever had the money I'd totally go for it. =D
    Margaux: It'd sure be wonderful! Yeah, Gosford Park is ace. =]
    Syd: Thanks so much - I'm glad you liked it! =D Aw, thanks, doll. =D
    April: Heyyyyyy! I'm so glad you found me again. =D
    Ms. B: Thanks - isn't it wonderful?
    d.funkt: Hi there! Hehe, glad to hear it =]
    Jessica: I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Cluedo is my favourite game ever =D

  10. This post is amazing! I love 1930s mysteries for style inspiration.

  11. Catherine: I'm so glad you liked it! =D

  12. I adore the theme of this post. My mom invited me to one of these events which she had organized for her work. It was in an old mansion on our university campus. I ended up solving the mystery, but couldn't win a prize because I wasn't a co-worker ;) For the record, if I could jet myself over to your side of the globe, I would SO be one of the 9-10 people wearing one of those divine ReVamp dresses.

  13. LandGirl: Thank-you! =D Oh, wow, that sounds awesome. Hehe, I wish you could get over here so we could have wonderful murder mystery adventures. =]


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