Bombed Out

Bombed Out

a Pyramid Puzzles Murder Mystery by Bob Cooke

The Air raid siren has roared and a somewhat odd assortment of people find themselves thrown together in a bomb shelter, somewhere in the south-east of England, on a September evening in 1941.

Larry Barton-Smythe helps a young recuperating soldier, Andy Jones, into the bunker and they join Lydia Ludovski, a teacher, dreadfully frightened of all the bombing and Mrs Edna Grimbert, a land army organiser who is fretting about her 'girls' on the 'outside'. They are seated with Sir Mansfield Carpenter, an Industrialist, who finds himself rather partial to the young American socialite Pamela Pinkerton, whilst Sir Mansfield’s wife Lady Millicent, is similarly taken with young Larry Barton-Smythe – a charming young man of means, however, she’s miffed since it appears Larry’s affections appear to also lie with the American socialite Pamela Pinkerton. 

So Lady Millicent turns her affections to the lone recuperating soldier Andy Jones, much to Sir Mansfield irritation. Could this be a motive for murder? 

Stanley Whitworth, in the motor trade, Jean-Pierre Jumper, a Belgian refugee, and Colonel Fortune, who is in civilian dress (the Americans aren’t in the war yet!) were enjoying a pint or two at the White Horse Pub and have joined the mix of relative strangers in the bunker – causing tensions to rise when accusations of war racketeering, and cowardice are raised. Could this be a motive for murder?

With espionage, jealousy, hatred and blind ignorance- there are certainly a few motives for murder in the bunker – but who dies, and how, and more to the point – why? Will your little grey cells will solve the puzzle before the 'reveal'!


Sat 25 June - Friends of St. Mary's Church, Higham


Sat 24th Sept 2017 - Anchor Sheltered Accomodation - Lordswood


Sat 1st Oct 2017 - Anchor Sheltered Accomodation - Broadstairs


Sat 8th Oct - Gravesend W.I


Sat 15th Oct - St. Matthews Church, Borstal 


Sat 12 Nov - Mayor's Event - St George's Centre, Chatham  


Sat 19 Nov - Medway 28th Scouts, Rochester 




Sir Mansfield Carpenter - Felim McCarthy - (Except 15th Oct, 12th & 19th Nov- Owen Beesley) 

Lady Millicent Carpenter - Sophia Harding - (Except 8th & 15th Oct - Helen Bradshaw

Larry Barton - Smythe  - John Bradshaw - (Except 25th June - Dominic McCarthy,24th Sept Kairn Bignell & 15th Oct - Richard Munir  

Pamela Pinkerton - Alex Lawes - (Except 24th Sept & 1st Oct - Rachel Ford, & 19th Nov - Karen Williams)     

Colonel Grant Fortune - Liam Williams) - Except 25th June - Richard Harding & 1st Oct - Adam Pickering & Kairn Bignell - 19th Nov  

Sir Stanley Whitworth - Mick Harris - (Except 1st & 8th Oct - Julian Burrows)   

Dr Jean Pierre Jumper - Denise Wilton - (Except 25th June - Cordelia Harding & 24th Sept & 19th Nov - Elaine Laight) 

Mrs Edna Grimbert - Carol Scott - (Except 1st Oct - Karen Williams) 

Miss Lydia Ludovski - Christina Betts  

Andy Jones - Elliott Odom - (Except 1st Oct - Liam Williams)  

Inspector Grimpole - Richard Harding - (Except 25th June & 19th Nov - Owen Beesley 

Lights/ Sound - Derek Thompson, Kairn Bignell, Helen Bradshaw

Host - Kerrie Thompson