Darlene Hickle has gone missing. The fact that she rarely listened to what anyone told her did nothing to improve her matchmaking business. Her success at mis-matching people reached its greatest height when her computer database crashed. Darlene saw no need to tell anyone of this. Instead she randomly matched couples based on a printout she had of their names and addresses.
And now – it has been discovered that she has mysteriously disappeared. She had her company insured and the insurance company has sent Eileen Evensong – a private eye – to investigate.
Sadie: “You can imagine how disappointed I felt when I discovered after we had been going out for a while that Gary shares his bath with ten rubber ducks and has the mental age of a two year old.”
What they've said about this mystery
“We enjoyed it! The night was a great success. Everyone really portrayed their personas well and got into the spirit of it. One guy arrived and was so in-character that we had a struggle to tell him that he was early and that no-one else was there yet as we were laughing so hard!”
"Yes! Everyone (even the naysayers) had a terrific time and we want to do it again in February. Thank you for supplying such good & safe fun!!"
Although divorce snooping is my specialty, I have also been employed in a number of other cases involving missing persons. Because of my rather unusual career, I am still single. Men don’t like the idea that I might find out everything about them.
Benson Hickle – Brother of Darlene
With six university degrees, not under my belt (as I dropped out of all of them), I can’t get a job in any field of any significance and my life has not been very successful so far. I’m certainly not dumb. I just haven’t found my true direction yet.
Melinda Muscat – Trainee nun
I am marrying God and I’m wracked with pre-marital doubt. I’m worried I’ve got too many bad habits to wear this one.
Clarence Kane – A park-bench hobo
I used to collect trash. Now I sleep in it – that is when I’m not sleeping on a park bench in the middle of the city and earning my living from collecting cans. I’m fond of singing the blues. They suit my mood.
Suzie Bamberger – A psychologist – new wife of Steve
I’m a very good psychologist. I can calm down a stressed city worker faster than you can boil water. Counseling is my thing and I’m up on all the latest methods. I’m also mad about cats.
Steve Bamberger – A sports instructor – husband of Suzie
I’m a very good Sports Instructor. I teach young boys basketball, which is very healthy. I love children and in my spare time I help out at an orphanage.
Jasmine Reid – Music teacher – girlfriend of Shaun
Although I work in a conservative school teaching bored girls how to blow into recorders, at the weekends I play jazz rock violin in a band with Shaun and we’re hoping to release a CD later in the year. I also teach private students.
Shaun Goller – A music bookshop assistant – boyfriend of Jasmine
I can make my synthesizer wail like a whale and I also like singing with my band. I work at a specialist music bookshop. I’m classically trained.
Sadie Southport – A reporter for a local TV station – girlfriend of Gary
I’m a very ambitious local TV reporter. I’m constantly networking as I intend to have my own TV show and really do something good for the world. I love reading philosophy. I also enjoy playing the flute.
Gary Balana – A computer programmer – boyfriend of Sadie
My natural talent for numbers and programming landed me a well paid job as an IT computer programmer and my career is going well. But I’m not very socially adept, so I don’t have many friends, or to be honest any friends at all. I love watching sport on TV and taking very long baths.
Judi Wurtzel – Director of a baby equipment hire center – new wife of Ian
I run my own baby equipment hire business and I’m extremely conscious of my role in the community and on the power of word of mouth recommendations. I love making my place look homely. I also enjoy cooking.
Ian Wurtzel – Architect – new husband of Judi
I’m a well-respected architect – the best in town. I love classical music and relaxing in the fabulous hot tub I designed.