Country Fried Caper

Written by Susanne Arrington
Directed by Marjorie Strauss
Produced by It's A Mystery

Put on your cowboy boots and grab some fringe, it's time to sample some true Americana. Country Music and Car Racing are as American as, well, apple pie. This is your chance to meet the country music stars of tomorrow without having to go to the State Fair or the opening festivities of the local Chili Cook-off. Plus you'll get the added treat of meeting a famous race car driver. Shake a few hands, get a few autographs, take a few pictures, guard your back! One can never tell what will happen when boot scooters and speed demons meet.

"Race with the Stars" has brought together singing stars Fay Thrill, Billy Ray Jones and Shanna Twang along with racing phenomenon Gordy Anpetty. The singers travel as part of this bus tour to advance their careers. Gordy is drumming up excitement for the upcoming race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Seymour Palmer, a psychic and fortuneteller is along for the ride giving advice and warnings. Local waitress, Starla Bright, has joined the legion of fans wanting to get a glimpse of the big hair, sequins and fringe. Conrad Brewster is piloting their diesel ship along the highways and byways of the South.

It's been said that road trips can be murder. Tonight that could be true. In the event of an untimely death, it will be up to you and your table of fellow sleuths to discover who could commit such a crime. So, think of a clever name for your table, er, detective agency and listen carefully for clues. At the designated time, your agency will be asked to formulate a question that your delegated chief detective will ask a suspect. Once all tables have completed their questioning, each detective agency will submit a solution sheet indicating "who done it" and why. The first agency to name the most correct culprit and motive wins.




This country music singer finds her thrill in climbing the hill that leads to stardom. She recently married country heartthrob, Billy Ray Jones, and they are enjoying (?) their first tour as husband and wife. Her latest hit is Your Heart Won't Stop Beatin' a Minute Too Soon. Let's hope those words aren't prophetic.


This country boy is starting to make a name for himself. He can sing and play the guitar, and he's pretty good at juggling certain things too! He gained a heap of new fans with his latest, I'm Buildin' a Coffin That's Just Your Size. He dreams of having a plot of land of his own. Will tonight be the night he buys the farm?


She's the one they run to when they're looking for sassy lyrics and a splashy show. Shanna does a great job onstage, but her personal life seems to be going to the dogs. Her next hit could be "Stand by Your Cat"! Surely she's not planning the purrfect murder. Or has she become someone's pet peeve?


What could be more exciting than speeding around a racetrack in a car called the "Greased Pig"? You'd think that would be enough, but this speedster is always looking for new ways to push the envelope. Is his life soon to be stamped "Return to Sender"? Is he the type to "go postal" and cancel the whole batch?


More sayer than seer, this former Psychic Sidekick claims to foretell the future. It appears that he is of the Eenie Meanie Miney Mo School of Prognosticating. One wonders what's ahead for him. His superstitious clients help him pay the bills, but what else is up his sleeve? The deck could be stacked against him, but if he plays his cards right, he'll live through the night!


The Lucky Stars Cafe in Lizard Lick is having to do without Starla's waitressing skills while she takes a field trip to meet her favorite star, Billy Ray Jones. She's got every CD he's made and has stars in her eyes when it comes to her future with the singer. She could be mooning over the wrong guy or she could be aiming to shoot a star from the sky.


CB just can't resist an opportunity to rub elbows with the "hopin' to be rich and famous". That's why he took the job as bus driver/security guard for the Race with the Stars Tour. A long time fan of TV detectives, he just completed the correspondence course that makes him a full-fledged member of the Prime-Time Posse.

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