A chance match strike lead to Janie’s discovery, illuminating the contour of her crumpled body behind a thin, painted screen.
Still drunk on champagne, her evening companions recounted dancing in the garden, and boisterous ghost stories from their fresh faced beaus. When pressed by the constable, the remaining five could remember nothing beyond passing out in the drawing room, after coaxing a scandalous truffle recipe from the cook’s licentious maid.
Jamison, Janie’s philandering sweetheart, was caught prevaricating when accused of formerly bedding the cook’s girl, but eventually cleared.
The autopsy revealed poison. The maid, obsessed with Jamison, suspiciously fled.
(Written for The Prediction. Challenge words: contour, prevaricate, recipe)