We arrived for the evening event at the Best Western Royal Clifton Hotel & Spa just in time. The drive had been horrendous and we feared we were not going to make it. Having set off from London in sunshine, the weather deteriorated. We were soon driving through wind and rain, and taking detours due to accidents and road works along flooded back routes.
Eventually we arrived at The Best Western Royal Clifton Hotel, which is situated on the Southport Promenade. It is a traditional Victorian hotel, with many period features, that has recently been through a thorough refurbishment. Unable to park at the hotel, we managed to find parking nearby and went to our spacious room over looking the King’s Gardens.
Luckily we had arrived with enough time to change into our evening wear, the event “Dress code” being given as Dinner Jackets & Ball Gowns.
We made our way down to one of the hotels function rooms where we were met by “security”. Questioned on our motives for attending this gala dinner, we passed the tests. The dinner was our chance to meet the leader of Transcovia and his wife, along with various diplomats, hence the title.
We checked which table we’d been assigned and entered the room. Our fellow diners had already arrived and ordered drinks, so we made a quick trip to the bar and returned to find a flurry of activity.
It appeared that a member of the Transcovia delegation was missing and various people were trying to find him……….It later transpired he and his wife had been killed!
And so the murder mystery began!