There was panic.
But really, what would you expect when one of the guests was found murdered? The reaction was normal. The things we discovered soon after, however, were not. The fact that the doors were locked. That the cars had been sent away. That none of us remaining would be able to leave the residence for the evening.
“It is raining quite hard outside,” the butler said. That detail was of little significance, but the note in his hand was another matter. It was a new message from our mystery host.