A slightly ruffled Mr. Steele pulls Laura into “conference.”
“Who did it?” he demands.
Laura looks like the cat who ate the canary. Strange, since the reputation of her agency is on the line here. Is embarrassing Mr. Steele really worth that, Laura? In any case, she tells him she doesn’t know who did it.
“What?!” (Mr. Steele is not pleased.)
Oops. I thought this was supposed to be a confidential conference, Mr. Steele. The assembled guests look startled by his outcry.
“S’all right,” the detective assures them while Laura turns her back … to laugh? Oh, Laura. Steele tells his crowd of suspects he’ll be with them in a minute.
I suspect he’s contemplating Plan B:
“What do you mean, you don’t know who did it? You always know who did it!”
Laura reminds him she TOLD him she didn’t think there was a case.
“You think I would have dragged us all the way up here, accused all these nice people of murder, made a blooming idiot out of myself, if I didn’t think that when everything went awry, you’d be there to jump in?”
You know what they say about assumptions, Mr. Steele.
Mr. Steele’s smile is looking a bit … forced here.
Laura is not intimidated by Steele’s clenched teeth.
Sucks to be you, Mr. Steele.
Oh, dear Mr. Steele seems to be on the edge of hysteria here. He makes his disappointment known: “I don’t ask for much, Laura.”
Our hearts bleed for you, Mr. Steele.
Mr. Steele reluctantly returns to the party.
Ahem. “Ladies and gentlemen, my associate, Miss Holt, has, ah, pointed out to me that I would be doing myself and Forsyth House a huge disservice by divulging the ending to this case at this particular time.”
Sorry to disappoint them, Mr. Steele promises the exciting solution to this mystery will be included in his book! Meanwhile …
… Laura has remained behind (presumably to let Mr. Steele twist in the wind on his own). She hears something!
She follows the sound and finds Tony, who apparently wasn’t invited to the party. And he’s using a typewriter. (Kids, a typewriter was what we geriatrics used to create documents before computers!)
By George, I think she’s got it!
Gotta admit I feel for Mr. Steele here. “His” dignity and reputation are as important to him as they are to Laura. He’s also facing the discovery that his theories were wrong, and perhaps he isn’t as brilliant a detective as his silver screen heroes. Ah, well. Now that she’s onto the identity of the killer, I’m SURE Laura will apologize to Mr. Steele for letting him be humiliated … won’t she?