Agatha Troy is enlisted by Thomas Ancred to paint a portrait of his father, an egotistical, ham of a Shakespearean actor in time for the old man's seventy-fifth birthday. The noted thespian lives in a lavish, gothic-style mansion and takes great delight in disobeying his doctor's orders by indulging in rich food and alcohol and offending his grown children by taking on a seemingly not-very-bright peroxide blonde of an actress fifty years his junior as his mistress. Besides Thomas' wife Milamant, who acts as his caregiver, Sir Henry has four middle-aged daughters and numerous grandchildren, all of whom form a most dysfunctional family, always bickering and jockeying for position in the old man's will, which he regularly rewrites depending on his latest whim. He becomes furious when Agatha's portrait of him as Macbeth, his most celebrated role, is vandalized, and he spitefully rewrites his will for what will be one last time. Written by
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Sometomes, Chief Inspector, death comes not as an enemy but as a friend.