Geoffrey Presser's struggling San Francisco company has choreographer Edward Hale recreate the legendary Diabolical Dance, originally created for a czar's mistress. The dance has been performed exactly twice, each time abandoned after the lead ballerina died. (Jessica Fletcher correctly diagnoses a heart attack from a film made during an attempted 2nd production.) Jessica also discovers a curtain 'accident' is staged by Presser for publicity during the first rehearsal, viewed by prospective investors. Presser's wife, Claudia Cameron, is pushed from the lead role by a younger and craftier Lily Roland, to the exasperation of the lead male, Damien Bolo, prefers the mature dancer and barely tolerates the upstart's awkwardness. Lily dies during the premiere; she was poisoned, but not from the real rose that Bolo had substituted for a prop. Jessica examines the company and events with a critically sharper eye for ballet than SFPD detective lieutenant Martin Kinicki. Written by
KGF Vissers (edited by GVP)
5 January 1992 (USA)
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The "fast-acting" poison used to kill the victim was Thallium. Thallium is a heavy metal, which takes a long time to kill its victims. See more
You made such a point that you wanted to reconstruct the ballet exactly as it had happened, but the film showed the ballerina never touching the skull. You arranged for it so that Lily would *clutch* the skull.
SFPD Lt. Martin Kinicki
The one with the needles laced with Thallium.
Puncturing her palms and killing her within a matter of seconds.