I caught Strictly Murder at Malvern Theatres where it ran from June 20 to 24 before heading off on the rest of its national tour that includes other parts of the region around Birmingham, like Lyceum Theatre in Crewe and Stafford Gatehouse Theatre.
The story is set in 1939 ahead of the Second World War in France. It was written by Brian Clemens, a script writer for The Avengers and Diagnosis: Murder to name a few, and has been directed by his son Samuel Clemens.
Although it is very slow to get going - with too many tedious moments where there is no dialogue - it also has exciting sequences and twists that leave you simply stunned.
The story revolves around British couple Peter and Suzy in Provence, who live in a remote cottage worrying about an impending war, double agents and where their relationship is going. When unexpected visitor Ross turns up because he recognises Peter from his previous existence as someone else, things start to get juicy.
The arrival of Ross lifts the show immensely and that's partly due to the stage presence of actor Brian Capron, famous for playing serial killer Richard in Coronation Street. Capron brings a welcome edge to this caper, that is accompanied by a dramatic soundtrack of menacing music to add a chill to the proceedings.
The small cast all play their roles well, particularly Gary Turner as Peter, who you never know whether to trust or not. Emmerdale fans may remember Turner for playing chef Carlos Diaz in the soap opera.