By Cristin Ross

What do you do when your fiancé is dead and you suspect it was murder? Why, it’s elementary my dear Watson.

The Cherokee Civic Theatre’s production of Ken Ludwig’s “Postmortem” promises to navigate the slippery slope of unmasking a murderer, Sherlock Holmes style.

The mystery thriller is the first of the CCT’s 2008 program. Directed by Eddie Breen, the play takes place in April 1922. The cast of William Gillette’s latest Broadway revival of “Sherlock Holmes” is invited for a weekend at a medieval castle on the Connecticut River.

“This is very different from any other Ludwig play,” Breen said. “It’s much more suspenseful than the usual Ludwig farce.”

Other Ludwig plays the CCT has presented include “Moon Over Buffalo” and “Lend Me a Tenor.”

In “Postmortem,” Gillette, best known for his role as famous sleuth Sherlock Holmes, has arranged a séance to get in touch with his dead betrothed, who died mysteriously a year earlier.

Did she commit suicide? Or did one of the cast members murder her?

The foul plot is afoot as Gillette orchestrates a series of events at the castle, including a séance, to see if he is the equal of his most famous impersonation in solving a mystery.

“This is a great show,” producer Camille Jones said. “I am amazed at these young peoples’ hard work and talent. They play off each other so well. They really are super good.”

The cast includes Dan Trent as Mccready; P.O. Ford as Bobby Carlyle; Jessica Breen-Ford as May Dison; Amy McCalister as Marion Barrett; Kevin Guinn as Leo Barrett; Jason Haynes as William Gillette; Anna Marie Nickle as Lilly Warnes; and Anya Breen as Louise Parradine.

“Postmortem” opens at 7 p.m. Feb. 22, 23, 29 and March 1. Matinees are 2 p.m. Feb. 24 and March 2. the Cherokee Civic Theatre is located at 118 W. Fifth St., Rusk.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Advance tickets go on sale to theater patrons on Feb. 11, and to the general public on Feb. 18.

Call the box office at 903-683-2131 to reserve tickets.