For a tiny island in the middle of a rough sea, England is so very dry, a dryness aptly demonstrated in Lifeline Theatre’s witty, intelligent “Busman’s Honeymoon.” The fourth in the “Lord Peter Wimsey, amateur sleuth” novels, this installment finds Lord Peter (Peter Greenberg), new wife Harriet (Jenifer Tyler) and ever-capable manservant Bunter (Phil Timberlake) honeymooning in their country house. Murder and mayhem ensue with all the stereotypical trappings: suspicious family members, disgruntled employees and a police constable who says “What’s all this, then?” Some things are clichés for good reason.
Reprising their roles, Greenberg and Tyler endow their characters with affection for each other and a good mystery. One difference: this story doesn’t stop with the catching of the killer. It follows Lord Peter through the trial and sentencing and shows the toll justice takes: the media frenzy, the execution. Who knew setting things right could feel so wrong? (Lisa Buscani)
“Busman’s Honeymoon” at Lifeline Theatre 6912 N. Glenwood, (773)761-4477. Through June 21.