This Week on Mystery Theatre:
An Escalating Puzzle for a Way-Out Mystery

March 10th, 2022

The electric sign reading Way Out glowed before the ascending treads of a stainless-steel escalator. Mounted on the wall beside the rising stairs were advertisements for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Blockbuster Video, and American Pie 2. But soon those early 21st-century advertisements gave way to ones for Crystal Pepsi, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Embassy Cigarettes, and Pan Am Airlines–for by riding the escalator, Freddie Fedora was being transported back in time.

— from The Whenever War by August LaFleur, pages 16-17.

Yes, it’s a real book … though you’d have to go to an alternate universe to get a copy. Nevertheless, folks attending last Friday and Saturday night’s performances of Prime Stage Theatre’s A Wrinkle in Time were able to check out a facsimile of that book … along with nearly a dozen time-travel classics from our own reality.

You can hear comments from some of those theatre-goers on the current installment of Prime Stage Mystery Theatre, where you’ll also get to tag along on an investigation of a scene from August LaFleur’s time-travel mystery The Whenever War.

You might also enjoy Tuesday’s blog post titled Solving the Mystery of the Clock Room, where you’ll find more details about how August LaFleur’s book fits into a larger mystery centering on some well-known time-travel stories.

You can read that earlier post by clicking here … and you can listen to this week’s Mystery Theatre installment by hitting the play button on the player below. (Or, if you missed the first installment, you can find it and all previous seasons of the series by clicking here.)

And as always, if you’d like to offer a solution to this week’s puzzle, you can do so by submitting a comment via or by reaching out to us via the social media links you’ll find there.

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Now, on with the mystery …

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