The Grieving Magpie: A Birdie French Radio Mystery

Written by:

Rose Scollard

Cast Size:

Roles For:

  • Men: 5
  • Women: 12






30 min.

Year Written:



“The coffin was closed and a small sign set in front said: “By request of the family this is a closed coffin service.” I peeked anyway. I’ll tell you one thing about Sandy Berman. He was one big son of a gun. His fingers were clasped like interlocking kielbasas on a chest that was barely contained by his pin striped suit. Even in death there was a kind of sergeant major look to him that brooked no nonsense.

I bobbed my head respectfully and closed the lid just as a heavily veiled woman tottered into the room. There was something about her that was decidedly unmournful. Perhaps it was the little bustle-like arrangement on the back of her dress with the cheeky white slashes peeking out. Maybe it was the ring of white roses around the brim of her black straw hat. With that black and white outfit and her skittish walk she looked for all the world like a magpie. A grieving magpie.” (From the CPO Website)


Birdie French / Jordan Wilde / Mr. Coleman / Funeral Attendant / Marla Fingal / Controller / Geralda Gael / Insurance Representative / Morgue Attendant / Marie Gibson / Personnel Manager / Shoe Salesman / Carmen Larenco / Dancer / Connie Larenco / His Wife / Sandy Berman

First Produced:

1993, CBC Radio


The Grieving Magpie: A Birdie French Radio Mystery is available through the CPO Website.

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The Grieving Magpie is one of the radio mysteries from Birdie French, Private Investigator, a 6-part radio drama series produced by the CBC in 1993 as part of their Mystery Series.