Only Murders In The Building’s third episode found Charles and Mabel’s hunt to discover who no longer had their handkerchief resulting in a potential first suspect, Kimber.
Not much directly points to Kimber as a potential murder suspect until Charles finds out that Kimber no longer has her handkerchief, making her the leading prime suspect that Mabel and Charles have to work with.
It may not be that far of a leap. Ben had apologized to Kimber for things getting messy between them, and a scorned romance has certainly been a motivation to kill someone. However, if Kimber is the killer, her reasons may be more complex than a failed relationship. Instead, jealousy may be the culprit behind her actions.
Kimber appears to be someone who craves a single spotlight and is jealous of those whose light shines brighter than hers. Loretta’s performance of the nanny’s song gains her an emotional response from the rest of the cast and producers, and rather than sit in the chair, Kimber stands beside Loretta to participate in the song. However, she does not receive the same response and simply seems to want to be in the spotlight moment.
Kimber appears to suggest a darker side of her character, one who craves to be the center of attention. But, does that make things look bad for Loretta?
If Kimber killed Ben because he was the lead of the play, does that mean she would be willing to kill Loretta for having a scene-stealing performance?
Does Kimber killing Ben even make sense? While Kimber did not have her handkerchief, there are many reasons, including that she threw it out because she did not like Ben, which could have led her to not have it. Even though she seemed suspicious about what really happened to it, that does not mean that Kimber had been the one to throw Ben down the elevator shaft.
But, is a woman killer too repetitive now? For the previous two seasons, Only Murders In The Building has revealed its murderer to be a woman. Charles even acknowledges to Mabel that a lady killer has been done. Is that to hint that Ben’s killer is a man? Or is it meant to throw the audience off the scent that season three’s murderer is another woman?
Mabel’s story intertwines with Charles’ discovery when teaming up with documentarian Tobert leads them to discover that someone had visited Ben’s dressing room before “Death Rattle’s” opening night, and that conversation hinted at some serious tension between Ben and whoever he was speaking to.
Does Kimber seem like a killer? Well, the previous two murderers were not the types that would be instantly assumed were killers. At this point, Ben’s murderer could still be anyone. But, does Kimber, at least at this point, have a strong enough motive to end Ben’s life?
As Only Murders In The Building continues its third season, only time will tell who really killed Ben.