Megan McShane

Original Screenplay
Diana J. Dell & Carol A. Dingle

WGA Registration Number: 1282330

Log Line: From the cobblestone streets of Boston to the shores of Cape Cod, this classic whodunit, steeped in romance, intrigue, secrets and lies, traces the events leading up to the murder of a charming but devious playboy.

Synopsis: Inside an old Hyannis sea captain's house on Halloween, gunshots pierce the air and a handsome playboy dressed as the devil tumbles off the widow's walk onto the beach below, impaled by his pitchfork.

Who killed Jackson Fisk? And why? Was it Megan McShane, the murder victim's wife? Or was it Daniel Chase, Megan's ungrateful and spoiled son? Or George Chase, her first husband? Was it Tommy Kelley, war hero, successful attorney and the man who has loved Megan since childhood? Or was it simply a burglary attempt gone sour, as the police suspect? Enter Detective Rocco Prince, who learns Megan McShane's story from Peg O'Leary, Megan's best friend and business manager.

Flashback to three years earlier: Megan's world crumbles when her husband George, who has been fired from Tommy Kelley's law firm after stealing money from a client's account, leaves her and the two children, Daniel and Elizabeth, with a mountain of bills and a beautiful house in the Boston suburbs mortgaged to the hilt. Megan accepts Tommy's offer to manage his new law office and begins to put her fractured life back together. With the help and support of Tommy and Peg, a wise-cracking waitress, she sells the Wellesley property and moves back to her childhood home in South Boston, an Irish working-class neighborhood. Before long Megan has saved enough money to purchase a run-down Beacon Hill English pub from society playboy Jackson Fisk. Megan and Jackson soon become lovers, and Megan's life seems to be turning around until her daughter accidentally drowns. To assuage her grief, Megan throws herself into work, opens a chain of Irish pubs bearing her name and marries Jackson. But her successful ventures are tainted by Daniel's demands for money and Jackson's growing financial dependency. Tensions mount even higher when Megan learns that Daniel is selling drugs. Now a full-partner in Megan's enterprise, Jackson convinces his wife to take a two-month vacation and leave the business in his hands. Rested and relaxed, Megan returns from Europe, only to discover that Jackson, with the help of her own son, has stolen her money and sold all her pubs. Ironically, two days after Megan becomes aware of Jackson's duplicity, he is murdered.

Everyone hated him. Everyone had a reason to shoot him. But who did kill Jackson Fisk? 

"Megan McShane" was a semi-finalist in the WinFemme Monthlies Screenplay Contest and received Honorable Mention in Radmin Company Screenwriting Competition.

Another script, "My Name is Anna Busch," a World War II drama, has been optioned by producer LaMont T. Cain.

Published writer Carol Dingle is the owner of

Diana Dell is the author of “Memories Are Like Clouds” and “A Saigon Party: And Other Vietnam War Short Stories.”


Books by Diana J. Dell

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Original Screenplays by Carol A. Dingle & Diana J. Dell