HOLLYOAKS’ Mercedes McQueen will be shot in the middle of The Loft’s dance floor – and these are the seven suspects in the frame.
The shocking storyline will see her husband Sylver, betrayed friend Diane Hutchinson, lover Liam Donovan, frenemy Grace Black, vengeful lawyer James Nightingale, serial killer mum Breda and secretive Joel Dexter all under suspicion.
The trouble begins when landlady Mercedes, played by Jennifer Metcalfe, gets involved in a blazing row in the Dog In The Pond.
But later, she moves on to Hollyoaks’ nightclub where she gets blasted with a gun by one of her many enemies while partying by herself.
The soap teased fans over the whodunit last night, saying: “Throughout the years, Mercedes’ actions have caused devastation to many village residents.
“Now her past will finally come back to haunt her – but who committed the crime?”
Most desperate to find out is Mercedes’ curious cousin Golden McQueen, who sets off on a dangerous mission to discover who pulled the trigger.
The Sun Online revealed the dramatic storyline, which has been cooked up by soap boss Bryan Kirkwood, last month.
The dramatic storyline unfolds at a handy time for Mercedes actress Jennifer, as she’s poised to be going into the I’m A Celeb jungle in November.
It could hand the star a long – or even permanent – break from the show she first joined in 2006.
A TV insider told us: “Jen is perfect for the jungle, she’s really funny and attractive and she loves a challenge.
“She hasn’t signed yet but bosses are really keen to get her on the show. She’s been into ITV for meetings.”
Hollyoaks boss Bryan exclusively told The Sun Online: “This has been the year of Mercedes terrible decisions and there’s no one better in soap at making terrible decisions and we love her.
“We love what Jen’s done with Mercedes this year, even though we’ve been screaming at the TV throughout the months.”