By Ngaio Marsh
It's 1972, and whereas Elton John and Alice Cooper can be topping the charts, Inspector Alleyn's most up-to-date case is determined in that the majority gloriously unfashionable setting: The country-house celebration. A Christmas get together, because it occurs, the place Agatha Troy is having fun with the neighborhood vacation competition and likewise portray the host's portrait. The painting's coming alongside nice, however the competition is going a bit pear-shaped whilst one of many gamers disappears. may well one of many party's eccentric site visitors (are there the other kind?) were concerned? Or – might be much more likely – may possibly the finger of blame come to relaxation on one of many manor-house servants, every one of whom occurs to be a up to date felony parolee? What good fortune! Inspector Alleyn is to be had to wrap up the questions into the precise Christmas parcel.
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From time to time, Javitz half-rose in his cockpit to peer at the ground past the high nose of the 'plane, making minor corrections each time. Unbidden, a thought crept into my mind: Would it be irresponsible of me to turn over the duties of nurse-maid to Javitz--just for the day--while I returned to the islands to see what could be done about Brothers? Clearly, the pilot had friends in the area. And he seemed to know better than I how to communicate with children. Yes, I had promised Estelle's father that I would watch over her; but surely removing the threat of Brothers would offer a more complete protection?
At the first chemist's shop, a bell tinkled when Holmes stepped inside, but the customers took little notice: Stray fishermen were a commonplace. On reaching the counter, Holmes asked for sticking plasters, a box of throat lozenges, and a tube of ointment for Persistent Rashes and Skin Conditions. Picking the coins from his palm, he then said, "M'lad on the boat picked up a baddish slice, mebbe should have a coupla' stitches. " "There was, he took ill. Got a locum, though. " "He'll do," Holmes grunted, and asked for directions.
He whispered. " This was a man's gravelly voice. " "That's right, Reverend Brothers. " With an effort, Brothers got his eyes open, squinting into the smokey light. " The man grinned and reached down to whittle a slice from the sausage on the table, popping it between his yellow teeth and chewing, open-mouthed. "Only thing that kept you from the pearly gates was that book in your chest pocket. Weren't for that, the lead would've gone straight into your heart. As it is, we dug the thing out of your shoulder.