By Rebecca Tope
Undertaker Drew Slocombe isn't really having a very good day. His enterprise is failing, the auto wishes an MOT (safety inspection) and he’s using a hundred and twenty miles to the Cotswolds to hold out the past due Greta Simmonds’ ultimate needs. regrettably, while he will get there, a string of bureaucratic error signifies that he’s now the manager suspect of a homicide inquiry. He’s commencing to want he had by no means heard of Greta Simmonds. Thea Osborne and her dependable spaniel Hepzie are nonetheless pursuing their career as house-sitters, regardless of the disastrous incidents of the earlier. in the interim they're staying in Greta Simmonds’ condominium, that's at present among possession. Thea is torn among relocating again domestic or anticipating the execution of the desire. in any case, she does have extraordinary funds due. Then the invention of a physique in a close-by box takes the choice out of Thea’s fingers, and he or she unearths herself embroiled in a homicide research once more. Having befriended the police’s in simple terms suspect, Drew Slocombe, Thea believes him to be blameless. As Thea and Drew interact to transparent his identify, it slowly dawns on them that during a village simmering with secrets and techniques, a method and a rationale might be laid at anybody’s door.
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Mourners were moving off slowly, apparently with nowhere definite to go. Nobody had said anything about adjournment to a local hostelry, or glanced at watches as if due somewhere. ‘Doesn’t look like it. ’ It was time for me to go. The melancholy little funeral had given me scant satisfaction – the woman had died too soon, with only the teenaged nephew showing any sense of loss. Every death should be important; the survivors should acknowledge that the pattern had changed. The permanent hole left by the deceased should be given its due recognition.
His minimal chin reared itself to its full extent. ‘Oh, so you think this is funny, do you? ’ I waited for him to say travesty again, but he disappointed me. ‘You are so patently in the wrong that words fail me,’ he sneered. ‘I can see we’re getting nowhere here. ’ ‘It won’t do you any good,’ I retorted hotly. ‘Do what you like, you won’t get any money out of me. You might try Mrs Simmonds’ family, although I very much doubt that you’d have much luck. Give it up, Mr Maynard. ’ A new thought occurred to me.
The minutiae of vehicle regulations counted for little in the larger scheme of things. ‘Besides,’ Thea persisted, ‘you’re not in uniform. ’ Jessica was clearly losing any cool she’d retained till then. ’ ‘Bollocks,’ said Thea, earning herself my eternal affection. ’ ‘I’m sorry,’ said the daughter, inflating her bosom with dignity and turning back to me. ’ I enquired humbly. ‘Kwik-Fit will still be open – you can go and get new tyres, and be on your way in an hour or so,’ said the girl briskly. And it’ll cost me money I didn’t have, I calculated gloomily.