By P. D. James
Whilst the quiet Little sacristy of St. Matthew's Church turns into the blood-soaked scene of a double homicide, Scotland backyard Commander Adam Dalgliesh faces an exciting conundrum: How did an upper-crust Minister come to lie, slit throat to slit throat, subsequent to a local derelict of the bottom order? Challenged with the research of against the law that looks to have never-ending factors, Dalgliesh explores the sinister net spun round a half-burnt diary and a violet-eyed widow who's pregnant and entire of malice--all the whereas hoping to fill the space of good judgment that joined those disparate males in brilliant crimson loss of life. . . .
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They had both been attending a seminar on judicial sentencing at a northern university, Berowne to open it formally with a brief speech, Dalgliesh to represent the police interest; and they had travelled by rail in the same first class compartment. grow. When the last file had been placed in the briefcase, Berowne had looked across at him and had seemed to want to talk. The young Principal, with a tact that would help ensure he remained a 'high flyer', had suggested that he should take first luncheon if that were agreeable to the Minister, and had disappeared.
There was only one pub, a high narrow Victorian building squeezed between a Chinese take-away and a Tandoori caf(, darkly uninviting, with a painted scrawl on the window advertising with defiant Englishness: 'Bangers and mash', 'Bangers and bubble-and-squeak' and 'Toad-in-the-hole'. Between the pub and the caf was a small door with a single bell and a card with the one name 'Arlene'. Darren stooped, took a key from the side of his canvas trainer shoes, then tiptoeing, inserted it in the lock. Massingham followed him up the narrow uncarpeted stairs.
Of course not, Mrs McBride. That's ridiculous. But you could be important witnesses. That gushing water. ' 'Someone was alive in there at eight and that's for sure. ' 'And what would I be doing peering down drains? Of course I didn't notice what colour it was. What colour would it be? ' Suddenly, she pushed her face over the table towards him. Her huge breasts, so much at odds with the thin face and the bony arms, were pushed into great half moons by the table edge. Her coffee cup clattered in the saucer.