By Ann Granger

Followed by way of Meredith Mitchell, leader Inspector Alan Markby is having fun with the Chelsea Flower convey, till he runs into his ex-wife and her present husband, and whilst the husband is murdered with a poisoned thorn, Markby and Mitchell got down to locate the killer. Reprint. NYT.

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During Constantine used to be a pleasant guy, very with politeness spoken. He used to return in the following occasionally of a lunchtime for a drink. merely ever had the single, a Scotch. He’d chat to a few of individuals after which cross on domestic. ” Meredith puzzled the place the ‘couple of individuals’ got here from. the place on the earth did the inn get its customers? “You run this inn? ” she requested. the lady chuckled. “Lord, bless you, no! I aid out. I’m Mavis Tyrrell. Mr Troughton runs it. yet he’s now not right here at once. He’s long gone to work out the wine service provider. ” regardless of all outward indicators, it appeared that Lynstone residence lodge used to be a thriving company. Meredith needed to ask the most obvious. “It’s, er, very quiet around the following. Do you get a lot passing exchange? ” “No lots passing, no longer via Lynstone. yet we get loads of bookings for reunions and meetings, and from those who are looking to take a vacation in a pleasant, quiet, cozy position. after which the locals there are extra of them than you’d imagine they do aid the bar. good, there’s no first rate pub, you spot. no longer until you count number The Fox, and that’s now not what you’d name a lot of a spot. along with, they’d need to force there, and other people don’t wish to take their vehicles these days, do they? no longer with the drink-and- using legislation. in order that they stroll alongside the following and so they all comprehend each other to talk to. It’s great for them. That’s why terrible Mr Constantine got here, I dare say. ” Belatedly she extra, “This is Mrs James. She’s obtained the cattery. ” She made it sound like an unlucky ailment. “Please to fulfill you! ” acknowledged Mrs James grimly. “You’re no longer a relative, are you? ” “Of Mrs Constantine? No. We in fact, I went to college together with her. ” “Oh? ” That was once filed away to be mulled over. Mrs James pursed her skinny lips. It happened to Meredith that after Mavis had expressed her remorse at Alex’s demise, Mrs James had stated not anything. She spoke now. “Thought, while I observed you status there, you're a policewoman, detective. You’re tall and also you glance the able variety. Mavis here—’ she waved a hand in the direction of the plump lady ‘she’s watching for the legislations. simply bought a room prepared for him, haven’t you, Mavis? ” “From London! ” acknowledged Mavis. “His identify wouldn’t be Hawkins, wouldn't it? ” Meredith requested apprehensively. “That’s correct! ” Mavis brightened. “A superintendent. after all, you’ll comprehend all concerning the homicide, being Mrs Constantine’s pal. the way it occurred and that. At a flower convey! are you able to think it? ” “Er - certain. Mrs Constantine by no means got here together with her husband to have a drink right here? ” Meredith glanced around her. “Once or two times. ” whatever like a grin crossed the woman’s vast face. “Don’t imagine consuming right here was once particularly her sort! ” to invite from now on questions may well rouse suspicions, yet Meredith made a psychological word again at a while and feature a drink within the bar. Mavis appeared the chatty variety, and the others could be ready to speak about Constantine. Mrs James was once extra taciturn, yet anything concerning the method she was once Meredith urged that she, too, used to be curious and may be keen to switch details on a barter foundation. She used to be learning Meredith not easy simply now, and Meredith puzzled what she was once pondering.

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