By Ngaio Marsh

Inspector Roderick Alleyn has to this point constrained his investigations to England, yet classic homicide unearths him travelling to New Zealand (Ngaio Marsh’s homeland). touring with Alleyn are the participants of the Carolyn Dacres English Comedy corporation. The actors' operatic intrigues provide an fun diversion until eventually, by surprise, they flip lethal. And Alleyn learns – now not for the final time – that whereas he are able to depart his badge again in Blighty, he’s nonetheless a policeman, even at the different part of the world.

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Sure, I did. He was once sincere. very reasonable along with his actors. by no means paid significant salaries—not as they cross nowadays—but you usually acquired strong funds. ’ ‘Mr Vernon, have you learnt of any incident long ago or current which can throw any gentle in this enterprise? ’ ‘I don’t. ’ ‘The enterprise is very well, i assume? Financially, I suggest? ’ ‘I think so,’ spoke back Vernon. there has been an overtone in his voice that instructed a type of guardedness. ‘Any doubts in any respect approximately that? ’ requested Alleyn. There are continuously rumours approximately managements like ours. i've got heard a certain quantity of gossip approximately many of the traveling businesses. they're speculated to have dropped funds for the company. Then there has been Time check That did a flop. nonetheless, Inky-P has stood a flop or in its time. ’ ‘Were all Mr Meyer’s pursuits sure up within the company, are you aware? ’ ‘I don’t understand something approximately it. George Mason may perhaps let you know that, most likely. Alfred was once a really smart company guy and he and Carolyn aren't the social highlight hunters that the majority of ‘em are these days. They lived very quietly. The theatre first and foremost. I should still say Alfred had stored funds. just a bet, you recognize. ’ ‘I understand. It’ll all seem now, in fact. ’ ‘What puzzles me, Mr Alleyn, is who in the world would wish to do in Alfred Meyer. None folks, you’d have concept. retailers aren’t stumbled on so simply that we will manage to pay for to kill off the managers. ’ He paused and rolled his eyes around. ‘I wonder,’ he acknowledged, ‘if that twist of fate on Friday morning gave anyone the large inspiration. ’ ‘What coincidence? ’ requested Alleyn sharply. ‘The morning we came. Didn’t you pay attention approximately it? one of many employees was once up within the flies solving the load for the mast. the pinnacle mechanist and Ted Gascoigne have been down lower than at the degree, having an issue. abruptly the gentleman within the flies obtained all careless and dropped the burden. It fell plum among the 2 males and crashed part throughout the level. Ted Gascoigne raved on the bad swine for approximately ten mins, and Fred—the head mechanist—nearly ate him. all of us rushed out to determine the joys. God, they have been a sight! White as paper and making faces at one another. ’ ‘Good lord! ’ acknowledged Alleyn. ‘Yes. it can have laid him out for retains if it had hit one among ‘em. nice leaden factor like a huge sash-weight and as heavy—’ ‘As heavy, just about, as a jeroboam of champagne,’ entire Alleyn. ‘It used to be used, afterwards, as a counterweight for the bottle. ’ ‘Was it relatively! ’ exclaimed Vernon. ‘Didn’t you understand how they mounted the equipment for the bottle? ’ ‘I heard terrible outdated Alfred keeping forth at the topic, in fact, yet I’m afraid I didn’t pay a lot recognition. ’ ‘You all knew concerning the mishap with the counterweight? ’ ‘Oh God, convinced. every body got here out helter-skelter. It shook the development. George ran alongside from the place of work, Val Gaynes flew out of her dressing-room in a couple of camiknicks. the 2 Australians approximately threw of their components and lower back to Sydney. It was once a 9 days’ ask yourself. ’ ‘I see,’ stated Alleyn. He grew to become to Wade. ‘Anything else you’d prefer to ask Mr Vernon, Inspector? ’ ‘Well now,’ stated Wade genially, ‘I don’t understand that there’s a lot left to invite, sir.

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