Death in High Heels (Inspector Charlesworth, Book 1)

By Christianna Brand

While Scotland Yard's younger Mr. Charlesworth calls at Christophe et Cie a few homicide, he unearths 5 fascinating younger women--all beautiful, all suspects, all able to impede his investigations. He will be tough pressed to claim which reasons extra problems--when there's a moment homicide, or whilst he falls in love with the most suspect.

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Didn’t you spot through the empty papers at the desk that she’d taken a truly immense overdose? ” “There weren’t any,” acknowledged Victoria, speedy. “There weren’t any bits of paper? My expensive, are you yes of that? ” “Of direction I’m yes. there has been not anything at the desk other than the glass and the little field. I didn’t contact the field. Have they checked out that for finger-prints? They’ll see that I didn’t contact the field. ” “You had it on your hand if you happen to have been upstairs within the different flat. ” “Yes, yet Gregory had it afterwards, and both she or Irene carried it downstairs. Their marks will be over mine, as Mr. Smithers is so partial to his superimposing and stuff. ” “They could be, however it doesn’t aid us a lot. you may simply as simply have placed the stuff into the glass of milk she had upstairs. Victoria, you didn’t, did you? I suggest, you don’t imagine you may have made a mistake in regards to the dose? You didn’t pass into Irene’s room to ensure that you hadn’t made a mistake? ” “Oh, Mr. Charlesworth, no! I swear there has been not anything like that approximately it—I’d let you know if there have been. I simply want it have been as uncomplicated. Don’t inquire from me any longer, Mr. Charlesworth—I can’t let you know any longer than i've got; and whoever else asks me, and whoever asks you, I shall follow my tale and also you needs to too, that I positioned the foremost in the course of the door. ” He begged and badgered and bullied, yet all in useless. now not one other be aware may she say, and to all his protestations she easily answered that they couldn’t pin it on her finally; they couldn’t locate the slightest purpose for her to kill Irene, whom she enjoyed; and they might need to allow her pass after all. “You little idiot,” he cried, distracted on the considered the chance into which she used to be plunging herself. “Don’t you notice that it isn’t going to forestall right here? Smithers is making an attempt to lock the homicide of Doon directly to you. For God’s sake, open your eyes and glance evidence within the face. ” “Oh, yet, Mr. Charlesworth, they can’t do this. It’s simply nonsense. Mr. Smithers stated whatever approximately it, yet it—it’s simply outstanding. I—I didn’t even recognize the plate of lunch was once for Doon; i presumed she was once going out. I couldn’t have poisoned her—I couldn’t have poisoned Doon! ” “Perhaps,” acknowledged Charlesworth, as Smithers had stated to him earlier than, “perhaps it wasn’t meant to homicide Doon. ” now not even Smithers had introduced such terror to Victoria’s blue eyes. 2 Charlesworth went again to the backyard. “Well, Smithers, you have been correct. Mrs. David sticks to her tale that she didn’t cross into the flat, yet positioned the most important in the course of the letterbox and went her means. the entire comparable, you’re barking up the inaccurate tree, my expensive chap. There’s extra during this than meets the attention, and for those who don’t stroll very warily you’re going to make a ghastly mistake. I alert you, I’m unlikely to paintings with you alongside those traces; I don’t think Mrs. David is responsible of homicide or of tried homicide, and when you imagine it’s because of her bonny blue eyes, then you’re flawed. You keep it up, if you happen to like, yet I’m out to disprove you. There are a dozen different byways we haven’t but cleared up: that notice to Doon from Rachel homosexual; what was once the problem with Aileen.

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