Mourning Raga (Felse, Book 9)

By Ellis Peters

As a favour to his female friend Tossa's attractive yet erratic filmstar mom, Dominic Felse concurs to escort a teenage heiress to her father in India. yet vacationing with the spoilt, precocious Anjili isn't any sinecure - and the duty of supplying her again to her relatives proves under effortless. Dominic and Tossa locate themselves embroiled in a secret that rapidly and shockingly turns into a homicide research. For in the back of the vibrant, smiling masks of India that the vacationer sees is one other nation - distant, mysterious - and sometimes shatteringly brutal...

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It really is contained in an envelope of the nation financial institution of India, issued on the department right here in Parliament road. Their stamp bears final Saturday’s date. i need to ask you when you can establish this package deal. ’ They stood staring all 3, alike troubled into silence. Dominic was once the 1st to transparent his throat. ‘It seems to be much like the money Mr Felder drew from the financial institution, in my presence, on Saturday morning. the volume is correct. ’ ‘Miss Barber? ’ ‘I wasn’t on the financial institution. I observed the package deal the following day, while Mr Felder left it on the table, downstairs. This one seems to be an identical. i believe yes it's. there has been a linen thread part an inch too lengthy, projecting out of that left nook of the flap, similar to that one. My prints can be at the envelope, if it’s a similar one. I accrued it from the table, and Dominic positioned it into the briefcase. ’ ‘Thank you, that's very valuable. Mr Felder? Does it seem a similar to you? ’ ‘I can’t be certain. One financial institution envelope is especially like one other. it may be an identical. ’ ‘Even to the quantity within it, Mr Felder? ’ ‘I’ve acknowledged, it can be an identical. ’ ‘In that case your prints must also be at the envelope, I take it, because you dealt with it. ’ ‘Yes, definitely I did. I stored it secure until eventually I introduced it to this lodge on Sunday morning. ’ ‘But you wouldn't count on your prints additionally to be at the notes? ’ ‘Of direction now not, why may still they be? I took the package deal from the financial institution teller intact, and as you recognize, it was once paid over to overlook Kumar’s kidnapper on the Birla temple on Sunday afternoon. ’ He raised his head, and stared Inspector Singh stonily within the eyes. ‘Where did you discover it? ’ ‘In a locked suitcase in a room within the Villa Lakshmi at Hauz Khas, Mr Felder – the bed room occupied via you. ’ Felder drew again from him an extended speed; the entire deep, easy-going traces of his face had sagged into gray pallor. ‘You be aware of what this can be, don’t you? A plant to go away me keeping the child. sure, I drew the money, convinced, I dealt with the parcel, that you simply recognize already from we all, what have I received to disclaim? We paid that cash over on the temple, as we have been instructed to do. there has been a parcel of sliced-up newsprint left as a substitute, and that we’ve instructed you, too, it isn’t any mystery. but when you're thinking that I made that trade, reconsider. Kumar right here used to be staring at me all that afternoon. He is familiar with I by no means went close to where the place the briefcase used to be. ’ He swung on Satyavan, who sat unmoved, his arm around his daughter, his grazed cheek seamed with darkening scars underneath the levelled black eye. ‘Tell him! You have been gazing me as i used to be observing the briefcase. You got here and commenced speaking to me, and that expense us – what number mins? 3? sufficient for the alternate to be made. I wasn’t looking at in the course of these jiffy, and neither have been you. ’ ‘That is right, Inspector,’ stated Satyavan. ‘I spoke to him. For possibly so long as 3 mins he was once no longer observing the case, and neither was once I. ’ ‘But I was,’ stated the Swami’s voice, with endless gentleness and absolute definitely. all people grew to become, nearly carefully, as if he may perhaps vanish in the event that they have been too abrupt.

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