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By Peter Dickinson

CWA Gold Dagger winner Peter Dickinson is again: Now-retired Scotland backyard superintendent James Pibble isn’t approximately to head quietly into the night—not while there’s a homicide case or (or 3) to unravel

At Flycatchers, a well-to-do nursing domestic watched over via no-nonsense nurse Jenny, one-time detective James Pibble shuttles among his nothing-to-live-for current and stories of the crimes he’s solved—or didn't. He’s roused from his listless life while he discovers a useless physique on most sensible of the water tower.

safety protect George Tosca isn’t the single one at Flycatchers who has met his maker a section too without notice. there were different suspicious deaths within the final 3 years, together with these of army guy Sir Archibald Gunter and Bertie Foster-Banks, an inveterate gambler and shareholder in the house. the coming of a girl in black units off a sinister chain of occasions, and earlier than he is aware it, Pibble is at the case.

As he travels down a twisting course of blackmail and escalating violence, Pibble reveals that his existence is by surprise full of objective back. he'll carry a crafty killer to justice—or die making an attempt. however the genuine cause he went as much as the tower on that stormy wintry weather evening is associated with a mystery he’ll hold to his grave.

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Probably you’d greater now not speak in any respect. ” “I’m o.k.. Had a very good sleep. Wasn’t really so performed up as I made out. ” “I proposal you have been shiny as a button until eventually correct on the finish. you really liked having them right here, didn’t you? ” “I consider so. ” “I was once comfortable the Follicle needed to cross and spot his sultan. It was once very interesting—though I don’t feel a true interrogation’s like that. ” “Haven’t they interrogated the entire employees? ” “Oh, sure. simply asking the place we were—that type of factor. even if we knew George Tosca etc. ” “Did you? ” “A bit—you couldn’t quite aid it. He was once … oh, feel you have been new right here, he’d be ready to be striking round if you arrived, take your case up for you, all gallant, ensure you noticed he had a passkey. …” She used to be speaking frivolously, yet her voice had an uncharacteristic dryness. “Did he have a lot success? ” stated Pibble. “I shouldn’t ask yourself. … It can’t have left him loads of time for bodyguarding, besides. I want I knew why Mr. X wanted a bodyguard. ” “What makes you're thinking that …” “Well, it’s noticeable, isn’t it? ” “Did they come jointly? Tosca used to be somebody’s chauffeur, Mike stated. Did he take Wilson out for drives? ” “That’s no longer his genuine identify. Why won’t you name him Mr. X? ” “Because I’m outdated and silly and if I met him i'd name him the inaccurate factor. ” “You aren’t silly and also you aren’t outdated. besides, no, no longer a lot. Mr. X by no means is going out of his room, and that i don’t imagine George got here up and observed him much—but hear, now I have in mind, approximately 3 months in the past the shareholders ordered a blitz on defense. they'd all of the locks replaced, and made new principles approximately keys, and—this is the point—they employed an additional safety guy, and it was once George. And simply after that Mr. X got here. ” “So they didn’t come jointly. ” “No, but when Mr. X sought after targeted additional safeguard, he may want it to be a mystery too, mightn’t he? He may have received them to do it that approach in order that nobody’d are aware of it used to be being performed for him. ” “It’s attainable, yet …” “Don’t you spot, that may clarify why George was once shot. in order that whoever it truly is Mr. X is hiding from may well get at him. ” It was once a online game, a brand new toy that truly amused her. The horror of killing appeared scarcely to the touch her. “A specialist hit guy may have introduced his personal gun,” he acknowledged. “Oh! yet … glance, he can have held George up together with his personal gun, taken George’s from him and shot him with that, couldn’t he? ” “Why was once Tosca donning that rig? ” “Because he was once the vainest guy I ever met, that’s why. ” “Was there a replicate within the room? ” “No … no less than I don’t think there has been. Why? ” “Because useless males wish to be visible, if merely by means of themselves, once they are all dressed up. i feel it’s more likely he dressed up for someone. ” “What do you suggest? ” “If he was once this type of guy you assert he was—rabbiting after the nurses the entire time—much the main most likely clarification is that he’d dressed up for one in every of them. ” “But that’s the full element. We have been all locked in from six o’clock, for a begin, and by the point you heard the shot we have been all as much as our necks in paintings, placing sufferers to mattress.

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