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By Ruth Rendell
Elizabeth Nightingale chanced on peace and calmness on her nightly walks throughout the wealthy, dense forests surrounding Myfleet Manor. however the peace she valuable was once shattered one evening whilst she chanced on demise ready within the woods. leader Inspector Wexford and his colleague Inspector Burden discover a so much unsavory case on their palms -- and needs to use all their wit and knowledge to unravel it . . .
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Certainly. ’ A large, somewhat chilly room, darkly panelled. The windows were small and obscured by clustering leaves. There was a square of carpet on the floor. The furniture, a horsehair sofa, two Victorian armchairs with leather seats, a gateleg table, had apparently been rejected from the Manor proper. Villiers’ desk was a mass of papers, open works of reference, tins of paper clips, ballpoint pens and empty cigarette packets. At one end stood a stack of new books, all identical to each other and to the one Wexford had seen on Nightingale’s bedside table: Wordsworth in Love, by Denys Villiers, author of Wordsworth at Grasmere and Anything to Show More Fair.
Your groove’s gardening and don’t you forget it. ’ But Sean’s aggressive mood had changed to despair. ‘I’ll have to get cracking, I’ll just have to. I said to my old lady, Time’s getting on, I’ll be twentythree come April. ’ said Mrs Cantrip. ’ ‘Never mind, Sean,’ said Elizabeth with her sweet smile. ‘You know what I’ve promised. ’ And Sean nodded eagerly, watching Elizabeth with rapt eyes. ‘Now, Will, there’s a suit Mr Nightingale’s finished with that might fit you. While I’m in the giving vein, I’ve packed up a little parcel for your mother, Katje.
Since there was no other room down here and no sign of Denys Villiers’ occupation, Wexford ascended the stairs. They were of black oak let into a kind of steeply sloping tunnel in the thick wall. From behind the single door at the top he heard low voices. He knocked. Mrs Cantrip opened the door a crack and whispered: ‘I’ve broke the news. ’ She came out, her face very red. A shaft of sunlight stabbed the shadows of the lower room as she let herself out. Wexford hesitated and then he went into Villiers’ writing room.
A Guilty Thing Surprised (Chief Inspector Wexford Mysteries) by Ruth Rendell