A Question of Proof (Nigel Strangeways, Book 1) by Nicholas Blake

By Nicholas Blake

A classic homicide MYSTERY

The annual activities Day at revered public institution Sudeley corridor results in tragedy whilst the headmaster's obnoxious nephew is located strangled in a haystack. The boy used to be despised via employees and scholars alike, yet English grasp Michael Evans, who was once noticeable sharing a kiss with the headmaster's appealing younger spouse previous that day, quickly turns into a chief suspect for the homicide. fortunately, his buddy Nigel Strangeways, nephew to the Assistant Commissioner of Scotland backyard, is available to assist examine the case.

A Nigel Strangeways homicide secret - the fitting creation to the main captivating and erudite detective in Golden Age crime fiction.

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She needed him. The woman pulled her hair into a bun and slid a barrette over the loose ends. She sighed and pushed open the door of the bookstore, then strode purposefully to a display table covered with books on self-improvement. Everything from Creative Divorce to Winning Through Dynamic Yoga was represented, and the woman hesitated, then grabbed a copy of Force Field Synergistics Can Save Your Life, and carried it back to the cashier. He was a discreet distance behind her all the way, and when she pulled out a checkbook to pay for her purchase, he memorized the name and address printed on her checks: Linda Deverson 3583 Mentone Avenue Culver City, Calif.

Three patrol cars were dispatched to Sunset and Alvarado. As the first car screeched to a halt outside Silverlake Camera, the man in the doorway came awake, got to his feet and reached inside his coat pocket. Misinterpreting his gesture, the two patrolmen shot and killed him. Silverlake Camera went into receivership the following week and he picked it up for a song. The camera shop and the three-room apartment above it became his song, and he renovated it into a symphony; a complete aesthetic statement of purpose, one steeped in his own past and the clandestine histories of the three people who had given him the terrible catharsis that set him free to salvage female innocence.

He raised his other fist to smash the window, but reason took tenuous hold and he smashed the ground instead. He looked in the window again. The women were nowhere to be seen. Frantically, he pressed his face to the glass and craned his neck almost off its axis, until he saw two pair of nude legs wrapped together, twisting and straining on the floor. Then he did scream, and the otherworldly sound of his own terrified voice propelled him out to the street. He ran until his lungs burned and his legs started to wobble.

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