By Rebecca Tope
Undertaker Drew Slocombe isn't having a superb day. His enterprise is failing, the auto wishes an MOT (safety inspection) and he’s using a hundred and twenty miles to the Cotswolds to hold out the past due Greta Simmonds’ ultimate needs. regrettably, while he will get there, a string of bureaucratic blunders signifies that he’s now the manager suspect of a homicide inquiry. He’s starting to want he had by no means heard of Greta Simmonds. Thea Osborne and her unswerving spaniel Hepzie are nonetheless pursuing their career as house-sitters, regardless of the disastrous incidents of the previous. for the time being they're staying in Greta Simmonds’ apartment, that is at the moment among possession. Thea is torn among relocating again domestic or looking forward to the execution of the desire. in the end, she does have amazing funds due. Then the invention of a physique in a close-by box takes the choice out of Thea’s arms, and she or he reveals herself embroiled in a homicide research once more. Having befriended the police’s simply suspect, Drew Slocombe, Thea believes him to be blameless. As Thea and Drew interact to transparent his identify, it slowly dawns on them that during a village simmering with secrets and techniques, a method and a cause will be laid at anybody’s door.
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I shouldn’t, really. ’ ‘Up to you,’ she shrugged. ‘We’re probably leaving this afternoon, as well. But you ought to have a look at the village, first. It’s really interesting. ’ She shrugged. ‘Paul isn’t very interested. I know Blockley, you see,’ she added. ’ She was confiding in me against her better nature, the way people often did. I was good at simply absorbing revelations and vague musings like this. I watched her face, which had relaxed and softened as she spoke. ‘A man was murdered,’ she went on.
Do what you like, you won’t get any money out of me. You might try Mrs Simmonds’ family, although I very much doubt that you’d have much luck. Give it up, Mr Maynard. ’ A new thought occurred to me. ’ I was on doubtful ground here, but knew vaguely there was some such rule. ‘Twelve,’ he snapped. ‘It’s twelve. And she would have to be able to prove constant usage throughout that time. ’ ‘Difficult,’ I agreed, with another reckless smile. Somewhere in the past thirty seconds I had opted to fight openly for Mrs Simmonds and her chosen burial spot.
Leave them out of it. Generally speaking, burials fell under the jurisdiction of the Parks and Recreation Department, often headed by an earnest little jobsworth who would seize this deviation from the usual run of daily paperwork with relish. Mythical regulations about waterways and notifiable diseases would surface and proliferate until any chance of conducting the proposed burial vanished under the weight of obfuscation. There would have to be specialist reports on the density of the soil, the potential consequences for rare moths or molluscs, the appalling difficulties involved in parking eight or ten vehicles on the roadside for the funeral, delaying everything so drastically that the proposal could only be abandoned.