TWO SIMON GRANT MYSTERIES
HIDING THE ELEPHANT – Chapter 50
The Hales kept away, aloof and inviolate in their role of chief mourners. A funny little couple with faces like two sprouting potatoes and dressed very much alike were the first to ask if Grant expected any more murders. Oh, no, Grant most certainly didn’t expect any more murders. Mr. and Mrs… er…, they supplied a name but not very clearly, they needn’t worry at all. Statistically, Northamptonshire was one of the safest areas to live in. It went from there. Mostly about unreported burglaries and the uncouth youth of today, nothing like it used to be. Mrs. Powell asked if Grant thought thatCheshirechap would know Lennie Unsworth’s whereabouts. Yes, Grant was confident Mr. Humberside would be able to offer significant help with that line of inquiry.
Bloody hell. Humberside’s capture and return to theUKmust have been already splashed all over the news. BloodyCarlton.
‘Well, wherever she is, Lennie won’t be coming back to any lead parts again, that’s for sure.’
‘How’s that, Mrs. Powell?’
‘Haven’t you heard, Inspector? This place is closing after the next show when the lease runs out. Can’t pay the rent. Not now that Fran’s gone. The Masters woman’s been making some noises but she’s got no money of her own and I can’t see her husband paying for it. But, she’s got what she wanted. Hale cast her as Salome. Apparently, my accent was too much of the Fens. I ask you. It’s been twenty years and more since I’ve left the Fens. My Hugh and I celebrated our twentieth in June.’
The potato couple said they had been thinking of switching over to the Wellingborough Operatic anyhow; he had a lovely baritone. Someone said the Operatic was good but a bit old fashioned for his taste and he himself was joining a writers’ group. He was a creative type.
Grant thought he could see the top of Emma’s head or the curve of the neck on several occasions, but the room was quite crowded by now.
‘You wanted to talk to me, I believe, Inspector. What’s the poor little me accused of?’
Some voices can do that. Everyone else stopped talking and slowly moved away. There was far more of Alicia Masters outside her dress than in. Did she know this was meant to be a wake?
LOCK UP YOUR DAUGHTERS – Chapter 50
‘You coming, Sir?’ Rav Singh returned into the house.
‘In a minute. We’ll follow yout in in my car.’
‘How’s the albatross?’
Grant turned towards the crystal mirror in a baroque frame and tapped his own shoulder. ‘I can’t see any. Can you?’
Singh laughed. ‘Neither can I. See you at the Station.’ He turned to leave, then laughed again. ‘There’s been a turn-up back at the ranch. You’ll never believe this. Monica, the Super’s secretary, eloped yesterday.’
‘Don’t be an idiot, Rav. Women of Monica’s age and disposition don’t elope.’
‘Samantha’s, the Super daughter’s, fiancée.’ Singh waved cheerily and walked off.
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