Murder in Cold Mud by Emily Organ (Churchill and Pemberley Series Book 2)
English | 2019 | Mystery/Thriller | ePUB |299 Kb
Murder in Cold : Having established themselves as a successful detective duo, pensioners Annabel Churchill and Doris Pemberley face a new case.
The Compton Poppleford Horticultural Society Annual Show is just around the corner but there’s a problem: someone is murdering the competitors. Stories of vegetable rivalry abound as the local constabulary, Inspector Mappin, investigates.
When the death toll increases, Mappin drafts in assistance but refuses to allow Churchill and Pemberley to help. The two ladies decide to solve the case themselves, however their efforts are hampered by the inspector’s accusations of meddling.
Can Churchill and Pemberley battle the odds to find the culprit before another gardener dies? Compton Poppleford’s long-buried secrets are unearthed as the duo close in on the killer in their midst.
“No, we do not,” replied Churchill haughtily. “Are you lost?”
“Oh, I see what’s ’appened,” continued the man as he surveyed the door. “It used ter say Atkins’s Detective Agency didn’t it? Only you’ve taken the Atkins off. No, ’ang about, you’ve taken Atkins and that little comma thing off an’ left the ‘s’ on, so now it says Sdetective Agency! Haw, haw, haw!”
The man sauntered further into the room and sat himself down in the chair across the desk from Churchill. He wore a sleeveless jacket and his trousers were held up with a length of fraying rope. A trail of earth from his muddy hobnailed boots lay on the floor.
“Do I ’ave the pleasure of addressin’ Mrs Churchill?” he asked, removing his cap deferentially.
“Yes,” she replied, her nose wrinkling at the amount of dirt on the man. “And you are?”
“Mr Rumbold, that’s me. Are thems jam tarts?” he asked, eying the plate on the desk.
“They are indeed.” She paused before reluctantly adding, “Would you like one?”
“I wouldn’t say no.”
“Lovely jubbly.” He picked one up with his fat, grimy fingers and took a large bite. “How’s Atkins’s widow?” he asked with his mouth full.”