Death of a Bore (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries, No. 21)

By M. C. Beaton

From the writer of the Agatha Raisin tv series...
DEATH OF A BORE: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery

Minor author John Heppel has a problem--he's a consummate bore. while he is came across useless in his cottage, there are many suspects. yet without doubt boredom will not be reason for homicide, or so thinks Constable Hamish Macbeth.

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Ok. Let’s cross. ” once they have been seated on the desk, Hamish all started. “I’m Police Constable Hamish Macbeth, and this can be Detective Inspector Jimmy Anderson. and also you are? ” The dark-haired one acknowledged she was once Kirsty Baxter, and she or he brought her neighbors as Sally Tully, a petite blonde; Kate McCulloch, a skinny sallow lady; and Robin Sorrell, a small quiet creature with gelled hair in 4 shades. “Are you investigating the homicide? ” requested Kirsty excitedly. “Yes, we are,” acknowledged Jimmy. “Are you all secretaries? ” Kirsty stated, “I am and so’s Sally. Kate works within the dress division and Robin’s a researcher. ” “Did any of you recognize John Heppel? ” “I did,” stated Robin. “Last time he desired to cross on place up at Betty Hill, I needed to pass forward and discover a inn for him. He stored complaining in regards to the provider, so i used to be despatched to determine what i'll do. He appeared very friendly and requested me to hitch him for a meal. Then on the finish of the meal he instructed we visit his room. I requested why. He leered at me and acknowledged, ‘You recognize. ’ I advised him flat, I’m now not that kind of lady. He went apeshit. He stated he’d spent funds on a meal for me. I mentioned the tv corporation used to be footing his debts. “He acknowledged he’d have me fired. i assumed he used to be mad. I installed a document of sexual harassment. the large cheese known as me in. ” “Harry Tarrant? ” “Yes, him. He advised me I didn’t comprehend the creative temperament. He stated nice writers have been frequently nice womanisers. He informed me to disregard it. I didn’t are looking to lose my task, so I did. ” “What approximately Patricia Wheeler? ” requested Hamish. “She had a fling with him. ” Sally giggled. “Talking approximately flings,” she stated, “I was once operating overdue one evening simply because there have been pressing letters to be typed. I paintings for Mr. Southern, one of many administrators. I’d added the letters and acquired them signed. i used to be making my strategy to the cloakroom to get my issues whilst a cup of espresso flew previous my head and crashed at the wall contrary. “A door to at least one of the places of work used to be open and Patricia and John have been there and she or he was once screaming at him. ” She fell silent. “What did she say? ” “Can this be off the checklist, please? ” begged Sally. Jimmy and Hamish exchanged glances. Jimmy nodded. “She used to be shouting, ‘I’ll kill you. Who the hell do you think that you're to inform me you don’t are looking to see me to any extent further? ’” “He stated, ‘Oh, close up, you outdated hag. glance on it that i used to be doing you a favour. ’ She screamed, after which there has been the sound of a blow and a crash. Mr. Tarrant got here alongside then and acknowledged, ‘Why are you status there? ’ I moved quickly off. ” Kirsty chimed in, “And subsequent day Alice Patty had a tremendous bouquet of roses on her table. I took a squint on the card. It acknowledged, ‘Forever yours, John. ’ Don’t inform a person what we stated, simply because Mr. Tarrant was once a good buddy of John’s. ” “Did any of you spot the script John wrote for Down within the Glen? ” requested Hamish. all of them shook their heads, yet Kirsty acknowledged, “I did overhear Mr. Tarrant say that the script used to be extraordinary and it'll express humans down south that during Scotland shall we bring up a cleaning soap as much as literary criteria. ” Hamish and Jimmy requested extra questions prior to identifying they'd elicited as a lot details as they have been going to get.

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