Death of a Village (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries, No. 19)

By M. C. Beaton

From the writer of the Agatha Raisin tv series...
DEATH OF A VILLAGE: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery
Trouble is afoot in a Scottish fishing village as Constable Macbeth unearths the pub empty, the church complete, and the air permeated with worry. With the aid of a journalist, Macbeth starts to ferret out the truth.

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They’ve stopped locking you in. should have determined you’re innocuous. ” Mrs. Docherty checked out him interestingly. “Don’t you are concerned approximately your individual safeguard? ” “You fail to remember. My stuffy barrister son checked me in and he’s paying. They can’t get a home out of me. Let’s cross. ” As they crept out, into Mr. Jefferson’s room and out of his window, Mrs. Docherty may well suppose her middle beating with pleasure and was hoping she wouldn’t drop useless from it prior to they discovered out what was once fairly happening. they'd to move slowly on their palms and knees earlier the entire home windows. “I’m too outdated for this,” she panted at one aspect. “It’s all right,” he hissed. “We’re the following ultimately. It’s simply arising to 3 o’clock. ” They peered in on the backside of the window. a guy in a white coat who needs to be Dr. Nash used to be chatting with the Indian-looking nurse. Mrs. Docherty and Mr. Jefferson heard the murmur of voices yet couldn't make out what was once being stated. Then Mrs. Prescott was once led in through one other nurse. there has been a few dialog after which she was once laid down on a mattress. conversing the entire whereas, Dr. Nash lifted a syringe. The Indian-looking nurse rolled up the sleeve of Mrs. Prescott’s cotton gown. The syringe used to be inserted. Dr. Nash went on speaking. Mrs. Prescott’s eyes closed. the 2 nurses and the physician stood gazing her. Then Dr. Nash felt her pulse and nodded and all 3 left the room. “I imagine she’s dead,” whispered Mrs. Docherty. “What’ll we do? ” “We wait till dinnertime and I’ll ask the place she is. If she’s useless, you mobile that policeman and get a police pathologist over to do a formal post-mortem. ” “The police probably want to interview us,” stated Mrs. Docherty as they started to move slowly again, “and this lot may well kill us. ” “So we’ll get the hell out of right here this night and the police can interview us at our position. I’ll get your deeds. They won’t interview us till after the post-mortem. ” again in her room, Mrs. Docherty used to be so exhausted that she slept approximately till dinnertime. while she woke up, all of it gave the look of a foul dream. definitely that they had allow their imaginations run away with them. Mrs. Prescott will be sitting there as traditional. Mrs. Docherty’s knees ached extraordinarily in any case the crawling. She washed and adjusted as the costume she were donning used to be all grass stains. It used to be basically on her technique to the eating room that she realised they could be getting suspicious of her. Gaga previous girls didn't in general swap their outfits or seem quickly for food. Her middle sank once she entered the eating room. Mrs. Prescott’s position was once empty. Mr. Jefferson was once shaking out his serviette. “Where’s Mrs. Prescott? ” he requested the waitress. “Oh, sir, she took a flip and she’s useless. ” “Elsie! ” shouted a nurse from the door. “No gossiping with the sufferers! ” Mrs. Docherty shuffled the nutrients round on her plate. She couldn't consume. The night appeared never-ending. She needed to wait until eventually dinner was once over, wait till the evening’s tv used to be over, and wait till the nurse took her to her room. Her eyes fell at the pile of books beside her mattress. How may well she be so silly as to convey books and a working laptop or computer?

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