The Corpse in Oozak's Pond (Peter Shandy Mysteries)

By Charlotte MacLeod

From the incomparable Charlotte MacLeod, award-winning writer of leisure You Merry and the apparent previous guy, comes the latest Peter Shandy secret during which the nice professor is going digging into the previous to find the unusual conditions surrounding a 100-year-old corpse.

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They have been working alongside the cabinets, knocking issues down and creating a mess. this may used to be one of many issues they kicked off, i do know. I certainly keep in mind taking a look inside of to ensure they hadn’t damaged the bottle simply because I didn’t wish the fumes leaking out. It used to be alright, so I placed the can again up there, which was once silly of me. I must have treated it then and there, yet all i'll examine have been these pesky squirrels. you recognize what a role they could do on a spot if you happen to as soon as allow them to get a toehold. ” Ottermole begun a story of woe approximately squirrels in his personal attic, yet Shandy headed him off. “Was anyone with you on the time? ” “Why, certain, a fellow named Zack Woozle who is helping us round the position rather a lot. He observed me open the can and made a few crack approximately ‘What you were given in there, Cap’n? A jar of Buggins’s booze? ’ So i assumed I’d higher clarify what used to be within the bottle and why I’d hidden it away so Zack wouldn’t be tempted to aim a giggle. ” “Zack Woozle? ” acknowledged Ottermole. “Isn’t he a brother or cousin or somethin’ of the Mike Woozle that held up the fuel station over at Lumpkin higher generators? ” “I count on so,” Flackley responded. “There are an exceptional many Woozles round the Seven Forks, and likelihood is they’re all attached a method or one other. Zack’s ok. such a lot of them are, and there’s not anything a lot mistaken with the remaining other than poverty and shortage of powerful education, so far as Yvette and that i can see. ” “Is Zack Woozle married? ” Shandy requested. “Yes. His wife’s a pleasant girl. quite dressy. ” “Does she play bingo? ” The farrier blinked, then smiled. “I see what you’re getting at. certain, I daresay she and Zack either do. Bingo’s the massive factor round the following, you recognize. They play for a dime a card, anything like that. foolish waste of time, to my mind set, yet I can’t see any genuine damage in it. not less than it’s sociability of a kind. And, convinced, I shouldn’t be shocked if Zack was once joking on the corridor approximately pondering I had a bottle of liquor hidden within the woodshed and it grew to become out to be carbon tetrachloride. ” “Do you retain the woodshed locked? ” “Not through the sunlight hours and rarely at evening, if you'd like the reality. There’s the forge, you recognize, and we’re continuously desiring something or one other out of the shed. anyone may have are available and brought it, if he’d a brain to. might be a few child, considering he’d get excessive through sniffing the bottle, bad little jackass. or perhaps a few grown-up with a grudge opposed to the Bugginses. rattling, I want I’d poured the stuff out at the floor and been performed with it. That’s what comes of getting rules. “ “Nobody’s going to fault you for now not eager to pollute the environment,” Shandy guaranteed him. “We can’t be aware of needless to say that yours used to be the carbon tetrachloride that killed the Bugginses. If it was once, you could console your self with the idea that if it hadn’t been convenient, they can simply adequate have stumbled on anything else. ” “That doesn’t excuse my carelessness,” acknowledged Flackley. “I’m afraid I haven’t been a lot aid to you. ” Shandy was once afraid no longer, too. a lot as he’d have hottest to take the explorer at face worth, he didn’t think inspired to take action.

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