By Charles Finch
On any given day in London, all Charles Lenox, Victorian gentleman and armchair explorer, desires to do is sit back in his inner most examine with a cup of tea, a roaring hearth and a superb publication. but if his lifelong buddy woman Jane asks for his aid, Lenox can't face up to one other probability to resolve a secret, whether it potential trudging during the snow to her townhouse subsequent door.
One of Jane's former servants, Prudence Smith, is useless – an obvious suicide. yet Lenox suspects whatever way more sinister: homicide, by means of an extraordinary and lethal poison. the home the place the woman labored is filled with suspects, and notwithstanding Prudence dabbled with the hearts of quite a lot of males, Lenox is baffled by means of an elusive loss of reason within the girl's death.
When one other physique turns up through the London season's most trendy ball, Lenox needs to untangle an internet of loyalties and animosities. used to be it jealousy that killed Prudence? Or was once it anything else completely, anything that Lenox by myself can discover earlier than the killer moves back – disturbingly as regards to domestic?
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You’re the second person who remembers seeing me at the trial though I was only there one day. ’ Mrs. Thompson nodded again. ‘With Mrs. ’ ‘Yes,’ said Hilary. ‘Oh, Mrs. ’ Mrs. Thompson shook her head. ’ ‘He didn’t — he really didn’t,’ said Hilary very earnestly and very loud. ‘But it’s no good talking about that, and that’s not what I came here to talk about. I only wanted to ask you if you know about the daily help, the woman who used to come in and help Mrs. ’ Mrs. Thompson didn’t snort, because she had been very well brought up and knew her manners.
Ashley rocked and sobbed. Hilary’s voice went down into a whisper. ‘Tell me — Mrs. Ashley, tell me — I’ve got to know. It won’t hurt anyone now — Geoff’s in prison — the case is closed. I’m Marion’s cousin — you can tell me. You see, I know that you came back. ’ She put out a hand and took the woman by the wrist. ’Mrs. ’ ‘I’ve got a boy that went for a sailor. He’s seventeen — and it’s his first trip — and he wrote to me from India —and I took the letter for to show Mrs. ’ said Hilary. Mrs. Ashley pushed back her damp hair.
Panic looked at her out of Mrs. Ashley’s eyes and a trembling hand went up and covered her mouth. Hilary shook too. ‘What did you hear? You did hear something — I know you did. ’ Mrs. Ashley moved her head. ’ ‘You heard voices? ’ ‘Mr. ’ The words were stifled against the woman’s palm, but Hilary caught them. ‘You heard Mr. Everton’s voice? ’ This time the movement of the head was almost a jerk. As far as Mrs. Ashley could be sure of anything she was sure that she had heard James Everton’s voice.