By Nicholas Blake
A classic homicide MYSTERY
The annual activities Day at revered public tuition Sudeley corridor results in tragedy whilst the headmaster's obnoxious nephew is located strangled in a haystack. The boy used to be despised via employees and scholars alike, yet English grasp Michael Evans, who was once noticeable sharing a kiss with the headmaster's appealing younger spouse past that day, quickly turns into a main suspect for the homicide. fortunately, his buddy Nigel Strangeways, nephew to the Assistant Commissioner of Scotland backyard, is available to aid examine the case.
A Nigel Strangeways homicide secret - the suitable creation to the main fascinating and erudite detective in Golden Age crime fiction.
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It is a shame that I did not anticipate the pugilists of today who, like the famous Jack Broughton, in their retirement open fighting academies to train the young bucks that would take their place. Broughton has indeed been ingenious enough to construct a piece of apparel he calls mufflers—a kind of voluptuous padding for the fist. I have seen these things, and I suspect to be hit by a man wearing these gloves is quite like not being hit at all. I was much less clever than Broughton, and had no ideas of such ambitions, but I did have a few ill-gotten pounds in my pocket, and I besought a partner with whom to open an alehouse or some business of that nature.
Even in the dark, I could see her eyes shifting as she calculated. Who was I? What was my business? How might she gain the advantage? I held the pistol in my steady hand. My face bespoke calm and determination.
I seated myself at my large oaken writing desk, which faced the door. I used this desk when I ordered my affairs, but I had discovered that it served to make clear my authority. I thus picked up a pen and contorted the muscles in my face to resemble something like a man both busy and irritated. When Mrs. Garrison showed this visitor in, however, I was at pains to conceal my surprise. William Balfour was no prig—as we called thieves in those days—but a gentleman of fine dress and appearance. He was perhaps five years younger than myself: I gauged him at two- or three-and-twenty.
A Question of Proof (Nigel Strangeways, Book 1) by Nicholas Blake