By Ellis Peters
While the tomb of Jan Treverra is opened to bare lately useless our bodies, neither of that's Treverra's, Detective Inspector George Felse, on vacation close by, steps in to enquire the murders. Reprint.
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As Billy puzzled over this conundrum, he suddenly realized that the key lay at the very spot on the black-granite counter where he had left the first typewritten message from the killer. It was gone. Turning in a full circle, he saw the note neither on the floor nor on another counter. He pulled open the nearest drawers, but it was not in this one or in this one, or in this one… Abruptly he realized that Giselle Winslow’s killer had not been here, after all. The intruder had been Lanny Olsen. Lanny knew where the spare key was kept.
He had no tools with him and did not appear to be at work. If he was a grower or a vintner out for a walk, he must not be in a hurry. He stood in one place, feet planted wide apart, hands in his trouser pockets. He seemed to be studying the convalescent home. From this distance and in this light, no details of the man’s appearance could be discerned. He stood in the lane between vines with his back to the declining sun, which revealed him only as a silhouette. Listening to running feet on hollow stairs, which was in fact the thunder of his heart, Billy warned himself against paranoia.
One hour,” Lanny promised, “and then I’ll go to Sheriff Palmer. ” A familiar shriek, but seldom heard in this territory, raised Billy’s attention from the blacktop to the sky. White on sapphire, three sea gulls kited against the eastern heavens. They rarely ventured this far north from San Pablo Bay. ” “The notes are evidence,” Lanny said plaintively. ” As the summer evening waned toward the darkness that always drove gulls to seaside roosts, these birds were so out of place that they seemed to be an 43 omen.
A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs (Felse, Book 4) by Ellis Peters