Accomplished in Murder by Dara England

By Dara England

Homicide used to be by no means so refined... whilst her vacation at the coast of Cornwall takes a perilous flip, it really is as much as Drucilla Winterbourne to discover the damaging secrets and techniques the population of Blackridge apartment will do whatever to hide. yet can a formal younger woman from London society understand the darkish explanations of a killer? comprehensive In homicide is the 1st in a chain of ancient secret novelettes that includes intrepid Victorian heroines as much as their bustles in crime. those works are just loosely hooked up and will be learn in any order.

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Knowing everyone’s little secrets is a means of gaining leverage over them and I never pass up an opportunity for that. ” “I should like you to know I was merely pausing outside that door to get my bearings in this big house. ” “Of course not. Most of them are not worth hearing anyway. I can tell you, most of the chatter that goes on in this house is deadly dull. Speaking of which, the place is a regular mausoleum today, isn’t it? I’m for some fresh air and sunshine. ” She considered it. ” He laughed.

It couldn’t be often she had such an interested listener. “See here,” she said now. “Come to the window and you can look down to the cliffs and the shoreline. If we had a brighter moon, you’d be able to see the spot where they found her. ” Drucilla had heard enough. “I’m ready to sleep,” she said, bringing the conversation to an abrupt end. ” After the servant had gone, Drucilla moved to the window and looked down into the darkness. The moon had scuttled behind a veil of clouds, but when she pressed open the casement she could hear the crash of the sea waves against the cliffs far below.

Their driver appeared thoroughly uneasy with the surroundings and even Aunt Bridget was cowed into uncharacteristic silence. And so it was Drucilla who took the initiative. She grasped the lion’s head knocker of the great door, felt an odd shiver run through her as she touched the cool brass beneath her hand, and fleetingly wished she was back at home right now and miles away from this gloomy spot. The moment passed and she tapped the knocker firmly against the door. Their approach must have been observed because the hollow THUNK of the knocker had no sooner sounded than one of the heavy double doors creaked open enough to reveal a round, female face peering out at them.

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