An April shroud by Reginald Hill

By Reginald Hill

Superintendent Dalziel falls for the lately bereaved Mrs Fielding's abundant charms, and needs to be rescued from a clutter of clean corpses by means of Inspector Pascoe. After seeing Inspector Pascoe off on his honeymoon with a couple of ill-chosen phrases, Superintendent Andy Dalziel quickly runs into difficulty and water on his personal solitary vacation. Rescued by way of a number of a little pleased mourners, he accompanies them again to their rundown mansion to dry off. the landlord of Lake residence, Bonnie Fielding, turns out much less by way of her husband's tragic dying than by way of the matter of saving the relatives fortunes. triggered not just by way of a qualified interest but additionally through a extra own curiosity in Mrs Fielding's considerable charms, Dalziel remains on. by the point Pascoe reappears, there were a number of extra deaths and it looks like the ordinarily hard-headed Dalziel may need compromised himself past redemption!

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Dalziel tried one turn of the starter, then switched off. Opening the window he addressed the uninterested oarsman with all the charm and diplomacy he could muster. ' he shouted. ' The old boatman looked at him impassively for a moment before he slowly rose and approached. He was wearing gum-boots which came up to his knees but even so the water lapped perilously close to their tops. When he reached the open window he stopped and looked at Dalziel enquiringly. ' he said. 'Don't just stand there,' said Dalziel.

The emphasis of Dalziel's answer seemed almost to convince the old man. But only for a moment. ' he suddenly demanded. 'Or television? ' Dalziel's patience was wearing thin, but now the door opened and the stout youth who must be Bertie Fielding came in. He ignored the inmates and passed straight through into the back kitchen, returning a moment later to stare accusingly at Dalziel. 'That's my mug. ' Dalziel blew on his soup till he set the little globules of fat into a panicky motion. 'Sorry,' he said.

Finally he stopped, partly because the next trough looked suspiciously deep, and partly because a signpost indicated a road coming in from the left; or rather, where the road ought to be. A hump-backed bridge rose over the stream which, running parallel to the road he had been following, was the source of most of the overspill. But now it was a bridge to nowhere. The land must have dropped away on the far side, the stream had completely broken its banks and the bridge descended into water. Dalziel got out of the car and looked at the signpost.

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