By P. D. James
Whilst the quiet Little sacristy of St. Matthew's Church turns into the blood-soaked scene of a double homicide, Scotland backyard Commander Adam Dalgliesh faces an interesting conundrum: How did an upper-crust Minister come to lie, slit throat to slit throat, subsequent to a local derelict of the bottom order? Challenged with the research of against the law that looks to have unending explanations, Dalgliesh explores the sinister net spun round a half-burnt diary and a violet-eyed widow who's pregnant and whole of malice--all the whereas hoping to fill the space of common sense that joined those disparate males in shiny pink dying. . . .
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Kynaston stepped gingerly over the carpet to Harry, prancing on tiptoe like an inexpert dancer. 'One cut. Enough. Again from left to right. ' 'So why isn't Berowne's right' shirt-sleeve soaked with blood? All right, it's heavily bloodstained, his own or Harry's blood or both. ' 'And turned it down again before slitting his own throat? ' 73 Kynaston said: 'Forensic should be able to identify Harry's blood, or what could be Harry's blood, on the shirt-sleeve as well as Berowne's own. ' Dalgliesh said: 'Forensic have been over the carpet with the fibre-optic lamp.
But what did it matter. The details would be out soon enough and it would 1oo odd if he were too reticent, odd and suspicious. But wh) suspicious? ' going to suspect him. He recognized, with a familiar con. fusion of self-disgust and hopelessness, that he was tellin[ more than he ought in his usual attempt to propitiate her to get her on his side. It had never worked and it wouldn' now. She didn't pick up the name Berowne although hi knew that it was safely stowed in her mind. Sitting acros from her, he saw the triumph in her cunning little eyes heard in her voice the note of ghoulish relish.
11 Even Father Barnes's predecessor, Father Kendrick, hadn't been able to do much with St Matthew's Vicarage. It occupied the corner of St Matthew's Court, an undistinguished three-storey, red brick block of flats bordering the Harrow Road. After the war, the Church Commissioners had finally decided that the existing huge Victorian house was unmanageable and uneconomic, and had sold the site to a developer on the understanding that a maisonette on the ground and first floor should be made over, in perpetuity, to house the parish priest.