By Ruth Rendell
Elizabeth Nightingale came across peace and quietness on her nightly walks during the wealthy, dense forests surrounding Myfleet Manor. however the peace she valuable used to be shattered one evening whilst she came across loss of life ready within the woods. leader Inspector Wexford and his colleague Inspector Burden discover a so much unsavory case on their arms -- and needs to use all their wit and knowledge to resolve it . . .
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While I’m in the giving vein, I’ve packed up a little parcel for your mother, Katje. Some of those biscuits she can’t get in Holland. You’ll find it on the hall table with a parcel of mine. ’ ‘Madam,’ said Mrs Cantrip when Elizabeth had gone, ‘is an angel. ’ Katje giggled. The mist had lifted and the rooms of Myfleet Manor were full of light-strong, late summer sunlight that would show up the slightest vestige of dust, But Mrs Cantrip and Katje had been at work and there was no dust. Elizabeth walked from room to room across the thick smooth sun-bathed carpets, checking that the flowers in copper bowls and famille rose vases were still fresh, occasionally drawing a curtain to protect old delicate satin from the sun.
Burden tapped on the morning-room door and went in. It was a small elegant room, its panelling painted in cream and blue. A broad shelf followed the line of the picture rail on which stood floral plates in blue Delft. There were water-colours too, delicate pictures of pastoral scenes-Myfleet Mill, Forby Church, the river bridge at Flagford. Squeezed into a small chair upholstered in cream satin, Wexford looked even more mountainous than usual. His heavy face was grave but his eyes were alert and watchful, fixed on the woman who sat on the opposite side of the fireplace.
The bed had been made. Beside it on a low table lay a book which Wexford glanced at, making no comment. He opened drawers and scanned the well-stocked wardrobe while Burden went into the bathroom. ‘The bath towel’s still wet, sir,’ he called. ’ Wexford tramped across to the bathroom where he found Burden looking at his watch. ’ Wexford shook his head. ’ ‘You mean the first one was a real cleaning-up operation? ’ ‘We’ll check the laundry with Mrs Cantrip. ’ The dead woman’s bedroom was papered in lilac and silver, a pattern of rosebuds and blown roses which was repeated identically in the satin of the curtains.
A Guilty Thing Surprised (Chief Inspector Wexford Mysteries) by Ruth Rendell