By P. D. James
While 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 reasons, Dalgliesh explores the sinister internet spun round a half-burnt diary and a violet-eyed widow who's pregnant and entire of malice--all the whereas hoping to fill the space of good judgment that joined those disparate males in shiny pink loss of life. . . .
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Why not, indeed, thought Massingham. The poor little bugger seemed to be attached to her. Two waifs supporting each other. He said: 'I don't really think that's on. ' He looked at his watch. He would have to stay, of course, until the WPC arrived but she shouldn't be too long and at least AD would have an answer to his question. He knew now what had been worrying Darren, what he had been concealing. One small mystery, at least, was solved. AD could relax and get on with the inquiry. And so, with luck, could he.
Why wasn't he in the Lady Chapel in front of the Blessed Sacrament? ' Her voice with its note of aggrieved disapproval suggested that both the place and the praying were equally reprehensible. ' 'And why should he want to be sleeping? ' Father Barnes's hands had begun to shake again. The coffee cup lurched in his fingers and he felt two scalding drops on his hand. Carefully, he replaced the cup in its saucer, willing the dreadful shaking to stop. He almost lost her next words. ' 'Wasn't he washing himself when Tom and I passed by last night just after eight o'clock?
Or if anything new occurs to you. Just give a ring. It'll be no trouble. And when the press come bothering, just tell them as little as you need. No speculating. No use in specu-lating, is there? Just tell it how it was. A lady from your congregation and a boy found the bodies and the boy fetched you. Better not give any names unless you have to. You saw that they were dead and rang for the police. No need to say more. ' The statement, stupendous in its over-simplification, opened a new abyss before Father Barnes's horrified eyes.
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