Fatal Quest: Woodend's First Case (DCI Charlie Woodend Mysteries)

By Sally Spencer

A Charlie Woodend secret his first . . . - DS Charlie Woodend has a homicide to unravel. hassle is, not anyone turns out to wish him to unravel it no longer Eddie, a Liverpudlian thug despatched to threaten him; now not DCI Bentley; now not Deputy Commissioner Naylor, whose be aware is legislations in Scotland backyard; no longer even the useless girl's mom herself. yet Woodend cares. he'll locate the assassin, he supplies himself, no matter if that suggests placing his occupation and even perhaps his personal existence at the line.

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Yet, in fact, it couldn’t be him. after which he grew to become and observed – to his amazement – that it was once. yet this was once now not the previous Bentley, the drunken sot who had lumbered aggressively round the place of work the former afternoon, the mangy wolf for whom an offended snarl got here as evidently as respiring. This was once a brand new Bentley. a cheerful, beaming one – a Bentley who regarded able to watching out of the window onto the mournful Embankment under and seeing in it the promise of the spring to come back. ‘Somethin’s occurred, hasn’t it, sir? ’ Woodend guessed. ‘Somethin’ major? ’ ‘You may possibly say that,’ Bentley agreed. ‘Yes, i feel you'll certainly say that with out worry of contradiction. ’ ‘Have you were given a holiday within the Pearl Jones homicide? ’ ‘The Pearl Jones homicide? ’ Bentley repeated, as though he had no proposal what his sergeant was once conversing approximately. Then he shook his head. ‘No, no development there, I’m afraid. however the Wally sales space murder’s a distinct subject fullyyt, Charlie boy! Machin’s ready to carry his fingers up for it – yet he insists that you’re there within the room while he makes his assertion. ’ ‘Why might he wish me to be there? ’ Woodend questioned. Bentley shrugged. ‘Who is familiar with the best way that little toe-rag’s twisted brain works? Who even cares? ’ ‘It doesn’t make any sense,’ Woodend muttered, virtually to himself. ‘Maybe he desires you there simply because he secretly fancies you,’ Bentley stated, his strong humour unabated through Woodend’s challenge. ‘Maybe he’s in basic terms insisting you’re there simply because Tongue instructed him to insist. I couldn’t provide a rattling, as the vital factor is that he’s keen to return fresh. Isn’t that correct? ’ ‘Yes, i guess it is,’ Woodend agreed dubiously. there have been 4 of them on the desk, Woodend and Bentley on one part, and Machin and Tongue at the different. The solicitor, with a leather-bound folder open in entrance of him, appeared calm, cozy, and absolutely in charge of the location. His patron, nonetheless, regarded unnaturally wood. It was once relatively, Woodend notion, like looking at a ventriloquist and his dummy at paintings. ‘My buyer needs to make his assertion now,’ Tongue acknowledged. ‘Should you want to query him at any element whereas he's making it, i cannot bring up any objections. ’ He became to Machin. ‘Go forward, Jimmy. ’ The prisoner cleared his throat. ‘I met Walter sales space within the Waterman’s fingers at nearly two-fifteen on Thursday afternoon,’ Machin stated. ‘’E appeared very offended approximately somefink, but if I requested ’im what the problem was once, ’e informed me to brain my very own bleeding enterprise. ’ the 1st 1/2 that assertion was once as uninteresting and flat as a regimen police file, Woodend proposal. the second one part, by contrast, used to be a primary step within the technique of constructing sales space because the aggressor in what had undefined. ‘Carry on,’ he acknowledged. ‘As the afternoon wore on, Booth’s temper acquired worse and worse. I fortress of leaving ’im to stew in ’is personal juice, yet I knew ’e’d be indignant if I walked away, and the final fing i needed was once any hassle. ’ ‘He used to be inebriated, used to be he? ’ Woodend requested. ‘No, ’e wasn’t. ’E’d definitely ’ad a pair o’ beverages in the course of the afternoon, yet ’e was once ’olding it good sufficient.

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