Something in the Water (Peter Shandy, Book 9)

By Charlotte MacLeod

Unique book: 1994

While traveling in Maine, Professor Peter Shandy confronts a toxic potpieMassachusetts horticulturalist Peter Shandy is known for his rutabagas, yet he involves Maine with a loftier plant in brain. in particular, he desires to measurement up the world-renowned lupines of Frances Rondel, a nonagenarian whose mythical plant life are much more attractive in existence than they're in delusion. Shandy is bitterly jealous, yet unearths an enormous distraction within the eating room of the rustic lodge the place he’s staying. He may well develop wretched lupines, yet no gardener can remedy a homicide like Peter Shandy. The corpse belongs to the overdue Jasper Flodge, an area loudmouth with a toupee and a titanic intestine. Shoveling down the final bites of a poultry potpie, Flodge clutches his chest and falls lifeless. without warning with extra to do than preventing to sniff the lupines, Shandy needs to ask himself: Which Maine prepare dinner has the undesirable flavor to style chook with cyanide?

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The pair started however to place a blood-pressure cuff on his flaccid arm and an oxygen masks over his face, asking Mrs. vivid as they labored what had occurred. She gave them the details as top she might, with common interpolations from Claridge Withington. Having taken turnabout with their one stethoscope, watched the blood-pressure gauge, and didn't get both a breath or a pulse, the 2 paramedics finally got rid of the cuff and the oxygen masks and mentioned outdated Jas a goner. “Nothing we will be able to do yet haul him alongside for Dr. Bee to take apart,” stated the guy, whose identify was once Albert anything. “Let’s see now, wasn’t Jas hooked up somehow or different to the Rondels? ” “Not to my knowledge,” Mrs. vibrant replied, “though he may need cherished to permit on he was once. You knew Jasper higher than I did, he regularly laid it on lovely thick whilst he received the opportunity. obviously he wouldn’t test pulling any of his nonsense on me. moreover, there’s not one of the Rondels left yet pass over Fran, and you'll not often anticipate her to assist with the funeral, if that’s what you’re getting at. ” “He appears to be like incredibly blue within the face,” stated the younger lady, whose identify used to be Cynthia whatever. “Don’t you're thinking that so, Al? You don’t feel he strangled on his supper, Elva? you are saying he was once consuming exceedingly quick. ” Claridge Withinton interrupted. “Elva used to be within the kitchen on the time. i used to be sitting the place i may watch Mr. Flodge, despite the fact that, and that i can testify that he was once gobbling at an spectacular expense of pace. So may well Thurzella, if she have been right here, and so, possibly, can Professor Shandy, even supposing he had a ebook with him and should were interpreting. ” “So Jas can have choked, then. Didn’t you're thinking that to provide him the Heimlich maneuver? ” “Professor Shandy did, yet i think Mr. Flodge was once already lifeless via then. ” “What approximately that, Professor? used to be he? ” “He had no pulse and wasn’t respiring. I did search for from my ebook, in truth, whereas Flodge used to be nonetheless consuming, and observed him fall. I neither observed nor heard any signal that he’d choked, even though he did jerk his hand and knock his water glass off the desk. It occurred instantly. ” “There, see,” stated Elva. “If Jasper had choked he’d at the least have grabbed at his throat and made a few form of noise, wouldn’t he? in accordance with Thurzella, he simply keeled over instantly smack into his plate and not moved back. We needed to wash the gravy off his face. ” “Must were an aneurism, then, or a type of surprising, gigantic coronaries,” acknowledged Albert. “Been sporting a time bomb round in his chest, like as no longer, and not knew it. good, there are worse how you can move than with an entire abdominal and no fuss. ” “You don’t consider he might have been poisoned? ” Cynthia used to be evidently made up our minds to extract the final ounce of drama, probably in reimbursement for no longer attending to use her oxygen tank to any sturdy impression. “My husband and that i have been looking at a undercover agent motion picture at the “Late convey” the opposite evening and this man who bought stuck through the opposite men chomped down on a cyanide capsule that he’d had hidden at the back of his knowledge teeth and flopped down lifeless as a mackerel, simply how you say Jasper did.

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