In the last post: Bert had accidentally executed the gardener, Lance. Chief Inspector Dobbs wants answers...
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Enchanter on the Roof ® James Field. Part 28
Aroused by Olive's piercing scream, a small crowd of early risers gathered. Half of them were young ladies, vacationing at The Stables. The rest comprised workers and owners who had been up since dawn to groom the horses, tend the farm animals, or mind the pets in the mini-zoo.
Bert blinked, he couldn't believe it: they sniggered and laughed as if attending a Punch and Judy show.
At the neighbouring terrace house, Dick Charmer opened his front door and stationed himself in the frame, hands on hips. “Pleasant morning for a hanging,” he said, and a fresh round of laughter broke out.
“What’s so funny?” Bert demanded to know, lips pinched into a white gash. He swung away from the ladder, clutched on by one hand, and twisted to gawk at the mob. “Can’t you see Lance is dead?”
This triggered a rowdy guffaw from Dick Charmer, and the crowd went into hysterics, clapping and stomping their feet.
“That’s enough,” growled Chief Inspector Dobbs, struggling to look authoritative in his dressing gown and slippers. “Everybody go about your business; and no photos. Put your mobiles away or I’ll confiscate them.”
To be continued…
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