Bert felt jealous, cheated on, and blue. Then he discovered he could morph into a giant nightmarish slug...
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Life in the Clouds #6: Take a Slug ® James Field.
The newspaper stated that Olive had been missing for six days. Mr Styles, the owner of The Stables, after first denying there was anything wrong with his accounts, admitted he was short of two hundred thousand pounds. The report moved on to state that Olive bought a train ticket for Edgware on Thursday, where she was to pick up her car and drive to Harrogate for a spa. A railway worker, and an employee at The Stables, noticed her on the northbound train, but she’d plainly never arrived at Harrogate.
Semi-retired Chief Inspector Dobbs, a resident in The Stables, is heading the investigation. He says he has proof that Olive didn’t head north, towards Edgware, but south, beyond Sidcup—probably to Dover to escape on the ferry to France. That witnesses had seen her car in Edgware the day before was a blind.
Olive’s distraught fiancé, Bert, is working close with the police. He informed them she’d mentioned going to Sidcup. As a result, Chief Inspector Dobbs has secured evidence that Olive had left her car at a garage in that town. With his usual thoroughness and promptness, Chief Inspector Dobbs is making a search at Sidcup. He has already communicated with the police in cities to the south of England and the borders into France and is confident of capturing Olive soon. He bragged that when he was on a case, it went ill with those who even hinted of wrongdoing.
To be continued…
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The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
There’s a lot to like and a lot to dislike in this story. I like that it’s cosy, funny, and heart-warming. The plot, however, is a tragedy. There are two murders, and every character in the book, of which there are many, has a motif. With so many twists, turns, and red herrings throughout the narrative, it lost me in a virtual maze.
But the author commits the gravest crime: he introduces a new, guilty character right at the end of the story. Tut, tut, naughty.
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