By M. C. Beaton
After approximately being killed through either a employed hit guy and her former secretary, Agatha Raisin might use a few low-key circumstances. So whilst Robert Smedley walks during the door, made up our minds to turn out that his spouse is dishonest, Raisin Investigations instantly bargains to help.
Trouble is, Agatha hates divorce situations - particularly while she's been employed by way of Smedley - yet she has a company to run now and she's no longer approximately to show away a paying consumer. regrettably for Agatha, Mabel Smedley seems to be the appropriate spouse, younger, lovely and a customary volunteer at church. yet simply as Agatha is able to hand over, Smedley is poisoned with weed killer, leaving Mabel, the best suspect, to inherit a fortune.
With not anyone left to pay her, Agatha makes a decision to drop the case... that's until eventually her previous good friend Sir Charles Fraith turns up back to re-light her interest.
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He intoned abruptly, and swept his hat off, holding it crown downwards before me. I fumbled in my pocket for change. " I demanded of him somewhat irritably, for I was now ashamed of the impulse to which I had almost yielded, to get to my bag on the floor of the cab and fetch the revolver. I was the more irritated, perceiving how foolish such an action would have been; this blind singer held no terror for me and surely harbored no malice, either. "I didn't like to stop the song," he answered, as if that were obvious.
The silence hung in the air between us. "Alms? " he intoned abruptly, and swept his hat off, holding it crown downwards before me. I fumbled in my pocket for change. " I demanded of him somewhat irritably, for I was now ashamed of the impulse to which I had almost yielded, to get to my bag on the floor of the cab and fetch the revolver. I was the more irritated, perceiving how foolish such an action would have been; this blind singer held no terror for me and surely harbored no malice, either. "I didn't like to stop the song," he answered, as if that were obvious.
Holmes's German was better than mine, though not by much. Aside from memorized quotations from Goethe and Schiller—no doubt also culled from schooldays and of little use to us now—his knowledge of most languages (except French, which he spoke fluently) was confined to the vocabulary of crime. * In the present instance he appeared to be at a loss to describe Moriarty, but the cab-man was polite, especially when Holmes offered him some money. He had purchased a language aid at the book counter next to the buffet, and this he whipped out, thumbing frantically in an effort to enlarge his command of German.
Agatha Raisin and the Perfect Paragon (Agatha Raisin, Book 16) by M. C. Beaton