By Ngaio Marsh
We do love a guy in a uniform, however the "Constables" in query usually are not policemen yet work – the landscapes, particularly, of the 19th-century painter John Constable. Agatha Troy (the artist spouse, you'll consider, of Inspector Alleyn) has a distinct fondness for Constable's paintings, so she jumps on the probability to take a river-cruise via "Constable Country" within the east of britain. Her enthusiasm dims a bit while it turns into transparent that the price tag grew to become on hand on the final minute basically simply because a prior passenger was once murdered in his cabin - and murdered, it sort of feels, via a infamous foreign felony referred to as the "Jampot." (How we lengthy for the times whilst infamous overseas criminals had rather lovely names.)
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Ten minutes at Perryville," announced the hostess, opening the door. Before any of the passengers could leave, she was presented with an envelope by a messenger. In a moment she tapped Frank on the shoulder. '' Mr. Frank Hardy ? '' With mixed feelings of excitement and apprehension the boys tore open the envelope and read the terse message within. "CHET IN HOSPITAL. SERIOUS BUSINESS. ADVISE RETURN HOME IMMEDIATELY. " CHAPTER X JOE DISAPPEARS the boys looked at each other aghast. Then Frank pointed a finger at the word 'Father' at the end of the telegram.
Suddenly his face brightened. "Maybe if I forget about the text and just try to fit the scraps themselves together-----" He went to work again with a fresh burst of energy. This time his progress was faster. At the end of another hour he uttered an exclamation and stood up. "There! Everything fits! " The boy had pieced together two large sheets of paper, each of which contained a list of proper names. Opposite them were numbers, most of which were in the seventies and eighties. In addition, the second sheet contained a separate list of proper names opposite which were the days of the week.
The brothers stopped in their tracks just outside the closet. " Frank squealed, bursting into laughter. "Well, I'll be blasted," wheezed the officer, whom the boys had known for many years. " 60 The Flying Express 61 The two men looked at each other, then at the boys. All four burst into a fresh round of laughter which was suddenly interrupted by a shrill cry downstairs. '' That must be the lady who sent for us,'' said Sergeant Boles. Aunt Gertrude herself appeared just then, peering uncertainly at them.
Clutch of Constables (Roderick Alleyn, Book 25) by Ngaio Marsh