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Introducing Detective Inspector Herbert Reardon in a brand new secret sequence, set within the Downton Abbey period.

November, 1928. friends and family have collected on the Shropshire state domestic of Penrose Llewellyn to have fun the retired prosperous businessman’s sixtieth birthday. however the morning after what must have been a convivial supper occasion, their host is located useless in his mattress – and the conditions glance decidedly suspicious.

As he questions the victim’s nearest and dearest, DI Reardon discovers there are numerous longstanding secrets and techniques lurking among the Llewellyn extended family – and he's confident that no longer everyone seems to be telling him the reality, or at the least no longer the complete fact. those that stand to inherit so much from Pen Llewellyn’s will – if it may be discovered – are below the most powerful suspicion, and between them hides a ruthless killer.

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The younger woman herself was once kneeling at the flooring in entrance of a giant tin trunk from which rose a strong odor of mothballs. She was once a small, fair-haired individual wrapped in an total numerous sizes too substantial for her. She had a smut on her nostril, and used to be not anything just like the stylish younger girl conjured up by way of Claudia Llewellyn’s condescending feedback, or for that topic the outline of her in Kate Ramsey’s magazine. Scrambling to her toes as introductions have been made, she cleared a chair of a tottering pile of outdated framed pictures through putting them at the ground and gracefully inviting him to sit down. ‘Please excuse the clutter. ’ And certainly this room, obviously the parlour, was once in its personal approach as a lot of a large number because the one he’d simply left, with miscellaneous items occupying each to be had floor, obscuring any impact of what the room can be like while it was once tidy – apart from the sensation that it's going to consistently be chilly and inhospitable. ‘Jack’s aiding me fix things out. i believe I should hold greater than i would like to throw away, yet I can’t take all of it with me,’ she stated particularly helplessly. ‘You’re going away? ’ ‘Yes. My mom died lately, you notice, and I’ve been residing in France for the final 3 months. yet I shan’t be staying. I’m leaving Hinton. ’ ‘We’re either leaving,’ acknowledged Jack, who had perched himself fairly elegantly at the fringe of the relevant desk. ‘Me, once this pesky leg of mine we could me, and Carey while she’s offered the home. I’m off to anywhere I’m despatched and Carey to elements unknown. ’ This a bit cryptic comment used to be got in silence. Carey picked out what gave the impression of a couple of very previous curtains from the trunk and commenced to spread them. without notice, with a glance of distaste, she stuffed them again, close the lid and rubbed her hands jointly. ‘None of these things wishes retaining. I’m tempted to only go away it, and every thing else, shut the door and stroll away. In real fact,’ she went on, addressing Reardon and never taking a look at Jack, ‘my vacation spot isn’t unknown. I’m going again to stick with my neighbors in Paris until eventually i locate a few type of activity. which would take a while, contemplating I’m now not informed for whatever. ’ ‘I’ve advised her it’s too quickly to be making judgements, however the lady’s too obdurate to pay attention. ’ ‘And I’ve informed him,’ she replied really coolly, ‘there’s not anything for a dreary previous spinster like me the following in Hinton. ’ She smiled very a little, yet there has been a subtext occurring the following underneath the possibly pleasant sparring passing among those . regardless of the smut on her nostril, she was once relatively very lovely, speedy and lively in her hobbies, and couldn’t in all likelihood were the incorrect part of thirty. a carefully spoken younger lady with gentle reasonable hair that fell in a bell round her face. The darkish, smoky-blue eyes that Kate had pointed out have been certainly appealing. ‘Look, Mr Reardon, we have been simply going to prevent for a cup of tea,’ she acknowledged. ‘Will you subscribe to us? ’ He acknowledged he’d like that greatly. ‘Or espresso? I’ve acquired particularly stable at espresso in recent times. ’ ‘Coffee it really is then. ’ She went out and around the passage, leaving the door open.

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