Gently By the Shore (Inspector George Gently, Book 2)
You'll find plenty of bodies stretched out on a summer beach - but they're not usually dead... In a British seaside holiday resort at the height of the season, you would expect to find a promenade and a pier, maybe some donkeys, 'Kiss-Me-Quick' hats, candy floss and kids building sandcastles. You would not expect to find a naked corpse, punctured with stab wounds, lying on the sand. Chief Inspector George Gently is called in to investigate the disturbing murder. The case has to be wrapped up quickly to calm the nerves of concerned holidaymakers. No one wants to think that there is a maniac on the loose in the town but with no clothes or identifying marks on the body, Gently has a tough time establishing who the victim is, let alone finding the killer. In the meantime, who knows where or when the murderer might strike again?
‘Yessir.’ ‘We aren’t on holiday, Dutt, when we’re out in the country.’ ‘No, sir.’ ‘Discipline,’ said Gently, shoving his feet into his bedroom slippers, ‘that’s the key to success, Dutt. Discipline and luck, but mostly discipline. Is Mrs Davis providing hot rolls for breakfast?’ ‘Well, sir, I really don’t know …’ ‘Then find out, Dutt, find out, and if she isn’t go down and buy half a dozen off that expert out there.’ Twenty minutes later a shining morning Gently put in his appearance at
step with him. ‘May have hidden the stuff about the room,’ mumbled the super, flipping a crumb from his moustache. ‘Then why was he always carting the suitcase about with him? Everyone’s agreed about that.’ ‘Could have been a blind.’ ‘Why should he bother? … the stuff would be safer by him.’ ‘He seems to have left it behind in the last instance, at all events,’ grunted the super beefily. ‘There may have been a purely incidental reason for that …’ Dutt came in, looking peeked and
amazing extent in this country I see no reason why Streifer, having followed Stratilesceul to Starmouth, should not have summoned one of them to his assistance. He had time enough. The murder was not committed till almost a week after Stratilesceul arrived.’ ‘It is possible, Sir Daynes, but that is all one can say for it.’ ‘As possible as your own hypothesis, and a good deal more probable.’ ‘I beg to differ. If I thought otherwise I should not be here.’ ‘Then, sir, there is little doubt that
yourself. What you say will be equally considered with what we say in the court in which you will be tried.’ ‘Then I shall plead that I am innocent. What more will be necessary?’ ‘It will be necessary to prove it – as we shall seek to prove our contentions.’ Streifer smiled ironically and cast a deliberate glance round the assembled company. ‘What pains you take! In my country we are more economical. But let me hear these contentions of yours. I have no doubt that your scrupulous system
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