By M. C. Beaton
Unique ebook: 1999
Christmas is an old Roman competition, to not be celebrated through respectable folks within the Scottish Highlands. Police Constable Hamish Macbeth has continuously enjoyed the festivities, yet this yr his relatives is touring in sunny Florida. he's caught with the lengthy, lonely Christmas shift in freezing Lochdubh. A cranky previous woman kicks off the vacations by means of reporting her cat lacking. Then the Christmas lighting fixtures and tree in a close-by village disappear quickly after the neighborhood council voted to permit undefined. As Hamish unearths the way to carry Christmas to the Highlands and make a bit girl's desires come actual, he unearths -- to his satisfaction -- that he has the easiest Christmas ever.
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There was, of course, the possibility to be faced that there had been no converse, that the murderer had merely taken up a place behind his victim and slipped away when the thing was done. In that case he had to find some one who had seen a man leave the queue. That should not be difficult. The Press could be called to help. Idly he considered the type of man it would be. No thorough Englishman used such a weapon. If he used steel at all he took a razor and cut a person's throat. But his habitual weapon was a bludgeon, and, failing that, a gun.
In the afternoon, having given up hope of learning anything more by it, he had sent the dagger to the laboratory for analysis. "Tell me anything you can about it," he had said; and last night when he left he was still waiting for the answer. Now he stretched out an arm into the chilly air and grabbed at the telephone. When he got the number he had asked for, he said: "Inspector Grant speaking. " No, there were no developments. Two people had viewed the body last night—two separate people—but neither had recognized it.
And Williams smiled. "Well, he did say there was nothing distinctive about it," he reminded. And then he explained that before sending the revolver to the experts he had tested it for fingerprints, and finding quite a lot had had them photographed. He was now waiting, for the prints. "Good man," said Grant, and went in to see the superintendent, carrying the Print of the dead man's fingertips with him. He gave Barker a précis of the day's events without adducing any theories about foreigners beyond remarking that it was a very un-English crime.
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