By Agatha Christie
The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn are agog with interest while the Gazette advertises “A homicide is introduced and may ensue on Friday, October twenty ninth, at Little Paddocks at 6.30 p.m.”
A infantile useful funny story? Or a spiteful hoax? not able to withstand the mysterious invitation, the locals arrive at Little Paddocks on the appointed time whilst, suddenly, the lighting fixtures exit and a gun is fired. once they get back on, a ugly scene is printed. An most unlikely crime? in simple terms omit Marple can get to the bottom of it.
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There's nothing they like more than to see a gentleman brought down,' wailed Henry. 'I'm like one of those bulls they had at the frost fair, a noble animal forced to its knees by a pack of sharp-toothed mongrels. ' said Christopher, determined not to let his brother wallow in self-pity. ' 'Yes, there is. ' 'It must. ' 'Only if there's enough evidence against you,' argued Christopher, 'and, clearly, there is not. A gross miscarriage of justice has taken place here. ' 'Yes, Henry. ' 'Only because they do not know you as well as I do.
Jonathan was also afraid that an arm or a leg had been fractured in the accident and he cursed himself for letting the boys get too far away from him. As they ran past Oliver, he was still having difficulties staying upright. Richard, meanwhile, was backing away on all fours from the spot where he had finished up. Christopher and Jonathan soon realized why. When his father grabbed him, the boy was gibbering with fear and pointing in front of him. A jagged line, first sign of a thaw, was etched in the ice but that was not what had frightened the boy.
A hundred architects could not effect such a transformation. Mother Nature has redesigned the whole city. ' 'Our pond freezes every year, and so does the stream at the bottom of our garden. But I never thought that a river as broad and eager as the Thames would turn to ice. ' 'That is to blame,' he explained, pointing to the huge bridge that spanned the river. 'The piers that support it are set into starlings that restrict the flow of water. ' He smiled at her. ' Susan laughed. ' They were standing on the northern bank of the river, midway between London Bridge and the Tower.
A Murder Is Announced (Miss Marple Mysteries, Book 5) by Agatha Christie