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Friday, 3 March 2017
Antiques in the Attic - Part 1
This is the first book in the South Downs Murder Mysteries. Unlike the Cleo books it is written in third person and involves police procedural. Hope you enjoy it - and, of course, buy a copy. It is not only available on Kindle but also in paperback (from Amazon).
you get them?"
"You know where they are?"
"It's like this, mate, 'e didn't tell us
"You said he would."
"Well 'e didn't."
"You'd better try again."
"Better you don't know at the mo, but I got
n'idea where they are."
Not another wet and dreary day, Sarah
groaned as she drew the curtains and viewed the bedraggled garden.
And she should
be feeling happy. The divorce was over,
she was free and Kevin was paying her maintenance. And so he should, she and her friends agreed,
some pointing out that he was lucky they didn't have any children.
But at least I'd
have some company and something useful to do, she mournfully mused as she went
downstairs to get breakfast. Should she
have it in the kitchen or take it back to bed?
It was Sunday, the shopping done, the house clean and no chance of
gardening. Bed, she decided, gathering
up from the front door the heavy bundle that made up the Sunday paper and putting
it on the stairs - it was too heavy to throw up to the landing.
for the coffee to drip her thoughts turned to Kevin and his reaction when she
had told him a few months ago that she wanted a divorce.
why?" he whined, a sorrowful look in his sky blue eyes. Eyes that she had once thought were
beautiful. "We're doing
alright. We're both working, have this
nice house and a car. And money in
else do we have?" she asked, glaring across the table at him."We
work, we come home, eat, watch telly and go to bed. We never do anything else."
when we've got enough money saved we can start a family. We always said that."
that was six years ago and I can't remember when we last made love," she
expostulated. Looking at his mean mouth
and cold blue eyes she wondered now what she had ever seen in him.
turned away awkwardly and cleared his throat.
Why on earth did this married man in his thirties always get embarrassed
when sex was mentioned, she wondered.
(Oh yes, her
closest friend and confidante, Zelda, had a theory or two. One was that Kev was impotent and the other
that he was a latent homosexual. But
then Zel always had theories about people.)
"Look, er, well," Kevin began as he
looked out of the window at the garden, "I can move into one of the other
bedrooms. Yes, that's what I'll
do," he added more decisively as he turned to look at her.
I don't think that is going to solve our problems."
we get on okay and are good friends."
that what we are? Good friends?"
shook her head, her loose long brown hair swinging in a way he used to
like. Or, at least, had said that he
did. "You really don't get it, do
looked puzzled. "How can you be
bored? I'm here every evening and
Stewart I would like to do things other than a boring office job, come home and
cook a meal, wash up, then sit and watch television programmes in which I have
absolutely no interest whatsoever."
you read," he whined. "Perhaps
that's why you're bored."
is the only thing that keeps me sane.
I'm sick of doing a boring job, housework, cooking and cleaning
up," she reiterated. "You
don't do anything about the house to help."
I'm working all week."
had slammed out of the room.
I must get a new toaster, she reflected as
she buttered the almost singed bread.
carrying mug and plate she went to the stairs, realised the newspaper was too
bulky to fit under her arm so went on upstairs without it. She'd read it later.
The rain was
still pouring down. Obviously this was
turning into a typical English summer.
Sarah sighed and returned to her book.
Might as well have a longer lie-in.
Now she was on her own she could please herself. No more whining and whingeing from he who
should be obeyed. She put down her book. "I can change my job and get a
career," she told the walls. Why
had she only just thought of that?
Probably because she'd had too much else on her mind, she ruefully
interrupted her contemplation of a future career. "Hello."
you're sitting down," Zelda responded .
"I'm still in bed and thinking about finding a career."
thought. I haven't got much time. Gotta go to the grandparents' for lunch. Have you got the radio on?"
just enjoying the silence."
won't have heard."
all, what car does Kev drive?"
but I think Milly said he'd bought a Ford Focus." Milly being Kevin's mother with whom Sarah
had a good relationship.
"Why? What's happened?"
to the local news a man has been found dead in his car on the Downs
not far from Findon. It’s a Ford
know how many men drive a Focus?"
lot. It's supposed to be recognised as a
woman's car," Zelda responded dryly, "but I've seen a lot of men
driving them. But what if he's committed
Kev. First off, he hasn't the guts and,
secondly, he loves himself too much."
Dad died of cancer."
does that have to do with anything? They
didn't particularly get on. Too much
alike," Sarah added dryly.
he might have thought he had cancer and what with the divorce and then his Mum
not taking him in….."
"Nope. He might have been upset about losing his
housekeeper but he'll hope to soon find a replacement. What he doesn't realise is that there aren't
that many gullible women out there."
when it comes to a divorced man."
but I’m sure he's got his sob story worked out."
"Whatever. By the way, why wouldn't his Mum have him
back? Seen sense?"
"She has a
"Yes. He looks after her and takes her dancing. And he's persuaded her to go on a cruise with
wow. You always liked her didn't
"We get on
really well. She was dead chuffed when I
told her I was getting a divorce. Told
me it was the best thing I could do as the Stewart men weren't known for
changing their attitudes."
didn't like it when she refused to let him move in."
sure. Plus it must have been a shock to
find out about George. I hadn't told
laughed. "I would have loved to
have seen his face when he found out."
too. Apparently, when he turned up on
her doorstep with his laden car, George opened the door."
so. It was a good idea because then
Kevin couldn't bully his way in. Had to
go to a hotel."
tell you this?"
not. Milly told me. He told me he wouldn't stay with her
until that man had gone. What he doesn't
know is that George doesn't live there."
then Zelda remembered she was in a hurry and they rang off.
Sarah was destined not to have a longer lie
in as, no sooner had she picked up her book again, than the front door bell
pealed. She got out of bed to look out
of the window. A strange car. e-book:https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00C2Q655O Paperback: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1520418167