By Ngaio Marsh
Ng'ombwana is a (fictional) African country to have emerged within the wake of colonialism; because it occurs, its President is Inspector Alleyn's old-fashioned friend, the "Boomer." old-fashioned ties being what they're, the Boomer – making an respectable stopover at to London – insists that Alleyn deal with his safety, instead of Her Majesty's distinctive department. The targeted department isn't top happy approximately this, because the Boomer is understood to have a few very lethal enemies, and the threats in basic terms bring up whilst the Ng'ombwanan ambassador is killed. fortunately for the Boomer, not just is Alleyn as much as the duty, yet he's assisted through the rescued cat Lucy Lockett, who can have misplaced her pocket yet proves tremendous adept at discovering clues.
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And if she knew Sonny Boy 44 CHARLES DEEMER / DEAD BODY IN A SMALL ROOM hadn’t cut the hole in the fence, did she also know who had? Lavinia provided more questions than answers. “A penny for your thoughts,” said Sally, sliding onto the barstool beside me. She was wearing jeans, a red western shirt and cowboy boots. My sister the cop looked like someone who’d have no trouble wrestling a steer to the ground. ” “You certainly seemed deep in thought. ” I was changing the subject without her knowing it.
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He’s only the screenwriter, Sally. ” 47 CHARLES DEEMER / DEAD BODY IN A SMALL ROOM 5 I’d brought my Remington portable typewriter with me from Hollywood. It was still in its case in the closet. On Thursday morning I made a gigantic gesture toward starting a new future and took it out, setting it up on one end of the small table off the kitchen. For a long time I sat in front of it, as if trying to get used to the idea that this was my new writing space instead of the office I’d rented at Columbia, that I could work at home and write books and be my own boss.