In the Shadow of Evil (A Neil Paget Mystery)
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A gruesome discovery sets DCI Neil Paget on a collison course with his superiors . . . When Antonia Halliday is found dead in a barn, her head and neck slashed with an old-fashioned sickle, Paget and Tregalles attend the scene. The victim is from Bromley Manor, the country home of a highly respected family with links to the chief constable, and Chief Superintendent Brock warns Paget to tread carefully. With all the evidence drawing Paget back to the manor, he soon finds himself at odds with his superiors – and the killer is not quite finished yet . .
what she did for a living before she came down here?’ Tregalles asked. ‘No. She never talked about where she’d been or what she had been doing before coming here. At least not to me. The only reason she was here was to try to persuade Margaret to give her more money.’ ‘Do you know if she succeeded? ‘I know Margaret was tempted at first, but I don’t think she gave in. I hope not. I know I wouldn’t have if I were in Margaret’s position.’ Molly looked up. ‘Why was that, Mrs Etherton?’ she asked.
there is because, as she put it, “the girl’s been acting giddy lately”. Also, she says Gwyneth has been wearing a new perfume for the past couple of weeks, and Mrs Lodge is pretty sure she didn’t buy it herself. ‘There is one thing that suggests Mrs Lodge may be right,’ Molly continued. ‘Mrs Jones told me that Gwyneth had worked late several times during the past few weeks, but when I asked Mrs Lodge about that, she said Gwyneth only worked late if the Bromleys were entertaining in the evening,
thought. ‘Must have been close to nine,’ he said. ‘And Mrs Catchpole will be able to verify that, will she?’ The corners of Lockwood’s mouth twisted into a wry smile. ‘Probably not,’ he said. ‘She was asleep when I left her.’ ‘You came back up Manor Lane, did you?’ ‘That’s right.’ ‘Did you see anyone or anything out of the ordinary along the way?’ Lockwood shook his head, then stopped. ‘I saw young Julian just before I got to the Clunbridge road. He was coming down while I was going up. At
evidence to justify a warrant to search Conroy’s flat and business premises for stolen jewellery, but if they can find his Jag and we can match the paint on the car to the paint on the water tank, we’d have a better chance. However, McLean promised to keep looking for the car, and he’s going to keep in touch.’ ‘Why is McLean being so helpful?’ Paget asked. ‘I’m sure they’re not short of work in the Borough of Lambeth, unless things have changed a lot since I was in the Met.’ ‘Oh, he has his own
stayed there overnight, then went back to London by train the next morning, because I was driving her car.’ Molly couldn’t help herself. ‘This Mrs Maynard must be a very understanding woman,’ she said, then looked at Paget and shrugged an apology. ‘Sorry, sir,’ she said, ‘but I find Mr Bromley’s story somewhat bizarre, to say the least.’ ‘As do I,’ Paget said drily. His voice hardened. ‘Do you know what I think, Mr Bromley? I think your actions sound like those of a very frightened man. The