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By Peter Walker

As detective Superintendent Mark Pemberton investigates the dying of a lady nick named The Princess, he reveals himself asking an analogous query time and time back. coincidence or homicide? The final of the rich Milverdale kin, The Princess has been chanced on shot within the grounds of her property. was once the bullet that killed her a stray from an area poacher's gun? Or did somebody intentionally got down to shoot her lifeless? Pemberton quickly starts off to suspect homicide as he uncovers unsavoury rumours which recommend there are lots of who would want The Princess damage - and the dissolution of the Milverdale property ability tenants are entitled to shop for their homes, revealing but extra suspects. still, Pemberton turns into confident that the most important to her dying is a deep relations mystery. might there be an inheritor? And might a inheritor do whatever to realize his inheritance - reminiscent of making The Princess's loss of life seem like a sad coincidence?

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Day was turning to dusk as he was driven by one of his detectives through the splendid blossom-adorned landscape. The road climbed towards the Hall with spectacular views below and all around him; as he was a passenger he could take a leisurely look at the scenery. All this belonged to Milverdale Estate; the family Milverdale was, he felt, lord of all it surveyed even if there was no title. Now, with a bullet in a woman’s head, that dynasty had ended. As his car came to a standstill on the gravelled forecourt, he saw Lorraine’s vehicle neatly parked to the left of the front door.

There’s the funeral to arrange, you see, and such a lot to do. . it’s all so harrowing and sudden. ’ and, quite unexpectedly, she burst into tears. Although Lorraine reached across to touch her sympathetically, Pemberton waited for her to compose herself, watching her closely. ‘I’m sorry,’ she quickly apologised for her lapse. ’ ‘We understand,’ he said kindly. ‘Now, to answer your question, before any funeral arrangements can be made, someone must formally identify Alicia. That can be done tomorrow.

Now, in the time between Alicia leaving the house and you finding her, did you see any visitors around 63 Milverdale Hall? Unexpected visitors? ’ She shook her head. ‘Apart from the usual, that is. ’ he asked. ‘Around half past seven as a rule,’ she said. ‘I have known the paper boy give the papers to the milkman. ’ ‘No, nor her return. ’ ‘What about hikers, people walking dogs, strangers to the village? People out shooting or just rambling? You’ve a wonderful view from Milverdale Hall. If there was anyone wandering on your land, even with permission, I’d like to know.

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