This excerpt is from the book entitled The Black Hill Hotel Mystery an English Murder Mystery book set in the winter countryside, starring two policemen who have been working together for a few years and get along well.

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“Robert Wooster was last seen in a cafe next to Leicester station talking to a young lady he walked out of the station with. It seems they knew each other very well. They left the cafe and walked into the city centre and that was the last seen of them. Linda also told me that Miss Baxter’s brother has gone missing, he hasn’t been seen since Tuesday.”

 

“She might know that as she was with her grandparents on Tuesday and will be seeing them again today. Is there any reason to be concerned?”

 

“Just that he’s not done this sort of thing before,” replied Barnes, “so his parents are worried.”

 

“Of course, of course, there is always a first time for this type of behaviour, so we should tell Penny Baxter just in case he tries to contact the grandparents.”

 

“What did you find out?” asked Barnes.

 

“Mr James’s son, Sam James, escaped from a prison van on his way to Gartree prison on Monday evening and is on the run. I have asked three uniforms to head over to the barn and see if they can locate him. He is to be Tasered if necessary. The fittest one will come to the hotel and let me know what they have found.”

 

“He’ll be somewhere else now, perhaps on the river in a canoe heading away from here or hiding in the woods.”

 

“The Benson’s daughter is already out of the country, apparently. She went to Malta for a break in the sunshine.”

 

“Malta isn’t that far from Egypt, sir,” said Barnes.

 

They were almost back at the hotel. Anne Martin and Wanda Bowles came up to them.

 

“Is there plenty of clean snow in that direction, Inspector, we want to have a snowball fight?”

 

“There is a shed load of snow up there,” replied Knowles, “but before you start throwing frozen water at each other, do either of you recognise this glove.” Barnes took out the evidence bag and showed the glove to both women.

 

“Oh, I think I do,” said Anne, “it looks like the glove the barman was using when he was moving the wood on Tuesday night.”

 

“Thank you,” said Barnes. Anne smiled and she and Wanda walked away up the hill.  “Why would Roger Scott have been outside the hut?” Barnes said to Knowles when they were out of earshot.