The Frisby Waterless Murders – 34

Excerpt from the book called The Frisby Waterless Murders

“Good point, sir, but if there was a person who fired a dart at the Major during the smoke and they believe this dart killed him, then they can’t know that much about curare, because it doesn’t work that quickly,” said Barnes.

“So this time we are looking for an ignorant attempted murderer?”

“Yes, sir, we are,” replied Barnes remembering the recent murder at the monastery near Manton Rempville Hall.

“How on earth are we going to break the news to them; sorry you’re not the murderer only the attempted murderer…”


“The person might need counselling,” said Smythe.


“That’s true, Linda, but I think we’d have trouble justifying that to the social services,” said Knowles, winking at Barnes. The Inspector was glad Linda was trying to join in the fun.


“So onwards to lucky Seat 13 occupied by Zoe Casimir, interviewed by Linda,” continued Barnes.


“Yes, Sergeant, Zoe was playing the aunt of the intended victim and is married to Josef who was sitting opposite her. Married in the role and in real life too. She was walking around just as the train started off and was aware of the Major being moved to his new seat. She looked around the kitchen area and saw the caterer in there preparing the food. There was another person in there too, but she was then distracted by the stewards and train manager returning to start serving the beverages. There was a slight breeze she noticed as she went back to her seat. When the smoke came in she soaked her hanky in the tisane she had just been served and headed towards the kitchen area along with Josef. She thought there were about a dozen people in there altogether. The train manager went to close the windows and the steward went to ask the driver to move the train down the tracks so that the smoke would not be trapped under the bridge.”


“Thanks, Linda,” said Knowles, “that was really informative, if slightly vague. So there was someone in the kitchen car with Carly Waferr as she was preparing the food and drinks. We shall have to ask her who that might have been. The windows were open when the train set off. Gerald went back to close the windows and so would have had the perfect opportunity to fire a dart at The Major.”


“We need that information to be corroborated by someone else, sir,” said Barnes, who was always slightly alarmed how quickly his boss jumped to conclusions,” we should check to see who else says the same things as Zoe.”


Barnes then started to scan his own interview notes and found out the answer quite quickly.


“True, Barnesy, very true, Linda did Zoe have anything else to say?”

Published by Julian Worker

Julian was born in Leicester, attended school in Yorkshire, and university in Liverpool. He has been to 94 countries and territories and intends to make the 100 when travel is easier. He writes travel books, murder / mysteries and absurd fiction. His sense of humour is distilled from The Marx Brothers, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. His latest book is about a Buddhist cat who tries to help his squirrel friend fly further from a children's slide.

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