The Frisby Waterless Murders – 51

Excerpt from the book called The Frisby Waterless Murders

“The steward spilled some coffee on to the table, but not on to the Major?”


“That’s what she said.”


“He lost his stick and someone handed it back to him – that was in the general fussing over him when he was relocating seats?”


“That’s correct, sir – about 50 minutes before he died, so that wasn’t when he was jabbed in the hand, it’s too early, about 20 minutes too early.”


“Even the spilling of the coffee is slightly too early, but only by a couple of minutes.”


“She couldn’t remember who shook her husband’s hand either; it can’t be Mr Yeung or Mrs Cridge because they’d already greeted him at just before 9:30, so they’re eliminated as it would look strange and be memorable if they were to shake his hand again.”


“Indeed it would, Barnesy, and yes I agree about Mr Yeung and Mrs Cridge. Did she mention anything between the spilling of the coffee and the smoke coming into the carriage, because that’s the period when her husband was jabbed with the pin.”


“She didn’t mention a thing about that period of time, not a thing.”


“But someone must have cleared the cups away, someone must have put the Major’s table away during that time, someone did something to him and someone else must have seen it and isn’t yet able to recall seeing it. This is the frustrating part.”


“Because we tend not to remember the mundane only the exceptions to the mundane?”


“More or less, Sergeant Barnes; I can’t remember how many times I change gear coming into work on a normal day. I have done all the gear changes myself and have memorised how to do those gear changes and where to do them, but if you were to ask me when I get into work, I still couldn’t recall making any of those changes because I am on autopilot and I am in surroundings that are normal for me.”


“So, you think the passengers will have seen something that they were expecting to see or had seen before and don’t realise the significance of what they had seen?”


“Yes, I do.”


“But that could only mean then the passengers saw someone fussing around the Major, who should have been fussing around him like the stewards or the Train Manager.”


“Indeed, Barnesy, or someone dressed up like a steward.”

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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