The Frisby Waterless Murders – 54

Excerpt from the book called The Frisby Waterless Murders

“But they wouldn’t have poured the coffee into the individual coffee pots 15 minute before serving it surely? We can find out I am sure.” Knowles made a note to check, “the curare must have been in the muffin, who would drink coffee that’s been standing for fifteen minutes?”


“Sir, correct me if I am wrong, but are we now looking for a murderer and two attempted murderers? The Major must have had a lot of enemies, don’t you think? Either that or we have just one murderer who was unsure of the quantity of curare to administer and how to administer it, so they covered all possibilities.”


“I think it’s three different people, but where would three different people obtain curare from without drawing attention to themselves?”


“Well, I doubt we’d find a garden full of lianas hereabouts; I am pretty sure that you can order a tincture of curare called Strychnos guianensis online; I looked into this last night and even if you couldn’t import it, you could head over to Belgium, for example, and get some there. This stuff has legitimate medicinal uses such as helping with severe arthritis and muscle trauma.”


“Wouldn’t it have to be administered by a doctor?”


“Yes, it would but the point is that someone could have stolen some of the tincture from a reputable user, someone who bought it to treat severe arthritis. I doubt they would miss a few drops of the stuff.”


“But three people would have to do this – wouldn’t the reputable user become suspicious by this queue of would-be murderers outside their door? And how would these three people find out who was using the tincture?”


“Perhaps over coffee at a Round Table coffee morning? Gossip-mongering in the shires? Maybe at a ukulele concert or an exercise class? Wherever people gather?”


“News travels fast in this part of the world that is for sure,” said Barnes, “so wouldn’t you think that the would-be murderers would have found out about each other?”


“Only by the legitimate user of the tincture mentioning something inadvertently,” replied Knowles, “ something to the effect that ‘so-and-so visited me the other day and they were asking about my unusual tincture too’, if you see what I mean?”

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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