The Frisby Waterless Murders – 59

Excerpt from the book called The Frisby Waterless Murders

“That is possible, Sergeant, but let’s find the murderer first and hopefully the attempted murderers will then become more obvious.”


“Right, David Yeung is in the Territorial Army with the role of Captain, but hasn’t been on a joint venture with the army proper, as it were.”


“As it were, meaning they were never on joint manoeuvres with the professional soldiers?”


“That’s right, sir, they never played with the real soldiers.”


“Could that have been a source of friction between them, do you think?”


“Who knows – could have been. Maybe Mr Yeung was wound up by the Major about being a part-time soldier rather than a full-time one.”


“He doesn’t strike me as being the kind of person who would be bothered by that kind of thing – anyway, is there anyone else?”


“Ellie Hammond’s father worked for the Ministry of Defence for 20 years. He died of a heart attack last year. He may at one time have been in liaison with army units in Belfast and Baghdad when the Major was on a tour of duty in both those places. When he returned from Iraq in 1991 Ellie’s father was given a desk job as a reward for his work abroad, although he left the MoD four years later when Ellie was nearly ten.”


“Did he now; was he dismissed or did he resign?”


“He resigned to be head of security at an engineering firm in the West Midlands.”


“Good for him; we should ask Ellie whether this caused her any grief.”


“Do you want me to speak to her?

“I will spare you the bother, Barnesy, after all you did the first round of interviews.”


“OK, sir, just thought I’d check. Daisy Arnold has a brother who’s in the army right now, serving in Afghanistan.”


“How old?”


“28 years old and goes by the name of Vince.”


“And did he join the army before the Major retired?”


“He did, sir, joined when he was 18. The Major has been retired for three years, bar one month, so there would have been plenty of time for their paths to have crossed. I believe young Vince was in the Guards just like the Major.”


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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