By Marjorie Eccles
Introducing Detective Inspector Herbert Reardon in a brand new secret sequence, set within the Downton Abbey period.
November, 1928. friends and family have accumulated on the Shropshire nation domestic of Penrose Llewellyn to have fun the retired filthy rich businessman's sixtieth birthday. however the morning after what must have been a convivial supper get together, their host is located lifeless in his mattress – and the conditions glance decidedly suspicious.
As he questions the victim's nearest and dearest, DI Reardon discovers there are numerous longstanding secrets and techniques lurking among the Llewellyn extended family – and he's confident that no longer everyone seems to be telling him the reality, or a minimum of no longer the entire fact. those that stand to inherit so much from Pen Llewellyn's will – if it may be stumbled on – are below the most powerful suspicion, and between them hides a ruthless killer.
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Lloyd stood up. ” he asked. ” Lloyd thought of his mother and reached for his rifle, but couldn’t do it. * * * Lloyd ran all the way to 106th and Avalon, composing epitaphs for Famous Johnson en route. His chest was heaving and his arms and shoulders ached from holding his rifle at high port, and when he saw the neon sign proclaiming the “United African Episcopal Methodist Church” he took in last gulps of air to bring his raging heartbeat down to a low ebb; he wanted to be the very picture of armed dignity on a mission of mercy.
The other woman was laughing too, slapping her knee and freshening Linda’s glass every few minutes from the bottle on the coffee table. He was staring into the window, lost in Linda’s laughter, when he suddenly became aware that something was drastically wrong. His instinct never failed him, and just as he was about to hit on the cause of his uneasiness, he saw the two women move toward each other very slowly and in perfect synchronization kiss on the lips, first tentatively, then hungrily, knocking over the bottle of scotch as they moved into a fierce embrace.
He saw that the blood led into a huge vacant lot, pitch dark and eerily silent. Lloyd listened, willing himself to assume the ears of a highly attuned animal. Just as his eyes became accustomed to the darkness and let him pick out BLOOD ON THE MOON 29 objects in the lot, he heard it: a snapping of metal on metal, coming from the direction of a portable construction toilet. 45s, and he knew Lloyd was near. Lloyd hurled a rock at the outhouse. The door creaked open and three single shots rang out, followed by the sound of doors slamming all the way down the block.