By Michael Innes
Over a interval of two decades, a chain of hugely problematic paintings hoaxes were perpetrated at conscientiously time durations, and in each one case, the sufferer has a great reason behind protecting quiet. Inspector Appleby's curiosity is kindled via an fun dinner-party anecdote. whilst he enlists assistance from his spouse and son, the resultant research is really a kin affair. The scenes shift speedily among excellent stately houses and the not-so-glorious artwork gallery of the irrepressibly doubtful Hildebert Braunkopf.
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Should there be one? ’ Horton could see that. It wasn’t that the grime was inches thick but from what he had gleamed so far, cleanliness was not next to godliness in Langley’s book. Maybe she was an atheist. Though Horton got the impression that Langley didn’t have time to clean being too devoted to carving out her career as a super head. And maybe she hadn’t yet found herself a reliable cleaner. ‘There’s a couple of bottles of white wine in the fridge, one half drunk,’ continued Cantelli. ’ Horton followed Cantelli’s glance, where four bottles nestled in a rack.
Just checking the kitchen. ’ Horton glanced around the lounge seeing something of the disarray he’d witnessed in Langley’s office. Newspapers and magazines were scattered on the coffee table in the centre of the room in front of a low-slung maroon sofa. He flicked through them. There was the Sunday Times from last Sunday, a couple of copies of The Times Educational Supplement and SecEd magazine as well as Sailing Today and Yachts and Yachting, which certainly tied in with the photograph he’d taken from Langley’s office.
A Family Affair (Sir John Appleby, Book 24) by Michael Innes