By M. C. Beaton

A bullying tyrant with a neat uniform and a brand new truck, Lochdubh's dustman, Fergus Macleod, matters harsh fines and enforces petty rules--until he's chanced on lifeless, filled right into a recycling bin. Harnish Macbeth not just needs to remedy the homicide, yet juggle his lazy new constable and exertions hassle washing over the hot oceanfront inn.

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He could never be sure whether a rosebud was intended to lie in that negligent fashion on the marble surface of a table or whether it had been inadvertently dislodged from its fellows in the majolica bowl by his own clumsy hand. The temperature of the house, as he put it to himself, exaggerating slightly, was that of a Greek beach at noon in August. If you had the figure for it you could have gone about quite happily in a bikini. He wondered why Denise, who had, didn't. And how did the flowers survive, the daffodils ill-at-ease among avocado-pear plants?

Beneath it was another picture, macabre, compelling the eye. Wexford, refusing to be drawn, turned his attention to the newspaper's account of the case, its lead story. He read it slowly. 'The body of a girl was this morning discovered in a vault at Kenbourne Vale Cemetery, West London. 15. 'The discovery was made by Mr Edwin Tripper, of Kenbourne Lane, a cemetery attendant, when he went to give the vault its monthly inspection. Detective Superintendent Fortune said "This is definitely a case of foul play.

She came to Kenbourne Vale in January, but where she came from nobody seems to know. When she applied for the room she gave Mrs Pope an address in Fulham. We've checked on that. The street she named and the house she named are there all right but she never lived there. The owners of the house are a young married couple who have never let rooms. ' Having built up the suspense in a way Wexford recogmsed, for it was the way he had himself used on countless occasions, Howard went away to fetch cheese and biscuits.

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