OLD SINS CAST LONG SHADOW

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Mystery and Crime  |  House: THE JOHN HANDFUL MYSTERIES

After a visit from her nephew, Lady Casterton is found strangled,
but before the police can arrest the nephew, he is found murdered.
The question John Handful must discover is: who killed the killer?

Table of Contents

THE VANISHING PHILATELISTS

  1 THE VANISHING PHILATELISTS The gloom of the wintry day crept into me like the damp into bare timber. It seeped into ... Read Chapter

THE CHURCH OF REDEMPTION

2 THE CHURCH OF REDEMPTION The three bodies had been deposited at some time during the night.  They were all propp... Read Chapter

THE OXMARKET SECULAR SOCIETY

“Well if they weren’t philatelists, what the hell were they?”  DI Silver bellowed. “They’ve turned out to be... Read Chapter

THE RIGHT TIME

FIVE YEARS LATER   4 THE RIGHT TIME A bone-chilling mist clung to every surface in the late autu... Read Chapter

JAN BURTON

5 JAN BURTON The woman at the table next to me was crying.  Her shoulders were slumped, her eyes cast do... Read Chapter

MY HELP IS REQUIRED

THREE WEEKS LATER                      ... Read Chapter

I AM HIRED

7 I AM HIRED The bar curved into the dark, barely lit room. Through the windows, the diamonds of lead panes trickled the sallow l... Read Chapter

THE SUSPECT

8 THE SUSPECT I took a short-cut through the woods, to see Nicholas Casterton. The woodland floor was a million hues of brown, mo... Read Chapter

A SCENT OF DEATH

9 A SCENT OF DEATH My next port of call was the mortuary. Due to recent budget cuts, the Home Office Pathologist now had to u... Read Chapter

HOGBIN, MARSHALL AND MORUZZI

10 HOGBIN, MARSHALL AND MORUZZI “Have you been called in on this case then, Handful?”  Sir Frank Hogbin asked. “It... Read Chapter

GRAHAME MOORE

11 GRAHAME MOORE I left the offices of  Hogbin, Marshall and Moruzzi and walked slowly for another arranged meeting, this ti... Read Chapter

JAN BURTON AGAIN

12 JAN BURTON AGAIN The house was over two-hundred years old, small, terraced and sandwiched between two far larger and more impr... Read Chapter

A LOCKED ROOM MYSTERY

13 A LOCKED ROOM MYSTERY Mia Khalifa was in her world when she was baking a cake, you could see her building new worlds in her im... Read Chapter

INTERVAL AT HOME

14 INTERVAL AT HOME Black clouds sprawled across the sky, billowing in from the west. Their brassy glare drained the colour from ... Read Chapter

THE MURDERED SUSPECT

15 THE MURDERED SUSPECT I passed through the high-beams in front of the black grille to the other side. In my favourite TV detect... Read Chapter

TESTING MY POWERS OF REASONING

16 TESTING MY POWERS OF REASONING “Everything is simple if you arrange the facts in a certain way.  We are mainly concerne... Read Chapter

MIA AND AZIZ

17 MIA AND AZIZ We walked back to the house together and before returning inside, I paused on the terrace and stood with my back ... Read Chapter

THE HEAD GARDENER

18 THE HEAD GARDENER After Allum-Edwards had bagged the newly found piece of evidence, he took it back with him back to the polic... Read Chapter

THE OTHER WOMAN

19 THE OTHER WOMAN Secret Spa was in St Nicholas Street, not far away from a big black windowed insurance building and about a te... Read Chapter

FOLLOWING UP A LEAD

20 FOLLOWING UP A LEAD In the daytime Oxmarket station was a seething mass of humanity. Everyone from every walk of life was shou... Read Chapter