By Anne Perry
The Prince of Wales has requested 4 filthy rich marketers and their better halves to Buckingham Palace to debate a good looking suggestion: the development of a six-thousand-mile railroad that will stretch the complete size of Africa. however the prince’s collecting proves disastrous while the mutilated physique of a prostitute turns up in a linen closet one of the queen’s monogrammed sheets. With nice haste, Thomas Pitt, the bright mainstay of designated prone, is summoned to unravel the quandary. The Pitts’ cockney maid, Gracie, is additionally recruited to pose as a palace servant and eavesdrop on the visitors’ conversations. If Pitt and Gracie fail to determine who brutally murdered the younger girl, Pitt’s occupation might be over, and the scandal may reason the monarchy to fall.
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Bartle put down the tortoiseshell-backed hairbrush. “The gentlemen had a . . a party last night,” she said stifﬂy. “It seems one of the trollops they had in got herself killed . . ” She sniffed. In spite of her words, her face was crumpled with 26 A N N E P E R RY pity. “I can’t imagine what the stupid creature was doing there. ” Elsa was incredulous. The cup nearly slipped out of her hand. “What kind of an accident can you have in a linen cupboard, for goodness’ sake? ” “It wasn’t an accident, Miss Elsa,” Bartle explained miserably.
I cannot help you,” she said politely. “I know very little of the Palace. ” “Yes, I know that, Mrs. ” He took the seat opposite her, which was upright and less comfortable. ” She noticed that he looked concerned, as if he were obliged to tell her something she would ﬁnd distressing. She wanted to put him at ease. “Yes, I am. ” He looked surprised that she could be so blunt about it. She wondered if he had been afraid she did not know what manner of women they were. 42 A N N E P E R RY “You have been questioning the servants all day, to ﬁnd out who is responsible,” she added.
I don’t know, Miss Elsa. But he an’ B U C K I N G H A M PA L AC E G A R D E N S 41 the other one’ve been talking to the regular servants here all afternoon. He just spoke to Mrs. Quase, an’ now he’d like to see you. ” Elsa opened the door to the small sitting room with more curiosity than trepidation. The man she found inside was taller than she had expected, but otherwise he appeared fairly ordinary, apart from an unusual intelligence in his eyes. He was clean-shaven. His hair was curly and too long, and she noticed immediately that his coat hung badly, possibly because the right pocket bulged with something large inside it.
Buckingham Palace Gardens: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel by Anne Perry