By Dara England
Homicide used to be by no means so refined... whilst her vacation at the coast of Cornwall takes a perilous flip, it truly is as much as Drucilla Winterbourne to discover the damaging secrets and techniques the population of Blackridge condominium will do something to hide. yet can a formal younger girl from London society understand the darkish explanations of a killer? finished In homicide is the 1st in a sequence of old secret novelettes that includes intrepid Victorian heroines as much as their bustles in crime. those works are just loosely hooked up and will be learn in any order.
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She looked more like some visiting foreign princess than a woman who ought to be answering doors in a great house in Cornwall, Drucilla thought. The young woman’s cold welcome was even more of a surprise. ” she demanded in a lightly accented voice. ” Their driver found his tongue and stepped forward quickly. “Easy there, Mrs. Portillo. These be some fine ladies down from the big city. ” His voice was apologetic as he said to Pricilla, “This here is Mrs. ” Drucilla blinked but made an effort to conceal her surprise that such a young and attractive woman should hold such an important station within the house.
Then it’s imperative I show you around. ” Despite his needling, his enthusiasm was at least refreshing. And he was right. It would be a relief to escape this house of tragedy. She allowed her young host to lead her through the house and outdoors, where they entered a garden of meandering paths and twisted shrubbery. The plot was in a shocking state, the surrounding walls crumbling and the way overgrown with weeds. Drucilla couldn’t help but be reminded of what she had overhead about the family’s dwindling finances.
His lordship is your father? ” He laughed sharply. “Absalom? I only wish. No, alas I am not so blessed. ” Drucilla would ordinarily have found his sarcasm and irreverent manner of speaking distasteful. But there was a mischievous sparkle in his dark eyes that somehow made his outrageous speech forgivable. She felt it was time for some sort of explanation as to why she and her aunt were standing in his hall. “We’re London friends of Lady Celeste,” she informed him. “Ah, dear Celeste. ” he mused.